The Outer Banks, NC (OBX) is receiving a $46 million waterpark, which is slated to open for summer 2017. It’s intended to be one of the more innovatively designed and uniquely located waterparks in the world.
H2OBX covers 80 acres just off U.S. 158 in Powells Point, three miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge, the northern gateway to the Outer Banks.
The waterpark will have more than 30 waterslides, pools, and attractions, including several first-to-market slides and enhanced experiences. Guests can ride the waves on a FlowRider, float along an adventure river, body surf in two wave pools, and experience a 1,000-gallon bucket dump, in addition to an array of traditional rides and attractions.
Enhanced attractions include Twin Tides wave pool, which will have the same ocean-wave simulation but with a “dual beachfront” entrance. An Adventure Lagoon will give guests the chance to climb, crawl and balance on obstacles. Hybrid water slides, special effects (including Aqua Lucent lighting), and “gravity-defying enhancements” will all be available.
To counter the “thrill,” H2OBX will have plenty of places to “chill,” which includes over 50 private cabanas with luxury service. Four food and beverage outlets and Wi-Fi are also among the conveniences.
H2OBX developers Ken Ellis, Arthur Berry III, Tim Gantz, and Jeff Malarney each bring years of experience in their respective fields. Ellis, president and CEO of Aquatic Development Group, is also co-owner with Berry of Camelback Resort’s Camelbeach and Aquatopia, the largest indoor waterpark in the northeast. Gantz is the former owner and operator of America’s largest outdoor waterpark, Noah’s Ark; and Malarney, former Navy JAGC and Outer Banks resident, has served two terms on the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.
Key Attractions at H2OBX
- FlowRider Surfing Simulator
- 30,000 square-foot Action Wave Pool with Twin Tides dual entry
- Adventure Lagoon with balancing-, climbing-, and crawling-focused 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” with Aqua Lucent lighting and distinctive saw-tooth edge
- 500-foot long Constrictor slide with tight, high-speed turns
- 500-foot long Boomerango family raft ride with drops, weightless wall and zero gravity hump
- 540-foot long family raft ride with open and enclosed sections and Aqua Lucent lighting
- Five kid’s body and tube slides
- Pirate-themed aqua play structure with over seven slides including the Champagne Bowl body slide
- 50 private cabanas
- Four distinct Food & Beverage outlets