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I am an ambassador for Raging Waves and received complimentary admission tickets (and meal tickets for some events).
I have been to quite a few water parks in my 38 years with and without my kids. I have 3 steadfast rules a water park has to adhere to for me to come back or be comfortable bringing my kids there.
1. SAFETY. If I see kids running around, lifeguards talking, lifeguards taking their eyes off of kids or not sticking to rules I will not ever let my kids go there without me, if even at all.
2. Cleanliness. This is sooo important because if the park is not clean and tidy enough it can be dangerous. Garbage can trip kids and soooo much bacteria can form in pools of water etc.
3. Friendly staff. Honestly I get enough attitude at home with two teenagers and an 8 year old that thinks she’s one, I don’t need it from park employees. If they act like I am annoying them just by existing that park will no longer be getting my hard earned money.
We visited Raging Waves at the end of June and I have to say, it’s the cleanest, most friendly water park I have ever been to. I can’t stop telling people how much I love this park. I can not believe I have never been there in all the years I have lived in IL. I feel like I have been missing out.
Located in Yorkville, Illinois Raging Waves has 19 waterslides, a 1/4 mile lazy river, an awesome wave pool (my favorite) and quite a few dry land attractions such as the sandbox and the Outback Road Rally.
My kids favorite attractions were the Cyclone and the Crocodile Mile. My 15 year old also REALLY loved Platypus Plunge, the fastest tube waterslide in the park. We went on a cloudy day and the kids got to ride the slides multiple times. They had so much fun and again, because of the high level of safety in the park, lifeguards always “scanning”- ongoing inservice/training for lifeguards, I felt ok with them using the slides without me.
Here’s a few fun pictures of our day in the park.
Tickets are required for all guests. General admission day tickets for guests over 48 inches are $29.99. Older guests and smaller children have discounted admission. Group packages and cabana rentals are available. Season passes are also available. They have TONS of events, activities and live shows over the summer so make sure you subscribe to their newsletter. There are always a way to save too, I love that they are constantly making it easy for patrons to get tickets. Check out the Costco savings!
Check back in soon, I am going to feature the fantastic safety in the park and a few behind the scenes pictures.