Located just about an hour north of Jacksonville, FL, on tiny Jekyll Island, you’ll find “Summer Waves“… a perfectly sized, very clean water park, with enough attractions to keep everybody entertained for the day.
The park features a wave pool, lazy river, 2 splash parks (one for bigger kids & one for little tikes), and 4 water slides of varying intensity. There are plenty of shady spots with lounge chairs to set up camp and although you can’t bring in your own food, “Larry’s Giant Subs” offers a fairly diverse, reasonably priced menu. There are also several snack shacks, lockers, showers & changing areas plus a decent Surf/Gift Shop for anything you may have forgotten.
On a Saturday, at the very start of summer, it wasn’t too, too crowded, but I can imagine at peak times of the season, it can get a little overwhelming. I’d recommend getting there early to secure a good spot and hit the big water slides first to avoid the lines that seem to build as the day goes on. For park hours, click HERE.
My 10-year old had a blast and “Grandpa” survived multiple trips with him down the water slides, while “Grandma” & I opted for the wave pool & lazy river 🙂
Please note: There is $6 entrance fee, per car, to get onto Jekyll Island. It’s a beautiful remote spot that features a few hotels, a campground, beaches, miniature golf, historic trolley tours, and a few shops & restaurants. For discounted Summer Waves passes, be sure to check out Living Social & Groupon.