Water parks near outer banks

Sand, surf, and sun; the key elements of your ideal North Carolina Beach vacation, but don’t forget to add a splash of fun. A day at the waterpark can be a thrilling way to beat the heat, fun for adults as well as delighting the kids. Sandy Saltwater is here to let you in on the best water parks for your next beach vacation, along with some helpful tips.

Water Parks near Outer Banks

Jungle Rapids

Wilmington, NC

This action-packed Family Fun Park has something for everyone and is a quick 10-minute drive to Wrightsville Beach. Jungle Rapids has a water park featuring a lazy river, wave pool, and slides ranging from mild to wild. When you’re ready to dry off, take a spin around the go-cart track. Afterward, you can enjoy a round of mini golf, scale the climbing wall, and so much more.

Helpful Tip: No coolers or outside food may be brought into this park. The Big Splash Cafe is located in the park and opens daily from 11:30 to 6:00.

 The Salty Pirate

Emerald Isle, NC

Located in the heart of Emerald Isle, The Salty Pirate offers big fun in a small park. There are slides for the bigger kids and adults, as well as an expansive interactive play area and kiddie pool for the little ones. If you’re traveling with younger children, this park is a must-do. An expansive patio with seating, tables, and umbrellas provides welcome shade for parents to relax after chasing around the kids.

Helpful Tip: Ask about Military Discounts. The Salty Pirate wants to thank our heroes by making a day of family fun more affordable.


Powells Point, Outer Banks, NC

The new kid on the block, (or coast rather), H2OBX opened in June of 2017. Thrilling guests with some of the newest designs in water slide technology, it offers attractions for all ages and thrill-seeking levels. H2OBX is quickly becoming an Outer Banks favorite for locals and visitors alike. Boasting over 20 water slides and rides, 2 wave pools, a lazy river, obstacle course, and expansive children’s area, this park truly has something for everyone.

Helpful Tip: Check out their cabana rentals for the ultimate experience. Located throughout in the park, they include perks such as bottled water, a morning fruit basket, afternoon snack tray and a locker rental, along with comfy padded loungers and plenty of shade.

No matter where you choose to make a splash this summer, you’re sure to create some amazing memories to cherish for years to come. Get out there and enjoy your summertime adventures. Contact Sandy for more information on the best beach destinations, helpful travel guides, and useful tips to make your vacation unforgettable.