My husband, three children ages 9, 10 and 12 visited this park in July of 2007. We had a blast! Great park, great experience, we will definately go back.
This is a well laid out park with plenty for every age level. We visited on a Wednesday and while it was busy it was not by any means uncomfortably crowded and the wait on the big rides was not bad at all.
We loved the Endless river and highly recommend doing it without a tube. Our other favorite was Mammoth Canyon, a family tube ride that was thrilling enough to be fun but without the sharp drops that I don't care for.
The little kid water areas were so fun that I wished that I'd had younger ones to enjoy it all with. My 9 yo son and I had fun running through Splash City anyway, a nice big area of water fountains and sprays etc.
The wave pool had huge waves and though crowded was still a lot of fun for my family. I'm not into waves but I enjoyed sitting near the "beach" and letting the surf splash me.
There are lots of nice shady, grassy places to sit scattered around, lots of picnic tables and plenty of lounge charis, though I think the park should have and enforce a non-saving of these policy. Lots of folks would "claim" a chair or several and leave their stuff on them, but not actually use them. Probably to avoid the locker fee. I think folks kind of use the "pick your spot on the beach" mentality which is fine for a spot of ground, but not for a limited number of chairs, which to be fair should be left open for actually bodies. Ah well, perhaps that is just me.
The locker area is fairly centrally located and very inexpensively priced, my only complaint there is that it would be nice to have a storage place of some kind near each attraction for the things you end up not wanting to go back to the locker for but don't want or can't take on the rides, like shirts, sunglasses and flip flops and the refillable mugs, if purchased.
We thought the food prices were excellent for a theme park and I especially appreciated the variety available, not just your standard hamburger/hot dog stuff, but healthier options like cheese qusidiallas and fruit. You can not bring in your own food of course
Now for my major complaint. You are also not allowed to carry in your own water. The no water policy is, in my opinion the only real negative of this park. First of all because there is only one drinking fountain that I saw though there may be more, and this is not easy to spot. So you are quite roped into buying your drinks You can pay $8.00 for a huge refillable mug, and $1.50 for each refill which is of course pure profit for them, but in my opinion cheap at best, ir-responsible at worst. Carrying around those huge containers would be a pain, and even if we had purchased 2 to share for $16.00, refilling all day for a family of five would really run up the bill. We could have spent anywhere from $25 -
$50 just on water. The whole idea here is fun in the hot sun so not having drinking water available throughout the park and not allowing water to be carried in is asking for guests to leave dyhydrated.
Other than the water issue, we loved this park and highly recommend it if you're anywhere near Boise.
Take lots of sunblock, and wear watershoes. The pavement gets hot and flip flops are not allowed on many of the rides.
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