$46 million waterpark is now under construction in lower Currituck
County and developers are hailing it as one of the most innovatively
designed and uniquely located waterparks in the world.
Earlier this week, invited guests enjoyed a preview of the H2OBX
Waterpark, which sprawls across 80 acres just off U.S. 158 in
Powell's Point, three miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge,
the northern gateway to the Outer Banks.
The park, designed for up to 5,000 patrons a day, is scheduled to open next summer.
Developers says that, "H2OBX Waterpark will complement the region’s
unique tourism offerings when it opens, delivering world premier
attractions, superior guest service, and an exciting new option for fun
and entertainment to the hundreds of thousands of families who vacation
in the Outer Banks each year."
H2OBX will deliver more than 30 waterslides, pools and attractions,
combining several first-to-market and enhanced slides and experiences.
Waterslides will offer varying degrees of thrills, lengths, drops,
turns and intensity. Guests can ride the waves on a Flowrider, float
along an adventure river, body surf in one of two wave pools, and
anticipate an exhilarating 1,000-gallon bucket dump. H2OBX will offer
an array of traditional rides and pools, and developers say, "that’s
where classic waterpark recreation ends and innovation begins."
H2OBX has been carefully designed and themed to pay homage to the
history and culture of the Outer Banks, developers say. Enhanced
attractions include Twin Tides wave pool, which will deliver the
fundamental ocean-simulated current, tide and waves that guests love,
but with new dual “beachfront” entrance points on opposite ends.
A revolutionary Adventure Lagoon includes climb, crawl and balance
soft mat obstacles and swim zones. Also unique to H2OBX is an
immersive, multi-level, pirate-themed, play structure that reveals a
smart design offering more waterslides and interactive water
will also feature hybrid waterslides, special effects including
aqua-lucent lighting, gravity defying enhancements, increased thrill
factors to undoubtedly deliver one of the most cutting-edge waterparks
ever constructed," according to a news release.
In addition to thrill, H2OBX has places to chill. More than 50 private
cabanas, including a premium cabana village, will offer first-class
amenities and luxury guest service in a private oasis setting. Shaded
seating areas, multiple food and beverage outlets offering variety and
quality, from snacks to gourmet, a Wright Brothers flyer themed bar,
and free Wi-Fi are among the many offered conveniences.
Once opened, developers say that H2OBX will create more than 200
full-time and seasonal jobs that will benefit the area's economy.
“We are very excited to be working with the entire Outer Banks
community to deliver a world-class waterpark that will deliver an
exciting new entertainment option for vacationers," said Arthur Berry
III, H2OBX developer. “H2OBX will further benefit the area through
pre-and post opening job creation and draw additional tourism to the
H2OBX developers Ken Ellis, Arthur Berry III, Tim Gantz and Jeff
Malarney each bring substantial experience in their respective fields
-- waterpark development, planning, operations and market tourism.
Ellis, president and CEO of Aquatic Development Group (ADG),
a waterpark design/build company, is also co-owner with Arthur Berry
III of the Camelback Resort, home to Aquatopia, the largest indoor
waterpark in the northeast and Camelbeach outdoor waterpark. Tim Gantz
is the former owner and operator of America’s largest outdoor
waterpark, Noah’s Ark, and Jeff Malarney, former Navy judge advocate
general, has been intimately involved in the North Carolina vacation
rental industry, recently serving two terms on the North Carolina Real
Estate Commission, and is a local Outer Banks resident and practicing
has been an extraordinary project because of my own personal
involvement and vested interest in H2OBX,” said Ellis. “I’m
extremely proud of the talented and diligent team at ADG, the
innovative slide design by WhiteWater West, the sophisticated details
by Weber Group, and the work put forth by so many others who have
created such a unique waterpark plan. H2OBX is going to be incredibly
innovative because we have the full force of the industry’s best people
For more information about H2OBX Waterpark, visit www.OBXwaterpark.com
ATTRACTIONS PLANNED AT H2OBX
- FlowRider® Surfing Simulator
- Twin Tides dual entry Wave Pool
- 30,000 square-foot Action Wave Pool
- Adventure Lagoon featuring balance, climb and crawl across floats and structures
- Two high-speed Colorado Drop tube rides over 500 feet long and 71 feet long
- 90-foot tall Aqua Drop launch capsule free fall slide
- 90-foot tall Flat Line Loop body slides with launch capsule translucent fiberglass
- 50-foot drop Boomerango inner tube ride wall stall and Aqua Lucent lighting
- SuperBowl thrill ride with Aqua Lucent lighting and open bowl with a distinctive sawtooth edge
- 500-foot long Constrictor slide featuring high-speed tight turns
- 500-foot long Boomerango family raft ride with drops, weightless wall and zero gravity hump
- 540-foot long family raft ride over 540 feet long with open and enclosed sections and Aqua Lucent lighting
- Five Kid’s body and tube slides offering turns and loops
themed aqua play structure with more than 70 interactive features and
seven slides including the Champagne Bowl body slide
- 50 Private Cabanas
- Four distinct Food and Beverage outlets