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. Plan to arrive early (close to opening at 10 AM) or after 4 PM if you want to beat the crowds. Park staff tell me that about four hours is the average length of stay, but you’ve got time—Epic Waters is usually open until 9 PM on weekends, and has Twilight Swims (from 4 PM to 8 PM) almost every day! Be sure to check the hours to see when Epic Waters is open on the day you’re planning to visit.
2. Speaking of planning your visit: I’d suggest buying tickets in advance to guarantee your spot — when the water park fills up, walk-in guests may be asked to wait or return at a later time.
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.