I've previously posted on visiting the aviation museum, which you can read about here, but this venue is totally new for us. The waterpark since on the same property as the Evergreens aviation, space and Imax theater. The waterpark hasn't been open for very long, maybe not even 2 years! It's quite a site to behold and up until Friday it has been a place the kids have been begging for every time we go to the museum.
From the Evergreen website:
Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark is an educational waterpark that includes ten waterslides, a wave pool and a children’s museum dedicated to teaching students about the power of water. Consisting of classic Evergreen Museum building design, the space features nearly 70,000 square feet of educational fun, topped by a massive Evergreen International Aviation B747-100 aircraft on the top of the building.
|Yes there really is a 747 atop the waterpark building! Photo by Lynette_1_2_3 via Flickr|
Driving down the highway you cannot miss the waterpark. Soon after the water park opened for business we went in to check it out, well as "in" as they allow you without paying admission. Obviously there is the inclosed waterpark, a cafe, lots of seating and a water museum. Sadly we didn't spend anytime look at the museum portion of the venue but that's for another time. However, let's get down to the water park. There are 4 large, loopy, tube slides that start all the way up in the body of the 747. You see those white tubes coming out of the body of the plane? Those are just two of the slides. The slides are called the Mach 1, Tail Spin, Nose Dive and Sonic Boom. All but the Mach 1 requires that you go down in an inflatable tube (provided by the water park) and you can either use a single tube or double up with a friend or child and use a two person tube. All slides also have a height requirement. The Mach 1 is 48" while the other slides are 42" So most kids around 5-6 years old and up will be able to ride the most of the large slides.
|Rear view of the 747 on the roof and better view of the tube slides coming out of the body. Photo via stuckattheairport.com|
Photo by pdx.rollingthunder via Flickr
As the large tube slides enter the building you can see that they snake all around the ceiling making for some great color action. The blue tube I believe was the Nose Dive Slide and that slide along with the Mach 1 (which is orange and not shown in this photo) have some translucent portions of the slide so you are able to see the people whipping down within the tube. My kids spotted me shooting down the Mach 1 while my tube was still jetting across rafters!
The park also include a large wave pool and I think the wave pool was the fave for my two boys (aged 6 and 7 1/2). For the most part the wave pool is relatively calm but every 10 minutes ago a loud buzzer sounds off alerting the waterpark that the waves are beginning. And begin they do. First very rhythmic but quickly those waves come at you fast, furious and choppy! Everyone goes crazy. And the fact that the park allows you to take a innertube into the wave pool is beyond fun. My boys got a hold of a couple of tubes and went for it! Even T got into a tube (lazy river style), propped Crash on his lap and they had a blast. I had fun, once I got over the anxiety of Big Red wanting to go in the deepest part of the wave pool (5-feet) for maximum bounce. Just a side note: In the summer months the water park shows indoor movies, at night once the park officially closes, on the giant screen located within the wave pool and I'm still kicking myself for not going to see Jaws!
There's a second large pool towards the front entrance of the park. This pool is great for lounging without waves and also houses the exit to the Mach 1 slide, a gigantic hot tub, some basketball hoops and The Vortex.
The hot tub holds a lot of people, its really the size of a small dipping pool. There's a lifeguard constantly watching out for the patrons in the hot tub and unlike many other hot tubs your children are allowed to go in! Please be aware that the water is very hot which took my kids a while to get used to and that there is a 15-minute time limit to using the hot tub. This is not to say that you can't go back and forth into the hot tub, because you can but you can only remain in for 15-minutes at a time. I believe this to be a good, fair rule that way all patrons at some point and time can enjoy the hot tub while visiting.
Just to the right of the Mach 1 slide is a giant kids play structure and at first glance you may wonder why there is a playground located within the water park. But this is not an ordinary play structure. It is rigged with all kinds of fun water accouterments! There are twisty tube slides, perfect for kids who are preschool aged up to just barely reaching the minimum height requirements for the giant tube slides. There are water jets shooting water from the ground and from various parts of the actual structure. There is a big, umbrella like toy that you can spin and turn with a wheel and and water sprays out of this rotating umbrella contraption. There are also rope swings and little tunnels you can climb through.