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Sun Splash re-opens

Free parking, new amenities as private management begins

By MEGHAN BRADBURY - | Mar 17, 2022

Southwest Florida’s premiere water park located in Cape Coral is open for the 2022 season under new management.

Sun Splash Family Waterpark, now operated by ProParks Attractions Group, welcomed guests for the first time last weekend. It is now open on weekends through May 22 and will be every day of Lee County Public School’s Spring Break March 18 to 27.

ProParks, which signed a 30-year lease with the city in October, is excited for their first season in the Cape and to bring families closer together and enhance guest’s experience.

“We’re feeling great about being here in Cape Coral,” said Sun Splash Family Waterpark Manager Eric Reed. “The park has a lot of rich history and we’re excited to keep that going.”

Sun Splash is now offering free parking, extended operating hours, new season pass member benefits and a special Spring Break season pass price. In addition, the park has invested in improvements for the park including a new website, 30 new cabanas, and more. The park even has a new logo.

Season Passes are on sale for $59.99 plus tax for a limited time through the month of March. The new season pass comes with unlimited visits; one Bring-A-Friend Free ticket (good for a 1-time visit); early entry 30-minutes before opening; cabana discounts based on availability; discounts on food and beverages (including alcohol); and special pricing for events and other in-park offers.

“We had heard from many people that they wanted the park to have later hours of operation and we’re thrilled to be providing extended hours plus new food offerings, more cabanas, and extra season pass perks,” Reed said. “The new Season Pass price provides affordable family fun all summer long.”

Reed added that prospective visitors can do “just about everything” online, such as rent a cabana, purchase a daily or season ticket, and more.

The park goes to summer daily hours of operation from May 28 through Aug. 8 and returns to a weekends-only schedule from Aug. 13 to Sept. 25, as well as Labor Day Weekend.

Sun Splash will have new extended hours during the summer when the park is open on different days until 6, 7, and 8 p.m.

“We wanted to keep the park open as long as possible and we’re doing our best to do that,” Reed said, adding that there’s a possibility for longer operating hours down the line.

Reed said ProParks has plans in the works to really energize the residents of Cape Coral and Southwest Florida to come out and enjoy a great way to beat the heat during the summer months.

“We fully intend on increasing the size of the park and making it more enjoyable and creating more for guests to do when they visit us,” Reed said. “There aren’t a lot of water parks nearby, so we’re trying to make Sun Splash the place to go.”

Sun Splash features 14 acres of attractions, including the recently constructed “Pirates Cove” for youth and adults alike.

Sun Splash has lots to offer not just kids, but the whole family. You can relax along the Main Stream River Tube Ride as is gently navigates you through the park. For the more adventurous, Thunder Bump, Terror Tube and the X-celerator drop guests down a five-story incline, perfect for the adrenaline rush you’re looking for. Flumes, tunnels and slides all find a home at Sun Splash, varying in size and ferocity. Grab a summertime snack or adult beverage at the Calypso Cafe or simply soak up the sun in a lounge chair poolside.

“Our mission and promise is to bring families closer together,” Reed said. “We want to provide a safe, clean, fun experience, and that’s something we’re all committed to. We’re in this together and we want to make it the most enjoyable experience possible for guests.”

Sun Splash is at 400 W. Lake Kennedy Drive off of Santa Barbara Boulevard.

Cape Coral residents can receive $2 off one-day admission when they purchase at the gate with an ID noting residency. For more information about Sun Splash, the season operating schedule, admission rates and directions to the park, call 239-574-0558 or visit www.SunSplashWaterpark.com.

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