This post is sponsored by Wild River Country. All opinions are my own.
It’s summer in Arkansas. It’s hot. It’s muggy. It’s varying beautiful shades of green covered with a light mist of actually visible humidity. I love our life here in the Natural State, but if I’m being totally honest the only time I want to be outside of my home in the summer is if I’m immersed in water. Ditto that for my husband and two boys, which means we are always seeking out ways to make that happen.
As my kids get older I always try to keep in mind ways to create really fun memories for them. Sure, there is something to be said for the creativity that comes from boredom (we do a lot of that too), but it’s such a treat for Nate and I to treat them, and our preferred method is via fun experiences. We decided early this year that when it comes to the battle of stuff versus experience, we wanted experience to win every time.
Thankfully, that’s exactly what Wild River Country is doing for us this summer! For those of you who don’t know about this gem, Wild River Country is Arkansas’ largest water park. It has 12 slides, a massive wave pool, a lazy river, party decks, pavilions, and cabanas that span across 26 acres. It’s open 7 days a week from Memorial Day weekend until August 12, making it perfect for those summer memories we’re working on creating. The biggest thing that impressed me from Day 1, though, was that this isn’t just a water park – it’s an incredibly safe water park.
You can tell from the moment that you walk in the gates that the lifeguards are on top of it. I was once a lifeguard in a past life, and I haven’t seen many guards take that job as seriously as they should until I observed the ones at Wild River Country. They are audited several times a season, and have achieved 100% on every audit, putting them in the top 3% in terms of safety in the WORLD. As a mom – heck, as a person participating in the fun – that gives me so much peace of mind as my kiddos swim and play!
Over the next few months I’ll be sharing more about our adventures at Wild River Country and how you can create some amazing memories there too! For now, though, my biggest tip? GO. Day pass tickets are $29.99 (children under 4 feet tall are $20.99, under 2 years old are free, and 60+ are $10.99). To get a season pass (I’d recommend this because you KNOW you’ll want to go more than once) is $79.99, with different discounts available throughout the year.
In short? Go out there – make those memories – and make sure you take lots of pictures!