Should You Visit Jungle Rapids During Your Family Vacay?

If you’re in Wilmington on vacation with kids, you’ll be looking for kid-friendly attractions in the area and Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park is sure to come up in your searches! Jungle Rapids is too small to be considered a theme park but too big to be just an arcade. So, is it worth the money to go?

Jungle Rapids water park kids swimming in lazy river with water slide in the background Wilmington Vacation Homes

Jungle Rapids, Water Park | FACEBOOK

Short Answer: Yes!

There are go-karts, a water park, laser tag, mini golf, climbing walls, and an arcade, and all of these activities are available a la carte so you can do just one or buy a full pass for the day. The staff has always been nice and especially so in the prize center when they are interacting with the kids. The park is located in midtown and has free parking.

The go-karts are pretty fast and the track is fairly big. It’s not super cheap — at the time of writing, $12/ride. The go-karts are available as singles (riders 12 years old and up) or doubles (the driver must have a driver’s license). 

The water park is big enough that you can spend the day. It’s not a major waterpark, but there are lots of slides, pools, a lazy river, and rides. At the time of writing, a day pass was $34-$44. For just a few dollars more, you can get a Best Buy pass which includes the water park and two activities, like mini golf, go-karts, and laser tag. You’ll want to check the schedule, but the water park is generally open from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

laser tag at Jungle Rapids in Wilmington, North Carolina

Jungle Rapids, Laser Tag | FACEBOOK

Laser tag is also a great option! A game is $12 and the arena is quite large. The guns work correctly, the scoring is well done, and it’s a great way to meet other people — teams are allowed.

The arcade is somewhat small, but putting $20 on the kid’s Jungle Fun Card is going to buy them up to an hour of arcade time, depending on how they play. The “tickets” earned are automatically added to the card, and they can cash them in for prizes at the end.

child playing an arcade game

Jungle Rapids, Arcade | FACEBOOK

Jungle Rapids also has a massive play area called the Kids Jungle, but it is often booked for private parties and not always open to the public.

The Food Situation

The café sells basic food like chicken nuggets, pizza, and fries, but is open for limited hours, especially during the off-season. If you’d rather skip the cost, bringing a cooler with drinks and food and taking a lunch break at the car is a good option.

Jungle Rapids is not a far drive from local favorite Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn. This is a great, inexpensive spot, offering an array of options for those with dietary restrictions.

Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn facade in Wilmington, North Carolina

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Looking for a place to stay in midtown? Check out these two properties, conveniently located near Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park:

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