The second week in July we made our annual trip to Water Country USA in Williamsburg, VA.
I say this every year- I know I do- but the kids were the BEST age for this park. P is 8, C is 6 and T is 3 and we had a BLAST this year (we won’t talk about the ages of the adults).
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The parking lot at Water Country USA is not huge. We ALWAYS just load up a cooler and eat lunch in the van in the air conditioning. It saves a ton of money and gives us a little chance to relax in the middle of the day.
There are showers in some of the bathrooms so you can completely get ready to go somewhere else from the park if you like.
Lines seem to ebb and flow all day but every line we went in was quick. We stayed hydrated and covered in sunscreen and waiting in the lines wasn’t awful.
I am a BIG fan of water shoes at this park. I wore mine on every ride and in every section and it was wonderful. The kids kept having to take their flip flops off and one (and we think we might have left a pair in the park).
I FINALLY Got To Ride Colossal Curl
I have wanted for years to ride this. But you can’t ride it as a single rider and no one in the family would go with me. The ride is MASSIVE and it’s the first thing you see when you walk in the park. I admit that it is pretty intimidating to look at.
Picture from a Yelp Reviewer
I ended up going on it three times- once with P and his mom and twice with just P. You see those people? We went WAY higher than that up that wall. It was UNBELIEVABLE. And if you end up going backwards it’s even more fun. I LOVED LOVED LOVED it. And today, when recapping with the kids what their favorite part of the day was, P said Colossal Curl was his. If you have never done it don’t be afraid- you can do it!
Please excuse the blurred out people. I try so hard to edit things so that people’s privacy is respected.
While we ran to Colossal Curl the little ones and grandma went to our normal first stop- Cow-A-Bunga- the shallowest section for the little kids. I LOVE this little slide. For T he really needs to warm up when we hit the park and this slide is always the thing that does that. And you can see the bottom of the cow in the picture.
I just had to add this because he is SO cute!
Also in the back of Cow-a-Bunga is a small ride with a double float. For each of the kids it has been their first “ride” at Water Country USA. Last year when P was 7 he was able to be the “adult” on that ride so this was our first chance to sit back and just let them go on something without us. I love standing at the bottom and just taking pictures!
Big Daddy Falls
While P and I went for our second ride on Colossal Curl the rest of the family went to Big Daddy Falls. This ride is fantastic because the very little ones can go on it with adults- T went on it last year when he was two! The raft can fit four adults or two adults and three kids. We managed to get there just in time to see the rest of our family come splashing down at the end.
To give you an idea of this ride Grandma has ONE priority at Water Country USA and that is to not get her hair wet. Because we go to Busch Gardens after we leave Water Country she wants to look put together. She was DRENCHED when she finished (and I want credit for not publishing ANY of those “after” pictures).
H20 UFO and Aquazoid
Toward the back of the park is H20 UFO- another area for the smaller kids. While the kids love it back here I’m not all that crazy about it for one reason- you see that giant fun playground in the middle? If they go on the other side I can’t see them. And since I am an aunt I am always completely paranoid about losing the kids.
T and I right before we went down the slide!
Fortunately on the back of it is another small slide so myself and all the littles went over for a few rides. It’s a nice double float slide and we made a few trips!
Very close to that area is a nice big slide called Aquazoid. 90% of the ride is in the dark so you can’t see anything (hence no real pictures). All four of us fit in one float so we just hung on and screamed!
The Hubba Hubba Highway
Our next stop was the Hubba Hubba Highway which is ALWAYS a highlight for us. You grab a life vest (they are EVERYWHERE) and just let the current in the water push you around the circle. I think it’s a favorite part of the park for all six of us. Think of it as a lazy river on steroids.
While P and I ran over for one more run in Colossal Curl everyone else went to Kritter Korral (P and I joined them later). This is the land of SLIDES for little kids. Frog slide, shark slide, frog slide, whale slide etc.
Cause you gotta splash.
The kids loved these floating hippo heads.
Since we always go to Busch Gardens after Water Country we never see everything but we always look forward to our annual trip. As the kids get older we continue to do more fun things and there is always something to discover!