November 20, 2017

4 Reasons Why I Love Water Parks

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Coconut Cove Water Park

I went to a water park for the first time last week, well at least for the first time as a mom. I’m not sure how that’s possible given I’ve been a mom for eight years now, but it’s true. I had so much more fun than I was expecting and loved getting close and really playing with my kids at the water park.

TripAdvisor recently announced the Top Ten Water Parks in the U.S., and I can now see why water parks are so popular. But you don’t need to go to one of these ten water parks. You’ll find them in every state and every country around the world. Here are four reasons why I now love water parks and why I’ll be back.

  • Water Parks Force You (and Your Kids) to Unplug. I’ve only had an iPhone for a year and a half, but I’ll admit, it definitely stays close at all times. We spent just over two hours at the Coconut Cove Water Park (my littlest one was hungry for lunch), and I honestly loved leaving my phone in the car and being free from email, Facebook and various other apps, including games my kids play. It was a great way to connect with my kids in the water by leaving the electronics behind.
  • Water Parks are Everywhere. You don’t need to go to a big, far away water park, like Adventure Island (Tampa, FL) or Water Country USA (Williamsburg, VA) to have a crazy, wet experience with your kids. At Coconut Cove, which was local to my in-laws in Boca Raton, FL, there was only a lazy river, two big water slides, and a good size water play area with fountains and tunnels, and we could have had fun all day.
  • Water Parks Can Be Inexpensive (Even Free). There’s no need to spend $47 per person to enjoy a day of fun at the water park. Check in with your local Parks and Recreation Department for water parks in your county or neighboring counties. Coconut Cove was just $10 for adults and $8 for kids. Or, how about a sprayground? Our Special Harbor Spray Park in Franconia, VA is free and offers hours of wet and slippery fun for families.
  • Water Parks Offer a Cheap Lunch. What I loved about Coconut Cove was that they had loads of clean picnic tables just outside the gates. Sure, they also offered a full-service concession stand (pizza, hot dogs, etc.) but it’s so much more fun to take a quick break as a family and sit down with a cooler full of sandwiches, chips and fruits. Another great opportunity to bond as a family.

During the summer, water parks can be busy with kids day camps, so it’s best to call ahead to find out the best days and times to go to your local park for the best experience. We went to Coconut Cover Water Park on a Friday when several day camps were there, but to be honest, it was still quite enjoyable.

Are you a big fan of water parks? I’d love to hear if you have any more tips and tricks for having fun and staying cool as a family at water parks.

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