We went down to discover some of the cooler things about the park... and attempt to keep cool while we were there. After all, it was over 90 degrees that day! Magic Springs kindly hosted the four of us, answering questions and giving us a behind-the-scenes look.
Grav and I toured the park in the morning, while Hunter and her godmother April took in a lot of the "dry" side of the amusements. Then we all went for a swim. Here's what we found.
|The Arkansas Twister is still the best thrill ride in the park, if you ask me. As far as|
I know, it's the only wooden rollercoaster in the state,
|The park does retain a lot of its classic rides, such as this big ship.|
|A member of the park staff has painstakingly repainted and renovated the|
entirety of this classic carousel.
|And then there's the Sky Shark... a strange combination of swing and bungee jump.|
I will never get on this.
|There's also Wild Thing... which, I don't know. seems like it will do anything|
in the world to unsettle your stomach.
|Hunter and I prefer the simpler attractions. While Grav enjoys riding the|
Plummet Summit, Hunter enjoys getting splashed by it. Everyone wins.
|Hunter and I share a deep affection for the classics, such as the carousel and the|
bumper cars... and for the original, untouched by time Ozark Mountain Taxi Ride.
|This right here was Hunter's first time driving... anything. She was very patient|
and slow. VERY slow. That's okay. I'm thrilled to know my child is not a
|Of course, it's our duty and responsibility to try out the food and share our|
favorites with you. Hunter found a lollipop BIGGER than her head.
|We sampled some chocolate mint fudge.|
|This huge industrial kitchen can cater to those groups, and to the musical acts|
that come to perform throughout the summer.
|And then, there was this pizza...|
|This 29" diameter pizza is the largest in the state, and it could|
easily feed 10 adults or a battalion of kids. With cheese, it's $44.99
and it's just a few dollars more for toppings.
|We also took a look around Splash Island before it opened. This was Hunter's|
favorite place on our trip. The big bucket up on top dumps water every few
minutes on the kids below, and the contraption is covered with easy-to-ride
ramps and slides.
|It's like an amazing, oversized playground.|
|At any time, there are eight lifeguards on duty just at|
the Splash Zone -- and 40-50 on-park.
|Grav's favorite thing at Magic Springs is the plethora of water slides. Not content|
to have a single bank of such, there are more than a dozen different slides to
enjoy in the Crystal Falls section.
|The slides rang from tubes to open topped chutes to serpentine flumes and even|
a giant funnel.
|There are beverages available in the park, and you can make a day of it. My tip -- acquire one|
of the reusable beverage containers. Refills are $1.11 throughout the park. Stay hydrated, wear
your sunscreen, and have a great time at Magic Springs!
For more information, check out the park's website.