Ray's Splash Planet (often referred to as Ray's) is a Mecklenburg County, North Carolina funded water park located in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. The aquatic facility is operated by the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation department. Ray's Splash Planet is considered one of the largest indoor water parks in both of the Carolinas and is the largest water park in Charlotte, North Carolina, with over 29,000 square feet of space and using over 117,000 gallons of water at 87 degrees. The water is cleaned and sanitized through the use of chlorine, filtration and an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation system. There are multiple attractions including the Blue Comet, a three story figure 8 slide, and other family friendly attractions like the Orbiter, Saturation Station, the Vortex, Meteor Showers, Moon Beach and the Sea of Tranquility.
The water park also features a fitness center and gymnasium shared with the Irwin Academic Center, an educational center of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system. The first floor of the facility includes the pool area, locker rooms, birthday party classrooms and concessions stand. The second story includes the fitness center with an aerobics/dance studio. Access to the indoor gymnasium is also located on the second floor. Ray's Splash Planet is located on North Sycamore Street near Johnson & Wales University and is just off Interstate 77 in North Carolina in the Third Ward section of Uptown Charlotte. The water park opened on October 15, 2002 with help from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation's partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Major competitors are Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina and Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Mission and Vision
The mission of Ray's Splash Planet is directly in line with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. It states, "To enrich the lives of our citizens through the stewardship of Mecklenburg County's natural resources and the efficient and responsive provision of quality leisure opportunities, experiences, and partnerships." The vision for Ray's Splash Planet is also directly in line with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. It states, "People who recreate in Mecklenburg County will have a system of parks, greenways, and open space located throughout the County that will provide more parkland per capita than the national average, will connect neighborhoods, satisfies public recreation needs, and will protect environmentally sensitive areas."
Rides and Attractions
- The Blue Comet: 3 story slide shaped in the form of a double figure-8. (Must be 48" tall to ride)
- The Orbiter: A small lazy river that circles around the Blue Comet.
- Saturation Station: Features four slides, interactive water play and tumble buckets.
- The Vortex: A quick current pool that pushes swimmers in a circle.
- Moon Beach: A kiddie play area with gradual beach-like entry pool.
- Sea of Tranquility: Two lap-lanes for lap swimming, water basketball and water volleyball.