The Dublin Wave Waterpark is a water park with lots of attractions and water play areas for all ages. If your little ones are too small to enjoy it, the adjacent Emerald Glen Splash Park is a free spot to get wet for smaller thrill-seekers.
Admission includes access to multiple areas, including The Splash Zone, water slides, indoor pool, and outdoor pools. The Splash Zone is amazing and offers an array of features for children of all ages (tweens and teens will enjoy it, too!), such as water tables, fountains, small water slides, and movable spraying objects. The beach-entry style makes the area accessible for little ones. The towering water slide area has multiple slides for people at least 40-48 inches tall. See full details on height and weight requirements. The pools are standard, complete with a shallow end and a deep end. However, the option to move from the indoor to outdoor pools is unique. The indoor pool is somewhat open air because one wall is open to let in a breeze and offer shade from the hot sun. During our visit, kids raced around from one area to the next — so fun!
What kids will love about the Dublin Wave
Younger kids, especially ones who aren’t ready for the big water slides, will enjoy the Splash Zone near the entrance to the park. The Splash Zone includes a giant bucket of water that pours over the playground onto the kids’ heads. There are a lot of squirt guns for kids to aim and have fun with. However, I would recommend the two water slides they have in the Splash Zone because the slides are mellow but enjoyable.
For kids older than 8, the three lower-level slides on the waterslide tower will be more fun. The Golden Wave, Riptide Rider, and Mt. Diablue all serpentine down the tower with different speeds and exciting turns. These slides require all participants to be at least 40” tall.
For the older, more daring kids at the park, the slides at the top of the tower are awesome and thrilling. Keep in mind that for the following slides you must be 48”-76” tall and between 45 and 300 pounds: the Dublin Screamer, the Emerald Plunge, and the Shamrock Swirl.
The Dublin Screamer is a vertical drop from a launching capsule where the floor literally comes out from under the rider. The Emerald Plunge is an open-topped slide that has an even steeper drop and is arguably more fun. The last slide, the Shamrock Swirl, is a slide that shoots the participant out into a bowl shape and spins them around until the ride comes to an end.
The water park has easily available, free parking near the entrance to the park. One thing that sets The Wave apart from other water parks is the facilities are kept very clean and organized, despite the busy atmosphere. The bathrooms are very roomy and clean with lots of places to hang belongings. It can become crowded, especially when summer camps attend the park. Arrive after 4 pm if you’re looking for thinner crowds.
What to bring to the Dublin Wave Waterpark
To be prepared for this adventure, everyone should make sure to have their swimsuit, towel, water bottle, and sunscreen. Everyone buys wristbands right outside the park and can rent a password-protected locker to put their things in. Outside food is not allowed in the park but there is a concession cafe with hot dogs and hamburgers. The alternative to that is picnicking at the nearby park across the street.
Admission and rules
Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by someone 17 or older. The Wave will be open daily through Sunday, August 6, and on weekends through Labor Day. If you can’t make a day of it, half-day passes can be purchased for the hours of 3 pm to 6 pm, daily.
Non-residents of Dublin pay $19 for over 40″ tall; $17 for under 40″ tall. Children under 2 are $4. Prices are $2 cheaper after 3 pm. Buy your tickets in advance here>
The Dublin Wave Waterpark is located at 4201 Central Pkwy, Dublin, Ca 94568. Learn more at The Wave’s website >>
If this water park is not for you, check out our Parents Guide to Bay Area water parks.
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