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4 Family Water Parks in Croatia to Beat The Heat
A lot of young families with small children that come to visit Croatia search for fun activities to entertain their youngsters for the whole day, preferably water activities to keep cool during the hot summer days.
We selected four water parks in Croatia that would are ideal to spend a fun filled day splashing under the sun.
Solaris Beach Resort in Šibenik, Dalmatia
Solaris is the first themed water park in the coastal region of Dalmatia. The water park is situated in the heart of the Solaris Family Beach Resort in Šibenik.
It offers many activities and water effects for kids and adults. It has two pool areas, a large castle with various slides for children of different ages, nozzles, sprinklers, jet tubes, splash pad, waterfalls, water cannon and much more. The most popular water activity in the park is the lazy river.
The water park can accommodate up to 1,000 guests at a time. Parents can sit and relax, while still be at ease that their youngsters are in safe hands, as the professional lifeguards oversee all of the activities in the park to ensure the security and safety of all visitors.
The park has a separately designed kids zone and a fairy-tale cave, designed in various bright and vibrant colors that youngsters will love!
Families can buy a daily ticket to enjoy a full day of fun water activities. The daily pass offers visitors access to beach lounge chairs, parasols, locker room and shower facilities. Children that cannot swim are provided with life jackets at no additional cost.
Visitors can also find many refreshments and food stations for a quick bite to eat. The cost for the daily pass is 110 HRK per person for adults and 80 HRK for children during the high season. Children 3 years and under have free admission. The park is open from mid-April to early October.
In order to get the most value for your money, it is recommended that you arrive at the park very early, as the cost for the daily pass is the same throughout the whole day – also seats are limited, so better come early to claim your spot.
For those that just want to have a lazy day on the beach, they can take their towels and find a spot on one of five thematic beaches, stretching over four kilometers on the beautiful coastline.
This family resort also offers five hotels for accommodation, ranging from three to five stars, outdoor pools, shops, beach clubs, bars, and restaurants – a great destination for a real family vacation. The facility also has plenty of parking spaces. However, the parking is not free – another reason to come bright and early.
For more information visit their website: Solaris Aquapark
Aqua Park Čikat, island of Mali Lošinj
Aqua Park Čikat is located on the island of Mali Lošinj, within the Čikat camping grounds. This is the smallest water park of the four. It offers six outdoor pools with various water attractions. The pools offer large swimming areas, hydromassage, water ramp, jets, fountains, water castle, open water slide, tube slide and small shallow splash pools for very small children.
The park is divided into three sections. The Health section has a large pool for swimming and fitness activities. The Leisure section offers a recreational pool for adults, a pool bar, and hydro massages. The Fun section includes many water activities for children and shallow pools for very small kids.
There are many organized entertainment programs, including outdoor and indoor fitness areas, various food and drinks vendors to make sure the guests are well hydrated and energized at all times.
Daily admission tickets for campsite guests are free, while the general public will pay 100 HRK per person during the high season. Children under three years of age are free and tickets for children aged 3 to 7 years of age is 70 HRK during the high season. Rental of sunbeds and locker rooms are offered at additional fees.
The park opens mid-May and is in operation until the last day of September.
For more information about the park visit the website: Camp Cikat
Aqua Colors in Poreč, Istria
Not far from the Istrialandia you will find another fun water park in Poreč – the Aqua Colors water park.
The park has 12 large slides, including family rafting, magicone, which is a fun ride in a gigantic funnel, looping rockets, various water slides for kids and more. Although, most slides are designed for kids six years and up.
The park has two outdoor swimming pools, one for lounging and relaxation – let’s just say a pool for adults, while the second pool has many water slides and fun for the kiddies.
Other attractions include a lazy river and a large dry playground for children. Many courts for sporting activities, such as beach volleyball, animation programs for kids and adults that include workshops, competitions, theme parties and more.
When hunger strikes, the park has many food and drinks options, such as fresh salads, smoothies, burgers & grill, pizza & sandwiches, various drinks and treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Admission cost is 210 HRK per person for the full day during high season (mid-July to mid-August). The park offers discounts for children and students, while families can purchase packages at reduced rates. Children up to 100 cm are free. The park is open in the later part of May to the last day of September.
When you purchase a day pass, you get a bracelet that is scanned at various food and drink vendors, and it will get you access to the locker room areas.
It is recommended, especially during the high season months, that you arrive at the park early in order to get first dibs on sun beds and umbrellas.
The aqua park has a large parking area and is free of charge for visitors.
For more information, including how to get there and upcoming events visit the website: Aqua Colors
Istralandia near Umag, Istria
If you are in Northern Croatia and want a splashing good time, then you should visit the Istralandia water park in Istria, close to Umag.
This park offers tons of water activities and entertainment for children and adults, for example, multiple pools, slides, dance courses, workshops, concerts, and tournaments, along with many sporting and recreational activities.
In the park, you will find three large pools – a pool with waves, a pirate lagoon for children, and a hydro massage pool for adults designed for lounging and relaxation.
There are 12 different slides in the park, both for children and adults. Some examples include Free Fall slide, which is the highest water slide in Croatia (27 meters high). Top Gun, designed for the whole family, as it has two-track racing. Other slides include Family Rafting, Sky River, Crazy Hills – which are soft parallel slides appropriate for speed racing, Pirate Castle, octopus slide and a water cannon for the small children.
Sporting and entertainment activities consist of a table tennis, beach volleyball, badminton, gazebo and amphitheater, Palm Beach and animation arena. Kids and adults will especially enjoy Aqua aerobics, Foam party, and kids animation.
When hungry or thirsty you can find a number of restaurants, cafes, drinks and sweet stations on the premises to satisfy your cravings and quench your thirst.
During your time at this water park in Croatia, if you have any questions, you can visit the information stations within the park, exchange offices, ATMs and souvenir shops.
Full day ticket fee during the high season (July and August) is 180 HRK if you arrive during the early morning hours, and 150 HRK if you arrive in late afternoon. The park provides reduced rates for children, seniors and offers group packages and discounts. Visitors during the low season will enjoy further reduced rates and fewer crowds. The park opens early June and is open until mid-September.
If you would like to take advantage of the activities for a full weekend and explore the surrounding area, the aquapark offers preferred rates at their golden hotel partner Aminess, located 5km from the park. They also have preferred relationships with Maistra Rovin-Vrsar, Istraturist, and Valamar, who offer preferred rates to Aquapark visitors.
For more information and about how to get there visit this website: http://www.istralandia.hr/en/
Which of these water parks in Croatia are you adding to your bucket list?