Looking for a new way to cool off during the summer? Over the next year (and possibly beyond), a Salt Lake City-based company will be setting up its 1,000-foot water slide in cities across the USA and Canada.
Slide the City is basically one big Slip'N Slide party plopped down in the middle of a city street. It's the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer day and a great way to spend time outdoors with your friends and family.
Where to Find Slide the City
Last year, it snaked its way up from Florida beginning on Valentine's Day (first stop: West Palm Beach) and stayed in warm-weather climates through May. Spring destinations included Tallahassee (April 4), Tucson (May 2), Phoenix (May 16), El Paso (May 23), and Pensacola (May 30).
Throughout the summer and early fall, Slide the City ventured out to the coasts and the middle of the country. Slide the City stopped in mid-size towns and some big cities. Some major stops included Wichita, Kansas; Columbia, South Carolina; Boise, Idaho; and St. Louis, Missouri. There were also some events in Las Vegas and New York City.
How to Experience Slide the City
This summer sliders can expect similar dates in major cities throughout the USA. If you're thinking, "Let me at that 1,000-foot slip'n slide!" you can pre-register on the Slide the City website for their Fort Myers date on December 17, which gets you a wristband, a water gun, and a mouth guard (yikes!). A single slide ranges between $15 to $25, depending on if you are an early bird registrar; three rides cost $40; and a VIP package of unlimited rides is $60. There is a karma/charity aspect to this on the registration page, giving organizations a chance to partner with Slide the City and volunteers a chance to help out.
Before You Go
If you're planning on bringing your family out to Slide the City, keep in mind that all sliders must be 5 years old and 46 inches or taller. You'll have to sign a waiver for any minor in your family. Sliders must slide and sit in the tube by themselves. This means that if you have a little one that might be apprehensive or scared of this 1,000 foot water slide, you might want to save it for another year and find other options for cooling off, such as visiting a family-friendly water park. The website also discourages participation if you are pregnant.
Slide The City supports local vendors and entertainment in each city it visits. It's an out-of-the-box event but definitely a fun way to enjoy the sun and cool off in the water for while. If this sounds like a perfect summer event to you, keep an eye on the website for upcoming dates and details.
Family-Friendly Water Park Alternatives
Here are a few water park vacation ideas if you'd prefer to bring your family on water-themed getaway if Slide the City isn't coming to an area near you:
The largest chain of indoor water parks in North America, the Great Wolf Lodge family has a resort in the Poconos as well as places such as Wisconsin Dells, Niagara Falls, Kansas City, and more. This destination is ideal for children of all ages, as little ones can take a plunge of their by going down the Whooping Hollow slides that are specially-made for those under 48 inches.
More than only a family resort, Camelback is the largest ski in/ski out indoor waterpark in the U.S. Indeed, it features seven pools, 13 water slides, and a family raft ride called the Venus Slyde Trap that takes you on a 608-foot journey through tunnels, down rivers, and free-falling off thrilling drops.
With locations in Sandusky, Ohio; Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; and the Poconos Mountains, Pennsylvania and more to come, their waterparks for good for little ones as well as adults. Some resort locations also feature indoor themed parks, outdoor adventure parks, the Spa Kalahari & Salon, and plenty of dining options.