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“Fun but better options available”

Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe
Ranked #13 of 68 things to do in Greensboro
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Owner description: When you think summer, think Wet‘n Wild. With over 36 rides and attractions, there's something for everyone from mild to wild, from tots to seniors. Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park is the perfect choice for your next birthday party, family reunion, and group outing. Our variety of entertainment, excellent water safety staff, delicious food and outstanding service provides all the necessary elements for you to have a truly outstanding day. With attractions like Daredevil Drop, Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel Of Terror, and Happy Harbor for children, Wet’n Wild is the best place for everyone young and old!
Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fun but better options available”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2010

The park was okay but we prefer the water park (Boomerang Bay) at Carowinds, just south of Charlotte. The prices are about the same but at Carowinds, you also have access to the entire thrill park as well. Wet and Wild is a standard water park with only a short lazy river and no "big dumping buckets" like Boomerang Bay. Food is reasonable but limited to the usual, fast food options. Healthier options include a grilled chicken sandwich (food court) and chicken caeser (pizza restaurant). If you can drive a little farther, Carowinds seems to be the better deal.

3 Thank GranzyandRoro
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Cary, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 724 helpful votes
“Fun Water Park for the Family--But Pricey!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2010

I took my elementary and middle school aged kids to Wet'n'Wild Greensboro on a Thursday. We arrived just after lunch and stayed until closing at 7 pm. We had been to the Orlando WnW earlier this summer (owned by different franchises, actually) and were interested to compare the two.

The Greensboro WnW is clean and attractive, but not "Disney magic" fancy. It's about $30 for a day for everyone who is 48 inches and up. They do have some discounts from local grocery stores, credit unions, and on-line (the combo pkg with a meal is a good discount). We found plenty to do to keep us entertained and were lucky to find the park not too crowded, though it was an August weekday. Our longest wait in line for a ride was probably 15 minutes.

They offer a lot of discounts to season pass holders (discounts on parking, lockers, and the hamburger combo meal) and have a couple of things aimed at frequent visitors--a refillable drink cup for $16 and a refillable large popcorn for $6 (I think refills are 99 cents).

Though the entrance fee was lower than the Orlando waterparks, the "extras" seemed to be a little on the price gouging side, I felt. Parking was $6, I think. Lockers were $9 and $13. The Orlando site gave you $3 back for returning your locker key--Greensboro does not return any money but instead gives you a choice of souveniers--one choice was a can cozy. Ice cream drumsticks and Dibs were $4 each. A bottle of water was $2.75 (no cups of water or extra cups were given). So two ice creams and three bottles of water was $20.

The Orlando location had lots of folks bringing in coolers. Greensboro doesn't allow you to bring in coolers but has a separate storage location for them and some picnic tables outside the gate for eating any foods/drinks brought from home. I thought it was annoying not to be able to bring water bottles with us. I did wear water shorts with a zipper and put my key and cash in a ziploc bag so didn't have to rent a locker. Our vehicle was parked a two minute close walk from the gate so we kept our change of clothes there. We went out at 6:30 pm (closing was at 7) so that we could come back into the lockerrooms to change into dry clothes, but found the front gates were all locked up and everyone gone a good half hour before closing. There were small traditional bathrooms outside the gate so we changed there instead, but it was surprising and annoying to have everything locked up so early.

Additionally, the hot dog and chicken restaurants and lemonade stand were not open even at lunch time--the pizza restaurant started closing around 5 pm. Maybe most guests are locals and go home for dinner. There was only one restaurant (Eli's) still open for dinner at 5:30 pm. It served combo meals and drinks only (no separate entrees, no salads, no fruits, no milk). A combo meal (hot dog or chicken tenders or hamburger or grilled chicken sandwich with fries and soda) was $8. A solo drink was between $2 and $3. This counterservice/outdoor eating place was already cleaning up for the night and we had to wait nearly 10 minutes just for a hot dog and chicken tenders--we were the only guests in line. I'm sure they are probably busier at lunch and so would have foods already prepared. There was a cool stand with maybe 20 different flavors of Icees you could mix and match as you liked--but it was $8 for one. And there were some small stands with cotton candy, popcorn, dippin dots, etc.

The waterpark:
Shipwreck Cove: a large pool with a half sunken ship in the middle to jump off
Leisure Lagoon: a large pool with chairs around--they fill up fast so drop off your towel early
Tropical Drop: 2 short slides into a 7 ft deep pool (goggles allowed)
Double Barrel Blast: 2 long steep slides into an 8 ft deep pool (no goggles)
Tunnel of Terror: only double riders allowed--wish they would have a single rider line to match up folks--not good for solos or groups of odd numbers; a little like Great Wolf Lodge's Tornado--a double raft that goes through a dark slide with a funnel shape in the middle
Happy Harbour--water squirters and swings for the under 48 inch set
Lazee River--the only lazy river I've ever hated/not liked; very slow, lots of log jams, clear tubes (single or double) were GRIMY!!!; nothing interesting to look at; water was frigid (in August!)
Scooter--very slow tube ride for singles or doubles--might be boring to a preschooler
Twin Twister--2 body slides in a tunnel--has some light holes but is a black tube--moves very quickly and is fun for those ages maybe 7 and up who are adventurous
DareDevil Drop--open body slide--tall but not as tall as Orlando's DerStuka and BombBay--for the adventurous only!
Cyclone Zone--better than the lazy river--faster and a small circle--everyone required to wear life vests--only about 3 or 4 ft deep--timed turns about 10 minutes long
Raging Rapids--single tubes on an irregular bed---looks kind of like it's supposed to be a natural riverbed--my tube kept sticking and bumping, wasn't our favorite
Bonzai Speed Slides--single or double tubes down two straight quick tubes--lasts under a minute, moderately fun
Blue Serpentine Slides--three body slides of varying speeds--these were great fun for kids and adults, my kids did these over and over
Runaway Raft--single, double, or triple tubes, this ride was fun for us all
Dragon's Den--another doubles only tube ride, moderate challenge, the kids liked it
Wave Pool--one of the largest we've seen, only a wave or two every few minutes instead of the usual several minutes of waves followed by several minutes of break
The Edge--tube ride over a large drop, slides back and forth until it runs out of momentum

All in all, it was a fun day. Though it's a pain to leave the park to eat in the fenced area outside, you could save a bunch by bringing a cooler of lunch. It was a nice change in our summer routine. I think we would come again.

9 Thank CaryPlanner
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A fun place to go with the kids!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2010

A bit on the pricy side, but a fun place to go with the kids. Only open in the summer.

1 Thank SandOz
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