This is a sponsored post by Wild River Country. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.
As a new teacher, I’ve relished in my first summer break since I was in college (long, long ago). My kids and I have just been hanging out, having playdates, visiting family, and enjoying lots of pool time. So for my last week of freedom (my school starts mid-July), we decided to go to Wild River Country again. Quinn, Maya, Lucy (Maya’s friend) and I hurried out the door, and we were the first in line to get in when the gates opened at 10 a.m.
It was cool being the first ones there — seeing all the Wild River Country staff and lifeguards stationed at their assigned posts for the day. We walked over to the lockers near the little kid Tad Pool. The small lockers are $8 for the day, and the large ones (which we got) are $12 for the day. You get this wristband (or multiple ones if you need them) to open your locker whenever you need to throughout your visit. The central location of these lockers makes them my choice of all the lockers at the water park.
Ironically, we ended up not playing in the Tad Pool at all this visit. (Last visit, Quinn and I spent the majority of our time there.) Instead, we went for the big guns right off the bat — the Cyclone, the largest raft ride in Arkansas! Quinn got fitted with a life jacket, then we got our raft and climbed the stairs to the Cyclone. The raft for the Cyclone seats four people, so we all got to ride together. (Little ones like Quinn can ride these big attractions if accompanied by an adult.) The Cyclone looked innocent enough from the bottom, but once the friendly staff person helped us get in place on the raft and gave us a push off, we swayed back and forth, zigzagging down the curvy, tube oscillating between darkness and light. I screamed like a little kid and held onto Quinn’s hand tight. But when I looked over at her, she was laughing and having a ball…not scared at all. My kids are so much braver than I am. As soon as we got to the bottom, she screamed “Let’s go again!” I told her that we could later — after my momma heart recovered.
We splashed around in the Ole’ Swimming Hole for a while and Lucy attempted the Lily Pad Crawl. She made it almost half way before falling in. She also went down the Vertigo, a high thrill, body-sliding experience that launches you from a tunnel slide into a giant funnel-looking thing before free falling into the splash pool below.
Next we rode the Pipeline. It’s a 500-foot roller coaster-type slide made for one or two people at a time. Maya and Lucy rode together; Quinn and I followed. The twists and turns were exhilarating, and again I screamed in a crazy mixture of fear and fun. I really wish I had a GoPro camera on my head to capture the experience. My words seem inadequate to describe the fun and laughter we shared on these slides.
After all this excitement, I convinced the girls that we needed a slow, relaxing float around the Lazy River, then we hit the Wave Pool. Quinn, holding my hand, dove face first into the incoming waves, unflinching in her determination to conquer each one.
Quinn worked up a thirst riding the waves, so we left the older girls to play while Quinn and I walked over the concession area for a drink and a snack. Quinn discovered that the straw makes a neat whistle and “entertained” the surrounding tables.
We met back up with Maya and Lucy and did the Cyclone another time. Then we rode down the Sidewinder, a much gentler slide for kids of all ages.
I’m sure I’ve left out other attractions that we enjoyed, but leave it to say, we had a great time at Wild River Country once again.
Wild River Country is open through Labor Day, so there is still plenty of summer left to go. For a full calendar, go here. It really is Arkansas’ summer fun place. For ticket info, visit their website.
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