This year was the first year for us to have annual passes to the largest water park in Virginia-Water Country USA® in Williamsburg, VA and I realize now that I should have done this years ago. Since this year I’m serving as a Busch Gardens® Thrill Chaser Ambassador (you can read about my elation here!), I had the fortune to receive annual passes to both parks (which by the way, both just recently received 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards and USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards!). My kids can swim and they have always loved the beach. Living so close to the beach, I never thought it was necessary to add a water park to our summer activities.
I was wrong.
They absolutely love it!
I waited until school got out (it’s so late for us here…they get out in late June) for us to take our first visit to Water Country and so far we have visited 4 times this summer (and it isn’t over yet!). My hubby and I had gone to Water Country once before we were married, and I had gone once when I was a kid. However, we had never been there together as a family.
I never knew we could have so much fun together across our varying ages!
Some Reasons to Include Water Country USA for Your Summer Itinerary
It is an awesome way to beat the heat! I can’t stand being too hot. When you go to Water Country, you will not stand a chance in staying hot with over 40 rides, slides, pools, and more. From sitting your feet in the water, splashing and gliding around, to full on swimming, there is little excuse to stay dry and hot!
You don’t need to be an Olympic swimmer to enjoy the park. Most of the rides and slides end in pools ranging from a foot deep to 3 1/2 feet. There are plenty of options if you don’t want to frolic in water no higher than your knees! Also, there are complimentary life jackets all over the park for you to wear from toddlers to adults. Just grab one and go! You can wear them all day long!
Enjoy rides together as a family. I was shocked to find there were so many rides that my entire family (remember we range in age from 4 months to 40!) can enjoy! Pools, slides, and more. Excluding my infant, we actually can ride together on many of the slides such as Big Daddy Falls!
Lots of options for the little ones. There are 3 major kiddie areas perfect for toddlers-Kritter Korral, H2O UFO, and Cowabunga. These areas include shallow pools, slides, fountains, and water-filled playgrounds.
Tons of seating to relax…including shady areas! I was concerned that because I have an infant, Water Country would be a terrible place to spend the day. I initially thought we’d get burned in the blazing sun since my baby can’t really play in the water all day long. However, there are tons of seats and lounge chairs in every area of the park, many under shady umbrellas, trees, and even roof-covered shade. I have never had a hard time finding a shady/covered spot for us to sit and relax in when not in the water each time I have visited…and I have arrived at different times of the day each time!
We like to leave the Wave Pool as our grand finale of the day. It’s a great place to relax together!
Kritter Korral and some of the fun slides and safe kiddie playing areas.
Because our pace of enjoying the park is a bit dictated by the infant in the family, each visit we’ve included exploring a new set of rides/slides. My girsl got a chance to ride Collosal Curl with my sister and are now dying to ride it with me. I’m super excited (ok, and maybe a little scared!). Hopefully I can get video of that!
It truly has been such a wonderful way for my family to spend quality time together this summer. Each time we leave after a day at Water Country, we’re always talking about when the next visit will be! I think it has to do with relaxing together in a resort-like setting, but more importantly, experiencing funny moments of thrills and comedy while riding the various attractions together. There is nothing like seeing family members scream with eyes wide open right in front of you!
Disclosure: I received complimentary annual passes to Water Country USA® as part of being a Busch Gardens® Thrill Chaser Ambassador. The thoughts and opinions here are completely my own.