Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Volente Beach Waterpark

toddler and preschooler's pirate ship

toddler and preschooler's pirate ship

Volente Beach Waterpark is small (relative to Schlitterbahn), and its beach name is derived from a portion of the rocky-sandy shores of Lake Travis that is accessible from the park.  Though we still had a fun time there last summer with free corporate passes, I am not sure that I would return with my children to Volente Beach this summer because the ticket prices are so high relative to what my kids can do there.  (I would go in a heartbeat on someone else’s dime.)  In closer proximity, Veterans Memorial Pool that opened in 2008 in Cedar Park offers almost as much fun as Volente Beach does for preschoolers and toddlers for a fraction of the cost ($5 for adults, $2 for children 3 and up) as compared to the $19.99 and $14.99 ticket prices at Volente Beach.  Round Rock’s Rock’n River Family Aquatics Center charges only $3 for adults and $2 for children with as much to offer for the littlest kids, more than Veteran’s Memorial.

Lazy Lagoon

Lazy Lagoon

This waterpark has a fenced in area with a pirate ship complete with tunnels and water slide atop a shallow pool for the littlest kids.  I did like that there was a Volente Beach attendant to monitor just young children going into this area.  My kid loved the pirate ship.  She probably could have played an hour just on this water structure alone.

Further down the park is an area with an elongated pool (retro 60s style) called the Lazy Lagoon that has a frog slide for young kids.  There is also an umbrella structure with water cascading down that is common in quite a few of the newer neighborhood owned pools.  There is another area called “Alligator Crossing” with floating structures that kids can attempt to walk across the water, but preschoolers are probably too small for this attraction.  It is better suited for elementary aged and older kids.  The youngest kids can also go down to the beach area and build sandcastles.  They most likely cannot swim out to the inflatables down in the beach area so beyond the sand and shallow shore, there is not much for the kids to do down there.

frog slide in the Lazy Lagoon area

frog slide in the Lazy Lagoon area

That’s about it for the littlest ones.

We arrived at the park before it opened, and already the parking was filling up.  The parking lots are also on hilly, uneven ground so if you do get here late, you have to park a good distance away, making the trek difficult with kids and gear.  There were more adults arriving with their ice chests than kids, it seemed.  I think that this park would be the most fun for 20-somethings who want to lie out on “the beach” to catch a bit of sun, drink some beer, throw back a burger or two, and hang out with their friends with a beer buzz going while they caught a few water rides without having to trek all the way to New Braunfels for Schlitterbahn.  Volene Beach would also be great fun for teenagers, minus the alcohol of course.  Down by the beach, there are cabanas which can be rented for parties, and these are where we saw some families setting up shop for birthday parties, mostly for tweens.

If you do want to try Volente Beach Waterpark with your little ones, save some money and use a coupon because without a bit of money savings, I just don’t feel like this place offers enough for the littlest kids for the high ticket price.  The 2008 Entertainment Passbook had a coupon for Volente Beach, and I am unsure about the 2009 book so that is worth a look.

print coupon by clicking on image to linked website

click image to linked website with $3 off coupon

Volente Beach Waterpark
16107 Wharf Cove
Leander, TX 78641
(512) 258-5109

Admission

  • Over 42″ height: $19.99 + tax
  • Under 42″ height: $14.99 + tax
  • 2 years old and  younger: free admission

Hours of operation

  • May 23, 2009 – August 24, 2009 (10 am – 8 pm)
  • August 25, 2009 – September 20, 2009 (10 am – 8 pm, weekends only with the exception of Labor Day)

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