I’m a fan of water parks. I like being able to unplug with my kids (read: put the iPhone down for an extended period of time). I like that I can bring a lunch that we can enjoy at picnic tables. I like that I don’t need to drive far to get to a water park. And now, I like that my kids can even learn at one west coast water park.
The Evergreen Wings & Waves Water Park in McMinnville, Oregon claims to be the nation’s only educational water park, and they’re probably right (I guess I never really thought about it before). I did a quick Google search shortly after receiving an email about this water park, and sure enough, I was unable to find another water park with any real educational components.
So, what’s educational about the Evergreen Wings & Waves Water Park? No, you won’t be subjected to a lecture on particle physics, but you will have the opportunity to visit a children’s museum dedicated to teaching students about the power of water. In fact, dozens of interactive exhibits address concepts such as water propulsion, wave tides and the water cycle.
When you first arrive at Evergreen Wings & Waves Water Park, you’ll notice something you don’t see at most water parks: a 747 aircraft sitting on top of the building. Even better, four of the 10 water slides at the water park exit directly out of the Boeing 747’s fuselage. Another slide, Nosedive, takes riders through a tube that gives the impression they are about to slide into the spinning blades of a jet engine.
Next door to the water park, you’ll find the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, which houses a range of aircraft and rockets, as well as manned and unmanned spacecraft. Check out the world-class firearms collection, walk through the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor and catch a movie in their 3D theatre.
Have you ever been to the Evergreen Wings & Waves Water Park? Seems pretty amazing, and I love all the educational aspects. Let me know in the comments section below.
Photo Credit: Evergreen Museum