Though guests to Island Waterpark might meet humans on their way to the water, they might also encounter Pelican Pete—a giant blue pelican in a floral-print shirt and bermuda shorts. He and an athletic lifeguard staff oversee guests as they wander among fountains and roaring water in attractions designed for everyone from toddlers to adults. Bright-blue tube slides spiral down into splash pools, a giant bucket tips gallons of water onto passersby, and a three-story open slide sends riders on a straight shot into a landing zone that pads their descent with a foot of water and a coral reef packaged in bubble wrap. Aquatic revelers can also float down a 500-foot lazy river and children can frolic under arching fountains and waterfalls in a designated play area.
Since 1955, the Rotary Storyland and Playland have sparked young imaginations and earned a place in the hearts of multiple generations. At Playland, classic amusement-park rides, such as a ferris wheel, tilt-o-whirl, and a historic carousel, induce merriment and occasional regret over eating multiple corn dogs immediately before boarding. In the center of Playland lies Splash Junction, a free place for patrons to cool off on hot days under jets of water. Across the lake, Storyland takes a different approach to fun, populating its grounds with themed playground equipment inspired by classic tales, such as the legend of King Arthur and the lesser-known story of Jack and Jill starting a bottled-water business.
By dooming yourself with a VIP Combo Ticket, you'll be tricked out and treated to front-of-the-line access to all four of Fright Night Scream Park's ghoulishly garish attractions. Flex your trembling muscles in the undead quarters of Necropolis reVAMPed, or unicycle through three rings of terror in the clownscaped Psychosis in 3D gallery. Scare-savorers can become besties with the misunderstood zombies in Desecration: Quarantine, and the Asylum unleashes lobotomized lurkers on Mensa members and the average-of-intelligence alike.
Our Playroom's indoor play and enrichment center entertains sock-clad youngsters below the age of 6 with engaging rides, toys, and classes. Kids can race down the rocket-ship slide, scale the rock-climbing fort, or throw their hands up during drops on the mini roller coaster. Elsewhere they can bounce on trampolines, stock up on plastic food at the grocery stand, and perform the unabridged text of King Lear at the puppet theater.
As the older children play, those younger than 1 can explore the infant corner's soft play mats, while adults use the facility's free WiFi or join their kids for peanut- and nut-free bites at the snack bar. Along with open play, Our Playroom hosts engaging classes ranging from story times and art projects to basic cheerleading instruction and kid-friendly Zumba led by a certified Zumba teacher.
Wild Water Adventure Park's multiple water slides, massive wave pool, fishing lakes, and 15,000-square-foot kiddie area have made it a consistent winner of the Fresno Bee’s People’s Choice Award. The park’s newest addition, the GhostSlider, spins the swimsuited around inside a whirlpool bowl before shooting them out into a sparkling pool, and the Sidewinder rockets the bravest aquanauts down a three-story vertical drop and into a three-story horizontal leap over a pool of shark-infested blue-raspberry Jello. Others may choose to conquer the simulated surf of the Blue Wave, the largest wave pool in California. As smaller swimmers cavort amid the slides, splash pools, and sea creatures of Adventure Bay, their parents can lure bass, catfish, and bluegill with a coquettish wave of their hankies at Wild Water's three fishing lakes.
Gator Paintball’s 27-acre facility boasts 10 diverse courses full of stealthy hiding spots. Players can choose how to divide their days among any of the courses. Suit up in provided gear and head for the Graveyard speedball course, where dearly departed hamster ghosts have the advantage over speeding paintballs this time. The Western Ghost Town course features an underground mine tunnel, an array of spooky edifices, and vehicles sitting at a spine-tingling standstill. Finally vindicate your genie wish for the ability to see through wood inside a two-story log cabin, or navigate a tree-filled field that surrounds a three-story castle. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and the facility opens during the week for reservations of at least 10 people. Other on-site features include spectator viewing on five fields, cooling mist fans, and a community of budding paintball artists. Reservations are recommended.