By Mary Ashton Mills
The dog days of summer in Georgia require creative ways to stay cool. When your kids grow bored with all of the local splash pads such as the backyard slip and slide, the lake, the pool and the river, opt for a day trip to one of Statesboro’s largest attractions, Splash In The Boro Water Park. For this easy day excursion, make plans to leave Augusta early in the morning to arrive at the park by the time it opens at 10:00 am. As always with large attractions, the early bird gets the worm. Plan to stake claim to some lounge chairs and set up camp for the day. The park offers something for everyone with trio slides, a zero-depth entry toddler area, a lazy river, lily pads, a five lane thrill ride, a surfing simulator and even a state of the art wave pool set to open this summer. If you are traveling with a large group or want extra space for your party, plan to reserve a cabana for $70 per day, allowing some shade, extra seating and a cabana host who will take care of your party with food service. Within the park, there are three dining options to choose from: Splashy’s Snack Shack, Splashy’s Sandwich Shoppe and Splashy’s Tiki Hut. The park also offers hand stamps if you choose to splash for a while, leave the grounds for lunch and come back for the afternoon. Located inside of Mill Creek Park, a 42-acre recreational park with trails, sports fields and ponds, visitors can enjoy a picnic and some time with nature before returning to the park for the afternoon.
Distance: 82 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes
Budget: Admission is $18.99 per person over 4 feet tall, $13.99 under 4 feet tall, children under 2 years old are free. Insider Tip: Tickets purchased online are offered at a discount and visitors get a break from the long ticket lines.
What to See: If you’ve always wanted to try your luck at carving a turn on a wave while surfing, the Flowrider is for you. It is the only dual flowrider in Georgia. Tickets for the stand up Flowrider experience must be purchased in addition to your water park ticket and are $10.00. Don’t miss the grand opening of the new wave pool this summer.
If you go: The park reaches maximum capacity on weekends so take a mid-week trip if you can. If not, plan to arrive early and get in as many slides as possible to beat the long lines.
Mary Ashton Mills is an Augusta freelance writer and mother of two.
This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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