We found 5 of the best NC waterparks to check out this summer

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By Staff Reports

May 23, 2024

Are you looking for a way to beat the summer heat in North Carolina? From Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park to Carolina Harbor, get ready to make a splash at 5 of the best NC waterparks.

Ever seen anyone having a bad time at a waterpark? Yeah, we haven’t seen it before either.

To get into the spirit of summer, which is just days away, we’ve complied some of the best NC waterparks to hit up and cool off. Check them out below.

Dive Into the Thrills at Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park

Nestled in the heart of Greensboro, Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park is an adrenaline-infused paradise for thrill-seekers and water enthusiasts. With over 36 rides and attractions sprawled across a watery wonderland, this waterpark is the perfect summer oasis. Between the Daredevil Drop, the Lazee River, and the Tropical Drop, there’s something to suit everyone’s waterpark preference. There’s also the wave pool, a family favorite where you can bob along to the rhythm of simulated ocean waves, minus the salt and the sharks. Dive into the adventure at Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park this summer.

Soak Up the Sun at Sun Crest Water Park

Tucked away in the charming city of Fayetteville, Sun Crest Water Park is the epitome of summer fun, beckoning families and sun-seekers. If you can’t make it to the beach this year, this waterpark wave pool is a great next best option. At the heart of Sun Crest Water Park, the wave pool reigns supreme in North Carolina. You can ride the waves or let them lull you into a serene state of relaxation, floating on the boundary between excitement and tranquility. Sun Crest also offers a smorgasbord of water slides, from the Serpentine Slide or the exhilarating drop of the Free Fall – there’s a slide to match every thrill level. In Fayetteville’s sun-drenched embrace, Sun Crest Water Park stands as a testament to summer’s enduring allure, inviting you to soak up the sun, to make a splash, and to create memories that will warm your heart long after the season fades.

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park: Where Wild Adventures Await

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, located in Wilmington, is part-waterpark, part arcade, part—a little bit of everything. While there is an exciting waterpark, visitors can also enjoy go-kart races and laser tag battles. At Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, the waterpark is just the beginning. Follow up your waterpark fun with a victorious round of mini-golf or a high-octane go-kart race. Here, variety spices up the fun, offering a unique blend of activities that ensures no two visits are ever the same. In the beachside town of Wilmington’s, Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park is where fun runs rampant.

Magic Mountain Fun Park: A Hidden Gem of Splashy Delights

Drive south from Wilmington, and you’ll encounter Mountain Fun Park of Holden Beach. This may not be on every adventurer’s radar, but therein lies its charm— it’s a hidden gem. At Magic Mountain Fun Park, the rush of the Magic Plunge offers a thrilling descent. If that’s not your speed, you can also take part in the bubbling pools and splash pads. Located on the causeway at Holden Beach, Magic Mountain Fun Park offers a reprieve from the sand while also ensuring your beach vacation is the perfect getaway.

Carolina Harbor: A Tsunami of Fun at Carowinds

If rollercoasters are not the adventure you’re after this summer, Carolina Harbor at Carowinds might be the perfect option for you. Located in Charlotte, this waterpark is affiliated with Carowinds, but it is solely a waterpark. You can save the roller coasters for another day. Carolina Harbor is known as the Carolinas’ best waterpark, and with giant water slides and wave pools, it might be hard to disagree. From Boogie Board Racer to Blackbeard’s Revenge, the towering plunges offer adventure to the thrillseekers. And for the kids, there’s Kiddy Hawk Cove. Carolina Harbor boasts an array of dining options to refuel and satisfy every craving, from light snacks to hearty meals that’ll power you up for round two (or three, or four) of water park fun.


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