2018 Boulder Beach Attractions Guide
Boulder Beach Water Park opened back in 2003, and it has grown quite a bit since that time. Water parks in general have become very
common these days, and the offerings at each one tend to be very similar across the board. That said, Boulder Beach is unique in its
own right. While some of the slides are off-the-shelf, they do have some very one-of-a-kind attractions that are worth knowing about.
We'll start with some general tips and info. First, admission to the water park is included in your park tickets, and there is no
separate gate. Once you're through the main park entrance and across the train tracks, you simply go left for Silverwood or right
for Boulder Beach. Second, both parks open at the same time - 11am. Closing time is different though - Boulder Beach closes its
doors at 7pm each night, whereas the theme park stays open for at least a couple hours beyond this. And third, we mentioned it
already in our Silverwood trip planning guide, but unless the weather is lousy, our advice is to always start your day at the water park.
Once the doors to the water park open, we usually split our group up into two chunks.
1. One group heads out to grab us a spot for the day. We have two favorite places: one is back by Toddler Springs, in the section
between the north wave pool and the Toddler Springs play area. The other spot is the new shelters next to Riptide Rush. Both have
advantages, and you can't go wrong either way.
2. The second group heads straight for the tube rental station to grab a couple inner tubes for the day. These are absolutely
critical. The park only has a small collection of "loaner tubes" for use at Rumble Falls and the Lazy River, so having your own
will save you a lot of time.
So now that you're ready to start your day, let's dive in (no pun intended) to the details. Here we attempt to give you our ratings
for each attraction at Boulder Beach, using the same scale we did for our Silverwood Rides Guide
. 0 to 10, with
0 being the lowest
and 10 being highest. We hope this will help you to get the most out of your time in the water park.
As you'll see, there isn't really anything at Boulder Beach that we rate poorly - every attraction is at least moderately good in
its own right. There's a broad spectrum of things to do, such that there is literally something for everyone in your group, no
matter the age. Add to all this the amount of theming and landscaping that has been done at Boulder Beach, top it off with the
surrounding northwest forest and mountains, and you've truly got one of the most beautiful water parks you'll ever set foot in.
Avalanche Mountain - 8/10
- A family-rafting ride located at the far north section of the park. Slide with as large of a group
as you can, as the more weight in your raft, the higher up the side of the slide you will go. You can find these types of
slides at many other water parks, but what makes this stand out is the setting. Instead of a standard metal slide tower, the
park opted to build a manmade mountain, and start the ride at the top. They've also added so many trees and bushes, you
literally feel like you're sliding through a small forest, before splashing down in a valley at the bottom. Major props to the
park for taking something that could have been an eyesore and making it into something truly beautiful. We also give them
points for the dual loading at the top, which helps keep the lines moving. We knocked this down a few points in 2018 due to the new
rafts which have made the ride noticably slower, and have reduced the "air-time" that you used to get on this slide.
Ricochet Rapids - 8.5/10 - Located on the same "mountain" as Avalanche Mountain, this slide is mostly enclosed, whereas Avalanche
Mountain is completely open. This slide features a drop into a giant funnel, which we would describe as a smaller version of a
ProSlide Tornado feature. Aside from this fun feature (and it really is a blast!), the slide is relatively tame. We've always
wished they had added a second funnel or other feature later on in the slide to keep the excitement going. We also wish the
park had opted for another dual-loading station like with Avalanche Mountain. But those are minor complaints - this is
still a great slide! As with Avalanche Mountain, we maintain that the new rafts have also impacted the speed of this slide as well. We give
Ricochet a slight edge though due to the drop into the funnel.
Riptide Rush - 10/10
- 6-lane mat racer slide, complete with racing timer to indicate who the winner is. This is the newest
addition at the park, and we think it qualifies as easily the most fun attraction at the park. We can ride it multiple
times with our family without getting bored, as each time is just a little different and usually someone new wins.
Elkhorn Creek Lazy River - 8.5/10
- 5-10 minute long lazy river which is landscaped to the extreme. Waterfalls, trees,
bushes, flowers and more line this beautiful journey. There is also a wet bar located in the middle (adults only!), where
you can grab a drink to enjoy. Tubes are not required, but usually make the trip more relaxing, so we recommend bringing
one along. Our only complaint is that we wish it were longer!
Polliwog Park - 8/10
- Giant kids water play structure. Features six slides, a multitude of spray features, and a giant
dump-bucket. Nothing too unique about this if you've seen these before, although this particular model is on the larger
side of the scale. Even if you don't have kids, we'd recommend checking it out.
Boulder Beach Bay - 7/10
- Standard wave pools. And yes, you read that right: pools. We give the park major props for
doing what very few have ever even thought to do - add a second wave pool to help spread the crowds out a bit. This
makes the experience much more enjoyable.
Rumble Falls - 6/10 - Tube slide tower with four tube slides - two fully enclosed, one completely open, and one
half-enclosed/half-open. While each slide is fun, these are relatively short, tame slides compared with what else
is in the park. If you choose not to rent your own tube, you'll end up waiting in two lines - one to get a tube, and
then one to slide. Our personal favorite is the fully enclosed light blue slide.
Velocity Peak - 9/10
- Off-the-shelf speed slide tower, common at many other water parks. All three of these are very
fun, and worth your time. But if you've ridden them before at other parks, you won't find anything new here.
Toddler Springs - 6/10
- Splash pad area for small kids with an almost zero-depth pool to play around in. The area
features an abundance of sprayers, geysers, waterfalls, and fountains. This is excellent if you have small kids, and
we often set up our 'camp' for the day right next to this as it allows the little ones to go play whenever they want
to. However, if you don't have anyone under the age of 10 in your group, you can skip this one.
How would you rate the rides at the park differently? What
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