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Sun Splash opens this weekend

By Staff | Mar 7, 2019

Sun Splash Family Waterpark, will be open this Saturday and Sunday, beginning another year of being the premiere park of its kind in Southwest Florida.

“I’m excited. It’s a brand new season,” said Sandie Greiner, waterpark manager. “We’ve worked a lot during the offseason – lots of work to get things up to par, but all good changes in my opinion.”

Sun Splash will be open only on weekends until they move to a seven-day operating schedule come May 31.

The city owned and operated facility also will be open every day of the Lee County Public School’s Spring Break March 15-24 (weather permitting).

“Early Bird” season passes are currently on sale until April 7, with prices ranging from $64 to $74 for Cape residents and $79-$89 for non-residents, a savings of $20 per pass compared to regular season prices.

Something new you’ll find at the park this year is the availability of beer and wine, though there is a two-drink maximum.

“I’m very pleased with the decision,” Greiner said of the Cape Coral City Council approving alcoholic beverages at the park on a trial-basis.

There are two reason why she believes this will be a positive change for the park.

“One, for revenue and two, for attendance. I get calls countless times a day with people asking if we serve alcoholic beverages. Most changes we make are based on customer requests, and this has been the most requested change. Some people just hang up when we say we don’t offer it.”

So, how will they enforce the two-drink limit?

Greiner said that when patrons want to drink, they will sign in with their name and license and receive a wrist band that will have two tabs. Get a drink, lose a tab.

The recording system allows them look back and see if someone has been dishonest about receiving one.

Now, those who come out for a day of relaxation, fun rides and cool water can do so with an adult beverage in-hand.

The park has more than 14 acres of attractions.

The new “Pirates Cove” – a popular children’s area – has been resurfaced after the park had issues last season, installed by the same company that Disney uses.

The cove is an interactive water play structure for younger adventurers, featuring slides, a hydro storm, blaster, gushers geysers and more.

Sun Splash has lots to offer not just kids, but the whole family.

You can relax along the Main Stream River Tube Ride as is gently navigates you through the park.

For the thrill-seekers, Thunder Bump, Terror Tube and the X-celerator drop guests down a steep incline, perfect for the adrenaline rush you’re looking for.

Flumes, tunnels and slides all find a home at Sun Splash, varying in size and ferocity.

Rides like the Electric Slide, Power Surge and Cape Fear will leave the whole family immersed in adventure.

“We’re ready to get our feet wet,” said Greiner in anticipation of opening weekend. “If you didn’t come last year, you have still yet to see our brand new facilities like our cafe, guest relations, gift shop and Pirates Cove.

“Everything’s a go. No more trouble for guests. We’re looking forward to a really good season.”

Admission rates for residents are: $14.95 for kids; $16.95 for adults (13+) and $14.95 for seniors (60+).

Rates for non-residents are: $17.95 for kids, $19.95 for adults and $17.95 for seniors.

Group rates are available.

Current hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on the park, hours, rates, rides and more, visit www.SunSplashWaterpark.com or call 239-574-0558.

Sun Splash is at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard.

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