Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Illinois’ largest waterpark dedicated to family fun for all ages, Raging Waves, 4000 N. Bridge St. in Yorkville, is excited to announce its 2019 summer programming and officially kick off its 12th season Saturday, May 25. Only 45 minutes southwest of Chicago, Raging Waves invites locals and travelers alike to soak up the best moments of summer through September 2, 2019. The family-owned and operated destination first opened to the public in 2008. Sitting on 58 spacious acres, Raging Waves is the perfect place for a day trip, extended summer excursion, birthday parties, youth group outing, scout gatherings, family reunions, and more.
“We are thrilled to be opening for our 12th season of summer fun this May,” said Randy Witt, Co-Owner of Raging Waves. “As a family business ourselves, we have been counting down the days for guests, families and children of all ages to finally be able to enjoy some fun in the sun and make memories they will cherish for a lifetime! After a long Illinois winter, guests can expect a summer packed with exciting events featuring reptiles, princesses and our favorite superheroes, plus waterslide adventures and endless opportunities to splash and play for hours.”
Open to the public and free with admission for all ages, Raging Waging is hosting a myriad of summer events through the beginning of September. The waterpark’s summer programming is as follows.
- Jim Nesci and His Cold-Blooded Creatures: With a special Fourth of July appearance at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Jim Nesci and his cold-blooded creatures will be visiting Raging Waves throughout the summer to share the opportunity for guests to get an up-close experience with snakes, lizards, alligators and tortoises. Attendees have the chance to learn about the importance of reptiles in the natural world, conservation and animal safety. For a full schedule of appearances, please reference the Raging Waves events calendar.
- Jesse White Tumblers: Visitors can marvel at the twists and flips of the Jesse White Tumblers, an internationally recognized group of tumbling gymnasts with members ranging in age from 6 and up. The spectacular performances are sure to leave all Raging Waves guests jumping and somersaulting for joy. For a full schedule of performance dates throughout the summer, please see the full events calendar.
- Princess Days: In celebration of all things royal, children are welcome to join their voices together in a fun sing-along on June 23, July 6 and August 9 from 12 p.m.- 4.p.m. With appearances from princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel and more, this enchanting adventure features the ultimate opportunity for memorable photos with everyone’s favorite princesses.
Raging Waves features several family-friendly attractions, including 26 water slides, a huge wave pool, three kiddie pool areas, relaxing lazy river, 37 private cabanas and more. The newest attractions, which opened in 2018, include Wild Wallabies, perfect for guests looking to challenge each other to a race down the two side-by-side slides with several twists, turns and thrills, and Quokka-Nut Island, a new interactive kiddie area with four exciting new slides, themed play features, and a zero-depth pool. Other top attractions include Brock’s Giant Sandbox, Wonambi, The Boomerang, and The Crocodile Mile, a 600 foot-long family raft ride. Other exciting features include Cyclone, Kangaroo Falls, an area full of interactive play features, Platypus Plunge, Tasmanian Twisters and PJ’s Plummet, Koala Kove, The Three Sisters, which is a double-tube ride with 1,080 feet of tunnels and thrills, and The Great Barrier Reef, Raging Waves’ huge, 25,000 square foot wave pool. Those looking to unwind will be extremely content in Kookaburra Kreek, a quarter-mile long lazy river with relaxing currents, or at the full-service cabanas.
With 11 dining destinations throughout the waterpark, Raging Waves guests may treat
themselves to a variety of full meal options including Popcorn Chicken, Jumbo All-Beef Hot Dogs, Chicken Tenders, Deep Dish Jet’s Pizza, Walking Tacos, Grilled Veggie Wraps, Freshly Made Sub Sandwiches and much more at the Shark Bite Restaurant, Hungry Croc Restaurant and Surside Subs. There are quick snack opportunities a-plenty including new choices like Strawberry and Pineapple Dole Whip, Salted Caramel Stuffed Pretzels, Jet’s Cinnamon Stix, Bill’s Famous Lemonade and Naked Juice.
General admission for Raging Waves is as follows: Adults and Children over 48 Inches, $32.99 and Children under 48 Inches, $19.99. Packages are available online for purchase including the Family Fun Ultimate Value Package, Standard Season Pass, VIP Season Pass and Resident Season Pass. All-day small locker and large locker rentals are available for $10 and $15, respectively.
For more information, daily operating hours, or to purchase Raging Waves tickets, visit http://www.RagingWaves.com or call 630.882.6575. Follow Raging Waves on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.