Want to cool off over Memorial Day weekend? Roaring Springs will open expansion early
UPDATE (May 24, 2023): Roaring Springs Water Park announced Wednesday that its expansion will open over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. The opening was originally planned for the following Wednesday.
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Roaring Springs Water Park opened for the season this past weekend, offering visitors a glimpse of an expansion that will nearly double the park’s size when it opens later this month.
The expansion — the largest in the park’s 24-season history — features three new attractions, a restaurant and a bar, marking the park’s first foray into serving alcohol.
Roaring Springs chief marketing officer Tiffany Quilici told the Idaho Statesman the expansion’s grand opening is May 31 from 4 to 8 p.m.
“(This expansion) is a celebration of everything we love about the Northwest and Idaho,” Quilici said.
Outdoors-themed attractions for all ages
The new attractions are in the northeast corner of Roaring Springs on 12 acres that the park has left vacant for years. Quilici said since Roaring Springs opened in 1999, the park has had enough room in its initial 18-acre footprint for a series of updates and expansions.
With the rapid growth of the Treasure Valley in recent years and an influx of visiting guests, Quilici said, it was time to make more space. She said the new construction, which started 15 months ago, will make Roaring Springs one of the largest water parks in the country.
The three new attractions are all outdoor-themed, featuring Idaho wildlife and icons. They’re the first of a five-phase expansion Roaring Springs has planned to roll out over the next decade.
The first, right next to the Avalanche ride, is Critter Crossing. It includes floating beaver, log and fish-shaped features that guests can traverse using an overhead ropes course. The area also features hoops for water basketball.
Next-door is Camp IdaH2O, a kids’ lagoon that Quilici said is the “centerpiece” of the expansion. It features a 1,500-pound potato-shaped “Tippin’ Tater” bucket that dumps 650 gallons of water over the attraction every 4 1/2 minutes. Camp IdaH2O also includes seven slides and familiar Idaho animals — black bears, bluebirds and a bighorn ram — over a shallow pool kept at about 90 degrees.
The Geyser Bar and Grill sits across from the camp. Quilici said it will include grill items as well as Asian-inspired cuisine, such as rice bowls. The east side is home to the bar and a patio.
Quilici said alcohol will be served in “a very controlled and responsible way,” with alcoholic drinks only allowed on the enclosed bar patio or in the new rental cabanas that are part of the expansion.
The cabanas, which can accommodate 14 to 16 guests, cost $350 to $400 per day to rent. Visitors can kick back on lounge furniture and order Idaho-themed cocktails, craft beer and frozen drinks from waitstaff.
The final attraction is called Class 5 Canyon. It’s an “action river” — somewhere between a lazy river and wave pool — where guests can grab kickboards and swim a circuit of rapids.