Most people beat the heat by becoming sedentary: laying on the beach, lounging in a hammock, or sleeping on top of electric fans. But Jacksonville Beach Shipwreck Island Waterpark keeps customers cool in a more thrilling way. Besides the obligatory lazy river (720 feet long) and a 500,000 gallon wave pool, the park includes four extreme slides and other rides for kids of all ages.
Eye Catcher: Explore the Pirate's Play Village. Kids of all ages scamper up and down the attraction's three stories, descending down slides, blasting one another with water cannons, or cleaning their teeth with water nozzles.
For School-Age Kids: The Rage reaches speeds as high as 18 mph as it sends riders on a waterborne roller coaster ride.
For Older Kids: From 40 feet into the air, The Eye of the Storm drops riders into concentric circles before dropping them into eight feet of water.
For Toddlers: Kiddie Cove, a play area for the tiny set, features a splash pad and two small slides
Take a Break: The Wave Riders Grill serves snacks such as french fries, fruit, and popcorn
For more than 50 years, bowlers have hurled balls down Beach Bowl's gleaming lanes, vying to topple over groups of unwitting pins. By day, the alleys host friendly matches and kids’ birthday parties, and by night, they light up for cosmic bowling with day-glo stripes. To bowl higher scores, competitors can lubricate their minds with cocktails from the Strike Zone Lounge, and fuel up between frames with hot and cold sandwiches and snacks at the snack bar. Afterward, players can overturn losing games with a rematch at the foosball or pool tables in the arcade.
The spectrum of silliness is contained within three Adventure Landing attractions: race on go-karts in front of NASCAR-scout audiences, make a mark on frenemies in laser tag, or saunter and swing on the mini-golf course. (Laser tag is not available at the St. Augustine location.) Attempt each feat before going back for one last round of your two favorites, or use them all on a five-act go-kart play. The freedom of choice applies to how you use your five attractions; however, you must expunge the fun out of this factory's frenetic free-for-all in a single visit, making it a convenient way to happily exhaust over-energized tweens and tots.