Rapids Water Park

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Rapids Water Park
Rapids Logo.png
Location 6566 North Military Trail, Riviera Beach, Florida, U.S.
Owner EPR Properties
Operated by Premier Parks, LLC[1]
General Manager Bryan Megrath [2]
Opened 1979
Visitors per annum 400,000 [3]
Area 25 acres (100,000 m2)
Rides
Water rides 36
Website www.rapidswaterpark.com

Rapids Water Park is a water park in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, that occupies 30 acres near I-95.

The park includes a wave pool (up to six-foot waves), thirty-five water slides, including dual seven-story speed slides, and a quarter mile lazy river. There are also slides for children and toddlers.

History[edit]

The park was founded in 1979, on 4 acres (16,000 m2) of land with four water slides. It has since grown to 30 acres (120,000 m2), housing 35 slides, among other water-related attractions. In 2009, the park bought 2.2 acres (8,900 m2) just north of the park for $2.2 million.[4]

In 2000, Miami born rapper, Trina shot her video "Pull Over" at the Park.

In 2009, the MTV reality show Jersey Shore requested to film at the park, but were denied.[5]

Rapids Water Park celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2009, inviting the racecar driver Danica Patrick to the park for the festivities.[6]

The park appears in the film Donnie Brasco during the water park scene.

Attractions[edit]

The park's website breaks the intensity of their rides and attractions into three categories:

Biggest[edit]

The most intense rides includes:

  • Big Thunder - A dark ProSlide Tornado with a funnel at the end. The funnel is open, 60 feet (18 m) in diameter and 55 feet (17 m) in length.
  • Black Thunder - Another ProSlide Tornado slide, taking place completely in the dark.
  • Raging Rapids - Four-rider raft slide.
  • Riptide Raftin' - Five-rider raft slide.
  • Brain Drain - Dual trapdoor water slide with a seven-story tall drop, 8 seconds long.

Coolest[edit]

Rides and attractions designed for all ages includes:

  • Baby Blue - Single rider.
  • Big Red - Single or two-rider raft.
  • Body Blasters - Two dark slides, 1,000 feet (300 m) long.
  • Old Yellar - The park's original four open-air water slides. Single-rider.
  • Pirate's Plunge - Two speed slides;
  • Tubin' Tornadoes - Two single- or double-rider raft dark slides.

Wettest[edit]

Child- and family-friendly rides and areas includes:

  • Alligator Alley - A smaller-scale version of Criss Crossing.
  • Big Surf - A 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) wave pool.
  • Criss Crossing - A pool guests can attempt to jump across using slippery, floating objects and an over-head net.
  • FlowRider - continuous 35mph simulated wave pool.
  • Lazy River - A lazy river ride that can be used for transportation around the park.
  • Splash Hill - Eight slides, including two racing slides and two dark slides.
  • Splish Splash Lagoon - Three family slides and play pools.
  • BareFootin' Bay-This new water play structure is packed with interactive features like sprayers,3 slides and a giant pineapple tipping bucket to make a super splash below

In Popular Culture[edit]

The music video for the song "Empty Threat" by the band Chvrches was shot at the park[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wet'n'Wild Phoenix, Hawaii to Add accesso eCommerce, Mobile Ticketing" (Press release). Premier Parks LLC. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Bennett, Bruce. A bummer of a summer for local teens seeking work. The Palm Beach Post. Ret 7-30-2010.
  3. ^ Ostrowski, Jeff. Rapids Water Park gets new landlord, new operator, but no other changes for now. Palm Beach Post. 7-3-2012.
  4. ^ Ostrowski, Jeff. What economic slide? Water park buys site. The Palm Beach Post. Ret 7-30-2010.
  5. ^ Streeter, Leslie Gray. The Ultimate Jersey Girl Contest Launched to Counter Image of Jersey Shore. The Palm Beach Post. Ret 7-30-2010.
  6. ^ Danica Patrick Connects With Fans At Rapids Water Park 30th Anniversary Celebrations. Auto Racing Daily. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  7. ^ "GOTH | DAY | OUT". 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 

Coordinates: 26°46′16″N 80°06′25″W / 26.771°N 80.107°W / 26.771; -80.107