Hawaiian Falls Water and Adventure Park in Pflugerville–which just opened in 2014–has quickly become one of my family’s favorite summer destinations. The $30 million, 23-acre entertainment complex boasts a 1,100-foot lazy river (my personal favorite), race slides, tube slides, body slides, an activity pool, and a wave pool. Plus, there’s an indoor event center with an arcade and restaurant, and an outdoor family adventure park that features the Big Island Adventure Trail, the Pineapple Express Zip Tour, a three-level Challenge Course, a six-story Free Fall, a Rock Wall, and a Cargo Climb.
If you’ve been curious about this new park, read on for answers to frequently asked questions.
How tall do kids need to be to ride the water slides?
New this year, kids 42″ tall can ride more slides! Reef Racers (pictured above), the Green and Blue Aquatube body slides, and the Blue Pool Slider all require riders to be 42″ tall. The other four water slides require riders to be at least 48″ tall. Click here to read about the rides.
What is there for little kids to do?
Children under 42″ can’t ride any slides, but they can still enjoy the Pfluger Cooler lazy river, the Splashwater Harbor children’s activity pool with beach entrance, and the Breaker Beach wave pool. There are no slides in Splashwater Harbor, only water fountain mushrooms, bubblers, and a lilypad crossing in the deep end of the pool.
Complimentary life jackets are available, and I highly recommend them for the wave pool in particular (kids in life jackets are required to stay in the shallow end of the wave pool, which gets up to nearly 11′ deep).
In the Adventure Park, which is included with admission, children of all ages can explore the Pfamily Adventure Trail. Just note that kids smaller than 42″ must be accompanied by someone who is at least 17 years old and all participants must be wearing closed toe shoes. The Adventure Trail’s 18 different rope bridges and tunnels climb nearly as high as the zip line and criss-cross over the water park’s lazy river.
The Adventure Park’s Challenge Course consists of 45 different ropes activities for guests ages six to 99. To participate in the three-level Challenge Course, guests must be at least 48″ tall. After signing a waiver, participants are suited up in a full-body harness and instructed on The Smart Belay System by EDELRID (this system consists of two lobster-claw lanyards, one of which is always connected to the safety line–if one claw is not locked on the line, the other will not open, ensuring the guest is always secured). The course starts at two feet off the ground and progresses up to 60 feet high, ending in a zip line ride to a nearby tower and then back again.
Admission for the 2015 season ranges from $24.99 (for kids under 48″ tall and guests over age 55) to $34.99. Children 2 and younger are free. Admission does not include parking, which is $5. If you would like to bring in outside food, you will need to purchase a cooler pass for $10. Lockers are available for $10 (includes a $3 deposit).
Where can I find a deal?
(Please note, these are 2015 deals.)
- Champions Day – Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Families with special needs (Champions) can enjoy exclusive ride times from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Champions get in free. One chaperone ticket is allowed for $5. Additional family members are $19.99. To ensure a safe and fun time for those with special needs, Hawaiian Falls respectfully requests that admission be limited to Champions and their immediate families and caregivers only. Champions Day tickets will be sold at the front gate until 10 a.m. only. Tickets are valid during the private event from 8:30-10:30 a.m. only. Families are welcome to stay all day and play if desired. Champions Day offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
- Military Discount – Show a valid ID at the park and admission will be $24.99.
- Friday Night Slides – Friday Night Slides admission is $10 every Friday night beginning at 8 p.m., through August 14, 2015. On these Fridays, the park will be open until 10 p.m. (See the calendar.)
- Twilight admission – Available on select Thursday nights for Dive In Movies (see the calendar). Visit after 4 p.m. on these days and get in for $24.99. Attractions will be open until 8 p.m. Movie will start at 8:30 p.m.
- Special Offers Page – Check this page on the Hawaiian Falls website for frequently updated coupons.
- Facebook – Like this page as Hawaiian Falls occasionally offers rainy day coupons, where you can get in for just $10!
- AdPages – There is currently an offer online for $21.99 tickets. (No affiliate link.)
What happens if it rains?
If it rains continuously for 15 minutes, or if the attractions are closed due to bad weather, all paid guests will receive a complimentary ticket good for any normal operating day through this Labor Day. Guests receive the free return ticket even if the park stays open. Guarantee excludes season passes and rain or bad weather starting after 4:00 p.m. Details here.