It hit me that I spend a lot of time in my trusty black minivan driving up and down I-10. Road Trip, y’all!
Have Vader Van, will travel.
Since my small town doesn’t have much by way of entertainment options, I-10 is the lifeline to fun for my family.?Driving west takes me into Phoenix, going east brings me to Tucson.
And of course, all points beyond!
Welcome to the first installment of On the 10 (Again) Road Trip Series. Road trips don’t have to be far to be fun!
Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix Review and Giveaway
Living in Arizona means the summers are Hot with a capital H. Cooling off during the summer is a high priority around here.
If we can add a wave pool, thrilling slides and a lazy river to the mix then we are genuinely happy Hollidays.
Recently?Wet ‘N Wild Phoenix invited my family out for a day of fun in the sun.
Wet ‘N’ Wild’s first focus is on safety for their guests and their employees. General Manager Lee Graham stressed that point as he discussed the lifeguards and their duties. “They aren’t being rude, they are doing their job,” he said as he explained how lifeguards may be focused on scanning their water and may not make eye contact with you or carry on conversations at times.
Safety started from the moment we arrived as our bags went through security and our kids were height checked.
Color-coded wristbands let parents and kiddos know what rides they are cleared to conquer.
Seth made the height check with room to spare; #OhLucy, however, got a pretty red band to sport for her day at the parks.
Waterparks can be tricky with a family like mine. We range from a timid 4-year-old to a fearless 13-year-old. Finding the right combination of attractions to keep everyone entertained isn’t always easy.
I discovered that Wet ‘N’ Wild had plenty for everyone. (fist pump) YES!?There were plenty of attractions to experience together which is important to us, but we also got a little space to roam as well.
The park is big enough to keep my crew entertained but not so big that the family felt pulled apart.
After a dip in the wave pool, everyone checked out a different part of the park.
The boys headed off for the big rides, Mr. Shenanigans and Claire went for more mid-level rides, and #OhLucy and I headed over to Wet ‘N’ Wild Jr.
This section is genius.
There are miniature slides perfect for kiddos who aren’t tall enough or brave enough to take on the thrill slides.
Lucy falls into both of those categories!
But she was perfectly content spending most of the day over here.
I even talked her into trying the most daring of the mini-slides, the Tiny Typhoon.
Okay, so I bribed her with ice cream. Does it really matter? The point is she did it and loved it!
And I was proud of her for conquering her fears.
The big hits included the Constrictor for Claire, the Tornado for the boys, the Banzai Racers for Lucy, and the Crazy Cactus (not so) lazy river for the whole family.
Lunch options were plentiful as well. Prices fall in line with what you’d expect to spend on the road and the quality was better than I expected. Holla!
The typical theme park options were there: burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries, and sodas. I was also happy to see some sub type sandwiches and salads for those looking for a lighter option.
Overall we had a great time at the park and all the kids enthusiastically agreed they would love to go back. We give it an On the 10 (Again)?car horn honk of approval.
There are a number of hotels nearby (Hampton Inn, Residence Inn, and the Hilton Garden Inn) if you are looking to extend your stay. You know I’m onboard with a staycation when I can swing it. If you need a room in Phoenix, let me know.
If you are local, you should check the park out. They have a great deal right now on season passes; you’d get your money back by your second trip!
Wet ‘N’ Wild shows their support for the heroes among us this Memorial Day holiday. Gotta love that!
On May 28, 29, and 30 veterans, active members of the US military and first responders can enjoy a day of fun for FREE. Up to six immediate family members will receive half off admission as well. If you go on Sunday night, be sure to stick around for the fireworks show (at 8:45pm). Check out the website for all the details!
But even better, I have tickets to give away.
- Prize:?two winners receive a family 4-pack of tickets to the Wet ‘N’ Wild park in Phoenix
- This contest is open to US?residents only
- Contest starts on May 18, 2016 and ends on May 25, 2016, at 12:00 am MT.
- Enter through the Rafflecopter widget.? The winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter and notified via email provided to Rafflecopter.? The winner has two days to respond, or they forfeit and another winner will be selected.
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)