WHAT TO EXPECT
There are 11 water rides, ranging from mild to wild. If you’ve got the itch to surf, the FlowRider® simulates the ocean’s waves in a much lower-risk environment. The hop from using the surf board as a flotation device to actually riding it takes skill, stamina, and a lot of core strength.
Epic Waters is home to two firsts and a tallest: The Yellow Jacket Drop is the first ride to combine an enclosed serpentine water ride with a gigantic drop, while the Aquanaut is the first double-rider innertube slide. If you’re a fan of heights, you’ll want to ride The Lasso Loop—the tallest water ride in the country. I will admit that the Lasso Loop gave me vertigo, but the Yellow Jacket Drop was crazy fun!
TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME VISITORS
1. For a VIP experience, take the day off and visit mid-week during the school year — or, if you visit on a holiday, consider coming before lunch or after 4 p.m. I’ve heard that four hours is the average length of time for a visit, so be sure to give yourself at least four hours to enjoy it all. Lastly, don’t forget to check park hours for that day before you head out.
2. Speaking of planning your visit: I’d suggest buying tickets in advance to save time — all you’ll have to do is check in once you arrive.
3. Don’t worry about parking. It’s free and plentiful, and there’s a tram that circles the parking lot if you parked a little far and don’t want to walk!
4. Come hungry, but leave the coolers at home — They’re not allowed inside, and you don’t want all that ice to melt in the car. On the bright side, you can purchase a variety of snacks, meals, and drinks (including adult beverages) at Epic Waters for really reasonable prices.
6. If you want to plan ahead for spring break, consider a dry land/water package with The Epic and Epic Waves. The Epic has cooking, fitness classes and activities for youth, and non-members can pay by the class. You can pair a class with a visit to the water park for a great wet/dry experience.