Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rapids Water Park: 35 Water Slides and So Much More! BOGO Return Visit Free.


That is my daughter laughing a LOT on the raft. She had this bright idea that perhaps we should go to Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach, Florida. Have I mentioned yet that she is brilliant? We had the most fun we've had all summer, and it's because this is no ordinary water park. Not by a long shot.




In addition to the 1/4 mile Lazy River, this park also rested on 30 acres of land and had 35 Water Slides, including a dual racing slide that was 7-stories tall. I have to tell you, that you know a water park is awesome when your legs still hurt from walking and climbing stairs two days after the fact. True story.


Rapids Water Park caters to everyone in the family, with slides and things to do aplenty,


like this wave action pool (that we visited twice).


They also offer ample seating everywhere you go, including shaded picnic tables and cabanas to block you from the sun (or rain as it turned out when we were there).


There were various areas for the younger crowd, making this a fun family park because there was literally something to do for everyone...all day long if you wanted, and of course we closed it down... or at least 4 of us did. My 2nd oldest son brought a friend (who said her ticket was worth the price and then some!) and they had a blast, but left a couple of hours earlier than we did (because he's getting old... kidding!). :)

Son on the left is joking around. Son on the right is probably really scared. 😄
Speaking of my 2nd oldest son, that's him on the left, and on the right is my 9-year-old. Evidently the child before my youngest has a fit and wanted out right before it was time to push the button and shoot down. His brother couldn't get over how brave little man was for sticking it out and going through with it anyway. I wasn't at this ride, because I was tuckered out at this point, and hanging out happily by myself over in the lazy river (ha! who's really the one getting old?). :) The girls took this picture and a video though. They each had plastic cases for their phones. That was smarter than me. 

I was running around taking pictures and then having to go back to the locker to store my camera so I could enjoy things. Rinse (literally?) and repeat. It was pretty comical. I finally took the camera to the car so I'd leave it alone and just have a good time. I do love my pictures, but storing the device was a smart move. Like I said before, there's a lot of land in that park, so all that backtracking to the lockers was making my tootsies tired.


Some of the rides has height and/or (usually combined) weight restrictions. There were people at every station ensuring those requirements were met. Good to see!


And speaking of safety, there were life jackets available all around the park too. Definitely something you want to see. Of course, you could also bring your own. Had I brought my granddaughter along, we'd have definitely used one.


This maze of water slides was quite possibly the only ride we didn't go on when we visited, and it's not because we didn't want to, it was because we just kept choosing other things to do that would take us out of the area. The kids did all go on a 6-man racing slide though, belly first, and that looked like a blast. I stayed off of that particular one to get an awesome picture. The park employee shooed me out of my perfect spot though (I told you those guards are on top of things) and sent me to the observation deck. I ended up getting a picture of them all racing with about fifteen other heads blocking them, lol. I should have ridden the ride. ;)


Truly this is a waterpark like no other that I've seen. It was so great to be at a place all of the kids could enjoy no matter their age. My oldest had to work, but if he'd have gone, I know he would have enjoyed it too, and he's almost 30 (I have a son who is almost 30? How did that even happen so fast??). ;) I'd love to go back again when he and his family can join us.


This lift took the rafts to the top for this ride, and I thought that was so much better than other parks that have you carry your rafts up.


This ride was so high up in the air. There was a bridge you had to cross to get over to this side of the park, and when were on top of it, we were at about the same height this was... this one was dark all the way through too. Talk about a thrill ride!


If you look carefully in the back, you can see my grown son trying to race my youngest. The problem? My youngest got in a lane that had a person in front of him, lolol. The victor was of course, his big bro. ;)


He got this cross over to himself later in the day because we were the first ones back on that side of the park when the rain showers (accompanied by thunder) moved on. They shut the park down temporarily if thunder and/or lightning are seen, of course. There is plenty of shelter for those times. It is rainy season here in South Florida, so showers are expected daily. Thankfully they leave as fast as they arrive.


We actually liked when the rain would come because it thinned out the lines and we could get on without having to wait. None of the rides took a terribly long time though, even at the peak point of the day. I think we waited 20 minutes for one... no big deal.


This one is the one that had that 20 minute wait. I don't know who that surfer dude is on there doing flips, but he did far better than anyone in our party did, so we'll feature him for the blog post. ;) He was quite the sensation, and I'm sure he's on social media galore because everyone took their phones out to record him taking the ride.

