10/21/2011 04:57 pm ET | Updated Dec 19, 2011

Water Parks In West Virginia: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Water parks in West Virginia offer experiences for both thrill and skill seekers. From West Virginia's first wave pool to FlowRiders, families can enjoy the fun and excitement of various water adventures. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about West Virginia's water parks.

Water Ways Waterpark

Boone County's Water Ways bills itself as "family fun at its finest." The small park, located on Corridor G (U.S. Highway 119) between Charleston and Madison, W. Va., has two water slides, an Olympic pool, a lazy river for tubing, and shaded picnic areas. These quaint features make Water Ways the perfect spot for summer respite in the southwestern Mountain State.

Twin Twisty Slides

The park's main water attractions are its twin water slides, which are set side-by-side. While the park doesn't explicitly encourage racing, there's something to be said about the power of suggestion, particularly on a steamy West Virginia August afternoon. Sidle up to the chutes and let the good times flow.

Mini Golf And ATV Trails

In addition to its aquatic attractions, the park also has an 18-hole miniature golf course. For off-roading enthusiasts, the Little Coal River branch of the regional Hatfield-McCoy all-terrain vehicle trails system is located adjacent to the park.

Family Picnic Time

Unlike larger parks that offer on-site dining, the menu at Water Ways is pretty much up to the guest. There are shaded areas for picnicking, and larger lodge-style shelters are available to rent by the day for large groups of people. These shelters commonly supply grills and the bigger ones have access to electricity and restrooms.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety concerns at Water Ways.

Address: 111 Water Way, Julian, WV 25529
Phone: 304-369-6125
Hours: The park is open daily during the summer months from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: Adults, $12; children 5 and younger, free. Call to inquire about group rates and after-hours rentals.

Waves Of Fun Water Park

Operated by the Putnam County parks department, Waves of Fun was the first water park in West Virginia to include a wave pool, which remains the main reason people make the trek out to this Teays Valley destination every summer. There is also an enclosed water slide -- the appropriately named Aqua Tube -- to pique the interest of more adventurous patrons.

The Aqua Tube

The Aqua Tube is a two-story high enclosed water slide that offers thrilling twists and turns in complete darkness. Although it might not the deliver the kinds of high-octane thrills that guests can expect at larger parks, the Aqua Tube is one of the main attractions at Waves of Fun. Kids have to be at least 48 inches tall to enjoy this ride.

Hit The Beach

The rolling surf and ocean-like breakers in the park's wave pool always cause a splash, but guests who'd rather stay dry might enjoy the adjacent beach. Bask in the sun on the sand or play a pick-up game of volleyball. There's also an 18-hole miniature golf course.


There is an on-site concession stand that sells fast food, snacks and drinks.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety concerns regarding the Waves of Fun Water Park.

Address: 1 Valley Park Dr., Hurricane, WV 25526
Phone: 304-562-0518
Hours: Waves of Fun is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Times vary during the month of August.
Price: General admission, $8; children 5 to 11 and seniors 60 and older, $6.50; children 4 and younger, free. Float rentals are $4. Afternoon-only admission discounts are available.

Other Noteworthy Parks Near West Virginia

Camden Park
Valley Worlds of Fun
Dinosaur Land
Kings Dominion
Busch Gardens

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