Last summer I was pregnant with Lilah and didn’t want to do much of anything besides sit in air conditioning. This summer it seems my kiddos and I are constantly on the go doing as many fun activities as possible. We are truly trying to enjoy every warm and sunny day in Ohio as possible. And so when we received an invitation to check out Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora, Ohio we jumped at the chance. Since my hubby was scheduled to work that day I decided it would be fun to make it a girls day and invited two of my very good friends along with their children to join us. Our crew, three moms with a total of seven munchkins, were ready for a day of fun!
There is a slide or attraction for everyone in the family to enjoy regardless of their age or thrill level and we were ready to experience them all… well, most of them. After lathering the kids up from head to toe in sunscreen our first stop was Splash Landing. And let me tell ya – you WILL get splashed. There are geysers and water cannons all over the place which surprised me more than once, hehe. Plus a giant bucket which drops 1,000 gallons of water every couple minutes and four stories of water slides in a variety of sizes and shapes.
All of the kids in our group had a blast in this area and would have gladly stayed there all day. The big kids loved climbing high into the structure to enjoy the taller water slides while the younger munchkins loved the smaller slides which still delivered big splashes. Eventually we convinced them to check out another attraction.
On our way we passed by Thunder Falls where after climbing a 100 foot tower guests can plunge down one of three enclosed body slides or four inner tube slides including Ohio’s tallest water slide. There is a height requirement of at least 48″ in bare feet and since our tallest kiddo was just under that mark us moms decided to save this attraction for next year so we can enjoy it with them. In addition to these slides there is also Liquid Lightening where four thrill seekers can climb into a raft together and take the 60 foot plunge down an enclosed slide into an enormous funnel with a finish that will leave them soaked. Liquid Lightening also has the same height requirement of 48″ in bare feet so I am hoping I can convince Alleigh to join me next year!
After watching the slides for a few minutes we made our way over to Riptide Run – an 1,100 foot long lazy river. After all of the kids put on life jackets (a requirement for guests under 48″) we grabbed some inner tubes and began drifting down the river which was anything but lazy. Around every twist and turn there was some sort of water feature ready to splash us which the kiddos loved and even Lilah seemed to enjoy. Our group ended up making three laps around Riptide Run and if it was just us moms I think we might have spent the entire day kicked back in our inner tubes.
Since we wanted to try out as many attractions as possible our next stop was Coral Cove. This was a large pool area full of fun activities like water cannons, floating turtles, and even basketball hoops. While the big kids had fun exploring the cove our younger trio had fun splashing in the water geysers.
After a quick stop to reapply sunscreen it was time to check out Tidal Wave Bay – a 390,000 gallon wave pool. While my two friends, Angela and Allie, played with the kiddos in the waves Lilah and I found a comfy beach chair so that she could nurse while I soaked up some sun.
By this point all of our tummies were rumbling so it was time for some dinner. There are quite a few options through out the park including Big Daddy’s, Happy Harbor Cafe, and Pizza Pier. It’s probably a bit obvious that we went for the pizza. Some of us chose fries for a side while others went with a salad. I personally had a slice of pepperoni pizza with a salad and coke to drink. It was absolutely delicious and filled me up. If you prefer to bring your own food it is important to note that you can not bring it inside the park, but there are pavilions outside for guests to use.
Once everyone had refueled we finished off the day with some more fun at Splash Landing which was the kids favorite attraction. About twenty minutes before closing time we rounded all the kids up and headed to the bath house which included showers, changing stalls, and bathrooms to dry off before heading home. It is safe to say that Willow was not thrilled that it was time to leave and all of the kids were already asking when we could return.
I told them hopefully soon! All three of us moms had absolutely no complaints about our entire day at Wildwater Kingdom. The park was very clean and well maintained. All of the employees we came in contact with were very courteous and kind. The food was delicious. The attractions were a blast. Wildwater Kingdom definitely gets Mama Harper’s approval. If you are ever in Northeast Ohio and looking to have a splashing good time be sure to check out Wildwater Kingdom.
Thank you to Wildwater Kingdom for providing complimentary passes and food vouchers to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.