Castaway Island Water Park at TY Park in Hollywood

Castaway Island at TY Park interactive pool.

I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts on Castaway Island Water Park at Topeekeegee Yugnee (TY) Park in Hollywood Florida!

I will start by saying that I can’t believe I have lived in South Florida for so many years and never been here before!  What was I thinking!  The park itself is huge and the Water Park is huge too!  There are 3 different sections a climbing slide area for everyone, a toddler pool with a slide and activities, and a huge pool.

I liked that it did not have the 2 hour time limit of some of Broward County parks, so you can pay the entry fee and spend the day there!  The pools were clean and well maintained.  It was not a super busy day when we were there, but then again it certainly was not empty either and the bathrooms were pretty decent for a water park.  I didn’t try the snack bar, but I saw people with all the usual pool snack bar items, the pizza smelled good and I am not really sure how we got out of the place without buying ice cream, but we managed.

It was pretty quiet for us in the morning, however about the time that we left (2:00 pm) a camp group came in and there were long lines at the slides.  This happens at all the water parks I have been to in the summer, The kids were good and there were no problems, however it was pretty packed then.  Not sure if you can call ahead and find out what time the groups are coming on the day you visit or not.  It is worth a try though, and worth the effort at any water park you decide to head out to.

Castaway Island at TY Park interactive pool.
Castaway Island at TY Park interactive pool.

The first interactive water playground area has all the required water park attractions, it has a dumping buckets lots of slides, and splash cannon areas on a climbing structure.  It is big enough to entertain most kids (maybe not teens, but then again……..I thought it was pretty fun!).

Castaway Island at TY toddler interactive pool
Castaway Island at TY toddler interactive pool

The part I really like is the toddler area.  There is a toddler interactive pool playground with slides and water cannons.  What is nice about this area is that it is completely fenced off from the rest of the water park.


Castaway Island water fall in the zero entry swimming pool.
Castaway Island water fall in the zero entry swimming pool.

The third area is the pool, and wow, it is truly beautiful!  This huge pool is zero entry on one end and the other is a beautiful rock waterfall.  Again, the place was immaculate!

All in all, this park is certainly worth spending the afternoon.  It cost us $8 each to enter and I think we had a great day!  You have to love all the amazing parks here in South Florida!

Castaway Island’s normal summer operating hours are 9:30 am to 5:20 pm, and is located at 3300 N. Park Rd, Hollywood, FL 33021.   Please check with the park for current prices and hours before you head over as they do change seasonally.

Coconut Cove Water Park in Boca Raton

Coconut Cove Water Park in Boca Raton

We finally visited Coconut Cove Water Park in Boca Raton at the end of the summer last year.  It is on my list of favoritesCoconut Cove Water Park in Boca Raton for sure!  It is pretty easy to get to in West Boca so that is always a good thing.  The water park itself is clean and pretty big too. In fact we liked it so much that we went back the next day!

I didn’t get great photo’s because, well, I was too busy enjoying myself with my daughter and friends, which is a good sign.

We spent most of our time switching between the  897-foot lazy river ride (I love these ), and the Children’s water playground.  The children’s area is very nice with all the normal water manipulation levers and cranks, dumping water buckets and slides. The kids loved it!

Coconut Cove Water Park in Boca RatonThere is a Lily Pad Walk where you can hold onto ropes above your head and “walk” on the “Lily Pads” across the pool as well as a couple of four-story high water slides.

My daughter was too tiny for the big water slide and the Lily Pads last summer so hopefully I will be able to get some more pictures this summer and update you on these.

Coconut Cove park also has a lap pool, locker rentals and showers, and of course a concession stand.  We are definitely going back there this summer so I promise to get better photos and update this post.

Coconut Cove Waterpark
located in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park
11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton, FL 33498
(561) 274-1140

March 24 – June 5 – Weekends Only*
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
*Open Fri, April 18: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm                    
*Open Memorial Day: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

June 6 – August 18
Open daily: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays: 11:00 am- 5:00 pm

August 19 – September 1 – Weekends Only*
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Open Labor Day: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

2014 Ticket Prices
Prices do not include tax.

Adult Admission (12 & over)

Child Admission (3-11)

Toddler Admission (1-2)
*Fee includes water diaper.

Infant Admission (under 1)

The Week Ahead 6/13/13

Well, we were as prepared as you can be when taking a road trip with a 5 year.  At least that is what I thought.  My darling child got sick so we will postponing our trip.  Everyone is very sad. #KidsRoadTrip has been temporarily postponed.

On to happier things,  I give you my pick of the week; Paradise Cove Splash Park at CB Smith in Pembroke Pines.  It is probably my favorite local water park and perhaps a trip here will make me feel a little better about missing our trip.

I have to remind myself sometimes how lucky we are to have so much to do here in South Florida.  I could have found more, but simply ran out of time!

