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
At Kona Skate Park, smooth concrete undulates, dips, and banks like a frozen ocean. Skaters navigate those contours armed with helmets and bags of tricks such as kickflips and ollies. After zigging and zagging around cement bowls and valleys, they grab some air on the ramps and half-pipes. Street skating obstacles such as low wooden boxes and steps provide opportunity for slick grinds and rail slides.
The park opened in the late 1970s, and all of its elements, including the verts protruding from the concrete basins, are infused with history. Kona Skate Park was the original meeting place for legends such as Tony Alva and Rodney Mullen, and today it's the site of burgeoning skateboarders. To nurture the talents of those future stars, instructors lead lessons and camps geared toward kids of all skill levels.
At Skate Station, kids choose their own day of fun and adventure. Four main attractions fill the fun center, where kids and families spend hours making making memories. Wally's Playground features a two-story, 30-foot soft play area with a plenty of colorful apparatuses to climb, roll through, and swing on. In the Swamp Golf area, kids display their mini-golf skills as they putt their way along the holes in search of a chest of pirates' gold. The fun also turns old-school at the roller rink filled with pop music and colorful lights, as well as in the arcade where kids try their skills at sports- and adventure-themed video games.
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.
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.
Batt Family Fun Center's facilities lure bowlers of all ages with a plethora of smooth lanes, some of which are surrounded by bumpers, and league and specialty bowling. Roll one of Batt Family Fun Center's colorful, varying-in-weight bowling balls toward innocent pins while wearing stylish yet effectual nonscuffing footwear. Xtreme bowling, a cosmic-bowling experience that takes place on Friday and Saturday nights, dazzles the eyes with lasers, disco lights, black lights, and fog, and doles out stimulation for the ears in the form of loud music and the sounds professional athletes make when they get injured. An arcade room and snack bar ensure those waiting to roll remain entertained and full of flavor. Rounding out the family fun are billiards tables and glow-in-the-dark mini golf.