Thank you to Wet n' Wild Emerald Pointe for providing me with complimentary park tickets in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Want to get in one last hurrah before the kids head back to school? Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to have some late summer fun and splash the day away at Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe. Located in Greensboro, NC, Wet 'n Wild EP is one of the state's largest family friendly water parks, and boasts tons of fun in the sun (or shade) for all ages. Our family has been enjoying visits to Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe for over 20 years! My husband and I often recall trips that we made to this very water park together, when we were teenagers, and now we're making new memories by taking our kids to Wet 'n Wild!
Our third family visit to Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe, and Baby S' first!
Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe is perfect for the entire family. I noticed plenty of babies at the water park the day we visited, and I wasn't really surprised. Wet 'n Wild has a lot of fun play areas for toddlers, and safe shady areas for babies to chill. Entry to the water park is easy- just pay for parking, find a shady spot to park your car, and then you're on your way to fun, fun, fun! You can order your tickets online, or purchase tickets at the gate. Just a word to the wise- the park doesn't allow you to bring in food/drinks. Check the park rules for details. You are allowed to bring your own lunch or snacks and eat at the provide picnic areas outside of the park gate, but you'll have to leave your food in your car, or store a cooler in the cooler storage area for a fixed fee per cooler (prices vary by cooler size). There is a shaded area inside of the park's gates that you may eat at if you store your cooler at the park.
One of the things that we love about Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe, is that they offer private cabana rentals. We were able to have our own private cabana for the day, located near the wave pool. It's a good distance from a lot of the main attractions at the park, but it's worth the walk, because it is much quieter in this area of the park... perfect for little ones who might need to take a break, or for moms who need a quiet spot to breastfeed or bottle feed.
On our way to our cabana, we walked past The Edge... the ultimate water ride for thrill seekers!
Our favorite spot in the park- the wave pool!
We spent a lot of time in the wave pool. It's a huge zero entry pool with a 'beach' for little ones to splash and play in. There are lifeguards stationed around the wave pool and life jackets are required for children under a certain height. Every few minutes, the bell rings, and giant waves head toward swimmers. It's so much fun to just relax, enjoy this big pool, and then ride the waves as they come toward you. Both kids loved the wave pool!
Our private poolside cabana
When it was time to take a break from the wave pool and the nearby splash zone (an awesome splash pad for kids!), we headed back to our cabana. The covered cabana offered privacy and shade for our whole family. It included a dining table and chairs, a safe that we were able to lock our valuables in, a place to park the stroller, and an uncovered area with lounge chairs, for relaxing in the sun or drying off! The kids loved the cabana, and as much as they hated to have to take breaks from swimming and playing, they were glad that we had our own spot to come back to where they had some room to move around. Sacha and I were also glad that we didn't have to hunt for open chairs through out the park or look for safe places to leave our belongings.
Baby S loved relaxing in the cabana!
Big bro even got in on the relaxing action!
There are a lot of perks of a cabana rental, one of them being family meal deals! For just around $25.00, we were able to purchase a chicken tenders family meal deal, which served four people with chicken tenders, fries, and bottled drinks for all. When you rent a cabana, you have a park staff member assisting you for the day, taking your food orders, bringing you your food and beverages, etc. They start a ticket for you when you order, and bring it to you by the end of the day so that you can pay for your orders. With two small kids, it was fantastic not to have to schlep back to the car for our own food, or to even have to wait in line at one of the many park concessions. I ordered our food and waited on it, and hubby and the kids played in the splash zone until it arrived. All I had to do was send them a text when I saw our amazing server coming around the corner with our lunch order.
Lunch time! Everyone played hard all morning and worked up quite the appetite!
We were so glad to have a private spot to eat and relax in!
After lunch, we took the kids over to Happy Harbor, which is a great spot for families who have toddlers. A very shallow pool houses all kinds of soft play structures like a submarine, an octopus with swings over the water, a clam, slides, and more! This area does need a little updating and cosmetic attention, as there were some worn spots on some of the play structures, but that didn't stop our kids from having a ball! I stayed in the Happy Harbor for a long time with Baby S, while Sacha took B to ride on some of the bigger water slides, and to take a spin around the Cyclone Zone a few times. They even made their way to the Lazy River for some floating fun! S was quite entertained by all of the things that there were to see and do in the Happy Harbor.
