LAS VEGAS, July 21, 2014 – The Wet ‘n’ Wild water park is back in Las Vegas! Back in the mid 80s the original Wet ‘n’ Wild water park sat on a piece high priced piece of real estate, the exclusive and world renown Las Vegas strip. It was almost across the street from Circus Circus and kind of next door to what was then The Sahara Hotel & Casino.
With every type of tourist visiting Las Vegas, the expectation was for the park to be wildly successful. Unfortunately despite the many marketing maneuvers and advertising campaigns could not drive the traffic and the water park become a popular local watering hole. However, that local traffic was not enough to sustain the property.
Wet ‘N’ Wild closed in early 2004 to make way for a massive, water-themed hotel and casino that unfortunately never materialize and now, other than some truly amazing hotel pools, this city that we all love has been without a water-based amusement attraction.
So Wet ‘n’ Wild is welcomed back and while its location on the far west side of town may not be great for tourists, it is great for the city as a whole, particularly parents with children that don’t want to brave the traffic of the strip. Sitting on 41 acres of beautiful land, the water park is colossal, easy to navigate, features many shaded areas, and there are lots of amazing people working there willing to help you at all times.
The mainly residential area in which the park sits is right on the edge of the Red Rock National Conservancy Area. Unobstructed views of the famous red hills that ring the Las Vegas Valley make any visit a unique experience, even if at first tt seems a bit odd at first to have this candy colored sprawl of splashing here at the footsteps of so much natural beauty.
Of course, once you realize that this is Vegas and it totally makes sense.
Most importantly, it offers more than 25 rides, from the ones that will make your heart race with terrifying drops to ones that will make it slow down with lazy drifting.
The parked opened for its second season in April with expanded hours, a longer operating schedule, many new improvements added and a new slide that debuted on Memorial Day weekend. It is without a doubt, Nevada’s premier water park with plenty of attractions for both thrill seekers and families.
Some of the rides are exclusive to this park. Rattler is a three-person raft slide that drops people through chambers that shake as you pass through; Constrictor is an enclosed slide with what are billed as the tightest and highest banking turns of any water slide in the world, all done in the dark; Canyon Cliffs drops riders from four story platform on a vertical drop at speeds of up to 33 feet per second; and Royal Flush Extreme puts people into a giant bowl that they spin around in as the water flushes into a pool below.
New for 2014 is The Tornado.
The only slide of its kind in Nevada, the Tornado is a four-person raft attraction that catapults riders from 36 feet in the air through a 110-foot tunnel before dropping them into the 45-foot-wide funnel where they spin back and forth through swirling water before plummeting into the eye of the storm.
As the raft sweeps up the Tornado wall and crosses its centerline, guests experience weightlessness or zero gravity. With their raft almost vertical on the wall, riders report feeling like they are about to tip over, but the curved funnel wall keeps them perfectly safe. After a series of these oscillations, they descend through a tube to the exit pool.
In addition to the adrenaline junky rides there are also some more tame experiences. A 1,000-foot lazy river ride circles winds in a big loop around the park; a big wave pool provides some ocean like action; and Splash Island is geared toward kids with nine slides, bridges to climb, water cannons, play areas, and a giant 300 gallon bucket that periodically dumps water on everyone underneath and both kids and adults seemed to love tremendously. This interactive water play center could keep visitors amused, wet, and cool for hours. We certainly had tons of fun there and our two children had a royal blast!
There are several grassy areas where you can set up your lawn chairs and beach umbrellas or if you feel like going the luxury route you can rent a private cabana. Check their website for prices on these amazing cabanas. Note that while there are some shaded areas they fill up fast so bring your own umbrella or if you feel like the brave one, plan on wearing lots and lots of sunscreen.
The day we were there covering this attraction, although it was a bit breezy which I loved, the temperature was in the high 90s and for a couple of hours, it reached about 104 degrees – so make sure you come prepared to get nice and toasty.
Admission price is not inexpensive… it is always a good idea to look into all the various tourist magazines for any coupons they may be offering during your visit to Vegas. To get in you’ll have to pay $40 for anyone over four feet tall – but that’s for an all-day, unlimited pass so in our eyes is well worth the admission price, especially if you are planning to spend the entire day having fun with your children.
Wet‘n’Wild is also offering a Twilight Ticket option for $19.99 for guests who want to enjoy the park at 4 p.m. and later to take advantage of Wet‘n’Wild’s extended hours this season. It will stay open until 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas is located at 7055 S. Fort Apache Rd., just southwest of the I-215 and Sunset Road Intersection. For information, call (702) 979-1600 or visit their website.
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