Mom Report: The Beach Waterpark

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Summer is sizzling, so why not beat the heat and check out The Beach Waterpark with your entire family! The Beach has something for every member of your family, whether they seek adventure or relaxation. Recently my family visited The Beach, and we all found something to suit our summer fun needs.

 

For toddlers, Big Creek Beach is the place to be. This woodland wet playground features loads of sprayers, three slides, and a gigantic 600-gallon dump tank — beware! My 3-year-old enjoyed this area the most because he was able to do everything over and over again. He liked to take the same path — scaling a net, climbing through a tunnel, and then down a double slide. He did this again and again, in hopes that the huge water barrel would dump on him, which he thought was hilarious.

 

Thrill seekers 48 inches and up will not be disappointed with the wide array of water slides. My almost 6-year-old ran up to the entrance of a slide and yelled “I AM TALL ENOUGH THIS YEAR!!!” My fearless son wanted to ride The Cliff, a slide that plummets five stories down, but I somehow convinced him otherwise … maybe I will be brave enough next year. There are swirly slides (Kamikaze features a 360-degree loop), bumpy slides (Banzai Blast has three drops that may just have you flying through the air before you splash into the water), dark slides (Hang Ten is an enclosed tube ride that only lets a little light peak through before you jet into the pool at the bottom), and tube slides (Maui Wowie is a two-person tube ride). My 6-year-old’s favorite this year was Banzai Blast, because he was able to race me on this side-by-side slide. All in all, there are ten featured water slides at The Beach, which is your family’s favorite?  

 

Check out this Video of our visit to The Beach!

My 9-year-old niece visited The Beach with us this year, and she enjoyed swimming in the big surf wave pool, and relaxing in paradise cove. She loves mermaids, and I think paradise cove’s natural rocks and beautiful waterfall would make a perfect oceanic oasis for any mermaid! She really surprised me when she said she would ride The Soaring Eagle, a two-person zipline ride that flies riders across the entire wave pool ($15 for two riders). She and her 6-year-old cousin enjoyed the ride and quick hairstyling — when my son went on the ride his hair was wet, and when he came off it was air blown dry.

 

We walked the park for hours, allowing each of the kids to take a turn picking an activity. Whenever it was my turn, we took a trip down The Lazy River. My 3-year-old was able to share a tube with me, and my niece and 6-year-old were able to have their own inner tubes. It was something we all liked, and we were able to do together!

 

And yes! Even my sweet little 5-month-old came with us to The Beach. Though he wasn’t able to test the waters this year, I can report that he really enjoyed taking everything in — it was a feast for his eyes! The centrally located changing rooms had diaper changing stations, and the curtained off changing rooms were a perfect place to nurse him. There are tons of shaded areas at The Beach, so regardless of what the “big” kids were doing, my husband and I were always able to find a shaded spot for baby to be close by.

 

After six hours at The Beach, we were all wiped out. Two out of four kids napped on the ride home, although the grown ups would have loved to nap, too. We had a blast and made a lot of memories along the way. We even introduced my niece to her first funnel cake (she gave it two powdered-sugar thumbs-up). If you are looking for a full day of summer fun before back-to-school dread sets in, you should definitely take your whole family to The Beach Waterpark!

 

The Beach Waterpark is located at:

2590 Waterpark Drive

Mason, OH 45040

 

Check out their website for discounted tickets:

http://www.thebeachwaterpark.com/buy-tickets/general-admission/

 

Or buy a discounted ticket package on Groupon:

https://www.groupon.com/deals/the-beach-27

 

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her blog (haikuciani.com) and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

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