WHEN THE HEAT IS ON there's a wide variety of water parks in the South Costa Blanca that offer an opportunity for some cool wet n' wild fun in the sun. From meandering lazy rives to heart-pumping thrill rides, these parks offer a complete range of water attractions.
Water parks are a family-friendly favourite for many tourists and visitors to our little part of Spain, but the attractions offer such different experiences, that it's worth doing your homework before you commit to buying a ticket.
So here's what's available this summer, with seasonal opening times, the latest ticket prices for all the Costa Blanca water parks, and handy Google Maps to get you there.
Aquopolis Torrevieja | Torrevieja
The largest of the water parks in the south Costa Blanca area, Aquopolis Torrevieja packs 15 wet n' wild rides into one thrilling day out. Charmed Lake, mini zig-zag, and the mini-park provide plenty of entertainment for younger children, while Speed, Boomerang, and Kamikaze provide high-octane thrills for older kids.
Favourites such as Hydro-Racer, the Rapids, the Black Hole, and a wave pool cement Aquopolis's position as a firm summer favourite when the heat is on, and a VIP Zone offers a privileged area for parents and families to unwind in the sun or shade.
Aquopolis offers a wide variety of dining choices on-site, including a dedicated Burger and Pizzeria outlet, an ice-cream parlour, a sandwich bar, and a family-style cafeteria geared towards the tastes of children and hungry sun-drenched families. Visitors are welcome to take their own food and drink into the park, but no glass is permitted.
The best way to visit Aquopolis is by car with 600 free car parking spaces provided. There is no direct bus route from Orihuela Costa, and visitors relying on public transport will need to get a bus to Torrevieja's Habaneras Commercial Centre and make the short 10-minute walk to the water park on foot. Alternatively, consider booking a taxi to get you there, with an estimated cost of around 20€ each way.
Standard ticket prices for summer 2023 cost 31,95€ for an adult, and 26,95 € for a child from 90 – 140 cm. VIP tickets cost 83€ and 73€ respectively, and discounts are available for online booking. Aquopolis Torrevieja opens every day from 11:30 until 18:00 (19:00 July and August).
Aquapark Rojales | Ciudad Quesada
Located 20 minutes north of Orihuela Costa by car, Aquapark Rojales in Ciudad Quesada is a highly-regarded choice for family fun in the sun. It might lack the extreme rides offered by adjacent water parks but actually, that is part of the attraction.
Originally opened in July 1986 and the second water park to be established in the Spanish territory, the park offers 21.000 metres of rides, a lawned chill-out zone, a picnic area, a beach bar, and a cafeteria offering a menu of casual finger-food designed to appeal to a younger palate.
Aquapark Rojales is perfectly suited to younger families, or families with children (or adults) with a fear of heights. The entire park is built into the side of a naturally occurring hill, so the high climb-towers needed at some other parks won't be found in Aquapark Rojales.
Staple water park rides such as the Rio Yukatán lazy river, the Amazonia adventure zone, a children's activity lake, and a large pool will entertain little ones and grown-ups alike, and free parking is provided on-site. Read this fabulous personal review by La Zenia Community Group member, Jamie Gledhill.
Summer 2023 ticket prices cost 18€ with children's tickets available for 15€ (4 to 10 years). Concessionary prices are available for persons aged 65 years or older. The park opens daily throughout the summer from 11:00 until 18:00 (19:00 July and August).
Flamingo Aqua Park | Torrevieja
Small, but packed full of fun, Flamingo Aqua Park in Torrevieja offers an excellent alternative venue for families hoping to avoid the madding crowds of the more popular Costa Blanca water parks at the height of summer.
This local water park is often overlooked, but just like Aquapark Rojales, Flamingo Aqua Park is just perfect for younger and less demanding children who can do without high-octane thrill rides and sky-high climb-towers.
Indeed, visitors expecting the full water park experience are sure to be disappointed, but Flamingo Aqua Park follows a successful recipe of a handful of flumes, a children's activity zone, and a freeform pool for messing around in the water.
Coupled with a snack bar serving a menu of family favourites that won't give Gordon Ramsay sleepless nights, this little water park proves that all you need is sunshine and H2O to have a lot of holiday fun. You'll find the prices reassuringly tiny too, and patrons are welcome to take their own food (no glass and no metal cutlery).
Entrance prices for summer 2023 start from 15€ for children aged 4-12 with an adult ticket price of 17,50€ per day – sunbed included. Children under 4 years enter free of charge, and special concession tickets cost €15 for those aged over 60 years. The park opens daily from 11:00 until 18:00.
Rio Safari Splash Park | Elche, Costa Blanca
It's hardly surprising to find Rio Safari park on most visitor's hotlists this summer. The venue houses a variety of exotic fauna including Jaguars, lions, Bengal Tigers and animals from the African savannah that are undeniably majestic and a wonder to see firsthand.
The adjacent Rio Safari Splash Park, incorporated into the main park, provides 4 swimming pools (2 dedicated to small children), 16 toboggan-style slides, and a host of water attractions for children and adults. The park is perfectly suited to younger children and families.
A self-service restaurant offers a menu of sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizzas and combo plates. For those who prefer to cater for themselves, a shaded picnic area is on-hand for visitors to consume food and beverages brought from home.
Rio Safari Splash Park is only accessible by car, located 40 minutes north of La Zenia in the direction of Elche. In addition to the animal experience and the water attractions, the park offers kart racing, a trampoline zone, and family-focused education and conservation activities for children.
Summer 2023 park admission tickets cost 22,50€ per adult and 17€ for children aged 3-12 years. Access to the Rio Safari Splash Park costs an extra 8€ per person as a supplement to the main ticket price. The park opens every day from 10:00 until 18:00.
Aqua Natura Water Park | Benidorm
Part of the larger Terra Natura complex, this fully-fledged theme park experience boasts 14 epic rides, with 5 specific attractions suited to young children under 5 years old.
Around 90 minutes north of La Zenia by car, Aqua Natura offers a complete day of entertainment for guests of all ages, and thrill-seekers won't be disappointed with four high-octane water rides and slides designed to elevate the heart rate: Niágara, Speed Hole, Kamikaze, and the zero-gravity La Cresta – a 20-metre high rollercoaster slide.
Naturally, Aqua Natura's splash zones offer an animal theme, and visitors can enjoy educational demonstrations from the “Guardians of the sea”, an immersive and responsive show featuring sea lions. There is a range of leisurely cafeterias and restaurants on-site and a picnic area for visitors to consume their own food.
An exclusive VIP zone provides easy front-line beach access to the swimming pool to enjoy with friends and family. The private area has both sun and shade, designed especially for those seeking a restful oasis between dips in the pool. Low-season prices start at 120€ and don't include the price of park admission, keeping this VIP area reassuringly exclusive.
Standard adult ticket prices start at 31€ with children's tickets available from 25€ per person online. Ticket sales for admission on the day cost 5€ more per person, and combination tickets offer money-saving admission to both Terra Natura and Aqua Natura. Parking is chargeable at 5€ per car per day, and Aqua Natura opens daily from 11:00 until 18:00.
The water park is offering a 50% discount on entry tickets booked online before 31st May 2023. Click here to buy your reduced price entry tickets.
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