When the summer temperatures climb well into the 90’s, like today, and the humidity sits so thick across the Valley that you might as well be wading through a thick fog, like today, you know that it is time to find water, to take a dip, to get yourself a-swimming. But you’ve already been to the outdoor pools a dozen times – the kids are starting to get bored with just swimming. The beach sounds fun, but is just too far away. Then you remember: Massanutten Resort’s indoor waterpark.
Not only a great way to get wet, but an excellent way to get wet while avoiding the direct sunlight, the indoor waterpark at Massanutten has a bit of something for everybody. The centerpiece of the park is a water-based playground replete with bridges swirly slides of all shapes and heights to swish down. And best of all is the giant tipping bucket that empties itself over everyone’s heads at regular intervals.
A lazy rapids course meanders through the park, full of blue and yellow inner tubes bumping together and apart. This is the perfect place to kick back and relax, and let your feet dangle in the refreshing 84 degree water.
No waterpark would be complete without slides, and Massanutten has its share. The body slide extentends for 250 feet over a nearly 40 foot drop, and is sure to get the heart racing with its sudden turns and unexpected drops. There are also eight tube slides, which you can brave in a solo tube or in tubes that fit up to three people. Bring your friends – every ride is more fun when you can scream all the way down together!
The park also host the Pipeline, where every minute 50,000 gallons of water shoot beneath you, creating an ocean-like wave. It’s a great way to learn to bodyboard or surf, and is just plain fun!
So when the heat is particularly unbearable, take the family up and take the short drive to Massanutten for a waterpark adventure. You might even end up enjoying the experience yourself.