My sweet little town has a new attraction that’s got everyone buzzing around Houston, Pirate’s Bay Water Park. I was pretty hesitant to check it out, wondering if it catered to young children like my own and if it was worth the money. I mean, we’re a family of five, so paying $15.00 per person adds up. Definitely didn’t want to shell out the money and leave within an hour because my children were restricted to the “kiddie pool”.
This week my Mother-In-Law called us out of the blue and said, “You guys HAVE to come. It’s so cool and the kids are going to love it!” She offered to pay (SCORE!) and I had the chance to be my “blogger self” and take pictures of all the attractions to bring to you guys.
So, Pirate’s Bay Water Park in Baytown, is it worth it?
Pirates Bay features attractions for everyone with zero beach entry, a large active and colorful Pirate themed water play center complete with a large dumping bucket and an awesome array of spray nozzles, tot slides, and water guns, a 671 foot long lazy river and two large slide towers. Tower activities include fun for both the little ones and daredevils with everything from run-out slides to racing tubes.
The feature attraction is the Flowrider surfing machine which provides an endless moving mountain of water to emulate ocean surfing. The park also features a climbing wall, crossing challenge, and a small rectangular pool for lap swimming and programs such as swim lessons, and water volleyball.
I’m going to break it down into two simple sections What Momma Liked and Momma Improvements. Of course, these are totally my opinion and I’m open to hearing what other people think of the water park, but I feel honesty is key if our little town is going to successfully market this to the Houston Area families.
What Momma Liked:
- Play Areas: I have three children. With the youngest being 3-years-old, I was worried he would be left out being he can’t do most of the slides, however, Pirate’s Bay is VERY family friendly giving each age group plenty do do. There were two play areas for my little one and a relaxing area with splashing mushrooms.
- Crossing Activities: My older two (ages 6 and 8) liked being in an “older pool”. There aren’t any kidlets running around and they can do the crossing activities and the climbing wall. This area is where swim lessons take place (which we REALLY need to take).
- Slides: My children could do ALL, but the Space Bowl, mainly due to how deep the end pool is (8 ft.). Each were easy to do, fun, and lifeguards made it easy if it was your first time.
- Beach-Like Entry: All the play areas have a beach-like entry which makes it easy for my children (and myself) to get in and get out.
- Lazy River: When you’re ready for a break from slides and stairs the lazy river is key to relaxing. It’s great that it leads into both play areas somewhere along the way too.
- Life Jackets: They make it easy on you. Don’t bring your floaties. Pirate’s Bay supplies Life Jackets for children so you don’t have to lug more than you have to.
- Seating: There is PLENTY of seating and shaded areas to “make base”. If not on the reclining seats, you have gazebo type areas with picnic tables.
- Concessions: Prices are reasonable compared to other amusement parks I’ve been to.
- Coolers: LOVE LOVE that they allow you to bring in your own food and drinks. Stay away from alcohol beverages and glass containers.
- Season Pass: My Mother-In-Law bought our season pass for us and, with it, you get a souvenir cup. I know, I know… another cup to lug around, BUT you get free refills with that magic cup giving our pocket book a break. **Must present your Season Pass at concession stand**
With our trip to Pirate’s Bay I was easily sucked into everything I liked about it, but there were a few things I feel need improvement.
- FlowRider Line: This, by far, is the coolest attraction according to my kids. They get to actually go surfing. What I found was the line was always long and slow moving, which is understandable because it’s so cool, however, the reason for it made me, as a parent, somewhat agitated. After watching my children stand in line, which felt like forever, my husband and I realized the multiple lifeguards on duty were taking turns surfing themselves. You know. One person would surf, then a lifeguard. Another person would surf, then a lifeguard. Not cool man, especially when paying customers are waiting their turn. Suggestion: Better management on what the lifeguards are actually doing. Hey, it’s cool for them to take their turn (on their off time).
- Different Rules for Different Lifeguards: I found as each Lifeguard switched positions each one had different rules than the other. My children WANT to follow the rules, however, each lifeguard changed them in the play areas. Suggestion: Standardized training that gives each lifeguard understanding of what the rules actually are as not to confuse young children.
- Play Area Lifeguards: I understand monitoring the toddlers might get boring since the water is like an inch deep (okay, not that shallow, but you get my point), but can you leave the obvious flirting and inappropriateness to another time? Suggestion: Lifeguards show area parents you’re responsible and that we can trust you to save our child’s life if the incident ever arises. We need to trust you and then will we trust the park itself.
- Rain Chance: If it happens to rain while you’re there, they don’t issue rain checks or refunds for another day. Yep. You just lose your money all together. Suggestion: Buy a Season Pass and you won’t have to worry about bad weather ruining your time.
A Look Inside:
Still not sure you want to visit Pirate’s Bay? Take a peek into our visit:
***NOTE*** Since Whrrl no longer exists our slideshow is not working. Please stay tuned with individual photos to be posted. Thanks for your patience.
Visit Pirate’s Bay:
Water park is located in Baytown, TX at 5300 East Rd. and open from 11:00am-7:00pm.
Admission: 48″ and above $15.00, Below 48″ $12.00, Resident Season passes are available. For more information visit: www.baytown.org/piratesbay
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