We decided to use one of our Fridays off to go to the waterpark at Carowinds. Admission is included in our season passes. We were even more excited to find out that season passes also include early entry to the waterpark! (The park opens at 10, the waterpark at 11… except for season pass holders where the waterpark opens at 10!)
Sorry, there won’t be any pictures in this entry. We didn’t want to risk any of the electronics.
We had a really great time at the Boomerang Bay. We set up our towels and coverups on some chairs in front of the smaller wave pool at the enterance (and locked up Nate’s wallet, the car keys and my glasses in a locker) and headed into the park!
Our first stop was Pipeline Peak, which is described on the Carowinds website as “A complex of four enclosed water slides; two are body slides and two are inner-tube slides. The slides range from being 80 feet in height to 495 feet in length.” We started off on the tube slides using two-person tubes. The climb up the stairs was long and rather daunting (apparently, my sunglasses really mess with my peripheral vision so I kept feeling like I was going to miss a step) but it was really nice that there was absolutely no line, so I didn’t have to worry about bothering anyone. The slides themselves are enclosed, which was definitely a new tube ride experience for me. We both really enjoyed the tube slides.
Next, we tried the body slides which started about 2 stories higher than the tube slides, so the climb was even worse. We decided to each go down one tube at the same time and had similarly awful experiences. It just goes too fast. My feet came uncrossed and it was really hard to get them crossed again. And the slide kept scratching my back at the joints. Nate ended up with a big skinned patch on one of his elbows. We decided not to try each other’s slide.
After that, we decided to go to the big wave pool at the back of the park. Overall, that was really fun… until they turned off the waves at which point it was a little lame. Who turns off the waves in a wave pool?
So, after 10 minutes or so of waiting for the waves to come back, we gave up and took a couple turns around the lazy river. We both really like lazy rivers because they’re so river-like and lazy, I suppose. It’s nice to just float along, enjoy the sun and talk to each other.
We went back to the first wave pool and spent a while just swimming around (because they also had the waves off in that pool.) When we got tired of that, we sat on our chairs for a while then decided to have lunch. After eating, we were starting to feel a little sunburned and realized we were out of sunscreen, so we decided to pack it in.