I received tickets to Wet’N Wild Emerald Pointe in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
A water park is the perfect summer activity.
It cools down the hot day, provides giggles and grins, and creates memories.
Since we moved to North Carolina a year and a half ago, my kiddos have had Wet’N Wild on the brain.
They have come to get me when there’s been a commercial, they have randomly brought it up in conversation and reminded me on Memorial Day that Wet’N Wild is open!
This weekend I told them we were heading to the Wet’N Wild Emerald Pointe, the largest water park in both Carolinas and THE 12th largest water park in the nation.
Their minds wandered in delight as they thought of the 36 attractions sprawled over 40 acres that was about to become their playground!
This weekend it was go-time and we drove to Greensboro to splash and have a day of fun!
Through the gate, they were met by a one-legged pirate complete with a parrot (I was still trying to get our pool bag together) and once I caught up to them they were off in search of an attraction.
That’s when they saw Thunderbay Wave Pool.
They dashed to the pool as I hollered, “Wait! We need to put on sunscreen!”
They chose not to hear me as they bobbed in the pool of 2 million gallons of water waiting for the big 6 foot waves to roll through!
After riding out two waves, I finally got their attention, and out they came.
I told them we needed to put on sunscreen and on our way to where I had set up the lounge chairs for us and our gear, they took a detour and headed up the ramp for Dragon’s Den…
I waited at the exit to snatch them up as they exited the first waterslide of the day, dropping down a dark hold and circling around in a “bowl” to a final drop again into the unloading area!
Then we headed to the lounge chairs located in the Soak Zone!
It was calm here amid the water play area, waiting for the giant bucket to fill and dump!
I smothered the kiddos in sunscreen and while they “dried”, I caught a picture of Scott, a lifeguard at Emerald Pointe.
There are lifeguards at every ride.
Throughout the day I would watch them perform drills, check the water areas, and communicate with hand signals to one another.
These are not your typical lifeguards.
They are among some of the highest trained.
Licensed through an aquatics consultant company the guards are required to do four hours of in-service training each month.
They are subject to audits both in-house and by the consultant company.
There are also random audits both in action and by hidden cameras.
Their training has been so effective, that Wet ‘n Wild has maintained zero drownings while it has been in operation.
Sunscreen dry and the kiddos were back in the water.
They spent time playing in the Soak Zone.
Then we were off again to discover more attractions.
The kiddos headed for Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror. A 40′ drop and back to back vertical banks with a pair of 360 degree high spins.
Did I mention it all takes place in total darkness?
I took a picture just in case I never saw them again.
They came out giggling and exclaiming, “That was awesome!” and then dashed down the path to take on the next ride!
This ride was exciting because of the two side-by-side water slides.
There’s quite a drop and enough get up and go to shoot the riders out on their way into the pool.
Here are the kiddos in action on the Double Barrel Blast!
I watched from the observation deck as grown men chickened out in front of their sons.
I was sure my kiddos were going to be eating crow and regret. Next thing I know, they were down and I’d missed the video of the drop…
In order to recover they decided it was lunchtime and they were ready to feed their bellies.
We headed to the Food Court!
We viewed the specials:
and the menu:
and ordered up!
Shazam Burger….sooooo good!
Peanut Butter and Jelly meal for the more picky–or most eager to get back to the water slides!
Chicken Fingers Basket….tasty!
We recapped the day so far and then headed back to our lounge chairs for a repeat of sunscreen!
They wasted no time with the Raging River, a 450 foot long man-made river!
They took on the Runaway Raft Ride (our longest wait time) and mastered the 600-foot long water slide.
Then the path leads to the moment of truth.
The Dare Devil Drop!
Would the kiddos be daring enough to take it on?
One of my children did the Dare Devil Drop.
A heart-stopping 76-foot drop (the tallest waterslide in both the Carolina’s and one of the tallest in the nation).
It was GIRL POWER all the way.
Li’l Man stayed with the Twin Sisters, two identical water slides that are zippy and 350 feet in length!
Then they took a break on the Lazee River.
They took advantage of the tranquility, the scenery and wound their way around the river.
I took advantage of the refrigerated water fountains! I’m telling you; it’s the small things!
We took a peek at Splash Island, where it’s kiddie themed complete with a secure gate to keep small children contained with their family as they explore the miniature attractions, including Scooter the water slide.
Then we were back in action.
On the hunt for the next great moment.
We found it in Shipwreck Cove, complete with a sunken ship that the kiddos enjoyed jumping off of and then swimming in the pool.
Our day was perfect.
The kiddos enjoyed exploring the park and had a blast on every ride!
There are so many options at Wet’N Wild Emerald Pointe.
From the daring to the relaxing.
I just enjoyed the moment watching my children and the time kicking my feet up.
The music on the loudspeaker system was awesome…I kept anticipating a flash mob!
Emerald Pointe is extremely clean.
I searched for any type of trash and there just wasn’t any to be found.
The staff was friendly and alert. The rides did not have excessively long lines.
If you’re near the Carolinas and want to experience an amazing water park, head out to Emerald Pointe.
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