If you are looking for some fun this summer, Water Country is the place to go! They have more slides, pools and attractions than any other water park in the area. There is definitely something for everyone when visiting Water Country. A day at the water park is just that – a full day. I always do my prep work before heading out for the day because I like to be prepared. In addition to packing up all the items I will need for the day, I take a few minutes to look over the website to make sure there are no surprises when I get there.
What you need to know before visiting Water Country
A day at Water Country is an awesome way to spend some quality family time together. My family has been there every summer for as long as I can remember and we always have a blast. Over the years we have learned a few things about Water Country to make the day go smoothly. Today I wanted to share those tips with you so that your family has a great time when you are visiting Water Country.
1. Get there early
On hot days, the park fills up quick, so I suggest getting there before the park opens. You can line up early and be one of the first ones in the park. That way you can stake out a good spot for the day. If you wait until later in the day, all of the chairs might be taken and you could end up having to set up in a corner on the ground.
To make getting into the park even easier, purchase your admission tickets in advance and print them out at home. That way you won’t have to wait in the ticket line and can get in quickly.
2. Know the parking situation
On a busy summer day the parking lot can fill up quick, too. Standard parking is $5, but depending on when you get there, you could end up pretty close to the entrance. Or you can spend $25 for Preferred Parking and you are guaranteed to be parked right up near the entrance. At Water Country you can come and go in and out of the park as much as you want (a hand stamp allows for re-entry into the park), so if you park closer, the walk will obviously be shorter.
As with the admission tickets, you can purchase a parking voucher online or make sure have cash to be able to use their express lane when you arrive.
3. Spring for the locker
If you have any valuables with you (wallet, phone, Kindle, etc), you should lock them up if you are leaving your area. Why take the chance that something could get stolen? Water Country offers rentable lockers for guests to safely secure their personal belongings while they enjoy the park’s attractions. Guests will be able to use self-service kiosks for their new electronic lockers.
• All-day unlimited locker access for EACH locker rented (no coins required)
• Self-created, personal pin number for locker
• Two convenient locations- Rentals pavilion and Groups Entrance
4. Outside food is allowed
Water Country has a really solid food selection at the park available for purchase. Things like pizza, burgers, chicken fingets, frid dough, ice cream and lots of other goodies. But guess what? You can bring in your own food if you want to save a little money on food while you’re there. Pack up a cooler with lots of waters, snacks and your lunch! Just be sure not to pack glass (including pickle jars, salsa, baby food), alcohol, knives or any sharp items in your bag or cooler etc. Cut your watermelon at home and put in plastics containers!
5. Don’t forget the water shoes!
On a hot day, by mid-day, the pavement gets hot! I mean HOT. If you’re walking back and forth between attractions, bring water shoes with you. Flip flops have a tendency to be slippery when they get wet, so we bring water shoes with us. They are perfect for protecting your tootsies on that hot pavement and they won’t get slippery. If you can handle the flip flops, do that instead – just don’t walk barefoot between attractions. You will thank me for this later.
6. Life Jackets for the little ones
If you have a little one who is shorter than 48″, they will need to wear a lifejacket. You can certainly bring your own coastguard certified lifejacket or borrow one of Water Country’s with a $10 deposit. Lifejackets are mandatory for kids under 48″ who use the wave pool regardless of their swimming ability. The wave pool offers lifejackets, but just for that attraction only and are available only on a first come first serve basis. Certain rides and swimming areas also require lifejackets, so be prepared.
Again, it is a good idea to be prepared and I hope these tips helped you. Here is a full list of what you should bring with you for a day at the water park so you can make sure you have everything you need with you:
Print your full-size list right here!
Water Country is located at 2300 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth, NH.
I hope these tips help you plan your day when you are visiting Water Country. What would you add to the list?