By TMoM Team Member Ashley Kibby
Summer is here and what better way to cool off and catch some thrills than the water park? We ventured out to Wet ‘N Wild Emerald Pointe with our twin three-year-olds on opening weekend. Thanks to this heat wave, 2022 was the first year in decades that the park has opened before Memorial Day. They’ve also extended their calendar to remain open past Labor Day. Lucky us, there’s more days to play, and you don’t have to travel far, it’s conveniently located in South Greensboro!
Tickets, Parking, and Planning Ahead
We purchased our Wet ‘N Wild Emerald Pointe tickets ahead of time and received a $20 discount with the “Pick Your Date and Save” promotion — $34.99 for adults and $29.99 for juniors (under 48 inches). Considering we stayed from open to close, 10am to 5pm, the price was good for a whole day of fun and entertainment. Another option is to purchase a Season’s Pass, which ranges from $64.99 to $164.99 with associated perks. Three of the four season’s pass packages will pay for themselves in under two visits.
Parking costs $15 and is only a short walk from the main entrance. You can bring a water bottle into the park with you, but no outside food. If you would like to pack a picnic, you can check your cooler and exit the park to eat lunch on the picnic tables. Otherwise, there are plenty of dining options inside the park — turkey legs, chicken tenders, salads, burgers, etc. I would highly recommend the fresh lemonade!
If you don’t want to spend your time waiting in food lines, consider booking a cabana. The cabana includes a dedicated server for food and drink orders, as well as a locker for personal belongings. Your home base for the day accommodates eight people with four lounge chairs, a table and chairs, and covered pavilion. Cabana pricing in Happy Harbor, the main kids’ area, ranges from $75-$150 depending on the day of the week. Stroller rental is also available just inside the main gate.
Lots to do for the Littles
Since our twins are under 48”, we were not able to ride the really exciting rides, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that nearly half of Wet ‘N Wild Emerald Pointe included attractions that our kids could enjoy. The main little kid’s area is Happy Harbor, a splash park on steroids with several slide structures, spray areas, and baby swing jumpers. With a maximum depth of 9 inches, the park is safe for little ones to play, climb and explore. My kids especially loved the Silly Submarine.
Right behind Happy Harbor is Splash Island, featuring a slightly deeper pool, which is the landing area for three bigger little kid water slides. The twins loved going down the curvy orange slides and the wide yellow slide in the middle offers a great photo opportunity since multiple kids can go down this one together. Still in Splash Island, there’s also a very shallow wave pool with a small double slide and spray fountains.
Walk a few steps further and you’ll get to the Lazee River. Lifejackets are provided for anyone who needs one, as well as double and single inner tubes. Some of the double inner tubes will have mesh bottoms in one of the holes — be sure to grab one of these for the little ones so they don’t fall through! If you’re looking for a quicker current than the Lazee River, riders over 45” can don a life jacket in the Cyclone Zone for a faster, circular float.
Fun for the Whole Fam Water Attractions
Adjacent to the Lazee River is the one actual water slide which kids under 45” can ride with a lifejacket and accompanied by an adult. The line moves very quickly and our whole family had a blast riding this slide multiple times in a row. The two-person inner tube goes through three big curves allowing you to ride up on the sides of the slide. Remember to put your hands up in the air for that extra thrill!
Walk a short distance from Happy Harbor and you’ll get to another area for family fun. We first encountered a large sandy area with sand toys, hoola hoops, and sidewalk chalk. Right past that was the Soak Zone, another splash park on steroids but geared for kids and adults to enjoy together. In this same area, Shipwreck Cove features a large pool with a shipwreck in the middle, which you can play on and jump off.
Directly past the Soak Zone is the biggest wave pool I have ever seen, called Thunder Bay. The two-million-gallon pool creates 84-foot-wide waves that roll in slowly enough to anticipate and get excited about their arrival. Again, life jackets are provided for anyone who needs one. Our three-year-olds had a blast practicing their flutter kicks and scoops in the wave pool.
Big Thrills for Big Kids and Kids at Heart
While I did not get to personally test out these awesome rides, the smiles on the faces of those riding them were enough to convince me that they were a blast. For family members over 45”, there are over a dozen exciting water rides to choose from, and for those over 48”, a few more!
Since I do love a thrill, Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror would be on the top of my list — a 40-ft drop into 360-degree spins, all in complete darkness! But I think my knees might be too weak for the Daredevil Drop. That’s a 76-ft vertical freefall, otherwise known as the wedgie maker!! On either side of Daredevil Drop, you’ll find the Twin Twisters, two long, looping, enclosed slides that promise to get your heart racing, but without the extreme vertical as Daredevil Drop.
The Edge is basically a water-soaked half pipe, which looked super fun. The first drop gives you the full vertical and then you keep riding the pipe until your raft loses momentum. Some other mid-to-high thrill level rides include Dragon’s Den, Runaway Raft Ride, and Raging Rapids. These are all inner-tube rides that can be done with a partner if you need that extra support!
Feeling competitive? Double Barrel Blast, Tropical Drop, and Riptide Racer all provide the chance to race a friend or family member. These are shorter rides that I would rank mid-thrill, although the website says they’re high! Bluestreak, Sidewinder and 360 are all enclosed slides with varying levels of vertical, twists, and turns. All six of these rides are open to riders 45” and taller.
Wet ‘N Wild Emerald Pointe has a brand new ride for 2022 called Bombs Away, which features two slide options. Riders can pick between a straight-speed six-story, 70 degree drop, and a twisting, turning loop through a closed-tube 300-foot-long fly-by at similarly supersonic speeds. Choose your drop tube and feel the anticipation build until… the floor disappears from under you! Then, head back up to try the other slide on this doubly fun new attraction. Pending final inspections, Bombs Away will be open Memorial Day weekend (please check the website to confirm).
Get Stoked to Get Soaked at Wet ‘N Wild Emerald Pointe
This water park is well planned out and easy to get around on foot. Visiting Wet ‘N Wild Emerald Pointe on a weekday will allow you to pack in even more fun, with shorter lines. It’s worth mention that the weekday only Season’s Pass costs just a bit more than a day pass. Once the girls are over 48” and can take advantage of the full park, we will definitely be in the market for a Season’s Pass, which provides the best value if you plan to visit multiple times.
There are a few special events going on this summer. The Sunday Funday Event kicks off on Sunday, June 19 with live music, games, prizes, along with the annual Father’s Day Flop belly flop contest! Sunday Funday will continue select Sundays throughout the season. The all-new Kids Fest Event is scheduled for August 8 – 14. This fun-in-the-sun celebration will include bubble parties, magicians, mermaids, live music and more!
If you’re looking for a fun family day and enjoy the experience of an amusement or theme park, look no further than Wet ‘N Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro. We experience a safe, clean, and friendly environment, with plenty of staff and reasonable wait times. We were thrilled to find this gem in our own backyard and plan to return soon!