The Adventure Park at Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville is now open and, I have to say, it is pretty incredible. I took my kids to try the elaborate multi-level ropes course earlier this week and was amazed by the variety of obstacles they had to navigate.
Designed by an aeronautical engineer specifically for Hawaiian Falls, the Adventure Park’s Challenge Course consists of 45 different ropes activities for guests age 6 to 99. After signing a waiver, participants are suited up in a full-body harness and instructed on The Smart Belay System (which operates in such a way that one carabiner is always attached, so you cannot accidentally detach from the safety cables). The course starts at 2 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.
My 8-year-old, 12-year-old and 14-year-old each completed all three levels of the course and returned with similar feedback. It was more challenging than they expected, and it was pretty scary, the higher they got off the ground. But, they all loved the experience and are eager to try it again. American Ninja Warrior, here they come!
During the two hours that my big kids were off conquering the ropes, the baby and I explored the nearby Pfamily Adventure Trail. This course is for all ages, but kids smaller than 42″ must be accompanied by someone who is at least 17 years old. 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 – including both the Challenge Course and the Adventure Trail – is included in the price of admission to the Hawaiian Falls water park! The only catch is that for safety reasons, Adventure Park participants must wear closed toe shoes and be completely dry. No flip flops are allowed and proper attire is required (shirt and shorts or pants, as opposed to swim wear). So, you may want to visit the Adventure Park first, before heading off to enjoy the water park.
A little more fine print: To take the Tiki Zip from atop the Challenge Course tower, participants must be at least 42″ tall and weigh 60 pounds. Hawaiian Falls also offers a larger Zip Tour that soars over the water park in three 500-foot sections, which is not included in water park admission (it costs $19.99). For this Zip Tour, you must be 48″ tall and weigh at least 60 pounds. They were still testing the Zip Tour the day we were there, so if that’s something you’re interested in you should probably call ahead.
Both the Zip Tour and the Adventure Park will remain open year-round, on weekends for the public and during the week by appointment for groups and team-building events. But now, while the water park is still open for the season, is your chance to try The Adventure Park at no additional charge!
Let’s talk about the water park for a minute. When it first opened back in June, I wrote about our visit on opening day and some readers expressed concerns about visiting a 23-acre entertainment complex that was still under construction. I am happy to report that Hawaiian Falls has been hard at work in the past month and a half and the park is greatly improved. The temporary trailers are gone and the bathrooms are open. Shades, tables, sand, and cabanas have been added. All of the rides are functioning and the restaurant is open. And, now that the Adventure Park is open, the only construction is at the back of the park, behind a fence. This is where the event center will be, once it opens after Labor Day. Aside from ongoing landscaping efforts, the park seems complete and is an enjoyable place to spend the day. We have been to play several times now and my children all love it. I, too, have become rather fond of the lazy river.
A few things to know before you go:
Parking is $5 and it’s not come and go.
If you want to bring your own food into the park, you’ll need to pay $10 for a cooler pass.
If you’d like to leave, be sure to get a re-entry band so you return later in the day. This also comes in handy if you leave a cooler in your car, to enjoy a parking lot picnic.
Lockers are available for $7 plus a $3 deposit.
Free life jackets are available to borrow.
Each pool, including the lazy river, has its own chair lift.
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.
Bring flip flops or water shoes to protect your feet from the scorching hot pavement.
Don’t forget those dry clothes and closed toe shoes if you’d like to try the Adventure Park!
Ready to head to the park? Here are some great deals, to help you save on admission:
Champions Day – Saturday, August 9, 2014. “Champions” (special needs individuals of any age) get in free! Family members can purchase discounted tickets for $5 each, using the Champions Day coupon found here. The coupon must be redeemed between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., but Champions Day guests are welcome to remain in the park for the rest of the day.
Friday Night Slides – Fridays through August 22, from 4 – 10 p.m., admission is $22.99. On August 22, 2014, there will also be luau entertainment – including hula dancers and fire dancers – which is included in the price of admission (see calendar for details). We recently attended Friday Night Slides and enjoyed the cooler evening temperatures and shorter lines.
Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville would like to give away 3 Family Four Packs of tickets to visit the park!
For your chance to win, simply fill out the form below. Three (3) winners will be selected using random.org on Monday, August 11, 2014 and notified by email. Each winner will receive four single day water park admission tickets!
For more information on Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville, visit the website. Be sure to view the calendar for updates (the ropes course will be closed on Monday, August 18 until noon, for example). Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville 18500 N SH 130 Svrd SB