Sounds of Summer

This is a sponsored post by Wild River Country. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

child playing in poolWhat does summer sound like to you?

  • Crickets chirping while you camp under the stars?
  • A boat motoring across the lake?
  • The beeps and booms of video games?
  • The crunching of grass and rocks under your feet as you hike a state park?

child laughing in pool

For me, summer sounds like the UNINHIBITED LAUGHTER of children at the pool. Growing up in south Arkansas, my mom took my brother and me to the pool almost every day. I can still picture the scene all these years later…the hot, black, asphalt parking lot that would burn your feet if you forgot your shoes, the round baby pool off to the left and the big L-shaped pool to the right as you entered the gate, the club house where we ordered delicious burgers and fries, the tall lifeguard chairs with the beautiful teenagers that manned the pool, and the late 70’s/early 80’s music playing over the speakers, and children playing and laughing. It wasn’t glamorous, but it was summer heaven to me.

at the gate of Wild River Country

My kids love the pool too. We belong to the neighborhood pool and go quite a bit. But one day last week, we decided to TAKE IT UP A NOTCH with a visit to WILD RIVER COUNTRY. Water parks are like the pool but 100X better. You would have thought I had taken them to Disney World — saving me the drive and the cost.

girls at Wild River Country

lazy river at Wild River Country

My youngest, Quinn, loved the Tad Pool with it’s shooting fountains, waterfalls, slides and the Splashin’ Tree Frogs. She pretended that the waterfalls were a jail that she was locked up in but kept breaking free — laughing the whole time. She also liked floating in a tube in the Wave Pool with her older sisters, as well as a slow, easy sail along the Lazy River.

duckie at Wild River Country

kid area waterfall at Wild River Country

My older two, Madison and Maya, ventured out on their own to ride the Accelerator, the Pipeline and a bunch of other rides while Quinn and I hung out at the Tad Pool. There are so many rides there, we didn’t even get to them all — so another trip is in our near future.

swimming in wave pool

lazy river at Wild River Country, summer in Arkansas

walking at Wild River Country

We rented a locker (conveniently located by the Tad Pool) for the day to keep all our things safe and in one spot. That was a tremendous help not having to lug all our towels and such from ride to ride.

lifeguards at Wild River Country

There were plenty of lifeguards around. They were quick to shut down any horseplay that could have ended badly. As a mom, it’s a good feeling to know that people are there at the park to keep everyone safe and focused on just having a good time.

floating on lazy river

Wild River Country is a nearby spot for family fun — a place where everyone can laugh and enjoy themselves. When you have kids spread out in ages like I do, that’s saying something. For ticket info, visit their website.

playing in wave pool, summer in Arkansas

If you want to check out Wild River Country, they are located at:

6820 Crystal Hill Road

North Little Rock, AR 72118


momma on lazy river, summer in Arkansas

3 Replies to “Sounds of Summer”

  1. My kids are looking forward to going back to Wild River Country too!!! Their favorites from our last trip included floating in the lazy river, the wave pool, and the Sidewinder slide.

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