The Cascade Body Flumes, which speed, twist and turn down the natural hills and contours of the park, are now seamless, making for a smoother and faster ride, according to a Raging Rivers news release. An almost 2,000-square-foot pavilion has also been constructed on the property. The pavilion can accommodate large events, including wedding receptions, and is located on the south end of the park. Improvements have also been made to the concession areas, and park guests now have more shade options as canopies and shade structures have gone in at the food service area and the Riverside Grill.
"We have been very busy prepping for our 2012 season, and we are excited to once again provide a place where area residents can either relax and soak up the sun or have fun experiencing any of our attractions," said Donna Smith, who has taken over the role of president and general manager of the waterpark following the death of her husband and former president, Larry Smith. "The upgrades we've made will allow kids and adults alike to have an even more enjoyable experience when they visit Raging Rivers this summer."
Aside from the newly improved Cascade Body Flumes, the park also features Runaway Rafts, a 600-foot-long adventure through swift water and wild rapids to three pools; the Shark Slide flume, which floats riders down a 45-foot tunnel flume into a catch pool; and the one-of-a-kind Swirlpool. The two-bowl attraction takes riders down a tunnel flume, then swiftly into a giant vortex and ends by dropping the guest into a deep pool of water.
For guests looking for a more relaxing experience, the park also features a 700-foot-long Endless River of cool, clear water that lets riders float along at a tranquil pace in a continuous loop; the 18,000-square-foot Breaker Beach Wavepool, which allows swimmers to relax when the waves are "off" and "ride the tide" when the four-foot waves start to roll; and the "just for kids" Itty Bitty Surf City that features a pint-sized waterslide, splash pool, rain tree and tunnel area. Tree House Harbor features a crawl tunnel, overhead rope pulls, tunnel slides and a bucket that randomly spills 1,000 gallons of water.
Admission is $17.95 for children under 48 inches and those 60 and older, $20.95 for adults over 48 inches, and free for children under the age of 2. Guests arriving after 3 p.m. save $5 on the price of each ticket. Individual season passes are available for $70 each, and family passes are $65 each when buying three or more.
Raging Rivers is located at 100 Palisades Parkway, Grafton, Ill., 62037. Call 618-786-2345 for more information.
Photo courtesy of Raging Rivers.