July 12, 2012

Around town, Yuma’s hidden hot spots!

Oasis in the Desert: Waylon’s Water World

Capt. Staci Reidinger
Desert Warrior Staff

On most weekends, I escape to sunny and cool San Diego.  But, little did I know that Yuma had a hidden oasis being constructed less than five miles from the air station’s front gate.   With only a quick remembrance of the name, “Z Fun Factory,” my husband and I ventured out to see if this new water park was on par with others we had frequented over the years.  We were just a tad bit nervous that Yuma + Water Park would = hot tub waves!

We pulled up right before 2 p.m. and each bought a half day pass for $18.00.  As we walked to the entrance, we didn’t see any signs of ocean fun…but, a few steps later we captured why this water park is ranked as one of the largest in Arizona!!  With three multi-person slides, four side-by-side racing slides, a kiddie pool area with slides, a lazy river looping around the park and plenty of shade for picnics and lounging, we descended the stairs down to begin our fun.

Our first slide was a two-person float down that swirled around and dropped us in a refreshing pool of water.  Now, as a precaution, don’t be discouraged if this first slide seems a bit warm.  We were dry during the first slide and as we sailed downward, I felt like I was in a simmering pot but the sensation ended once we hit the water for the first time.

After enjoying a ride down each slide choice and taking a spin around the lazy river, the water temperature was a bit warm so we headed to the, “Pirates Shipwreck” play station.  By far, this was the most fun we’d had in years as we sprayed each other while running past buckets dumping cold water, traversing cargo netting and making our way down a few high rise kiddie slides.

Well, Waylon’s Water World far exceeded our expectations.  From the ease of parking on a Saturday afternoon and the reasonable cost of entry to the clean lockers, showers and cold adult beverages offered at poolside, this accidental visit turned in to one that will keep us returning a few more time this summer.

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