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New H2OBX Waterpark Makes a Splash

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Get ready to get wet! The new waterpark in Currituck County – aptly named H2OBX Waterpark – is making a big splash this summer with locals and families staying in the Outer Banks.

Conveniently located at 8526 Caratoke Highway in Powells Point, NC, the waterpark is minutes from the Wright Memorial Bridge, the northern gateway to the Outer Banks. The $46-million waterpark spans 20 acres and boasts 30 attractions, including eight thrill rides, seven family rides, and seven rides for kids. Height restrictions vary from 36 inches to 48 inches, but there’s plenty of wet fun for every member of the family, including toddlers.

obx waterparkTop attractions at H2OBX Waterpark

  • Be sure to check out the Twin Tides Wave Pool. Unlike other wave pools you may have experienced, this one features two beachfront entrance points on opposite ends. You’ll feel just like you’re at the beach with its ocean-simulated current, tide and waves.
  • Bring some energy for the Deep Six Adventure Lagoon. This revolutionary attraction includes an inflatable obstacle course, a huge climbing wall and courts for wet basketball. Kids of all ages will sleep well after playing in this lagoon.
  • For the thrill-seekers, look no further than Paradise Plunge – a 9-story free-fall slide. After you take the plunge, check out the other fusion waterslides, which have special effects including aqua-lucent lighting.
  • Grab your friends and head to Rogue Wave for a six-story raft ride. Each raft can carry three to six people, making it easy for families to stick together.
  • If you have little kids, let them discover their inner pirate at the immersed Calico Jack’s Cove – a pirate-themed, multi-level play structure.

Family tips for visiting H2OBX Waterpark

Consider renting a cabana if you plan to stay all day. The waterpark has 50 private cabanas located throughout the park with first-class amenities and luxury guest seating. Cabanas run $199 for up to eight guests or $299 for up to 12 people. This is an ideal option for family members who need their own space to take a break from the sun or large groups who want to create a central meeting place.

Come early.

To make the most of your day, get there when the park opens at 10 a.m. This is also a good strategy if you’re worried about afternoon thunderstorms that sometimes roll in during the summer. If there is lightning in the area, waterpark operations may be suspended until it’s safe to resume operation. If the park suspends operations for more than 90 minutes, you will receive a complimentary ticket to come back within the next seven days after 3 p.m. Closing time can vary a bit depending on which week you visit. The park stays open until 7 or 8 p.m.

Stay hydrated.

The waterpark allows each guest to bring in one unopened 20 oz. bottle of water into the park. You also can bring in a personal water bottle – plastic or metal – but it must be empty. There are two drinking fountains just inside the entrance where you can refill your water bottles. You can’t bring in alcoholic beverages, but they are available for sale if you’re at least 21 at Outer Banks Eats and Flyboys Bar, which has 12 beers on tap, including local craft brews.

Bring your appetite.

No outside snacks or food are allowed inside the waterpark. However, the park’s restaurants offer a variety of dining options from Carolina BBQ and fish tacos to healthy wraps and homemade burgers. Save room for funnel cake and ice cream at Dune Devil Desserts or try the homemade fudge at Coastal Confectionaries.

Buy your tickets in advance.

The waterpark has a cap on entry to create a resort-like atmosphere. You can buy tickets directly on the H2OBX Waterpark website, but you may be able to find discounted tickets if you’re renting a beach house or condo through one of the park’s many affiliated lodging partners. Check with your rental company for discounted tickets to H2OBX. If you’re staying in Currituck County, lodging partners include:

  • Atlantic Realty
  • Beach Realty/Kitty Hawk Rentals
  • Carolina Designs
  • Corolla Classic Vacations
  • Elan Vacations
  • Outer Banks Blue
  • Resort Realty
  • Seaside Vacations
  • Southern Shores Realty
  • Stan White Realty
  • Sun Realty
  • Twiddy & Company
  • Village Realty

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