Slide Into Summer Fun: Aquatica San Diego

Posted in Aquatica San Diego on Sunday, July 23, 2017
Author: Josh Gilson

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Our first Slide Into Summer Fun blog was Aquatica San Antonio. Jumping to the west coast, we want to thank Tamberly in San Diego for her time in reviewing Aquatica San Diego. Go follow Tamberly on her Instagram account and her photography Instagram account and say thanks!

Aquatica San Diego is a great family-friendly water park just minutes south of downtown San Diego, California. Aquatica by SeaWorld can be found with more than just waterslides and pools. Animals and sea creatures live in this island themed water park. From Flamingos, Freshwater turtles and lots of fish, Aquatica San Diego is a hidden oasis in the Chula Vista hills. 

One of the best places to get a great view and relax while enjoying the company of the many pink flamingos is in the Loggerhead Lane lazy river. This attraction is 1,250-foot long and you can float in a tube while taking in all the beauty of this island themed water park without having to visit the Caribbean. With an amazing waterfall and lush tropical landscape, the Loggerhead Lane lazy river keeps you gliding along peacefully.

Continuing with the island/oasis theming, the Big Surf Shores wave pool and beach lounge area is a fun experience. This is one of the largest wave pools in Southern California and has more than 500,000 gallons of water with waves up to 5-feet tall. I enjoyed sitting in a lounger on the water and getting my tan in the hot SoCal sun with an amazing view.

The giant 4-story interactive playground, Walkabout Waters, is full of features; loads of hands-on fun with slides, hoses, jets, geysers and more. And with a 500-gallon bucket that unloads water on everyone below every few minutes, no one's walking away dry from this large water playground. My daughter didn't want to leave this attraction for hours, it was her favorite area in the water park.

While a lot of other slides and pools are found in Aquatica San Diego, Taumata Racer was one of the most exciting and thrilling slides in my opinion. 

Named for a famous hill in New Zealand, Taumata is short for the 85-letter Maori word “Taumata¬ whakatangihanga¬ koauau¬ o¬ tamatea¬ turi¬ pukakapiki¬ maunga¬ horo¬ nuku¬ pokai¬ whenua- kitanatahu.” Roughly translated, this Guinness Book of World Records word means “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who traveled about, played his flute to his loved one.”

This high-speed racing water slide, which is rode on a mat zooms down a 375-foot slide, around a 180-degree swooping turn, and in and out of tunnels before racing across the finish line on three different colored tracks: blue, orange and green. I chose blue and did not win, but at least I wasn't in last place, haha.

My overall impressions of Aquatica San Diego were very good. I loved how clean the park was. Not just the walk ways and landscape, but also how clean and clear the water is on all the attractions. It really does make you feel like you're visiting tropical islands. The food was delicious and well prepared. I wanted to eat more and try everything, but I need my bikini bod the rest of the summer, haha. The attention to detail of Aquatica San Diego is really well done and I can't wait to visit again soon.

Thanks for reading our Slide Into Summer Fun blog series, Aquatica San Diego is located just 20 miles south of SeaWorld San Diego and can't be missed this summer. Have you been yet? What's your favorite attraction? What waterparks are you visiting this summer? Did we miss your favorite attraction? Let us know in the comments below!

Reference Link(s): Aquatica San Diego

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