How to Tackle a Water Park

Some tips and essentials to master a trip to the waterpark

From the LifeMinute.TV Team

July 28, 2022

If you’re visiting a water park this summer, these tips and must-have essentials to bring along, can help you avoid a meltdown…

For starters plan ahead, avoid peak times and arrive early, even before the park opens.

Designate a meeting place to get together in case anyone gets separated.

Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen and reapply it often. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeve swimsuits can protect your skin and eyes too.

Bring along lightweight goggles, earplugs, waterproof swim shoes, water-resistant cases or pouches to keep cell phones dry, floaties for the children, a portable, easy-to-carry insulated cooler for storing beverages, and snacks; change of dry clothes; zip-lock storage bags, and lightweight towels.

Facts about water parks:

There are more than 1,100 water parks in the United States.

Shoot the Chutes water slides developed around the end of the 19th century. They consisted of a flat-bottomed boat that traveled along a wooden track. It was pulled up a ramp by cable and then slid down, skipping across a large body of water until it came to a stop.

Speed and sled slides focus only on up-and-down forces. Bowl slides drop you into a circular basin and then spin you around, while serpentine slides whip riders back and forth in different directions along curves.

In 1977, SeaWorld founder George Millay created the first modern water park, Wet ‘n Wild in Orlando, Florida.

Wisconsin Dells is considered the Water Park Capital of the World. In 1989, Polynesian Water Park Resort in Wisconsin introduced the first indoor water park in the United States.

The most visited water park in the world is Chimelong Water Park in China. It draws more than 2 million visitors a year.

The tallest water coaster in the country is Massiv. Located in Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Water Park in Texas, it reaches 81 feet, 6 inches high. Visitors have to climb 123 steps to ride it.

In 2017, Morgan’s Inspiration Island in Texas became the first ultra-accessible water park designed to include people with disabilities in every part of the park.

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