Water Park offers expanding adventure for all ages

A boy races down the big slide at Andy Alligator's Water Park. (Mark Hancock)

A boy races down the big slide at Andy Alligator’s Water Park. (Mark Hancock)

A fun all-ages adventure location in Oklahoma is about to get better. Located just down the highway at 3300 Market Place Drive in Norman, Andy Alligator’s recently announced a $1.3 million expansion to its Fun Park.

“What we’ve always had at Andy’s is options for the entire family. Whether it is a day trip from out of town [or] if you’re a local wanting to ride the go-karts, there’s something for everyone,” said Kyle Allison, general manager of Andy Alligator’s.

Expected to be completed by the end of the year, the renovation project will include a new family-themed laser tag room as well as new arcade games. As many parents probably know, it can be extremely difficult to find a place to schedule your child’s birthday, especially during the summer.

“We will definitely add more capacity with the additions. It will give us the ability to entertain a couple hundred more people,” said Allison.

A boy gets down with the water toys at Andy Alligator's water park recently.

A boy gets down with the water toys at Andy Alligator’s water park recently.

Renovations are expected to begin in July, but there are still plenty of indoor and outdoor attractions open, as Andy Alligator’s is also home to a massive Water Park that opened in May 2012.

The 8-acre facility currently provides adults and children with full-size batting cages, 18 holes of mini-golf and a climbing mountain. One of the most enjoyed features is the Speedway Go-Karts. By the beginning of next year, there will be a rookie go-kart track so younger drivers can test their skills.

“Currently, our rookie and regular go-karts run on the same track, but the additions will give us more space, allowing us to have one new and two complete tracks,” said Allison.

Not only will there be more rooms available, but the food menu will be redesigned and the kitchen size will be increased to accommodate the influx of guests. The park currently sells pizza, salad and subs but will add a full grill line featuring

Faith Bryan plays in the water fountain at Andy Alligator's recently.

Faith Bryan plays in the water fountain at Andy Alligator’s recently.

hamburgers, chicken strips and French fries, Allison said.

In addition, the fun park plans to merge the event check-in and birthday party areas to provide a more streamlined experience for visitors, Allison said. This will also include a new indoor rock wall addition, which gives Andy Alligator’s more options on rainy days.

There will also be several behind- the-scenes renovations that will enhance the visitor experience, like the expansion of the operations offices. Although visitors won’t be able to see everything that the money is going toward, they might notice the hassle- free enjoyment of their experience.

“We will probably see four to five new additional full-time staff, 10-15 part-time staff. The combination of adding new attractions and a variety of options, plus the decrease in wait time, equals an improved customer experience,” Allison said.

There are all-day passes available, as well as season passes for those who plan on visiting multiple times. There are also daily deals and promotions to help customers save money every step of the way. Unlimited Fun Park wristbands are $24.95 for guests 60 inches and taller and $17.95 for visitors below 60 inches, according to the park’s website. Water Park passes are $15.95 for guests up to 42 inches tall, $18.95 for guests taller than 42 inches, $9.95 for seniors ages 60 and older and $15.95 for military with ID. Children ages 2 and under get in for free.

All in all, the newest additions to the Fun Park, combined with traditional favorites, like the bumper cars and the Kidz Zone, help make Andy Alligator’s an ideal place for all-ages fun.

The Fun Park is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. The Water Park is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 321-7275.

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Women get wet with a giant spray of water that goes off every 3 minutes at Andy Alligator's water park recently.

Women get wet with a giant spray of water that goes off every 3 minutes at Andy Alligator’s water park recently.

Anthony Lalli

This article was written by an Oklahoma Gazette contributor. To reach an editor, please email jchancellor@okgazette.com with this story's headline in your subject line.

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