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“Better than last time with addition to water park”

Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon
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Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

This time was much better than before! They added to the water park. Pool needs to be cleaned around ring. And we also stayed in our camper in campground. It was very nice and clean. Lots of kids for our son to play with. Campground reasonably priced at 30$ per night but no good Sam member discount. We stayed 2 nights. Very nice, not crowded.
No reservation needed. Only disappointment was no drag race or oval race was scheduled due to a fair?

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Let's start with something many people don't find out until they arrive after a lengthy drive...this is NOT a theme park that should be compared to Six Flags, Disney etc. It is a Western Kentucky pasture that years ago was turned into a decent local attraction. Imagine the State Fair with a water park. If I drove 3 hours to get here I would be disappointed. In fact, the first time we came here, we didn't even get out of the car. Instead, we kept driving to Louisville for Kentucky Kingdom (now closed) We kept hearing people say it was fun, so we decided to give it a chance. It is an 1 hour drive for us. We got discount tickets at Houchens just outside the park that saved us $7 each.

We went on a Sat. in August before school started and I think the longest line for any attraction was 5 minutes. So that was good. We rode pretty much every ride there at least twice AND enjoyed all of the water park attractions. The rides are of the State Fair variety and there are a lot of round and round type rides which can leave you with a headache quickly. The water slides are good, and the lazy river and pool area, while crowded, were still fun. They have done a pretty darn good job with the water park. It is very comparable to others I have attended elsewhere.

We had lunch which was a large pizza and large drink (refillable and shared for the family) for around $30. So the food is expensive, and you won't find anything besides your average 'fair' food. Pizza, Burgers, corn dogs, ice cream etc.

Cleanliness was an issue. The bathrooms and changing areas are very rustic. Basically tin sheds with concrete floors and stalls. They weren't very clean at all. Think truck stop/rest area variety. There were lots of flies buzzing around the food areas & bathrooms.

The clientele is 'interesting' too. It's mostly families & teens, but with lots of bad tattoos and smokers (although contained to the few smoking kiosks away from the main areas)

My kids had a BLAST and have already asked to return. Will I take them? Probably. Especially if I can find a Buy One Get One Free or 50% off coupon, both which float around during the summer time.

Be prepared this isn't an A+ attraction and that you will have to spend some $$$ and it could be fun.

4  Thank rockstar89
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

I went to Beech Bend with my family during a short vacation to Mammoth Cave. We were disappointed in the park. It was run down and overpriced. The petting zoo only had goats and several of the most exciting rides like zero g and power surge were not even operating. We had also seen online and in brochures a new ride advertised called the vortex and found out when we walked up to it that it was still under construction. The lines were short but the overall park seemed more like a county fair than an amusement park. We didn't even spend three hours in the park because we ran out of things to do. Spend a couple dollars more per person and go to Holiday World!

1  Thank Lauren446
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

BeachBend was by far the worst place I have ever spent my time and money at. First off the park is greatly overpriced for what you don't get. Once you get inside you will quickly see what a bad decision you have made. They are GREATLY understaffed by having one employee run 2 or 3 rides at a time which causes some to cut lines or push smaller kids out of the way. Also, being so understaffed the park was absolutely nasty with trash everywhere and even floating or on the bottom of the pools. The restrooms are brutal and 10 times worse than any truck stop or rest area could ever dream about. Just imagine standing in about an inch of urine with the smell of an outhouse. We were forced to leave in order for my youngest two girls to use the bathroom. Nothing like driving hours and forking over hundreds of dollars only to have your kids cry from the rude people that employees do nothing to keep organization and the mess is something I have and hope to never witness again.

Be smart and actually go to a bigger park. Odds are cheaper with specials going and enough employees to keep order and moreso keep park clean.

1  Thank Dean Y
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Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

This park has a great idea but it lacks cleanliness and could really use alot of updating. Pools were overcrowded and by mid-day water and park sidewalks had garbage floating/laying around. Bathrooms needed cleaning as well.

1  Thank Mgoblu
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