Make a splash: Wet ‘n Wild’s biggest chills & thrills

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Thunder Bay wave pool at Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro is a great place to cool off during a hot summer day. [Cynthia White / Special to the Times-News

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent

GREENSBORO — It’s an adrenaline rush, a relaxing oasis and a day packed full of fun for everyone. Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe water park, 3910 S. Holden Road, is undoubtedly the best place to beat the summer doldrums with a splash.
With more than 36 attractions, including slides, splash zones and pools, this 41-acre water park is the perfect blend of amusement park thrill and poolside chill.
Since it opened more than three decades ago, the park has undergone a metamorphosis from a local family-owned business to a nationally recognized attraction.
Wet ‘n Wild (also known as Emerald Pointe) has won several major awards, including being named as one of the top 10 wild water parks in the U.S. by the Travel Channel and “Good Morning America.” It also received a USA Today’s Readers’ Choice best 10 water parks in America award.
“All together there are 414 waterparks in the United States. To make it into the top 10 or top 15 is a real treat,” says Jamie Workman, the director of entertainment, marketing and sales at Wet ‘n Wild. “It’s kind of like Disney on water.”
What makes this watery attraction so awesome? Here are five of Wet ’n Wild’s biggest chills and thrills:
• Dragon’s Den: Surrounded by a steamy cloud, this red- and yellow-striped slide can look menacing at first glance. Made for two riders, it’s a rollicking raft down a narrow tunnel that opens into a speedy, open air spiral before finishing with a splash.
• Lazee River: If you’re looking for relaxation, this is it. Wind your way around the watery path on a leisurely flowing current.
“People flat love Lazee River,” Workman says. “We’ve had people fall sound asleep.”
• Daredevil Drop: This body slide is a moment of pure adrenaline. It takes 128 leg-burning steps to reach the top and only a few breathtaking seconds to speed back down.
“It’s 76 feet tall, and it’s basically like falling down the side of a eight-story building,” Workman says.
• Thunder Bay: This is perhaps Wet ’n Wild’s most legendary attraction. Both a thrill and a chill, the 1.9 million gallon pool pumps out one massive wave per minute, a wall of water that breaks gently onto a simulated, sandless beach.
“That wave pool is the biggest one on the entire East Coast,” Workman says. “It’s like you’re genuinely at the ocean.”
• The Edge: Unassuming from below, this ride is similar to Daredevil Drop in its plummet but differs in its fear factor. Made for single and double raft riders, it begins with an absolutely heart-stopping four-story plunge that then rockets you toward the sky above. It feels as if you’re going to fly right off the slide’s “invisible” edge — hence the clever name.
Wet ’n Wild is definitely the place to go this summer. With an impeccable safety record, friendly staff and more than 3 million gallons of water, it’s the best place to make a sensational splash.
“This is one of the places that you can come where literally every single person, regardless of age or anything, can find something enjoyable to do,” Workman says with a grin. “If it’s on water, it doesn’t get any bigger than this.”

Logan A. White is a rising home-schooled senior and a Teens & 20s writer.

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