Six weeks from now my children will swap their swimsuits for school books but until then they’re enjoying every minute of summer vacation. When I was a child, one of the highlights of summer vacation was visiting water parks with my camp. That memory inspired me to take my children to Splish Splash water park.
Despite being from New York, Splish Splash was never a water park I went to as a child. So as first time visitors we headed to Riverhead.
After picking up our H2Go bands and a life jacket for my youngest, we started our day. Cliff Diver was the first slide my daughter chose so I waited at the bottom while my older ones enjoyed it. There was no way I was going on it. And thankfully, I had the excuse that their younger brother didn’t meet the height requirement.
My children are all big fans of the Lazy River and this one was 1,300 feet long. What started as a relaxing tube ride with children also included a “traumatic” experience for me. I became stuck under the water fountain and water pummeled me. I wasn’t lucky to have been like other riders who missed it. *sniffle*
Because we had H2Go bands we waited on much shorter lines and could enjoy other activities — like the classic wave pools — while waiting for our reserved ride times. I loved seeing my ten year old spend time both with his older siblings and with his younger brother. My daughter also spent time with her little brother trying to spray the riders on The Battle of Mutiny Bay.
We stopped at the Snack Shack for lunch. My children kept it simple getting cheeseburgers or hot dogs and fries with iced tea. I opted for the spring mix salad, carrots with hummus and coconut water. But hanging around water makes me hungry so at the end of our time in the park we stopped for hot dogs from Pink’s — so happy to see the Patt Morrison Baja vegan dog on the menu — and Dippin’ Dots for the kids and a mango Chloe’s soft serve fruit bar for me. They also got refills in their souvenir cups.
There was also a bunch of games you could play when not on slides or rides. One game had special perks for younger kids allowing them to shoot darts until they popped a balloon in exchange for an inflatable. My six year old hit the dart on the first try. Superstar!
We ended up closing down Splish Splash. The park closes at 7 on Saturdays and we were one of many families emptying out their lockers when the “Get out of the water” song started playing. We left the park only missing two of the 18 attractions between all of us.