South Bay Shores water park is getting ready to welcome guests in 2021

by Attractions Magazine Staff

California’s Great America in Santa Clara, Calif. will be better (and wetter) than ever when Northern California’s premier amusement park debuts the new South Bay Shores water park. Although the debut of the brand-new park has officially been moved to 2021, construction crews have been very busy getting ready for the grand opening.

South Bay Shores, California's Great America
Images courtesy of California’s Great America

When South Bay Shores opens next summer, guests will be immersed in a completely transformed water park experience featuring seven all-new water attractions, new and upgraded food and merchandise locations, premium cabanas, and shaded lounge areas, all themed to reflect the fun of the Northern California coast and South Bay regions.

“South Bay Shores represents the newest phase of a multi-year revitalization of California’s Great America, building on our nearly 50-year heritage of giving Bay Area residents even more reasons to call the park their favorite destination for fun,” said Manny Gonzalez, vice president, and general manager of California’s Great America.

The first area guests will encounter at South Bay Shores was specifically designed for families with young kids. The existing “sprayground” and splash fortress attractions have already gotten new coats of paint and new theming details will transform the area from the Australian outback to the Northern California coast. Plus, huge new shade sails and lounge chairs will be added around Otter Trotter and Pup’s Pier.

Also brand new for 2021 is the Tide Pool lagoon, where crews have already installed most of the eight colorful kid-sized slides that will line the back of this zero-depth pool. The Tide Pool’s shores will also have plenty of new shaded areas for parents to relax while their kids have fun splashing the day away.

Everyone knows that big water slides equal big thrills, and South Bay Shores’ brand-new Pacific Surge water slides will definitely deliver on that. The fiberglass tubes have already been installed, and the cluster of four highest slides at Pacific Surge—dubbed Shark Reef Plunge—will have a trap door that flings open to send four riders racing on a near-vertical drop into a series of flat loops and s-curves. The other two thrilling tube slides, called Barracuda and Feeding Frenzy, will send riders splashing through tight turns and down steep drops into a whirlpool at the bottom.

In addition to the new water slides, more shade, and added play areas, South Bay Shores is also adding a new locker area, new changing rooms, and new premium cabanas located near the Breakers Bay wave pool and new Tide Pool lagoon. Here, guests can relax in the shade with upgrades like free Wi-Fi, charging stations, ceiling fans, TVs, and dedicated food and beverage service. And speaking of food, the new Pier 76 Cafe with shaded outdoor seating will be serving a combination of coastal flavors and park favorites, like fried shrimp, fish tacos, chicken tenders, and waffle fries.

Click here for more information about South Bay Shores at California’s Great America.


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