GO TO THE PARK IN THE RAIN!
That’s right, you cannot get more bang for your buck than a water park in the rain! It doesn’t even have to be raining, cloudy days and the prediction of storms later in the day work just as well!
This is not just my opinion, this is my EXPERT opinion, as I have frequented more water parks than the average bear. My camp job for many years was “DayTripper”, yes that was my title, and I loved the job! Once a week we travelled to the Northeast water park known as Water Country! A day anticipated by every camper as the highlight of their summer. I learned early that have the most fun at a water park you actually need to go in inclement weather.
When rain threatened our last day of camping in Maine, I immediately jumped on the opportunity that Plan B presented and announced “let’s go to a water park”. My three children looked at me like I was half-baked (not an unusual look from them, but this time it came with the “you’ve got to be kidding us commentary”. Even my husband, had the look that said, are you for real? “No, I shouted, I’m serious, this will be a blast! Let’s pack the tent and get in the car, the park opens at 10:30 a.m.”
As the clouds darkened and a few sprinkles hit the windshield, I reiterated to my children my aforementioned expertise told them that this is the ultimate day for a water park adventure. Teenage skepticism filled the car until we pulled into the deserted parking lot. Acres and acres of empty spaces, we were like the Griswold’s pulling into Walley World!
Thankfully our experience was far better than the Griswolds! The park was open and they even let us in early. We parked in the front row so we could leave our dry clothes and lunch in the car. We spent over four hours going on every ride possible, multiple times. No lines, no waiting, no time to even catch your breath when you climb four flights of stairs. No sunburns, no sweating, no standing on a crowded staircase for forty-five minutes to enjoy a 25 second ride (yes I did time some of them!)
Bathrooms and dressing rooms that were still clean and dry! Our choice of picnic tables, lounge chairs, and life jackets for the wave pool. When we finally decided to change and leave, our car was waiting by the door like we had our own chauffeur. We drove home exhausted, thoroughly enjoying everything the water park could offer and not minding a few rain drops to do so!
I share my best kept secret reluctantly, as I do not want an onslaught of bathers running out to my water park the next time it rains. We are however outgrowing these parks a bit and I feel it is my duty as an expert water park participant to share my vast knowledge on this topic. I hope you find it helpful and let me know if you try it… you won’t be a Griswold!
PS For my New England AAA friends, you can save $8.00 a ticket if you are a member. A quick stop on our way saved us $40.00!