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“Waterpark was a bargain”
Review of C.B. Smith Park

C.B. Smith Park
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Miami, Florida
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13 reviews
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“Waterpark was a bargain”
Reviewed August 17, 2011

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.

Visited August 2011
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“OK, but not for everyone”
Reviewed March 9, 2009

We went there because we read that it was great for fishing. But definetely it is not OK for fishing, very dirty lakes, also playgrounds for small children are in very bad shape and dirty. In related to the RV campground I would think it twice since it is open to everyone and close to a crowded area, it makes me wonder how safe it is. OK if you are planning to go with a group of people and bring your own "source" of fun. Maybe for a picnic or just playing in the field.

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Stone Mountain, GA
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“Great family attraction”
Reviewed July 11, 2007

What a great family park. My family and I spent the day there and we loved it. Both my 2 and 5 year olds had a blast. The "kiddie" area was wonderful and I could feel comfortable because there were lots of lifeguards in every area. The affordable admission was also nice. I don't know of anywhere the entire family can go for a total of $20 (family of 4) and have as much fun as we did. If you're in the area, you have to stop by.

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“Refreshing way to spend a hot FL day”
Reviewed July 8, 2006

For the low entrance fee, it's quite a bargain. There are slides/play area specifically for small children, a larger slide/play area for children of all ages (even adults), and then there are two much larger slides as seen in big water parks. Not to mention the lagoon where you can float around the park area in an inner tube (provided free). This is a great way to spend a hot south florida summer day. My kids are exhausted at the end of a day here. Great park.

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