So much fun! The Happy Harbor is one of our favorite spots in the park!
Baby S crawled in and out of this tunnel at least ten times! She loved it!
Wet 'n Wild knows how to take care of their guests. All along the Happy Harbor, there are countless chairs set up with huge umbrellas to offer shade. There are also private cabanas located in this area, available to rent during your visit. This area is much closer to the park restrooms/locker rooms and concession area. It's also closer to some of the larger water rides and slides, so it offers parents the chance to split up if they have kids of different ages (like we do) who want to experience different attractions in the park.
Happy Harbor is a lot of fun for older kids, too!
B remembered right away how much fun he's had at Happy Harbor on previous park visits.
B still isn't really ready for the big water slides, so being able to enjoy the slides at Happy Harbor was great for him. He's old enough to where he can go down all of these slides by himself. He was able to make a friend while we were at the park, and the two of them had a lot of fun 'racing' each other down some of the kiddie slides.
B's 20th trip down the big yellow slide into the shallow pool!
Even Baby S got in on the water slide action with help from her daddy and Bruh-Bruh.
Two slides on either side of the big yellow slide offer twists and turns and big splash action at the end!
Another favorite area of the park, just on the other side of Happy Harbor, is Splash Island. This kids area offers a larger water slide, which you slide down in a tube! Adults can accompany small children on this water slide. It's one of B's favorite rides in the park. I've been on this side many times, and have to admit- it's pretty fun! It does shoot you out into a deeper pool, though, so little ones who cannot swim should wear a life jacket. This slide is usually pretty crowded, and you might have to wait a while for a tube to become available.
B and his friend rode this water slide tons of times and had a blast!
The other side of Splash Island offers a splash zone with a mini wave pool, a volcano, and double water slide!
Another awesome water slide, perfect for younger kids!
I remember spending all day in this area of the park a few years ago when B was about three years old. He loved it so much, and we had a lot of fun watching him swim and play all day. Both B and S really loved Splash Island and Happy Harbor. We spent the majority of our afternoon in this area of the park, and didn't head back to our cabana until S became very sleepy and needed to take a nap.
Nap time for mommy and Baby S was so relaxing in our private poolside cabana!
When S started to get cranky, I knew it was time to head back to the cabana for some snacks, cuddles, and a nap. The boys stayed at Splash Island for a while, and then went back to some of the other larger slides, the Cyclone (again), and the wave pool. B wanted to make sure that he got in plenty of time at the wave pool before it was time to leave the park. Our cabana offered us a great place to lie down in the lounge chair together and cuddle up for a nap. It did start to rain off and on, but we didn't get too wet. If it had rained harder, I would have moved over to the covered area, and it would have been just as well.
There are a lot of favorite areas of the park and attractions that we just didn't get to experience this time around. Water parks are a lot of fun, but can also be a lot of work with little ones, especially toddlers. I told my hubby that we'd just have to suck it up and make this visit be all about the kids. I know he was bummed out that he didn't get to go on some of the way cool water slides, especially Dragon's Den & Dr. Vonn Dark's Tunnel or Terror (they're both awesome- we love those slides!). We'll have to plan another trip with hubby's cousins (high school/college age) and hit all of those favorite rides that we missed this time around. We know they're not going anywhere. We had such a blast at Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe, and we can't wait to go back!
We loved making a big splash at Wet 'n Wild!
Plan your Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe trip today!
Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe is filled with family-friendly activities, kid-friendly attractions, and of course the slides that will please any thrill seeker. There are plenty of fun things to do in North Carolina, but nothing can compare to a day at Wet'n Wild - The largest water park in both the Carolina's! With over 36 rides and attractions, there's something for everyone!
Get your Tickets and Season Passes online for the best deals. Seaon Passes for 2018 are on sale now, and if you purchase them now, you can get in free for the remainder of the 2017 season! Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe is open 10 am to 5 pm Sept. 2 - 4th, so plan your visit & get your tickets for the last weekend of the park's summer season.
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Special thanks to Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe for hosting us and allowing to share about our fun day at their wonderful park. We can't wait to visit in 2018!