Water parks in Idaho are the answer to the infamous kid statement, "I'm bored." The whole family can visit an Idaho water park and be lazy, active or anything in between--but never bored. 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 Idaho water parks.
You can start your day on a fast-paced 350 ft. aquatic drag race or hit the Leisure Lagoon where you can relax and just watch the action around you. You can meander the Endless River or go airborne on the Double Trouble Drop Slide. Roaring Springs offers water entertainment at every thrill level.
Enter The VortexThe first of its kind in Idaho, the Viper's Vortex is a four story "zoomin' flume" that whirls into a high velocity vortex before the final water plunge. This is a two-person bowl ride and it is the newest in slide design and technology, according to park staff.
Other AttractionsThe Mammoth Canyon Family Raft Ride is a four-person raft and is like an Olympic bobsled on water. Thunder Falls, the newest addition to the park, is a 50-foot high slide that drops quickly three times before the inevitable big splash. The Kiddie Kowabunga is a twisty-turning kiddie tube slide.
Food OptionsFresh squeezed lemonade is a popular refreshment at the park and there is a variety of foods to choose from, like sandwiches and Mexican food. No outside food is allowed at the park, but you may eat a picnic meal in an area just outside the park.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Roaring Springs water park.
Address: 400 W. Overland Road, Meridian, ID 83642
Hours: General hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in the summer; check the park website calendar for special event hours and days.
Price: General full-day admission (48 inches and taller), $27.99; children (shorter than 48 inches) and seniors (55 and older), $22.99.
Boulder Beach Water Park
This water and theme park is a gem out in the woods. The Avalanche Mountain raft ride is big enough to hold a family and the three speed slides on Velocity Peak should satisfy thrill seekers. The younger set will enjoy Toddler Springs and interactive water toys designed just for them.
Raft With The FamilyNew for the 2011 season is a family raft ride called Ricochet Rapids. A raft slides down a 40-foot hill, goes into a 30 -foot valley and drops into a 20-foot diameter enclosed tube. Guests ricochet up and down and around the sides of the tube, before the final plunge.
Slide AwayThe park has three speed slides on Velocity Peak and four serpentine tube slides in an area called Rumble Falls. Two wave pools and a Lazy River are the perfect spot for the non-thrill seeker who just wants to beat the heat.
Snack StandsFood choices at the park include a barbecue stand and a Wok In The Park Chinese restaurant. Elephant ears are a popular treat and there are the usual choices of corn dogs and burgers as well. No outside food is allowed in the park, but guests can use tables at the RV park next door.
Safety RecordWhile there have been no notable reports of accidents at the water park, Silverwood Theme Park, located on the same grounds, had a roller coaster malfunction in 2009. Passengers were left stranded briefly on the ride but no injuries were reported.
Address: 27843 N. Highway 95, Athol, ID 83801
Hours: The park is generally open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from June to Labor Day and some weekends during May and September.
Price: General admission, which includes both parks, $41.99; children (ages 3 to 7) and seniors (65 and older), $21.99.
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