Water parks allow you to splash around without having to take that job where you tow abandoned cars out of rivers. Get your feet wet with this Groupon.
- $64 for unlimited water-park admission for the remainder of the 2013 season and a 2014 season pass (a $127.99 value)
This year's season ends Sunday, September 15. The 2014 season pass grants visitors all-day admission every day, access to exclusive events, and discounted bring-a-friend passes. The opening date in May will be dependent on the weather.
Cowabunga Bay rises from the horizon like the skyline of a small city, seemingly plucked from a cartoon world. Networks of interconnected aerial walkways—gleaming in blues, yellows, and purples and bordered by protective nets—run between 11 flume and fully enclosed slides. Balconies at the top of winding stairs overlook palm trees and pools. A giant yellow bucket dumps gallons of water down a staircase at regular intervals. Rising above the slides, towers, and nearly a million gallons of water are giant sculptures—a grinning tiki mask, giant pairs of colored sunglasses, an old-fashioned wood-paneled station wagon, and the cow that surfed over the moon.
CPR-savvy lifeguards supervise as visitors plunge down Mondo's 800 covered feet of near darkness, twist and turn through Hang 10, and rush around Bombora's figure-eight shape before screaming hello to a 45-degree drop. Riders glide into a water-filled run-out at the end of each slide, rather than a deep pool; this ensures safer landings and discourages sharks from gathering to beg for leftover hamburgers from the water-park grill. At a separate children's area, small visitors dart between jets of spraying water and glide down three slides—one, called Squiggler, stretches 200 feet.
Those who'd like to take the thrills down a notch can wade into the 2,500 square feet of water at Cowabunga Beach. Or, they can grab an inner tube and float down a 600-foot lazy river, where surfboards, tiki statues, and a '67 Volkswagen Beetle spray passersby with streams of water. These more relaxing attractions might help waterparkers get ready for rides that crank the thrills way, way up—such as the Sky Surfer, a bungee-jumping/trampolining hybrid that lets guests perform tricks while keeping them safe from sudden reversals in gravity.