Since you made the final decision for you and your family to move to the Knightdale Station new home community, we have given you many suggestions for scenic beauty and outdoor activity. However, at some points of the year, as you can attest now being in your new home in Knightdale, the temperatures play more into the decision of what outdoor activities to do. A perfect example of this is as we head into the smoldering hot, “dog days” of summertime. There are not too many activities outdoors that won’t find you and your youngsters sweltering in the summer heat. However, these “summer scorchers” can be combated. Just make your plans to visit any of the following North Carolina Water Parks.
Now, don’t misunderstand, here. We don’t blame you one bit if your “summer splashing” is planned right in your neighborhood. The gorgeous pool at the YMCA Aquatics Center at Knightdale Station is the perfect spot to keep the kids cool and relax throughout the “red-hot” months of June, July, and August. Not to mention, it’s so close, why wouldn’t your whole family love it. But, on the occasions when you just want to get away, the ultimate in summertime and “wet and wild” activities await at the North Carolina Water Parks.
(This is the first of a two-post series documenting the best North Carolina Water Parks. In our follow up post, we will list several more spots to splash away this Summer.)
Keeping it Cool and Within a Two Hour Trip to North Carolina Water Parks
To be upfront, any or all of the North Carolina Water Parks we discuss are a bit of a drive from your new home in Knightdale. However, each of these does have either “at the park” or very nearby camping or hotel accommodations. Likewise, all of these make for a fabulous and affordable “summer vacation” of sorts to keep you and the whole family cool. Consequently, none of these are further than about a three-hour drive, thus could also be a well-planned day trip to give the kids a thrill while they beat the heat.
Lions Water Adventure, Kinston
The closest of the North Carolina Water Parks we will discuss today is Lions Water Adventure. This is a wonderful place for family members of all ages to enjoy. In addition to all types of “splashable” fun, this park has an animal theme that the kids will surely love. Take them through the lion and zebra water slides, the low-splash slide, and the Kiddie Lagoon for a sure smash hit of a day. Likewise, for those in. need of some exercise, while staying cool, there is an 8-lane, lap pool, that is perfect for just that.
Distance from Knightdale Station: 1 hour, 12 minutes, 79.9 miles
Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe, Greensboro
Just over 90 miles from Knightdale Station, Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe is one of the most popular North Carolina Water parks in the entire Southeast, let alone the state. This is the ultimate for water park lovers. Over 35 rides and attractions and over 3 million gallons of water for fun. This place has everything from the most daring, high altitude slides to the shallowest of kiddie slides. This is one you and the kids don’t want to miss.
Distance from Knightdale Station: 1 hour, 26 minutes, 92.5 miles
Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, Wilmington
Just a bit outside of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach is another fun-filled, summertime stop on our list of North Carolina Water Parks. Whereas “We N Wild” above was nothing but water rides, Jungle Rapids has some excellent “dry rides” as well. With go-karts, laser tag, and mini-golf, you are sure to heat up. But rest assured, there is plenty of spots to cool down, including a million-gallon wave pool, a half-pipe waterslide, and the Jungle Rapids Superbowl.
Distance from Knightdale Station: 2 hours, 6 minutes, 135.4 hours
North Carolina Water Parks: The Refreshment Continues
Our refreshing path of summertime relief will continue in our next post. The North Carolina Water Parks we will document in that final post of the series is slightly further from your new home in Knightdale, however, they are equally as wet, wild, and most importantly fun!
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