California Water Parks and Fun in the Summer Sun
May 31, 2012 | Permalink
California is known the world over for its beaches. They are legendarily cool places to surf, swim and sunbathe. There’s more aquatic fun to be had in the Golden State, though. California is home to many water parks that rival its beaches as destinations that satisfy the whole family—from grandma and grandpa to teenagers and tots. These water parks have what you’re looking for, regardless of whether you’re a thrill seeker or a chill seeker.
Sothern California: Raging Waters
Most people will probably want to go to Raging Waters in San Dimas, California, because the Raging Waters chain are California’s biggest water parks and because the San Dimas Park is #3 on the Travel Chanel’s list of the ten best water parks in the country. However, personally, I want to go there because if Bill and Ted were to go to a water park, this is the one they’d go to (being San Dimas natives). Raging Waters, San Dimas, boasts thirty-six slides and rides on over fifty perfectly-groomed acres. They even have a manmade sand beach for kicking back and getting that great SoCal tan.
The Central Valley: Wild Water Adventure Park
Wild Water, located in the town of Clovis, at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California’s Central Valley, has the best of both worlds. It is perfect for relaxing, quality time with the family and for safe but thrilling playtime for the kids. Wild Water has the feel of a public park where you come for family barbeques and to do a little fishing, but it just happens to also have adrenalin-pumping rides like the Sidewinder (a three-story-tall half-pipe ride that you plunge down one side of and up the other—an ascent that gives you the distinct, but, of course, entirely false, impression you might go over the top). It also has the Black Hole (a g-force creating plunge that will make you feel like you are undergoing what physicists refer to as spaghetification).
For the ultimate in luxury, I suggest reserving the Parrot Patio Penthouse ahead of time. Keep track of your family down in the Blue Wave Pool from your lofty perch in this high-class cabana. When you get hungry or thirsty, just let your waiter know. This cabana is first class all the way.
Northern California: Water Works Park
Located in Redding, this park takes us into Northern California. While coastal NoCal is temperate and at times rather chilly, Redding, being well inland, is not. In the summer, Redding tends to be quite hot. The weather from June-September in Redding just makes you want to throw on your swimsuit and jump in the wave pool to the accompaniment of some surf rock. You’ve got to appreciate Water Works Park’s surf-rock theme song.
They try really hard at this park—and it certainly shows. This is the perfect place to celebrate your birthday. All you have to do is notify them ahead of time that you’ll be celebrating a birthday at the park, and they take care of all the necessary planning.
After a day of water-park fun, you’ll probably just want to relax like you do at home. There’s no better place to do that than at a hotel with a kitchen and free in room Wi-Fi.
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