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Here is your Week Ahead for 6/13/13

Saturday Science at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton

ArtsPark Creation Station in Hollywood

Funtastic Friday’s & Movie at ArtsPark in Hollywood

Monday Starry Night Stories at Nova Library

Free Kids Movies at Muvico Theaters

Regal Cinemas $1 Movies

Safari Nights at the Palm Beach Zoo

Tweens Dig in to Sweet Treats Nova Library

Lunch Bunch: Plant a Seed Nova Library

Silly Stories at Nova Library

Starlight Musicals at Holiday Park

Music Under the Stars in Pompano Beach

Pony Rides in Pompano Beach

Featured Creatures (Get your Dad to Eat a Bug) at Flamingo Gardens

Super Saturdays a Nova Library

Tate’s Comic Family Outing for Father’s Day

Teens: Write On at Nova

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Digeridoo Down Under at Pompano Library

Early Literacy Storytime

Downtown Drive at Mizner Park

FAU Summer Concert Band at Mizner Park


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Lion Country Safari Review

Zoo Review
Lion Country Safari
2003 Lion Country Safari Road
Loxahatchee, Florida 33470
(561) 793-1084

Accreditation:   Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Geographic Focus: Includes animals from 6 of the 7 continents
Large Animals:  Rhinos, Lions, Giraffe, Water Buffalo, Wildebeest, Watusi, Zebras, Eland, Nilgai, Waterbuck, Greater Kudu
Endangered Species:  Endangered  Vulnerable South American Tapir, Sarus Crane, Southern Ground Hornbill, African Spurred Tortoise, Rhino Iguana,  Threatened Southern White Rhino, Rhea, Blackbuck, Goffin’s Cockatoo, Blue Streaked Lory.Chimapnzee, Kulan, White0handed Gibbon, Siamang, Spider monkey, Water Buffalo, Nile Lechew, Cuban Crocodile.
Child watching Ostrich at Lion Country Safari Photo Credit: Erin Franklin
Child watching Ostrich at Lion Country Safari Photo Credit: Erin Franklin

Photo Credit: Erin FranklinTotal Species: 921 species include over 900 individual animal

Kid Friendly Features:  Carousel, Flying Elephant Ride, Kiddie Train Ride, Mini Golf, Giraffe feeding, Lory bird feeding, Budgie feeding, Petting Zoo, Ferris wheel, Safari Splash water sprayground, Water Wars, Camel Rides
Smoking: Smoking in Designated Areas only
CleanlinessVery Clean
Education Programs: School Field Trip Programs, Scout Programs, Toddler Programs, and Birthday Parties.
Research and Conservation ProjectsChimpanZoo Volunteer Program, AAZK (American Association of Zookeepers) projects including Bowling for Rhinos (Rhino Conservation), Cheetah Chili Cook-Off (Cheetah Conservation), Staff Art Show (Benefits winner’s choice of Conservation Charities), Cell Phone Recycling Program.  AZA Rhino Species Survival Plan, Rhino Advisory Group and Chimapnazee Species Survival Plan
Size: Total Acres 320 acres
Green Status and Recognition:  N/A
Price: $26.50 ages 10-64, $19.50 ages 3-9, 2 and under complimentary. Admission includes entry into both the drive through safari and walk through amusement park.
Paddle Boat at Lion Country Safari Photo Credit: Erin Franklin

As you pull into the Driveway to Lion Country Safari, visitors are met with what can only be called “King Kong” Gates.  The attendants are always extremely courteous and hand over a CD that will narrate the journey for the entire car and serenade you will sounds and music of the Serengeti.   The Safari is broken up into sections that are separated by gates.  There are rubber band looking things on the ground that appear to discourage animals from walking across them into the next section.

Lion Country Safari Photo Credit: Erin Franklin

In 2005 a fence was put up to protect the lions from the people in the cars and vice versa.  Jennifer Berthiaume Marketing Director at Lion Country Safari explained that the fence was added as a safely measure between the lions and guests.  “It allows the lions to roam more freely and made it possible for additional shade and climbing structures to be built”.  Jennifer goes on to say “We realize that this change may be a disappointment to some of our guests who are accustomed to having the lions come right up to their vehicles; however, we believe that the added safety and other benefits were a necessary compromise. Lion Country Safari offers the largest display of lions in a North American AZA institution. We are proud to have the space to house a full pride of lions (as opposed to just one or two lions) and educate the public about these amazing creatures. With that education, it is important that we respect these wild animals”.

The drive around the Safari takes about an hour or less depending on the speed of the car, but it well worth it to see all the antelope, giraffe, rhino’s and especially for the little kids the Ostrich of all things!  It never fails to amaze us how truly large and powerful these birds are!

The photography opportunities on the Safari drive are limitless as you are surrounded by so many different kinds of animals.  It is a photographers dream!
Don’t think that the drive around the safari is all there is, because there is so much more!  After you drive the Safari you can park your car and go into the walking park.  This area has more animal exhibits and lots of rides for the kids.  There is enough to see and do in the walking park to spend a whole day there alone!  Guests will be able to ride kiddie rides like a carousel and mini train, feed sheep, lorikeets, and a giraffe.  You can ride a camel, go on a boat tour, see lots of animals and generally have a  great time.  If you go the LCS web site you can print out a coupon that discounts $6 per person.
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Erin Franklin
Photo Credit: Erin Franklin
Photo Credit: Erin Franklin
Photo Credit: Erin Franklin
Photo Credit: Lion Country Safari
Photo Credit: Lion Country Safari
Photo Credit: Lion Country Safari
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley

Last but not least is the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) located at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach.  This campsite provides facilities that will keep the family happily entertained at all times.  Lion Country Safari often offers specials for two free passes to the park with a night of camping, and it even has a pool.  The best part is you can sleep right next door to hundreds of animals from over 6 continents. You can hear lions roar and siamangs sing while camping!”  No one will be bored at this campground and Zoo, and parents won’t have to exhaust themselves planning camping activities in advance.

Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley