About the Park

About Wild Rivers

Located in the heart of Irvine and the Great Park, Wild Rivers is looking to once again establish itself as the premier waterpark in Southern California.

After nearly thirty years as a cherished destination, we’re thrilled to announce our grand return, now wetter, better, and wilder than ever before. Our dedication remains steadfast: delivering the ultimate waterpark adventure in California. With over 20 acres of revitalized space and 20 exhilarating water slides and attractions, we cater to all tastes and preferences, boasting everything from heart-pounding thrill rides to a serene lazy river and pulse-pounding wave pool—ensuring an experience for every visitor. Amidst the excitement, our park offers three unique dining experiences: Pacific Grille for casual cafeteria-style dining, Mustang Bar and Grill for made-to-order sit-down meals, and signature cocktails.  Island Sweets is sure to satisfy every sweet tooth with a delectable variety of treats.

Whether you’re here for a single day or decide to become a season pass holder, we guarantee a summer filled with splashing fun and the creation of unforgettable memories.

Flowing Careers: Navigating Your Professional River
Flowing Careers: Navigating Your Professional River

History

Wild Rivers has been a cherished part of the community since its inception in July 1986, rising from the grounds of the former Lion Country Safari. In its inaugural year, wave pools were yet to make a splash, but by 1987, Wild Rivers made history with the country’s first side-by-side wave pool. Over its 27-year legacy, attractions like The Abyss, Chaos, The Patriot, Bazooka Bowls, and Buccaneer Bay were introduced, drawing in over 10 million guests and earning a reputation as one of the nation’s top waterparks. As Orange County’s largest youth employer, Wild Rivers became synonymous with exceptional service and safety, leading the City of Irvine to entrust us with the land for a new Wild Rivers.

The new Wild Rivers spans nearly 20 acres—50% larger than before—and supplemented the park with four innovative 6-person family raft rides, among a diverse array of waterpark experiences including both open and enclosed body slides, mat races, bowls, and a water coaster, to name a few. Children can enjoy kiddie slides, interactive play elements, and a massive 30-foot play structure with a 500-gallon tipping bucket. Looking ahead, we’re poised for growth with plans to extend our park by an additional 3 acres.

Our commitment to guest satisfaction remains steadfast. We believe the essence of a fun day lies not just in the rides themselves, but in the ease of enjoying them without long waits. By managing park attendance, we ensure a premium experience for all. Our ambition is bold: to elevate Wild Rivers to not only the best waterpark in California but the premier waterpark in the nation.