Below, a scene from TreeHouse Harbor.
GRAFTON — The Memorial weekend opening of Raging Rivers WaterPark marks its 27th season.
Located along the Great River Road in Grafton, the 28-acre waterpark opens on Saturday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m.
“Raging Rivers is our mini oasis offering an excellent and affordable option for families to spend the day or make a weekend out of their visit and get away from it all,” said Donna Smith, general manager of Raging Rivers WaterPark. “Our team is excited to welcome families and friends as they make memories all summer long enjoying all the park has to offer, from the thrill of our rides to relaxing in our cabanas.”
Park goers can challenge their daring side through the 500-foot dual Cascade Body Flumes, which gives riders a rush as they speed, twist and turn down the natural hills and contours of the park. They can also take a ride on the Runaway Rafts, a 600-foot long adventure through swift water and wild rapids to three pools; the Shark Slide flume, which floats riders down a 45-foot tunnel flume into a catch pool, and ever-popular Swirlpool. The two-bowl attraction takes riders down a tunnel flume, then swiftly into a giant vortex and ends by dropping the guest into a deep pool of water, incorporating three rides into one.
Visitors can relax and float along at a tranquil 2 ½ mph in a continuous 700-foot-long Endless River of cool, clear water. They can all enjoy on and off 4-foot wavesl in the 18,000-square-foot Breaker Beach Wavepool.
Children are offered an Itty Bitty Surf City which features a pint-sized waterslide, splash pool, rain tree and tunnel area. Tree House Harbor provides an additional play area for youngsters, featuring a crawl tunnel, overhead rope pulls, tunnel slides and the massive bucket randomly spilling 1,000 gallons of water throughout the day.
While lounge chairs can be found throughout the park, visitors can take advantage of premium lounge areas known as “Riverview Cabanas.” The cabanas serve as private, fully covered retreats for guests looking to relax, while taking in a view of the Mississippi River. They are located above the Endless River and the Breaker Beach Wave Pool, sit 6-8 people and are available for all-day rental.
Raging Rivers will be open Memorial Day weekend, May 28 through the 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Then, the waterpark will be open daily from June 4 through June 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting Friday, July 1, the park will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, July 31. From Aug. 1 through Aug. 21, Raging Rivers will return to its 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule. The park reopens for one last splash of summer on Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28 as well as on the following, Labor Day weekend.
Admission is $20.95 for guests under 48 inches tall and senior citizens ages 60 and older, $24.95 for guests over 48 inches tall and free for children under the age of 2. Guests can enjoy an afternoon deal when they arrive after 3 p.m. by saving $5 on the price of each ticket. Individual season passes are available for $85 each, and family passes are $75 each when buying four or more.
Season passes include free parking, two free tickets for friends and a 15 percent discount on all concession and gift shop purchases. Raging Rivers also offers several deals throughout the summer, allowing guests to enjoy the waterpark at an even greater value. Visitors can stay informed about additional specials and deals by visiting www.ragingrivers.com.
— From the Illinois Business Journal