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Time to Cool Off: South Mississippi ‘Water’ Attractions Are Reopening!

Time to Cool Off: South Mississippi ‘Water’ Attractions Are Reopening!

It’s summer; that means our kids are chomping at the bit to get in or around water. Just because some social distancing is still being practiced, that’s no reason to avoid taking the kiddos to a water-themed attraction. While some — such as the Buccaneer Bay Waterpark at Buccaneer State Park — have yet to be given the green-light to reopen, other attractions are either already open or about to get up-and-running.

While this list is in no way complete, we did check out just a few water-themed attractions in southern Mississippi, to see which is open and/or opening soon. We found a few options for you to consider.

Gulf Islands Waterpark

The Gulf Islands Waterpark in Gulfport reopened on May 30. According to the park’s online statement regarding Covid-19, extra measures being taken for the health of all include extra spacing of chairs and tables; social distancing when in line for water slides and other attractions; encouragement to purchase tickets online ahead of time instead of in-person; a reduction of park attendance capacity to 50-percent of normal capacity; and other measures. Find out more at Gulfislandswaterpark.com.

Ocean Adventures Marine Park

According to its website, the marine park in Gulfport created by the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies is now open. It appears summer camps are still happening, as are the dolphin interaction program, stingray swim program, etc. The park suggests use of face-masks or by guests. Find out more at Oceanadventures.us.

Ship Island Adventures

According to the website for this popular day-trip to the main island of the Mississippi sound, the National Park Service has set the reopening to June 5. At that time, trips to Ship Island will happen with a 50-percent reduction in the number of passengers onboard the vessels; employees wearing protective face masks; and other sanitary practices. Find our more at Msshipisland.com.

Grand Paradise Waterpark

The water park nestled in Collins — located about 30 minutes north of Hattiesburg — indicates it will be open for business starting June 6. As of the writing of this article, no Covid-19 precautionary information had been posted yet at the park’s website. Find out more at Grandparadisewaterpark.com.

About The Author

Kara Bachman

Kara Bachman is a Managing Editor for Parents & Kids. She's also a book editor, former newspaper reporter, and is author of the humor essay collection, "Kissing the Crisis," which deals with the zanier aspects of parenting, relationships and turning 40. She's read her work on NPR radio and over 1,500 items have appeared in dozens of literary and commercial publications, including The Writer, The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Nola.com, Dogster, Mississippi Magazine, American Fitness and many more. She's a New Orleans native, but lived for over a dozen years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including during 2005 when her house was flooded by Hurricane Katrina. She's a mom to two teenagers.

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