Growing up my parents had businesses. Lots of businesses. Specifically businesses that worked well without snow.
So growing up in Ohio with my parents and their seasonal businesses, well, the money flowed a lot easier in the summertime when the work flowed as well. And in the wintertime things like hating the gas company became a bit standard.
But the summertime was pure bliss and sadly I don’t remember much of it.
I remember always going to Sea World when it was in Aurora, Ohio and also to Geauga Lake, which was right next to Sea World.
Dad said he always liked going because it made us kids happy, kept us out of his
thinning hair, and they served beer. What more could a guy ask for.
I remember the drive was long but we would stay at either of the parks well beyond dusk and would get home sometime around midnight sometimes asleep or sometimes still high off of our cotton candy buzzes.
The last time I was at Geuaga Lake, well….I honestly couldn’t tell you.
The last time I was at Sea World was when I was about seven months pregnant with Giggles. My mom would decide every now and again that we needed to go and off we went. I remember getting the little cups full of fish to feed to the dolphins and how once I lost a watch feeding the said dolphins. (Although I didn’t lose the watch on my very pregnant trip there)
I always thought that I would be able to go back there someday with my family and enjoy the same sights and smells as I did in my youth. But, alas that wasn’t part of the plan.
Sea World closed, as did Geauga Lake. It seemed like they re-opened a time or two but before I could get the girls there it seemed like they were closed again. In 2008 Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom opened soley as a waterpark.
Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom asking if I would like to bring my family to the park to enjoy a day seeing what they had to offer.
We jumped on it! I was so excited to take my girls to Geauga Lake to see what they had to offer.
We went this past Sunday and coincendally my best friend and her family were going that day as well.
The boys (her husband and mine) were excited to tackle the water park together.
We arrived shortly after the park had opened and made our way to the gate. It was a bit cool that day with light sprinkles here and there, but since the sun kept peeking out, we decided to brave it and enjoy ourselves.
The first thing I noticed was how friendly each staff person was that we encountered. They were all smiling and helpful. The lifeguards were amazing. I could probably go on and on about how diligent they were and how they took their job so seriously. (I later found out that the training that the Lifeguards receive is the highest standard of care in the industry)
Another amazing thing is that the water always seemed like the perfect tempature. I seriously was not cold until I stopped riding on the slides.
The food seemed reasonably priced and was quite tasty, well the stuff that we tried.
I do have to say that my girls did become a bit bored after the day went on because while the attractions are great, there aren’t that many of them. But the kiddie part of the Park was AMAZING!! My best friend said she could hang out there all day with the kids and enjoy it (and she pretty much did!)
She enjoyed it so much that she is thinking of getting a season pass for her family next year.
I could see coming back, especially with their Platinum Passes as they are good at any Cedar Fair Park.
The one depressing thing was that you could see the old Geauga Lake. Now I know that it isn’t any fault of the new Wildwater Kingdom but it was depressing for me to look across the lake to see some of the old rides and other things basically overgrown and wasting away. But like I said, that is just me.
All in all I think that it was great fun to go and if you have younger ones that would enjoy their Kiddie Park then its a wonderful place to go.
For those of you who are local you only have 5 more days before the park closes (this weekend and next) so if you decide to go please take advantage of the coupon below to get $5 off your admission to the park.
Disclosure: I was contacted by Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kindgom and given tickets for my family as well as $40 in Beagle Bucks to enjoy the concessions. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and that of my family (and my best friend who was not compensated and had to buy her tickets on her own!)