May 19th Water Country USA will be opening its gates once again for a summer of slippery slides and wet rides. The mid-Atlantic’s largest water park, Water Country USA, has developed several water rides and attractions that follow a fun and funky 1950s and 60s surf theme. While the state-of-the-art rides are the main attraction, summer entertainment, dining and onsite shopping venues are also worth a try.
The newest addition to the Water Country USA’s long list of thrill slides is the Vanish Point. Inspired by a wave’s ability to create a crest that exemplifies a partnership between gravity and water, the summit has two separate tunnels for the park’s many guests. After climbing the 75-foot tower, guests will enter a “skybox,” which is basically a clear, vertical tunnel. Before they can get settled in, the floor drops from beneath their feet and they plunge down a 300-foot speed slide.
There are also several family rides available, like the Aquazoid and Super Duck. These two family raft rides take guests along 864 feet of thrilling plunges and under five super-soaking water curtains, all at 20 feet per second. The ride ends with a unique underground finale. Big Daddy Falls is another family adventure that features waterfalls, caves and cannon blasters on a 670-foot long ride. For a friendly competition, check out the Nitro Racer, where you can actually race to the finish of the super-speed slide.
Take the kids to any of the park’s interactive water areas, like Cow-A-Bunga, where water slides, falls, fountains, water cannons and a bubble area are available. There’s also H20 UFO, the park’s largest play area that features slides, spray jets, waterfalls and a ride that children and parents can enjoy together. For the littlest member of the family, the Kritter Koral has scaled-down water sides, play equipment and fountains.
For lodging options within two miles try the Quality Inn at Kingsmill, which has a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool and a complimentary hot breakfast. The Crowne Plaza Williamsburg at Fort Magruder is also quite close and is only .8 miles from Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The Crowne features a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, hot tub and free wi-fi.
Whatever your reason for visiting Williamsburg this summer, be sure to check out the new rides and awesome oldies at Water Country USA.