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Wild Rivers

The newest waterpark in Southern California is easily accessible and a short drive from Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and north San Diego.

Wild Rivers is a family-friendly waterpark located on nearly 20 acres within the city of Irvine's Great Park. Here you will find a brand-new, beautiful waterpark with an extensive collection of waterslides and water rides for all ages, plus a wave pool, lazy river, and family play structure. Many of the rides are state-of-the-art, with unique elements new to Southern California waterpark goers.

One of the features that make this waterpark unique is the fact that it offers more opportunities for families to participate together than any other waterpark in the state. Wild Rivers has not one, but four six-passenger family raft rides– Typhoon, Tortuga, Bora Bora Boomerango, and Aquaconda. These high-capacity, signature raft rides help to keep lines moving and wait times short on busy days, and offer you a long, exciting, sometimes thrilling waterslide experience.

Wild Rivers' also has a tube slide complex where you or you and a friend can ride on a double tube down one of five different slide paths, including a thrill-seeker pleasing fusion water coaster– Pelican Plunge! Riders start with a couple of ups and downs like a roller coaster on Pelican Plunge that leads to an awesome finale where your tube oscillates back and forth inside what's called a Rattler. Other tube slide paths include Constrictor elements, fully enclosed and mostly open serpentine paths, and the also popular Tiki's Revenge giant bowl slide.

Besides tube slides, there is a six-lane, forward-facing mat racer and a collection of exciting body slides, some of which exit into a deep water pool.

For families with young children, Wild Rivers has an island surrounded by a lazy river with two separate and different children's areas. Cook's Cove is a large, multi-level family play structure with fountains, interactive water features, multiple body slides, and topped with a giant, tipping water bucket. At the opposite end of the island is Kontiki Cove a shallow depth pool with 7 slide paths exclusively for young children under 54", two additional toddler slides, and interactive water features.

Shaka Bay is WIld Rivers' giant 25,000 square-foot wavepool with two beach entries surrounded by cabanas you can rent. Grab a tube to float or just jump in and body surf the waves in this exciting wave pool with 3 to 4-foot surf. For a more relaxing experience, Castaway River is a 1,700-foot-long endless lazy river you can float on a tube or just cruise along while swimming.

Wild Rivers amenities include Pacific Grille with a variety of food options, including favorites like chicken tenders, pizza, and hamburgers. Mustang Bar serves adult beverages and offers full-service dining. The park also offers Birthday Party packages, cabanas with wait service, and a variety of carts selling snacks throughout the park. A gift shop is located at the park entry, plus there are lockers, changing rooms, and showers available for your use.

More About Wild Rivers

10000 Great Park Blvd
Irvine, OrangeCA 92618

(949) 749-1900

Park website:

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Rated: 5.0 out of 5 (1 vote)

Type of park:
Outdoor Waterpark

Park size:
19 acres

Opening year:
July 10, 2022

Operating season:
Open weekends and holidays May to October, daily from early June to late-August

Operating dates are subject to change. Always contact the park to verify days and hours before visiting.

Admission prices:
2023 Admission Rates

  • General Admission: $75.00
  • Junior (under 48"): $50
  • Senior (age 62+): Free
Children 2 and under are admitted for free. Discount admission is offered after 4:00 pm.

Discount tickets can be purchased in advance on

Directions & Location

Wild Rivers Waterpark is located in Orange County north of where the 405 and 5 freeways in the city of Irvine. The waterpark is an attraction within the Great Park. From Interstate 5 or Interstate 405 exit Sand Canyon Ave. From I-405 North turn right or from I-405 South and I-5 North or South turn left onto Sand Canyon Ave, then turn right on Great Park Blvd heading east, and proceed to the parking lot entrance on your right.

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