Traveling with a special needs child, teen or adult family member may require more advanced planning. Rather than scheduling a weeklong getaway, try a day trip to a water park this summer. Here are four water parks around the country that are hosting special events this month specifically for guests with special needs.
Hawaiian Falls Waterparks
Take part in Champions Day this Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at one of the seven Hawaiian Falls Waterpark locations in North Texas. Guests with special needs are invited to enjoy the park prior to all other guests from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. During the Champions Day hours, the music at the park will be turned down to a level that is more pleasant for those with special needs and additional staff will be helping all guests enjoy the slides and the various water play areas. Children with special needs will also receive free admission, while family members can get in for just $5 per person with the Champions Day coupon. For more information, visit the Hawaiian Falls Waterparks website.
Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark
Enjoy the second Special Needs Swim Night at the Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark in North Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, and splash, swim and play on all of the slides and water areas in the park. Only guests with special needs and their family members or friends will be allowed during these hours. The Night Swim will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and all guests receive a discounted admission rate of $9 per person. In case of rain, the Special Needs Swim Night will be rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. For more information, visit the Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark website.
Lions Junction Water Park
Special Day for Special Needs will take place Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at the Lions Junction Water Park in Temple, Texas. Enjoy access to the slides, rides and pools at the water park between 9:30 and 11 a.m. before it opens to the public. Children with special needs receive free admission and other guests will pay a discounted price between $4 and $7 per person. For more information, visit the Lions Junction Water Park website.
The Springs Water Park
Have fun in the water during Special Swim hours at the Springs Water Park at the Country Springs Hotel, Water Park and Conference Center in Pewaukee, Wis., just outside of Milwaukee. Every Monday between 4 and 7 p.m. now through Aug. 25, 2014, the water park will host a Special Swim for children and adults with special needs. The Special Swim is just $6.50 per person and includes admission for the special needs individual, as well as two other people. Additional participants are $7.50 each. For more information, visit the The Springs Water Park website.
See our Special Needs Travel section for more information on planning a trip with a special needs child or family member.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz