Buccaneer State Park’s Water Park has reopened

Angela Cutrer, marketing manager

Mississippi Gulf Coast’s wave pool reopens! Arrr, mateys. How ‘bout we meet up on the Mississippi Coast for a fine, ol’ time?

Aye, it’s true that there is yet another reason to love the Mississippi Gulf Coast now that the Buccaneer State Park’s Water Park has reopened in Waveland, Miss.

Blimey; you know how much we pirates love the water! That’s right – buccaneers, swashbucklers, scalawags, and lads and lassies of all sizes are welcomed to this year-round vacation spot that features lush, coastal beauty as well as excellent fishing, shallow-watered beaches, camping sites, and even winter activities. (It’s always the right time to play, right?)

Since pirates first frequented the area in the 1700s amid secret tales of buried treasure and illegal smuggling, the water park grew in size to be one of Mississippi’s finest locations. Love swimming? That’s good, because this park features an exciting wave pool with snaking sliding tubes that rise up tall from a sandy base. You won’t even need a heave-ho on this beauty because you’ll feel like you’re in a crow’s nest when you reach the top of the winding water tubes that spiral 400 feet into the air. Officials told the Sun Herald ((http://bit.ly/ZHG2Lc) that Buccaneer State Park’s 460,000-gallon wave pool “was the first in the United States placed into a state park.” Pretty rowdy, eh?

Buccaneer State Park was one of the state’s largest tourists attractions before Hurricane Katrina’s 2005 damage, and after eight years of construction and $21 million of rebuilding, it’s obvious that Mississippi is serious about its commitment to its local citizens as well as to the tourists always welcomed to visit us. So, plan to bring your doubloons – credit cards are welcome, too – and we won’t make you walk the plank; that is, unless you want to.

Ahoy! We hope to see you here, on the great Mississippi Gulf Coast!!

Buccaneer Bay Water Park Attractions

  • Pirate’s Plank (340 foot completely enclosed slide)

  • Pirale’s Plunge (400 foot twisting and turning body slide)

  • Lil’ Smuggler’s Cove (water playground with bubbler and tipping buckets)

  • Pirate’s Lagoon Wave Pool (17,450 square-foot surf pool)

  • Sea Dog Galley (concessions-food in a shady court)

  • Treasure Island (10,000-square-foot sun deck and lounge area)

  • Castaway Cove (campground activity pool)

Buccaneer Bay, 1150 South Beach Blvd, Waveland, Miss., 39576, is open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m daily. The price for admission is based on height: $17 for anyone taller than four feet; $12 for anyone shorter. Call 228-467-3822 for more information or 228-467-3822 to make a reservation. Visit http://www.mdwfp.com/parks-destinations/ms-state-parks/buccaneer.aspx for more information, and where you can watch the wave pool in action!

Bringing the RV? Here’s some important Buccaneer camping site information from the Mississippi State Parks and Destinations:

Jeanne Lafitte – sites 1 – 25

Barataria Bay – sites 26 – 47

Long John Silver – sites 48 – 68

Pirates Cove – sites 69 – 93

Blackbeard – sites 94 – 104

These unique individual loops offer premium campsites all with water, electrical 30/50 amp service, sewer hook-up, picnic table, and barbecue grill. Two newly- built handicap accessible bathhouses with hot showers are centrally located within or nearby each loop.

Treasure Cove – sites 105 – 149

Treasure Cove is the most secluded section of the park and consists of 45 premium campsites with water, electrical 30/50 amp, sewer hook-up, picnic table, barbecue grill and fire pit. A handicap accessible bathhouse with hot showers is centrally located within this loop. The camping section also contains four double sites: sites 122-123, 130-131, 135-136 and 147-148. This is a very popular section and reservations are highly recommended.

Royal Cay – sites 150 – 206

Royal Cay campground is located near the rear of the park and consists of 57 premium campsites with water, electrical 30/50 amp and sewer hook-up. The sites in this loop have limestone pads. This loop does not contain picnic tables, barbecue grills or fire pits; however, guest are welcome to bring their own tables or grills. Campfires are permitted in this area, but must contained and may not be left unattended.

Gulf View – sites 207 – 276

Overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico are 70 campsites with water and electrical 30/50 amp services. Reservations are only accepted through the park office. The sites are set on a grassy field with limestone parking and do not have sewer hook-ups, but a dump station is located just a short distance away. Awaken to a spectacular sunrise or sunset with great gulf fishing right at your door step. Campfires are allowed; however, they must be contained and may not be left unattended.

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