This review is about the waterpark within CB Smith park (called Paradise Cove). The park is open every day in the summer, and only costs just under $10 a person (adults and children alike).
There are two kiddie areas with spray guns, mini-slides, and dump buckets. Both areas have very shallow water (which varies from ankle-depth to mid-calf-depth). One area is themed around fruit and the other has an ocean theme. Very cute, but the buckets beep very loudly right before they dump to encourage the kids to come running, and the constant beeping is a little obnoxious. The kids, though, were super excited by the alert. You can ride double on some of the kiddie slides, which is great if you have very little ones with you. (We had three kids: 11, 10, and 2). The lifeguards let the 11 and 10 year old kids ride with the two year old AT FIRST, then we were told by their relief lifeguards that the toddler had to go with a grownup only.
All five of the kiddie slides are nearly identical to one another; too big for little ones to go by themselves, but too small to be of much interest for the bigger kids for long.
There is also a lovely lazy river with a lot of interactable objects around it. There are some bombs that kids will operate that force airbubbles up from the ground, squirters and sprayers in another section, and a bridge that may or may not suddenly begin pouring water onto unsuspecting floaters. You have to be in a tube (no free-floating). You can ride double in a tube with your little one.
Finally, there are two large slides that entertained my older kids all day long. They are really great, smooth slides, and both are very different from one another. One is fast and rocks you around a lot. The other is slower but has a bigger drop. The wait for these was reasonable even at the busiest part of the day.
There are tons of benches, chairs, and loungers scattered around the park. Some shaded, some in the sun, but plenty of room for everyone who was there with us. There are even some grassy areas if you prefer to set up your towel like you're at the beach. They even have covered picnic areas available for rent; these areas aren't very private, but instead are centrally located to all the attractions.
There is a grill and some satellite food stations around. We chose not to eat at the park when we saw a big, homemade sign that read "NO REFUNDS" on one of the satellite stations. That scared us away. How many people are getting their food then wanting their money back to justify making a sign?! There are also lockers available for rent and huge restrooms with showers. The restrooms and grounds in general weren't the cleanest, but they certainly weren't gross. The water and wet areas were clean.
We found the park to be a lot of fun, especially considering how inexpensive it was. Great way to spend a hot summer day in Florida. And they even have a refund policy in case it rains as is so common here in the summer. Bottom line? If you are in the area, it's a cheap and easy day, but I wouldn't go out of my way to come here unless I was inland visiting family or if I lived in the area. Since we do live in the area, though, we'll definitely be back.
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