Wild Rivers Water Park Irvine, CA: Fun For the Whole Family in 2023

Welcome back Adventurers! This past week we were invited to Wild Rivers Water Park in Irvine and I must say it was the perfect way to beat this summer heat! Even though I was hosted, I want to share my honest experience. This was our first of many visits to the water park.


Our Experience: 


We entered the park at approximately 11:30 AM and I was surprised to see the park starting to fill up already. When you enter you scan your ticket, and you are given a wristband that must be worn throughout your visit. There was a slight breeze, but overall it was a warm sunny day. We headed straight to Kontiki Cove – the newest attraction at Wild Rivers. There was plenty of shaded seating in this section when we arrived. 


Kontiki Cove is its own section within the park and is perfect for toddlers and young children. There are three slides similar to the bigger slides in the park and two small boat slides. Kontiki Cove is shallow, so when the children slide down the slides, it makes the landing much easier. You’ll also find interactive water play stations and swings. The swings were a hit for all of the kids! 


As time went on – seats filled up quickly. So if you plan to stay for the day, find seats closest to the section that you plan to be at most or rent a locker near the entrance of the park. Prices for the lockers range from $18 – $23 for the day. 


Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the park, but you can bring unopened water bottles and small quantities of food if you or someone in your group has a dietary restriction. My daughter has severe food allergies so we brought in a sandwich and small snack with no problems. Food options at Pacific Grille include hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and so much more! I was impressed with the variety of choices that were offered. My daughter’s favorite was the Dippin’ Dots from the Dippin’ Dots Stand. 


We visited Cooks Cove, which is most known for the 800 gallon tipping bucket on top of the play structure with over 77 activities! This area is perfect for young children. The lazy river was a great way to relax and cool down, we went around the lazy river about 5 times and we loved it! There are tubes and life vests readily available for a safe experience. Life vests are required for children under 40 inches. Our last stop at Wild Rivers was the wave pool. This is perfect for kids and adults, however, the waves can get very intense. So I recommend staying in the shallow end with smaller children.


Here are some tips for planning your visit to Wild Rivers


  1. Tickets can be purchased at the park but I recommend purchasing your tickets and parking before you go as ticket prices can increase when you purchase at the gate. 

GA: Starts at $49 

Junior Admission: Starts at $40 


  1. Summer crowds are to be expected – The slide lines were very busy so I recommend going as early as possible. 

  2. Find your seat as soon as you get there OR rent a cabana. Each section has their own seating, however seats fill up quickly. If you are going with a group, I recommend renting a Cabana. This is an extra cost, however, you can keep your stuff safe in a private safe and you can hold your valuables in your own private safe.  

  3. Changing stations can be found toward the back of the park by the Wave Pool. 

  4. Check the Activities Schedule! Throughout the day you will find different contents and activities throughout the park. There was also a tent with bracelet making and Connect 4


Overall, our experience was great. The summer crowds were expected so we planned accordingly by finding our spot early. Kontiki cove was the perfect way to get my little one used to water slides so that when she is older, she will have exposure to the smaller slides. 


If you visit Wild Rivers as well, don’t forget to tag @adventuresinoc and use #adventuresinoc!

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