Splish Splash is Long Island’s only water park and its slogan “Get Set To Get Wet” really sums it up. Splish Splash is the perfect day-cation destination for water lovers, thrill seekers, and parents who love to see their little darlings splash and play.
Located right off the Long Island Expressway at exit 72, Splish Splash water park was voted 5th by the Travel Channel and Good Morning America as the country’s Top Ten Water parks and for a good reason. It’s a beautiful park with many things to do, it’s well shaded, and it’s spread out over 96 acres so visitors can spend the entire day enjoying each ride or area.
There are 12 slides to experience. Hollywood Stunt Rider and Mammoth River are family tube rides for kids 36 inches tall and up (for toddler scared of darkness, skip the Hollywood stunt rider). Mammoth River is more of a giant raft ride with less thrills, but still very fun for all ages.
For the more adventurous, check out Cliff Diver, the 8 story in 3 seconds extreme slide, or Shotgun Falls where kids plunge 5 feet off the slide into a 10 foot deep pool.
Alien Invasion and Dragon’s Den are two of the most popular rides and lines tend to be very long mid day. It’s best to try them first thing in the morning or after 5 pm — otherwise be prepared to wait (though it’s worth it!).
Splash Landing is a perennial favorite that is being renamed this year. The lines get long here as with many of the slides. It’s best to have a plan of action and allow time for waiting. Splitting a group in two to have the smaller ones playing at the kiddy areas or in the wave pools while the bigger kids and daring parents go on the larger thrill rides works for many families.
Life jackets are supplied by a deposit or leaving a driver’s license. There are additional life jackets in both wave pool areas for free.
The new Kahuna Bay wave pool with its 4 foot waves is beautiful, has a very open feel, and is located in a newer section of the park. Surf City, the other wave pool, is extremely popular, and the Lazy River is a must-do for all ages to enjoy on single or double tubes. It’s a nice long ride surrounded by spraying fountains and ends in a gently bobbing wave pool.
Monsoon Lagoon, a “shipwreck” area with water cannons, climbing nets, and a slide also features a giant bucket that dumps water every ten minutes or so – this tends to be a hit with the under 12 set.
There’s upbeat music playing throughout the park to enjoy even when on the tubes, and the park is landscaped lushly with plenty of beautiful flowering areas. Best yet, there are a lot of shade trees to keep cool under.
Besides the water, there’s a parrot show (all new theme for 2012) plus some arcade games. The gift shop sells everything from souvenirs to sunscreen, water shoes, towels and any supply families may have forgotten.
Lockers are available for rent, otherwise towels and shoes can be carried and left in various holding bins outside ride entrances.
Food is available at the Boardwalk with a large seating area overlooking the Lazy River. There’s the typical inclusion of hamburgers, fries, chicken, wraps, pizza, salads, and popcorn shrimp. Delicious fudge and treats can be purchased at the Funky Pirate at the exit gate.
There’s also a diner at the Kahuna Bay wave pool and various snack shacks situated around the park. Refill cups are available for sale. For those on more of a budget, a picnic area (shaded) is at the main parking gate entrance. Leave food in the car then get hand stamped on the way out. Bags are always inspected at the main gate upon entrance.
Cabanas can be rented for a more private meeting spot. These provide waitress service and a place to rest in the shade while the rest of the party is out. Cabanas can be booked ahead online or by calling.
Parking is $15 and for those arriving later there is a shuttle to the main entrance.
Splish Splash accommodates camps and birthday parties. To avoid the camp crowds, plan a visit early in the week if possible.
Season tickets are available, and they pay for themselves in just 3 visits. No summer is complete without a visit to Long Island’s beautiful water park for some major fun in the sun!
Park opens Memorial Day weekend on May 26th, 2012. ” Opening weekend special pricing is May 26th, 27th and 28th where everyone pays the Kid’s price of only $29.99 per person. Like Splish Splash on Facebook for updates and info.
2549 Splish Splash Drive
Calverton, NY 11933
By Debra Ferrie