We attended as a guest of the venue
Temperatures are rising and Knott’s Soak City is open just in time! Plan a Day Out had a chance to visit on Opening Day to check out the newly expanded park, renovated Longboard’s Grill, and new slides. Families of all ages will love OC’s only water park because of the variety of water play areas and slides. There’s also plenty of covered seating, lounge chairs, and cabanas available for rent.
- For thrill seekers, Shore Break Towers takes single riders on an adrenaline-filled adventure where the bottom of the Aqua Launch chamber drops from beneath them, sending riders on a high speed free fall and through a series of exhilarating drops and daring loops.
- The dueling tube slides on Shore Break Towers takes single or double riders through drops and turns as they soak up the warm summer sun.
- The Wedge is sure to be a family favorite. Up to six riders can descend on a raft through twists, turns, and unexpected dips.
- The Beach House has two smaller slides, water guns, nozzles, faucets, and three huge buckets that dump up to 500 gallons of water on anyone below!
- Tidal Wave Bay allows families to swim or ride tubes through waves. The current turns on and off, giving park-goers a chance to go for a relaxing swim in between sets.
- Gremmie Lagoon offers the park’s youngest visitors (maximum height 54”) a place to slide, squirt, and splash.
- Sunset River is the perfect place to relax in between slides. Cruise around in a tube at one of the longest lazy park rivers in the world!
- Longboard’s Grill offers traditional beach fare: cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, salads, sandwiches, and fries.
Know Before You Go:
- Bring towels, sunscreen, flip flops, and a bathing suit. These items are available for purchase, but you’ll pay a higher cost for them than you will outside of the park.
- Arrive early to snag a group of lounge chairs; especially if you want ones in the shade.
- If you want a lounge chair in the shade, you can find them near the Beach House and Longboard’s Grill.
- If your child is under 48” they will need a life-jacket for many rides. The park has these available, for free. However, you can bring your own if you prefer.
- You can rent a inner tube for $10 so you don’t have to wait for tubes in attractions like Sunset River and Tidal Wave Bay.
- The park says you cannot bring your own food and drink into the park. However, many guests had coolers and large bags of food with them.
- Lockers are available for a nominal fee and come in a variety of sizes
- If your child is under 42” tall there are many restrictions in terms of what they can do at the park. They can go with an adult in Sunset River and Tidal Wave Bay. Also, they can play at the Beach House and Gremmie Lagoon. However, they cannot go on any of the slides outside of Gremmie Lagoon. There are many slides for kids above 42” tall and kids above 48” tall can go on any of the rides.
- You can rent a cabana for the day. On the day we visited, the cost was $220 for up to 8 guests. Cabana rentals include a table with an umbrella, 4 inner tube rentals, and waiter service.
- You can buy tickets online at a reduced price. Daily admission starts at $37 online (an $11 savings).
Knott’s Soak City Water Park
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
Soak City is open most days from May 20, 2017-September 10, 2017. Operating hours vary, daily. Click here for hours before you go.
About the Author
Kelly and her husband have two little boys, ages 3 and 5. She loves taking her boys on adventures around Southern California that focus on learning, getting their wiggles out, and having fun! When she isn’t fulfilling her mommy duties she teaches at a local community college and is an educational consultant.