If there is one thing that can be said about my boys, it’s that they love to be in the water. Last year, our family went to Water Country in Portsmouth, NH for the very first time and we all loved it so much that we couldn’t wait to get back again this year.
**Disclosure: My family received complimentary admission to Water Country in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.
Last week we packed up and headed up to Water Country, which is New England’s largest waterpark, for the day. I am a huge list maker, so I sat down the night before to make a list of everything we needed in order to spend an entire day at a waterpark. I would seriously hate to forget something, so making lists helps me make sure I have everything I need. I always say that I would rather bring too much than need something and not have it.
Here is my list of items to bring with you to the waterpark in order to have a great time with the family:
1. Don’t forget the sunscreen!!
You’re going to be spending an entire day in the sun, so make sure you stay safe from the sun and bring that sunscreen with you. It has to be one of the most forgotten items out there, but it’s necessary. If you are anything like me you keep it in your beach bag at all times anyways, so you never forget it – but in all seriousness, you will go through a lot of it during an entire day at the water park, so bring a full bottle.
2. Lunch, lots of snacks and water!
I love that Water Country allows you to bring food inside the park. For us, snacks are a must, so I always make sure to bring lots of them in addition to lots of water and lunch for all of us. You can always buy lunch inside the park, too, so don’t feel like you have to pack an entire lunch when you go for the day. My kids are fussy sometimes, so I like to bring my own food whenever I can.
3. Extra clothes to change into.
Unless you like riding home in a wet bathing suit, don’t forget the extra set of clothes to change. I’m not a huge fan of being wet after being at the waterpark, so this is something I never forget. Of course, the kids don’t like being wet either, so we always have a change of clothes for them.
4. Beach Towels
You’re going to want to dry off at some point,so make sure to bring those beach towels with you. I usually bring a few extras with me because my boys are in and out of the water all day and no one likes a soggy towel, right?
It’s bright sitting outside in the sun all day, so don’t forget your shades. Especially if you’re going to lay out and do some reading or you’re like me & will be on your phone half the time you’re there – the sunglasses will not only protect your eyes, but you’ll be able to see better.
If you suddenly get the urge for some Dippin’ Dots while you’re at the park, you might need some cash to buy them. Some snack stands take debit cards, but not all of them do – so make sure you’re prepared.
Don’t Forget the Sandals or flip flops!!
Whatever you do, don’t forget to wear/bring flip flops with you. You won’t need them when you’re on a water slide or in the wave pool, but you will definitely need them when you walk throughout the park from one attraction to the other. The pavement gets hot and trust me on this, you won’t want to walk very far on that hot pavement when you’re barefoot.
With a big bag full of stuff & a cooler in tow, we ended up having a blast at Water Country. There’s definitely something to be said about being prepared and I am glad that I had everything I needed with me to have a successful day at the water park.
Speaking of a successful day at the water park, did you know that Water Country has 26-acres of kids attractions and rides including Double Dive Boggan, Thunder Falls & Wild Canyon, Black Hole and Warp 8, Shoot and Screamer, Dragons Den and Dr. Von Dark’s
Tunnel of Terror! We spent hours enjoying as much as possible during our day there.
New for 2015 at Water Country:
The water park’s new wave pool suite cabanas are the perfect way to enjoy the day. Cabanas vary in size and are located at the Giant Wave Pool and the Pirate’s Lagoon. Reservations can be made online at www.watercountry.com/ plan-a-visit/cabanas.
Also new for 2015 are electronic lockers, a completely refurbished Tahiti Tree House child play area, and new food items. This summer you can find the NEW Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich, and Oreo Stuffed Churros, a tasty, twisted treat with fried dough and filled with Oreos, on the menu.
At Water Country, general admission at the gate is $38.99 per person, but you can save $3 per person (between now and 09/07/15) off of general admission by clicking here. You can also purchase a season pass, which is totally worth it if you plan on going more than once per summer because it’s less than the cost of visiting the park twice. Preferred parking is available for $20 per day, it is located in the paved lot near the main entrance and available on a first come, first served basis. All other parking is $5 per day. Lockers are available for rent inside the Park.
What do you pack for a day at the water park?