Visiting the Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom is a fun experience, and to make the most of your day, you want to come prepared. Having taken my kids to amusement parks since they were little, here are my tips for having a great time at the Great Escape!
Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses
Considering the Great Escape is open in the warmer months, it helps to be prepared with sun protection. Make sure you apply sunscreen – but also bring extra sunscreen to reapply, especially if you go to the waterpark.
Hats and sunglasses are also helpful to have – for one, to keep you comfortable, but also so you protect your eyes and you don’t have the sun glaring in your face while you walk around during the day.
Another useful thing to bring if you are going to the water park is rash guards. Both my kids are fair, and rash guards are a great way to make sure they aren’t getting a sunburn, especially after hours of swimming. Otherwise you do have to reapply sunscreen frequently.
Change of clothes
While you don’t want to lug around a big bag all day, it helps to have an extra change of clothes, especially if you have little kids with you. There were times the kids got soaked on the log ride, and the day would have been done if we didn’t have a change of clothes!
Epi-Pen / medicines /etc.
I always bring my child’s Epi-Pen and allergy medicine. You don’t want to be away from home and have an emergency. We keep everything in an insulated case so it doesn’t overheat, as well as the prescription and emergency info.
Wear comfortable shoes! And don’t forget to bring change of shoes if you are going between the amusement park and water park.
Food & hydration
** Note that you aren’t allowed to bring food or drinks into the park. I believe you can bring your own water or at least empty water bottles to fill. I think exceptions are made for young children (e.g. baby food, milk, etc and if you have a food allergy issue.
Hydration is important, especially on those hot days. Make sure you bring a water bottle and stop to get something to drink in the park.
Walking around the park all day, we get pretty hungry. I try to plan for lunch so that we don’t reach a point where we get grumpy because we are overly hungry, so plan ahead as far as when you want to fuel up and where. The lines can be long so plan accordingly.
Splashwater Kingdom Water Park
If you are planning on going to the water park, make sure you come prepared.
Swimwear (something appropriate, especially for going on rides with), rash guards are great!
For little ones, swim diapers
Towels (I recommend microfiber towels, which are small and lightweight, and dry quickly)
Water shoes, flip flops, etc. for walking in or getting wet
There is a lot of useful information online at the Great Escape website. You can find lots of great info, from hours to maps. It lists all the rides as well as height requirements and other restrictions, which helps to plan your day.
If you do forget something, the Great Escape has you covered. I can’t tell you how many things we have bought in a pinch, even swimsuits and shoes! While it’s great to be prepared, it helps to know you can get what you need while you are at the park.