If you forget something, they sell everything you might need in the stores

Tips and Pointers for Visiting Rapids Water Park

  • Parking is $10 or $20 cash, depending on how close you want to be to the park. The kicker is it's cash only. No cash, no parking.
  • You can bring a picnic lunch and eat it in a very large, sheltered area just outside of the park. A lot of people took advantage of this option.
  • There are restaurants, bars and shops inside of the park. We ordered a pizza and 6 bottles of water. It cost us about $40 for that lunch. We didn't mind because it was convenient and we all ate together under the shelters which allowed us to relax and revamp for round two of play time. :)
  • There are places to buy things like ice cream, slushies, Dippin' Dots and such throughout the park.
  • There is a cart that sells healthier options that are kept on a cold cart. Carrots and other sliced veggies were what caught my eye. That's what I really wanted for lunch, but pizza was just easier since we brought a crowd.
  • Don't forget your sunscreen, you're going to need it. If you do though, they do sell it in the shops. In fact, they sell most anything you can think of in the shops that have to do with being in or around the water and out in the sun all day.
  • You can rent a locker. They have two sizes. Don't rent the small one if you have a crowd (lesson learned the hard way). Earlier in the day it was fine because my tote, our shoes and towels could be out on a chair. When it started to rain though, that was no longer an option. Like I said, I took my camera and some other things we'd brought in to the car. Then we had more room. 
  • Bring your flip flops. The bathrooms are clean, but you still don't want to walk in them barefoot. My son forgot his and kept using mine whenever he had to go in.
  • This is a 30-acre park. Plan on an all-day visit so you can take advantage of all they have to offer.
  • There are First Aid buildings located within the park.

The lifeguards were plentiful and paying attention, which was awesome. I think they must go through some pretty extensive training to be so consistently aware. I loved that, a lot!

We had such a good time here. It's definitely a place you want to visit before summer is over, and there's good news about that, a BOGO deal!

Buy One Ticket Get A Return Visit Free!

The Rapids Water Park is located at 2489 Port W. Blvd in Riviera Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County). If you visit between now and the end of August, you will get one free ticket to return before the season is over, with every ticket that you buy.

I highly recommend a visit. This park gets 5 out of 5 stars from me, and I'm headed over to Trip Advisor to add my rating right now before I forget about it.

You can learn more by visiting the website. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and/or Instagram

59 comments:

  1. we love water theme parks and the choices here are amazing! Bummer that you missed the maze slides.. I'm sure that would have been super fun!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. I agree, the maze slides look like fun. We love to go to our local water park a few times each summer. I love the family raft rides.

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  2. It sounds, and looks, like an amazing day. Well worth the aching muscles.

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  3. Hi Rosey - looks amazing and such fun - so glad you had that family fun ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary. Any place that makes all of the kids happy is awesome in my book, and this one did NOT disappoint. :)

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  4. That looks like a great water park! I would spend a lot of time floating in the lazy river.

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    1. My favorite. Good thing they had waterfalls going through or I might have fallen asleep, lol!

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  5. This is a great deal on a great park. I have never seen such huge slides before. My family will love it!

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    1. Yep, they're going to have fun at this park. Best I've been to for water fun.

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  6. 35 slides is HUGE And some of those slides are huge, too. I wold love to take the fam here. Thanks.

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    1. Any time, Bill. Let me know if ya'll go! It's definitely worth the trip.

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  7. That sure looks like an awesome spot. Youngest was determined in that pod, ready to go. Sucks when you get a slow poke in front of you and can't win the race lol

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    1. lol his brother is not beyond gloating either. ;) and yes, he's a brave little dude. makes me proud. :)

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  8. I remember taking my granddaughter to something similar to this. She had a ball. This is such wonderful summer fun.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  9. Wow! Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach, Florida looks like so much fun. My kiddos would surely enjoy most of those water features!

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  10. Oh my gosh, that looks like so much fun! I would love those big slides! I've never tried one of the tube ones, but I need to!

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  11. Water parks are so much fun. I Love that they have so much to do here. I know my boys would get a kick out of visiting a place like this over summer break!

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  12. I have heard nothing but great things about Rapids Water Park! Unfortunately we didn't make it there this year, but we must visit there next year for sure!

