It is an exciting time on the Outer Banks. I get to drive by the construction site of H2OBX Waterpark nearly every day. It is amazing the amount of activity and progress underway building the $46 million dollar state of the art waterpark for the OBX. The site encompasses 80 acres off route 158 in Powells Point NC, just 3 miles north of the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge. By the time tourist return for 2017 season, the park is due to open. According to General Manager, Justin Strayer, “At this point the weather has cooperated and if it continues to do so the project is on schedule. We plan to be open for the summer of 2017!”. “It is going to be an exciting summer at H2OBX! We can’t wait to open up and be a part of this world class community.”
Most visitors will drive by the water park on their way to the barrier island. The rustic themed slide towers will provide views from the Ocean to the sound. Visitors certainly will not miss seeing it on their way to their Outer Banks vacation rental.
The water park features innovative design and a unique location. The unique location has inspired the theme with the history and culture of the Outer Banks. There will be 2 wave pools. The Twin Tides wave pool, developed by Aquatic Development Group, is the first of its kind. It will have the ocean-simulated current and tides with a dual beachfront entrances at opposite ends. Another wave pool will have a traditional entry with waves up to 6 feet.
The Endless Wave flowrider will let you perfect your surfing or boogie board skills where the wave never ends.
Adventure Lagoon & River
The adventure lagoon, located inside the Teach’s Tide Adventure River, will include balance, climbing and crawling obstacles and swim zones to challenge all ages. There will be climbing walls, rope crossings, aquatic basketball courts and inflatable obstacles.
The Teach’s Tide Adventure River is 1,000 feet long and includes a relaxing ride through waterfalls, geysers and bubbling waters.
The pirate themed play structure will sure be a hit with the younger set with waterslides and interactive water effects.
The park will have over 30 waterslides and attractions. The special effects include aqua-lucent lighting, gravity defying enhancements, and guaranteed thrills.
The Paradise Plunge is exclusive to the Outer Banks and will be nine-story feet first freefall through a trap door into a wave before landing with a splash.
The Riptide is five stories high and over 450’ long. Built for two riders, you zip though a channel with the aqua-lucent LED lighting, into a wall-crawling zero G ascent before plummeting into the splash pool.
The 50 private cabanas include first class amenities and a private shaded setting. The Wright Brothers flyer themed bar and free wi-fi are sure to be a hit with the landlubbers.
The park is handicap accessible to accommodate wheelchairs at the gate and restaurants.
Tickets & Passes
Tickets to the park are currently on sale. Tickets are dated to limit the number of daily guests. This ensures the park will not be overcrowded and each guest will have a great experience. Initially, tickets are available for entry beginning July 1, 2017. As construction progresses, earlier dated tickets will become available to ensure the park will be open for pre-dated tickets sold.
Tickets will also be available at the gate, once the park opens but subject to the daily maximum limit which is 5,000 guests.
Adult day tickets are $49.99 and children (under 42” tall) are $44.99. Children under 2 are free.
There is a common saying in the area: If you don’t like the weather in the Outer Banks, wait a minute and it will change. With that in mind, the waterpark has a unique policy. If the Waterpark fully suspends operations for a total of 90 minutes, due to lightning in the area, complimentary twilight tickets will be issued. The return visit twilight ticket is valid for one visit, from 3:00PM ’til closing of the waterpark, within seven days.
OBX Economic Impact
Aquatic Development Group (ADG), the developer of the park, has a long and distinguished history of delivering top notch indoor and outdoor waterparks. You may not have heard of the company, but likely have enjoyed their facilities at locations such as Sea World, Disney, The Waldorf Astoria, Dollywood, Columbus Zoo, Six Flags (Texas, Georgia, Great America, New England, New Jersey, St Louis), Wet ‘N’ Wild and more. The company’s products or services have been in 4,000 projects worldwide. Their wave generation systems are used in 90% of all wave pools in North America.
Clearly, the waterpark will have an impact beyond the initial $46 million development and 200 full time and seasonal jobs.
“We are very excited to be working with entire Outer Banks community to deliver a world-class waterpark,” said Arthur Berry III, H2OBX developer. “H2OBX will further benefit the area through pre-and post opening job creation, and once open. Of equal importance the waterpark offers an exciting new option for vacationers and is poised to bring additional tourism to the area.”
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) states that 83 million people visit water parks annually. Will Outer Banks tourist flock to H2OBX Water park? How about residents? Will the park be empty on Saturday’s or full as vacationers elect to stop at the waterpark before checking in to their vacation rental?
With daily attendance to be limited to 5,000 guests per day, will H2OBX Waterpark reach that goal? There is an industry “rule of thumb” for the construction of a theme park, developers should anticipate investing $100 per expected first-year guest. While the long term trend since the 1970’s has increased the average investment per actual guest to over $200 after 2000. H2OBX appears to have followed the industry “rule of thumb” of investing near the $100 per first year guest; if the park attracts the 5,000 per day for the 3 month summer season. This is about 2% of the weekly visitors to the Outer Banks; so does not appear to be huge stretch. It appears the company has been conservative and we certainly hope the investment pays off.
There are days in the Outer Banks where the waves are too rough or jelly fish may be prevalent that a day at the waterpark is a better choice than a day at the beach. Besides being a relatively cheap and accessible way to cool off, the waterpark promises more thrills than an afternoon at the vacation home pool. Clearly, providing more choice for visitors and residents alike is a good thing. Will you be visiting H2OBX this summer?
Key Attractions at H2OBX
- FlowRider®, Surfing Simulator
- Twin Tides dual entry Wave Pool
- 30,000 square foot Action Wave Pool
- Adventure Lagoon featuring balance, climb and crawl across floats and structures
- Two high-speed Colorado Drop tube rides over 500 feet long and 71 feet long
- 90-foot tall Aqua Drop launch capsule free fall slide
- 90-foot tall Flat Line Loop body slides with launch capsule translucent fiberglass
- 50-foot drop Boomerango inner tube ride wall stall and Aqua Lucent lighting
- SuperBowl thrill ride with Aqua Lucent lighting and open bowl with a distinctive sawtooth edge
- 500-foot long Constrictor slide featuring high-speed tight turns
- 500-foot long Boomerango family raft ride with drops, weightless wall and zero gravity hump
- 540-foot long family raft ride over 540 feet long with open and enclosed sections and Aqua Lucent lighting
- Five Kid’s body and tube slides offering turns and loops
- Pirate themed aqua play structure with more than 70 interactive features and seven slides including the Champagne Bowl body slide
- 50 Cabanas
- 4 distinct Food & Beverage outlets
The Outer Banks is full of family friendly activities for all ages. If you are ready to purchase your very own vacation home, permanent residence or investment property, let Eillu show you real estate so you can enjoy the new waterpark and all the fabulous activities and create memories to last a lifetime.