Massanutten WaterparkSki the slopes of the Mid-Atlanticโ€™s premier snow resort and surf an endless wave all in the same day at Massanutten Resort.This four-season resort set in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, boasts year-round activities including golf, tennis, horse-back riding, zip-line, rafting, fishing, ice skating and snow tubing, plus a 42,000-square-foot, indoor/outdoor waterpark.

We practically had the waterpark all to ourselves in the off-season of October, which meant numerous trips down each of the parkโ€™s body slides and tube slides; five in total. It also meant no lines at The Pipeline โ€“ a continuous surfing wave โ€“ the first and biggest FlowRiderยฎ in Virginia. Our five-year-old loved the thrill of riding the gushing waves over and over again. After my first and last attempt I offer you this tip: wearing a one piece suit is highly recommended.

Massanutten WaterParkMore slides for all ages are part of the central feature of the park: the Massanutten Meltdown. Climb to the top of the structure through numerous waterfalls and plan your escape down a slide before the giant water bucket at the top tips and drenches everyone in itsโ€™ path. There simply is no way to not get wet once inside the Meltdown.

After all that action, it was nice to just float peacefully for a while down Blue Ridge Rapids โ€“ a winding lazy river with zero-depth entry.

Our favorite place to chill together as a family is always the hot tub. The indoor/outdoor Shenandoah Hot Springs family hot tub was the perfect retreat at the end of our water park adventure.

Three dining options, and a state-of-the-art arcade are also right there at the WaterPark, so you can easily spend your entire day having fun.


Chris is a designer, WAHM and pilotโ€™s wife living in Aurora, Colorado. She writes about family travel standby as Standby Traveling Mom as well as at Follow Chris on Pinterest and on Twitter as @BirdBanter.

Disclosure: The Massanutten Resort hosted my family and I for the purposes of writing this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own and without influence by Massanutten.