Sometimes there is something new under the sun, and for the Outer Banks that’s what the H2OBX Water Park in Powells Point is.
In terms of entertainment, there hasn’t been anything like this on the Outer Banks for some time. Certainly no one has made this kind of an investment in just making people happy and setting aside a place to go and have some fun.
H2OBX—which will be opening this Wednesday June 21—is going to be spectacular.
Some of the Rides
There is the Paradise Plunge—a nine story high water slide. There is the Endless Flow Rider, a wave machine that cranks out perfect waves for boogie boarders. And that’s just a few of the “Thrill Rides” as H2OBX calls them.
There are family rides as well—Queen Anne’s Revenge, a huge tube like float that the whole family can fit into. Teach’s Tides Adventure River is a wonderful tubing drift down a river of adventure. There are swimming areas and other rids as well.
And of course, there is a whole area set aside just for little kids.
There are 80 acres of water rides at the site. The theme is distinctly Outer Banks—something Aquatic Development Group (ADG), the developer, was very conscious of when they designed the site.
The theme for the park is distinctly Outer Banks, with local and beach names for many of the rides and a decidedly Outer Banks look.
ADG is one of the largest developers of waterparks and indoor pools in the nation and their experience shows in the design.
As an example, although the park uses incredible amounts of water, almost all of it is recycled throughout the day. After bringing the water into the park, very little additional water is taken from local resources. There is some backwash water that is treated and released back into the aquifer, but the actual impact of H2OBX on the environment will be relatively minor.
Plans call for restricting the number of guests each day. The number has not been confirmed yet, but it will be between 5000-6000. Water Park management feels that will enhance the experience for families.