Whether it’s raining, cold or perhaps you’re worried about too many UV rays, Epic Waters has you covered…literally! And now, for the beautiful days when you want to enjoy being outside, Epic Waters has an awesome new outdoor wave pool!
ABOUT THE WAVE POOL
What is a wave pool? In case you’re not familiar with a wave pool it is basically a small man-made ocean, with a beach front entrance and simulated waves where people can sit on their pool floats and relax to the feeling of natural waves.
I have a three-year-old, and he loved to stay in the shallow end of the wave pool and jump over the waves as the come rolling in. Personally, I love that the wave pool is outside. It’s super calming and relaxing!
INSIDE EPIC WATERS
For a more active experience (AKA, the children’s areas) you have plenty of options for kiddos who want to spend energy and have fun. My son Dexter and I enjoyed floating around the lazy river in the inflatables and life jackets provided by Epic Waters. Dexter actually really liked hanging out in the leisure pool, because they have a big (fake) shark in the middle of it. Dexter is kind of obsessed with whales and sharks right now, so this was right up his alley!
Of course the highlight for us, parents of a three-year-old, was the sprayground play structure. This is one of the biggest ones we’ve seen, complete four slides, water guns, nets for climbing, water sprays everywhere and a giant bucket that dumps water on everyone every five minutes. I don’t get it, but the kids love it! Our son went around and around on the yellow slide for the majority of our time there, while my husband and I were able to sit back and hang.
My husband and I did sit back and chill for some of our visit, but don’t get me wrong, we also had some fun of our own! Since we had two parents and one child, we took turns going down the big slides…and we had a blast! I think we both agree that our favorite slide is the LassoLoop — a slide that shoots you out of an enclosed chamber, up and around a huge loop so fast you barely know what hit you! Fun fact: it’s the tallest indoor AquaLoop in the U.S.
I also really enjoyed the E Racers, a slide where you race three other people, on your belly, headfirst on a mat. But we didn’t end our parent fun there! My husband and I are actually both pretty active, so we each took a turn riding the waves on the FlowRider surf simulator. I think we both surprisingly did pretty well and hung on for a good while…right before we wiped out, of course!
FOOD AND FUN: PARENT TIPS
Speaking of adult fun, did you know that Epic Waters has a full bar, AND an arcade??? Yep! Plus, they’re open in the evening, which makes for a great date night idea.
Two big tips for parents heading to Epic Waters:
- There’s a tasty (and decently priced) food selection available. Don’t try to bring any outside food inside, because it’s against the rules! I will say that lines for food can be a bit long, so (depending on how long you plan on staying at Epic Waters), I’d suggest walking about 20 feet across the way to The Epic, a partner fitness facility. You can order from the Cafe inside, eat there, and then come on back to the water park! Or, you can also consider purchasing a cabana during your visit. Not only will you have a private space where you can relax, you’ll also be able to enjoy table side food service. Yes, please!
- Another “know before you go” tip is to change into your swimsuit before you get there. Epic Waters has bathrooms and showers, but no designated, large changing rooms. I personally don’t like changing my clothes in a bathroom stall or shower space, so I wore a swimsuit with a cover-up, took it off before swimming and then just threw it back on before I left. Super easy!