Recently one of our momstown Oakville Program Coordinators surprised her son with a day trip to Niagara Falls and the Americana Waves Indoor Waterpark (located inside the Americana Resort and Conference Centre). They had so much fun and wanted to share the best tips to make your day at the Americana Waves Waterpark an enjoyable one.
In 25,000 square feet you’ll find 4 large scale waterslides (body and tube slides), a wave pool, activity pool with basketball nets, kids pool with slides and swings, as well as a 16 person hot tub (adults only), kids splash area with a giant tipping bucket and small slides. Our favourites were the body slides and the wave pool. The waterpark is ideal for babies all the way up to age 8 or 9.
1. Your belongings.
Its tricky to take those valuables into the water! Small lockers are $1 to rent and larger ones (suitable for 3 or more) are $2. Keep in mind there is a per-entry fee, so bring plenty of loonies and townies if you plan on accessing your locker throughout the day.
For an even more luxurious adventure, you can rent a private poolside cabana! You'll get towels, a hostess, lounge chairs and more.
The day pass admission is $26.95+ HST per person. Kids 12 months and under are free. Parking is free for day pass users. Keep an eye out for deals as Wagjag and Groupon often feature deals for just waterpark tickets or deals for a one night stay at the resort. We’ve seen them 2-3 times per year, and yes, you can buy multiple passes!
If you plan on visiting the water park after 5pm, you can save about $7.00 per person at a cost of $15.95+HST.
Lifejackets are also included in your ticket price and are available from the arcade desk.
Make sure to check their operating hours for the days you wish to visit. During the Fall and Winter, they close on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Your wristband entitles you to re-enter the water park as you like over the course of the day.
You must also sign a waiver for each person in your party. This can be done in The Surf Shop.
3. The Rules
The great news is that the waterpark offers great visibility so you can easily see your children throughout the park from pretty much anywhere.
Personal, approved life jackets are allowed in wave pool but NOT permitted down slides
and no floatation toys or water wings are allowed in pools or water features.
If your child is above 36 inches tall, they will be able to access most slides and can ride all slides if they are more than 42 inches tall. But even for babies and toddlers there is zero depth water feature with sprays, fountains, and dumping bucket.
You can see the full list of rules and regulations here.
Bring sunglasses! It may sound strange to bring sunglasses to an indoor water park, but because they have a glass retractable roof, it can get super bright and you can spend the day squinting if you forget.
Also pack extra towels and a light bathing suit cover up. Even though the water park is kept at a balmy 84 degrees, kids can get cold easily in between getting out of the pools/slides and drying off to use the bathroom or getting something to eat.
Indoor footwear such as sandals and flip-flops are a must, especially for going back and forth into the bathrooms, arcade and snack bar.
Jack Tanner’s Grillhouse is the full service restaurant in the hotel. There’s also Waves Pizza and Snack Bar located poolside (see the menu here). They offer quick meals such as pizza, wings, salads and even frosty adult drinks. We tried the pepperoni pizza and it was delicious! There is no outside food or drink permitted in the arcade, snack bar or water park, so planning a meal there is essential if you decide to stay for the day.
6. Other Activities and Amenities available to Guests.
There’s a large outdoor area adjacent to the water park that features picnic tables, slides, climbers, swings, basketball and volleyball courts and gazebos. Although we didn’t use this area during our time there (we were having a blast on the waterslides), it looked like fun.
The Surf Shop is located beside the arcade and is a one-stop shop for bathing suits, sandals, towels, souvenirs and even toys!
The Arcade offers your typical standard fare games (Skee-ball anyone?). You can redeem game tickets at the arcade counter for prizes. Tokens can be purchased at the machine beside The Surf Shop. If you need change, you can ask at the snack bar.
Family change rooms are also available to guests, and are large enough to accommodate a parent and 2 children.