Kentucky Water Parks offer Family Fun in the Sun
In the old days, summertime meant spending hours in the local swimmin’ hole or running through the sprinkler in the yard. Splash forward to the 21st century. Remarkable parks all over the Commonwealth provide awesome attractions with chill thrills and refreshing summer family fun.
Each water park in Kentucky has its own unique version of the usual rides and attractions: speed slides and super high slides; leisurely inner tube floats on a relaxing river ride; wave pools; and kids pool areas with age-appropriate activities.
All offer individual and season passes, open in April or May through Labor Day – unless otherwise note. Find out about fireworks shows and other summer festivities at each park.
Get Wonderfully Wet in the West – Eddyville & Hopkinsville
Venture River Water Park
in Eddyville features The Waloopas, a continuous inner tube slide ride for single and double riders through totally enclosed tunnels; and Matanascar, race head first through enclosed, braided and twisted tunnels while riding on a mat on a 4-lane slide. New to the park are the Air Slide, a 560 foot zip line course and Wipe Out - a
supersized slide house that’s five levels high with 3 tunnel body slides, a multi-lane slide, a crazy cruise slide, 2 flushing buckets, and numerous water inter-actives!
The Cliffhanger, photo from www.ventureriver.com
“Water, Sun and Family Fun” are the buzzwords in Hopkinsville at the Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center
(Admission is half price after 4 pm, M-F). Favorite attractions include the daring Hurricane Alley, where you’ll feel like you’re flying through a twisted tube slide with a corkscrew contortion at the end; and Riptide Express, on which riders plunge down a winding open-air plume of rushing water.
Have Fun in the Sun in South Central – Somerset & Bowling Green
Season passes include unlimited access to SomerSplash
water park in Somerset. Highlights include one of the largest and laziest river floats in Kentucky, more than 30 interactive features for the kids and a 40-foot-tall tube slide ride. Reduced prices for adults after 4 p.m. and for “half splash” tickets (48” and under).
Kids of all ages always have a blast at Beech Bend’s Splash Lagoon
in Bowling Green. A Beech Bend season pass, good through the end of the season includes unlimited rides and attractions, including the water park – plus free parking, free sunscreen, free tubes and two free day vouchers to share with friends, family or guests.
Lagoon highlights include Lotta Wotta Island’s four-level interactive play structure and slides for kids, Lily Pad Challenge (attempt to cross the 50’ pool without falling in) and the not-so-Lazy River float which passes through the Surf’s Up Wave Pool! New this year is the Cyclone Saucers, the first ever North American installation, which features riders flying around the edge of three "flying saucers" at high speeds; other new water rides to check out include Tidal Wave and the Riptide.
Beech Bend's Surf's Up Wave Pool - photo courtesy of beechbend.com
Splash Forth in the North Central - Louisville
Amusement Park in Louisville has 20 attractions including a sea lion show, children’s Playland, roller coasters and water park. The water park, Hurricane Bay, offers many attractions, including an awesome slide that attracted the attention of the Xtreme Waterparks show. “Hurricane Bay in Louisville has the tallest trap-door waterslide on earth” – some 121 feet high. Here’s the breathtaking Deep Water Dive
video, that aired compliments of the Travel Channel.
Other highlights include Deluge, a hydromagnetic rockslide water coaster, the Kilawaya,an enclosed tube ride filled with unexpected drops and twists and Plummet Summit, a 4-5 passenger raft ride that takes you 52-feet above the ground before it drops down. Low-key attractions are also available: Buccaneer Beach, a tropical themed family hideaway with interactive elements, and Splash Zone, a 4-level playground with jet sprays and a large tipping bucket.
Kilawaya slide at Kentucky Kingdom
Last but not Least is the East – Williamsburg
The largest family entertainment center in the state, Hal Rogers FEC, is home to the Kentucky Splash Water Park
and Campground in Williamsburg. Daily admission is $10. Aquatic attractions include Tadpole Island, Triple Slide Complex (2 tube slides, 1 body slide), the totally enclosed Double Slide Complex, the Wipe Out Wave Pool and a relaxing drifting river ride.
Have a super summer and try at least one Kentucky water park!