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  13. Oh wow..I have saved this under my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing this awesome experience

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  14. This looks like so much fun! I would have especially loved this as a kid. I think I would like the Lazy River part of the waterpark now.

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  15. I love waterslides. My husband is not a fan but this is so my kind of deal!

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  16. Oh my goodness! This looks like so much fun! Those slides look so exciting!

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  17. Is there anything better than a water park in the summer? My girls would love riding all of those slides. I would stick to the lazy river though. So relaxing!

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  18. It looks like so much fun. I have never been to a water park before or tried that.

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  19. That looks like an AWESOME water park. I love the maze of water slides. I have never seen another water park even come close to your Rapids Water Park around here!

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  20. How much fun! I would love to take my family to something like this. They'd never want to leave! - Jeanine

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  21. Why is everyone going to the waterpark and having so much fun while it's raining where I live? Looks like so much fun really!

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  22. If I were you I'd slide off the maze of water slides they are really cool I think. It's sad that you didn't get to into it. It should be missed.

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  23. This is where I wish we could have spent those recent 100 degree days! My kids would have had a blast!

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  24. This is such an awesome water park! I think it is the best I've seen so far. No wonder there are lines and long wait times. I would love to take my kids there too, but it is way too far from where I live. Thanks for sharing your photos. Who knows one day we can be there and enjoy those awesome water slides!

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  25. Water parks are so much fun to experience with the family during the summer. It is a great way to cool off when it is really hot.

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  26. Oh, this looks like so much fun. We have a mini water fun park near us and my kids love going there!

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  27. Summer is one of the best season for me and I guess for all the kids too. They get to enjoy the sun when swimming. This water part gives a lot of smiles to every family. I am sure you all had an awesome time here.

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  28. Looks like so much fun. I want to try all of them.

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  29. This looks like so much fun on a hot day!

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  30. This looks like it's fun! I bet you guys had a blast!

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  31. I just love summer, and these big water parks are a dream for everyone!

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  32. I have to admit that this water park looks pretty incredible. We used to have one out here that was pretty spectacular. I am not sure what happened to it and whether they just stopped investing in it or not. I am not saying that it doesn't have stuff but it's not the clean beautiful park that it used to be.

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  33. Great place to spend our hotty day. This park looks amazing, I wish we have one like this in our local area haha.

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  34. This looks so awesome! What a great idea for a family getaway! My son would go crazy for some of these waterslides.

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  35. Oh wow! I love water parks! This one looks wonderful and really funny!

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  36. Whoa! Those waterslides look like a lot of fun!

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  37. Wow, it really looks that you had an awesome day there and such good waterpark I'm sure my kids would love this too

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  38. I just read another blog with a theme water park review. I see the ads and videos and photos and they always look so exciting. Sadly, I'm just not a fan of scary rides.

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  39. We've just got back from Cyprus and I literally lived in the lazy river, just the best invention of all time (and I include the wheel in that!)

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  40. What a fun experience and adventure you had! I'm sure that your kids had fun. But I'm also have fear to a fun rides.

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  41. Honestly what is more fun than the water park!! That is so awesome and looks like a blast!

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  42. Water parks are always fun! The thrill and adventure is always part of it. I am looking forward to experience this too. Summer is always equals to swimming.

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  43. We love water parks! I love that this water park has so many attractions and amenities. :)

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  44. I want to try these all!!!! They look like so much fun. I'm jealous and wish we could be heading there ASAP! Maybe next summer. :D

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  45. That looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!! I love waterparks, especially in August since it gets very hot.

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  46. The Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach, Florida sounds like it was fun for the whole family. I have to admit that I have never been to a water park but this one sounds like awesome one. It looks like some rides I wouldn't go on though. lol Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  47. It's such a fun place to go to especially for families! I'm sure the kids will never want to leave this place once they get here! Lol. There's just tons to look forward to!

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  48. That looks like so much fun! Going to look into it this winter instead of going to the Dells!

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  49. Sounds like a great water park to go to and cool off. The obstacle course is something a little different, and I like all the options from thrill rides to the lazy river. Thanks for the tips too.

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  50. Water parks are something we love to do on vacations. Something that all of us enjoy, not just the kids but the adults can have fun too.

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  51. Oh my gosh! Such a grand waterpark! I wish we can visit that place one of these days.

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