Ocean Breeze Waterpark, which offers free parking, embraces the spirit of the sun-drenched Caribbean, inviting families to come and enjoy more than 30 rides, slides, and attractions. Food stands dish up shrimp po' boys, foot-long sub sandwiches, and ice cream, while complimentary sunscreen and a staff of vigilant lifeguards help ensure that families stay safe and comfortable throughout their visit.
Rides and Attractions
Walk the Plank
350-foot slide that sends guests in tubes flying around high-banking curves and horizontal loops
Thrilling, pitch-black body slide whose final 50-foot drop ends in a splash
Inner tubes swirl around a 30-foot-wide bowl before dropping into the pool below
1,000,000-gallon wave pool sends swells surging from the deep end toward the shore
Each trip around this quarter-mile-long lazy river passes by waterfalls and hopelessly lost icebergs
Multi-level play structure with plenty of opportunities for younger children to climb and clamber
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Four stories above Community Beach, a lone adventurer looks down at the challenge before her. She holds her breath and lets go, the wind lifting her hair as she takes a 170-foot-long trip down the giant inflatable Ocean View Waterslide, which overlooks the Chesapeake Bay. Below, her family cheers from their perches in rented beach chairs that sit in the shade of oversized umbrellas. Others nearby munch on treats from one of the local food trucks.
Guests can also hang out under Community Beach's covered pavilion or at the picnic tables. For added convenience, the area is equipped with outdoor showers and public restrooms.
Children can safely unleash their wild side at Orb Family Fun Center's indoor playground, where multicolored obstacle courses and inflatables provide soft surfaces for active limbs and wild imaginations. After leaping up and down inside air-filled bounce houses, young'uns can burrow through tunnels and pop out onto padded mats, barrel down cushioned slides, or gear up on the kiddy-car grand prix for a race or a lesson in merging etiquette. The family-friendly facility makes birthdays a breeze by providing the activities, food, and supplies necessary for any good party, and can host larger gatherings such as field trips, church outings, or corporate events.
It’s 1:29 p.m. and the wave pool at Great Waves Waterpark has been calm for nine minutes. The mood on the surface, however, is anything but. An anticipatory energy has been transmitted through the water as sunbathers migrate from the sun deck, giddy youngsters from the various kids’ areas, and thrill seekers from one of the park’s waterslides. The anticipation ends at 1:30 p.m. when three 80-horsepower motors begin to churn the large fans that whip the pool’s 475,000 gallons of water into waves as high as four feet for 10 minutes. This increment of waves—10 minutes on, 10 minutes off—runs like clockwork at the 20-acre facility, which also features dry attractions such as miniature golf, batting cages, and grassy areas for practicing the backstroke.
In addition to offering sun-soaked thrills of simulated waves, the park's Paradise Play boasts 30-foot slides, pogo sticks, rock walls, and a non-aqueous playground area. A faux beach with sand invites revelers to unwind while snacking on a funnel cake purchased from Riptide Café, while a nearby play pool with pint-sized slides lets little riders get into the summertime mix. After a full day of sliding and swimming, guests may purchase souvenirs from the Shark Shack gift shop.
Sit shotgun at gunshot speeds in a NASCAR racing-experience pace car, driven by a professional NASCAR-racing instructor. Experienced pedal-pressers zoom three brisk laps around the Richmond International Raceway, giving copilots a blurry morning glimpse of the same track the racers will see that evening. After the ride-along, the adrenaline-drenched are invited to set up supper clubs in the parking lot for pre-race tailgating, granting them an opportunity to out-maneuver traffic, mingle with other racing enthusiasts, and crochet their own checkered flags.
Aquatic Adventures’ staff of lifelong instructors and competitive swimmers transforms young fins into formidable flippers over the course of a month. Group lessons are divided into six class levels. Green guppies can wet their feet in the Seal program, which acquaints them with basic swimming skills in the shallower depths, and Walrus-level classes build on the basics to foster independence in swimmers who are comfortable putting their faces in the water, floating, and socializing with trout. Freestyle, backstrokes, and breath control constitute the Ice Fish curriculum, before the Macaroni Penguin program prepares youngsters for endurance swimming with longer distance practice and deep-water-diving skills. Children already privy to the secrets of the deep can enroll in advanced Polar Bear clinics that aim to further refine their skills through a focus on competitive swimming strokes and salmon hunting.