Ray's Splash Planet is a one-of-a-kind indoor water park. There a fitness center with aerobic & dance room, cardiovascular theater, free weights and resistance equipment.
Ray's Splash Planet, owned and operated by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, is a regional attraction open to residents of other counties and states as well as citizens of Mecklenburg County. There is a discount on admission and memberships for Mecklenburg County residents.
Monday and Friday 10:00am-8:00pm*
*pool closes 30 minutes before building
*pool closes 30 minutes before building
I love to take my boys there! It is clean and fun! Prices are fair and is close to many great places to eat or pack your own weather permitting for the park next door. Lot's of fun for older kids and I really liked the locker rooms and family changing stations.
Wanting to take my 7-year old to an indoor park w/o the crowds or the expense, I came across Ray's Splash Planet in Charlotte, NC. Ray's Splash Planet, owned and operated by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, is a regional attraction open to residents of other counties and states as well as citizens of Mecklenburg County.
Now, Ray's can't hold a candle to the likes of the Great Wolf Lodge when comparing the number of large scale water rides and activities, but at only $8 for children and $11 per adult (slightly cheaper for Mecklenburg County residents) I'm not complaining. If you're accompanying a child that's old enough to swim without assistance, you can purchase a "Dry Ticket" for only $3 if you plan on staying out of the water.
There are lockers available, but you need to provide your own padlock. They have a snack bar, but I don't know the hours. I can tell you that we went on a weekday it wasn't open so I'm guessing it's a weekend-only operation.
So, if you have children who have yet to experience a large waterpark, or it's the dead of winter and you're wishing for the warm air and water of the backyard pool then check out Ray's Splash Planet. Here's their web link:
Ray's is a one-of-a-kind indoor water park and a fitness center. The waterpark contains 117,000 gallons of water and a host of adventure. A three-story slide, in the form of a double figure-eight is encircled by The Orbiter, which takes guests on a leisurely ride around the park. Saturation Station features four slides, interactive water play, and a tumble bucket. Moon Beach is a state-of-the-art gradual beach-like entry pool and there are two lanes for lap swimming. The fitness center includes an aerobics and dance room, cardiovascular theater, freeweights, and resistance equipment.
Ray's Splash Planet is an affordable afternoon adventure. It is affordable for the family to attend. The features are a big pool area with a shallow area for the younger children and deeper water for the older. There is a huge water slide and a lazy river. There is also a small area with water basketball. Overall, this is a good experience. However, it can be very crowded at times! Theres a playground too and party rooms!
We took the kids to Ray's once - my children were 6, 9, and 11 - and all three of them were quickly bored. This attraction is better suited towards younger children (toddler and preschool age), but even some younger children might lose interest quickly. The day we were there, the water had WAY too much chlorine in it - and while my children were unaffected, it seemed to be bothering other children. I would take the kids again if they asked - but so far they have not asked, so it is not something I offer. They actually have more fun at our community pool than they did here.
We went to a birthday party here and the kids had a blast. The party area was nice and the kids had more than enough time to swim. I don't think that you could make a day of this and admission is a little high for what they have (one water slide, lazy river and a playground. I could see this being an excellent treat on a cold winters day though. Also, it is EXTREMELY loud inside. The other mom sitting right next to me and I found it impossible to carry on a conversation.