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Cowabunga Bay splashes down March 28 with two new watery rides

Both new attractions feature rafts for multiple riders

Las Vegas became family-friendly back in the early 1990s, but by 2004, the Strip’s water park Wet ‘n Wild went out of business.

Then in the past two years, the novelty of water parks returned with two entering the market. Wet ‘n Wild returned to the southwest of Las Vegas, and last year, Cowabunga Bay Water Park opened in Henderson.

This watery oasis features more than 25 family-friendly rides, including two raft rides debuting on opening day on Saturday, March 28.

The four-person raft ride called Wild Surf drops riders 60 feet through an enclosed flume before they land on a manmade wave. The Beach Blanket Banzai features 600 feet of crazy twists, turns and S-curves as riders drop 60 feet into a wave pool.

The new attractions join rides such as Rock-A-Hoola, a 300-foot slide; Point Panic, a pitch-black water slide and Surfin’ USA, a six-person racing slide.

The park, set on 23 acres, features the largest lazy river in the state along with nine water slides, four surf and swim pools, and an interactive kids' play area with 10 smaller slides and tipping buckets.

Season passes are on sale now for $89.99, and general admission for adults is $36.99 for one day.

The park plans to be open daily March 28 through April 5, and then on weekends until daily operations start up on Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Info: Cowabunga Bay, 702-850-9000



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