Boulder Beach Food Guide and Review
Boulder Beach water park has a variety of counter service food stands for guests to choose from when visiting. Normally, we'd prefer to write
a separate review of each one, but in this case, we're grouping them together. Most of the food stands are located relatively close to each
other, and while the variety is different, the quality and service are all essentially the same. All the options are just your run-of-the-mill
food you'd expect to find at a theme park, albeit slightly better quality. There's no "theme" to delve into or any of that extra stuff. So,
we figure this is a pretty safe way to go. In this review, we'll discuss the options available, as well as a few of the items we sampled
during our recent visit.
We'll start with the lineup, and divide our review up accordingly. There are four places to get food, three spots to get desserts, and two
beverage bars. All are located inside the main entrance to the water park, and if you're spending your day here, you'll be choosing from
these options. The nearest food outside the water park is a bit of a walk to get to, and in general, there's enough options that most everyone
should be able to find something to their liking.
First up, the food. Just past the entrance of the park is the Granite Grill, which serves personal sized pizzas, burgers, chicken strips,
and pulled pork sandwiches. In the past, we've had their pizzas and burgers, and they're not too bad. Nothing compared to Casseli's or
Lindy's, but much better than, say, your typical Cedar Fair park has to offer.
This past trip, our kids got the chicken strips. Again, nothing to rave about here, but nothing to complain about either. The breading is
nice, crispy, and doesn't taste like it's been sitting in a freezer.
Moving deeper into the water park, across from the main locker area, is the Widemouth Subs shop. This stand serves a couple different types of
sub sandwiches. It's a nice changeup from traditional "theme park" food you find elsewhere. We tried the Philly Cheesesteak, and it was
Continuing onwards just past the Rumble Falls tube slides are the last two food spots which are located in an area that has several other stands
as well: Pablo's and the Chicken Shack. Pablo's serves Mexican food such as taco salads, quesadillas, and nachos; the Chicken Shack serves
chicken strips (same ones you can get at Granite Grill), and chicken sandwiches.
We've eaten at Pablo's a few times in years past, and again the food is decent enough, but nothing to write home about. We had the pork nachos
on this past trip, and all the ingredients and toppings were nicely balanced and fresh.
In this same area are two of the three dessert stands, one of which is Dippin' Dots, and the other is Dessert Island. We figure most of you already
know enough about the infamous "ice cream of the future", so we won't explore that much more.
Dessert Island, however, serves up Sno-Cones, Slushies, and Silverwood's famous "single scoop" ice cream, although there are not as many flavors to
choose from here as you can get at the Country Carnival location. Hence, we'd suggest you skip this one and save your ice cream fix for when you're
done with the water park.
The final spot you can get dessert is the soft serve ice cream stand right past the entrance to Boulder Beach. Again, it's decent enough, but nothing
over the top. (Seeing a pattern here?)
Lastly, and most notably, are the two beverage bars. There's one across from the Chicken Shack and Pablo's, right in between the two wave pools. The
other is right smack dab in the middle of the lazy river, and is one you can literally float right up to in your tube. Both stands serve alcoholic
and non-alcoholic tropical beverages, so there's something for everyone. This is one of the few water parks that has a "float up" bar like this, and
it's tremendously popular as such. It's a truly shining star amongst all the other stands throughout the water park.
First up, the positives: Clearly, there's a lot of different options
to choose from, so variety is a positive here. We'd like to see something that is a little more on the healthy side, like a fresh fruit stand, but we
recognize that for most of the general public, the current options are more than sufficient. We also give huge props for the float-up bar, as mentioned
before. And lastly, for food that seems like it should taste like it came from Taco Bell or McDonald's, the park has definitely worked to bring freshness
and quality to the table.
Our main complaint is on the service side. While you have all of these options available to you, each individual stand serves a limited menu, and each has
an individual queue. Without exception, those queues are incredibly slow, especially for counter service. We've waited 30+ minutes at these places on
many occasions, even when the lines looked short. This can really become an issue when not everyone in your group can agree on one place to eat.
Granted, we know that there's a balancing act here: Silverwood wants to provide food that's high-quality for a theme park, and all of the things we've
sampled definitely show this. But on the flip side, better quality food takes time to prepare, so be ready to wait.
It'd be nice if some of these stands were combined together so that you could just wait in one line to get what you want, but alas, this is the way Boulder
Beach food has always been, and likely always will be. You can maximize your efficiency by strategizing - try and find a food stand that has most of
the things your group wants, and stick to that. If you really want to go to more than one place, the only way to do that without chewing up over an
hour of your day is to simply divide, conquer, and re-group to eat.
Bottom line: Boulder Beach has a wide range of basic food options that all taste pretty good, considering you're inside a theme park. Nothing too unique
or memorable to write home about, but also nothing that will leave you regretting your decision.
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