When it debuted in 1992, it was originally named Hurricane Reef. In 1999, an expansion occurred to the water park and the attractions received new names and park was changed to WaterWorks.
It has two sections, the Northside which was formerly known as Hurricane Reef, and Southside which is the newer section of WaterWorks. The rides that WaterWorks had as Hurricane Reef in the mid-1990s are all located in front of the Rebel Yell roller coaster; the newer rides are behind the Rebel Yell and are accessible by walking under the Rebel Yell on a walkway between Baja Bends and Shoot the Curl.
In 2015, Kings Dominion announced that WaterWorks would be majorly expanded and renamed Soak City, a name which is currently used by various other Cedar Fair parks. The expansion is to include a major new slide complex featuring three unique slides, a new children's area, beach volleyball courts, new and updated bath houses, new dining concepts, and other improvements.
Enclosed tube slide featuring four intense 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide before being dropped into a splash pool. Part of Hurricane Heights.
A twisting fiberglass water slide which descends into a 42" deep splash pool.
Big Wave Bay
A 650,000 gallon wave pool, with giant 4-foot waves.
Less than 42" must be accompanied by a responsible person. Between 42 & 48" must wear a life jacket
An inner tube ride in which the guests experience a variety of curves and drops before splashing in a 42" deep splash pool.
Over 40", between 40" & 48" must wear a life jacket
A 1/4-mile lazy river that meanders through waterfalls and geysers.
Less than 42" must be accompanied by a responsible person. Between 42 & 48" must wear a life jacket.
Lil' Barefoot Beach
A shallow play area for children
Skybox waterslide wherein riders stand in a capsule and the floor drops out, sending them into a high-speed, almost vertical free fall and through a series of loops and s-curves in a translucent flume. Part of Hurricane Heights.
Four totally enclosed slides. Night Slider and Power Plunge are body slides beginning at the top of a 77 feet (23 m) platform. Rip Slide and Turbo Twister are inner tube slides starting from a 45 feet (14 m) platform.
An expansive themed splash pad and activity area for children and families.
Soak City Splash House
A giant water powered play house featuring more than 50 water-filled attractions that parents and kids can enjoy together, including a swinging bridge, water slides and the 40-foot-high bucket that tips a boatload of water every few minutes.
Inner tube slide on which riders are launched down a series of intense drops and turns. Part of Hurricane Heights.