Wild Island Waterpark, A Mom’s Review

Summer is here and that means Wild Island waterpark is open!  We are sharing everything you need to know about your visit to Wild Island including what to pack, our tips, and full review.

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Wild Island Waterpark

Wild Island is an outdoor waterpark and fun for all ages!  They have over 10 waterslides, wave pool, lazy river, and even a great area designed for younger kids with slides.

They also have plenty of seating, sand box, beach volleyball, bubble machines, and more for your family to enjoy!

wave pool


250 Wild Island Ct., Sparks NV 89434


The waterpark is open now – September 17th (select dates)

During the Summer they are open 11am-7pm daily.  Once school starts the hours are change.  Full calendar here.


General admission (4 and up): $37.99 / Children 3 and under $2
Season Pass: start at $119 (sold out for 2023 season)
Cabanas: $50 – $365 depending on size and people (cabanas do not include admission)

Standard Locker: $7 / Large locker $8 / Jumbo locker: 10

fire and ice waterslide


Food is available for purchase at an additional cost. There are 6 different locations inside Wild Island you can purchase food or beverages from!

  • Aruba Cafe: main cafe with hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza and more
  • Island Bistro: sandwiches, specialty fries, burritos, tacos, taco salads, and churros, and more
  • Green Coconut: salads, wraps, fresh fruit, etc.
  • Snack Shack: slushies, sno-kones, frozen fruit dipped in chocolate, pretzels
  • Dippin’ Dots: enjoy frozen beads of ice cream
  • Kokomo’s Island Bar: adult drinks (21+)

little lagoon

What to Pack

  • Towels
  • Swimsuits (street clothes are not allowed in water)
  • Water shoes – recommended especially on hot days
  • Unopened water bottles are allowed inside 0r bring an empty re-fillable bottle and have it filled for free
  • Wagon – perfect for packing everything in and out
  • Change of clothes for after
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Hat
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Life jacket (they have some available as well)
  • Picnic -(optional) no outside food allowed inside but you can eat outside at the picnic areas and then re-enter

food at wild island

Tips For Your Visit

Check out our tips below for your visit so you can have the best visit to Wild Island.

  • Earlier in the week is usually less busy, plan on heavy crows during the weekend
  • Enjoy a family game of volleyball.
  • The cement can get hot so water shoes are nice to have.
  • Get in line early around 10:30am or go later after 2pm to find some shade.
  • Season passes sale out every year, buy early if you are interested.
  • Food lines get long during lunch hour, order via phone early/later
  • Gluten free fries!! New this year, if your GF like me this is very exciting!  If the person taking your order doesn’t know ask for a manager or supervisor and they can get them for you.
  • Height Check – If your child is likely to get measured at the slides, go to the main waterpark office and request a height check.  If they meet the height requirement the manager will give them a wristband (at the managers discretion).
  • On crowded days, we recommend renting a tube for slides rather than waiting for a free one to come available.

Our Experience

We have been going to the waterpark since my oldest (now 9) was 18 months!  It is easy to say it is a summer tradition for our family.  It has been been so much fun to watch my kids every Summer grow into new experiences.  Sometimes we spend 2 hours and some days we spend 6.

I recently saw some local mamas go to the waterpark for a moms night out and I think that sounds like such a fun idea, it would also be a fun date night!

I definitely recommend every experience Wild Island Waterpark to see if it is an activity your family loves as much as mine!


Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!