Pack your bags for some water fun this summer.
With temperatures heating up, many families are looking for fun ways to beat the heat. Memorial Day weekend kicks off the opening of several water parks along the Gulf Coast.
Ready for a road trip for some water fun? We put together a list of water parks you can drive to in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to cool off.
Location: Gulf Shores, Ala.
Waterville USA is a 20-acre water park and amusement park located in Gulf Shores, Ala. The water park includes more than a dozen water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool and other themed areas. Guests can also get a thrill from several amusement park attractions including go-karts, a roller coaster, miniature golf and even an arcade. There’s also an escape game. Admission to the waterpark includes all of the water attractions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the amusement park attractions from noon to 6 p.m. The park opens daily for the 2018 season starting May 17. Here’s a preview of what to expect here.
Gulf Islands Waterpark
Location: Gulfport, Miss.
When it feels like a hot steam bath outside, just take a drive to Gulf Islands Waterpark in Gulfport, Miss. The water park offers families nearly a dozen fun water attractions like the Riptide Racer. Kids can also get a kick out of celebrity meet and greets with stars from Nickelodeon and Disney. Gulf Islands Waterpark opens daily for the 2018 season beginning on May 23. The park offers single day tickets and season passes starting at $54.99 Here’s a preview of what to expect here.
Geyser Falls Water Theme Park
Location: Choctaw, Miss.
More than 23 acres of water park fun awaits at Geyser Falls Water Theme Park. The water theme park features 12 major water slides, a wave pool and activity areas for children and teens. One of the attractions, Backsplash, lets guests ride a waterslide backwards. Geyser Falls claims it’s the “first waterslide of its kind in America.” General admission prices vary based on day and height. The park opens for the 2018 season on May 26.
Splash Kingdom Waterpark
Location: Shreveport, La.
Take a drive to Shreveport to visit Splash Kingdom Waterpark. From thrilling rides for adrenaline junkies to exciting kiddie areas, the water park has everyone covered for a day of ultimate summer fun. More than a dozen attractions fill the park like wild water slides, cool pools and a lazy river. General admission is $24.95, with tickets for guests under 42″ tall costing $18.95. The park also offers other packages like season passes. Regular park hours for the 2018 summer season start on May 26.
Location: Baton Rouge
The BREC operated waterpark in Baton Rouge includes quite a few water features including multiple water slides, a water playground, a splash pad and a lazy river. You can also test out the Shockwave — a high-speed surfing simulator. General admission is $12 for everyone over 48” tall and $10 for kids under 48″ tall. Kids 12 months and under are free. The park opens daily for the 2018 season starting on May 24. There’s an additional $5 for the shockwave attraction. The park also offers season passes.
Blue Bayou Water Park
Location: Baton Rouge
Blue Bayou offers a great way to cool off this summer with more than dozen attractions and thrilling water rides like the Mad Moccassin and Lafitte’s Plunge. Families can also take the more relaxing route by floating in the lazy river. Plus, you can double your fun with a trip to Dixie Landin’ right next door. Daily admission is $29.99 for seniors 60+ and guests 48″ and under. Guests 48″ and taller enter for $36.99. Free entry for kids 35″ and under. Opens daily for the summer 2018 season on May 25.
Sulphur Parks & Recreation Waterpark
Location: Sulphur, La.
From the Super Bowl Tube Slide to the Splash & Play Island, nearly a dozen water attractions wait for kids at Sulphur Parks and Recreation Waterpark. Out-of-district visitors can play in the waterpark for $12, while in-district residents with proof of residency pay a $6 admission fee. The park opens daily for the 2018 season on May 24.
Audubon Cool Zoo and Gator Run
Location: New Orleans
Audubon Zoo’s popular water attractions Cool Zoo and Gator Run offer a water park option on a smaller scale right within New Orleans. The features include the alligator water slide, the spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes and shady spots for grown-ups. The lazy river offers Zoo visitors the option to cool down by floating atop an inner tube along a course that measures 750 linear feet in length. Three feet deep and 10 feet wide, the lazy river features two sand beaches and water cannons that can shower visitors as they float by. Regular admission to Cool Zoo, including Gator Run, is $10 for Audubon Nature Institute members and $12 for non-members, plus Audubon Zoo admission. The water park will open daily for the 2018 summer season beginning Saturday, May 26.