We have a slight addiction to water parks, and the US has been the perfect place for us to discover some of the world’s best. When we arrived in San Francisco we hadn’t been to a park for a few months, and wanted to surprise our son with a fun-filled family day out. I searched for a waterpark near San Francisco and Waterworld California looked incredible, only 20 minutes from the city, the park was full of thrilling rides both for us parents and children, great amenities and it was just the right size for us.
We started the day telling C that we were going to a playground, nothing special, just something we had spotted not too far from our hotel. You should’ve seen his face when we started driving towards the park, its colourful slides rising up the blue sky – he gasped, squealed and let out a very excited ‘YES!’
Waterworld California is the perfect size – not too big that you end-up spend the day running around, but jampacked with traditional tube slides, high-adrenaline rides like the awesome new ‘Breakpoint Plunge’. With the height of a six story building, you’ll find yourself neatly tucked into a launch capsule, as the countdown begins: 3, 2, 1 -and flop, the trap door disappears and you’re going down the slide, adrenalin rushing through your body.
Our favourite ride as a family was hands-down the ‘Big Kahuna’, which we thought would be a nice ride with the odd small corner, but it really surprised us – its corners were so fast and high it really took us by surprise. The wave pool was also great, with nice gentle waves perfect for children.
It never ceases to amaze me how our son who is an adrenaline-loving kid is the happiest in the kids’ area, and gets the same amount of excitement going down the Big Kahuna as the little green slide! We spent the majority of our time switching between Treasure Island and Lil’Kahuna’s Waterworks. Our son loved both equally, though Treasure Island is more suitable for toddlers and small children.
It was the perfect location for our fun family day, and for a bit of a city break. The park’s close proximity to San Francisco makes it an ideal little adventure whether you live in the city, or if you’re here on holiday.
General Admission: $35.99 (or $28.99 if you purchase online a week in advance)
Junior Admission (under 48″): $25.99
+ The rings for the lazy river have to be rented out for the day, or are free if you have a season pass.
+ Cabanas starting at $125 per day
Waterworld California is conveniently located 25 miles East from San Francisco.
I’m very happy to be able to share a discount for Waterworld California to help you make the most of the Summer days. Book online and use the promo-code 20FamilyFun to get 20% off your next visit.
nb: We were kindly invited by Waterworld California to visit the park, but all views and the enormous amount of fun are our own.