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“Small family water park with great grilled food!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gulf Islands Water Park

Gulf Islands Water Park
17200 16th Street, Gulfport, MS
228-328-1266
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Ranked #10 of 25 things to do in Gulfport
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Tangerine, Florida
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“Small family water park with great grilled food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

First let me say that this is a small water park. This is NOT like Disney or other Orlando water parks. But especially for families with younger children, it will be great. Teenagers might get bored of the park, but smaller kids will find plenty they can do. There are many little water and wet areas for small kids to jump and play in. I liked the lazy river, however, it was a big shallow for a grown up. There were plenty of tubes (single/double) to be used. The wave pool was nice b/c the waves were not overwhelming and it was not deep.

Arrival: Be SURE you know exactly where you are going! There are no highway signs and only a couple very small signs once you exit the highway. Basically you will be on small, back woods roads. You will go thru a sports complex (like baseball fields) and then the water park is there. There is plenty of parking, which is free.

If you arrive early enough, go immediately to an umbrella table around the wave pool area. These are free to use vs. the $50 cabanas. All the food is up front, as well as the bathrooms, so getting a table up front is a good choice. Lockers are available for $7. They are VERY SMALL and maybe would hold a purse but not a big beach bag. When you turn in your key you get $5 back OR you can get a voucher for two specific items from the snack area. I think it was for either two Cotton Candy or two Shaved Ice (they called it shaved ice instead of the correct "shave ice"). Trading in for two snack items gets you $7 in snacks instead of your cash back.

All the guest service areas are up front. Again, this is a SMALL park so you won't have to walk far between these areas.......some are just steps away from the others. Restrooms: basic water park bathroom---floor got wetter as the day went on. Changing area: (did not go in). Lockers. Small gift shop with swim diapers, a few t-shirts, etc. Lockers...... by the lockers is a machine of sorts with a long nozzle. For $1 you get 45 seconds of high SPF sunblock spray. Handy idea, Two outside showers.

Food: all Walk Up Windows. Coke products are served. Covered eating area is available by bathrooms or take to your table area. Snacks (shaved ice, cotton candy, etc.). Coke vending machine. Ice cream bars. PIzza (saw others eating and it looked good!). Grill. We were VERY impressed with the grill!! You ordered either hot dog or hamburger and they gave you the bun. You walked around the corner to where a young man was grilling on a big ol' grill. He took your meat off the fire and gave it to you!!! A hamburger meal was just under $8 and came with Coke, hamburger, and a bag of Lay's regular chips.

There was an enormous presence of staff at the water park. Everyone seemed to be teens or young adults but they were all working, not grouped socializing, etc. There were life guards everywhere encouraging people to walk and just watching all areas. Other staff was walking around or sweeping up, etc. If your child got lost, they would have no issues finding an appropriate employee for help.

The clientele seemed to be mostly families with elementary-aged children. There were not groups of unaccompanied teens roaming the park. It felt very safe and comfortable.

Visited June 2013
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English first
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7 attraction reviews
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“Great place for the family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

My family visited this water park last week. We had lots of fun. It is very clean. The food and drinks aren't cheap, but its what you expect from a place like this. We loved that pretty much everything was connected to the lazy river, and it was not terribly crowded on a Wednesday. Free life jackets anyone to use if needed too. Fabulous burgers and funnel cakes.

Visited June 2013
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Gulfport
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“Real Family Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

loved everything. Great service great location GREAT FUN!! As a family we have season passes and use them to the fullest. Its a bit pricey but well worth it.

Visited November 2012
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Tavernier, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
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“my boys liked this place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Great slides, lots of water, the lazy river is fun for everyone. The price is resonable and in the heat, it can't be beat. If you have a crowd, there's a discount. If you live on the coast, buy a summer pass. If you're visiting in the summer, its a stop you should make and spend the whole day. Bring towels and sunscreen. HAVE FUN!

Visited September 2012
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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14 attraction reviews
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“Good place for the Price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

My wife and I went to the Gulf Island Water Park and had a great time. The park is smaller, but just the right size to enjoy the day. We rode all of the water slides and really felt young again. The lines moved quickly and the day was very enjoyable.

Visited August 2012
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