5 things to know about South Bay Shores
The new South Bay Shores water park opened on Saturday June 5 at California’s Great America in Santa Clara.
You can read our full coverage of the attraction by clicking here. But we’ve also picked out five things people should know before going to South Bay Shores, which replaces the old Boomerang Bay water park.
- Reservations are currently required to visit South Bay Shores. Having a regular ticket to the park is not enough to secure your entrance. Customers should specifically register their intention to frequent the water park, which can be done when purchasing park tickets or (for season pass holders) by visiting cagreatamerica.com. The need for a separate reservation, however, is likely a temporary situation – and could go away once new COVID-19 precautions are lifted statewide.
- For safety reasons, jewelry and other types of accessories are not allowed on the Shark Reef Plunge attraction, which begins with an almost vertical free fall into an enclosed waterslide tube. This includes watches and even wedding rings. So you might want to leave these things – especially the big carat numbers – at home before you go to the park.
- The old Boomerang Bay had an Australian motif – which Jason Soyster, Great America’s marketing and sales director said, never made much sense for a place that bills itself as “California.” The new South Bay Shores, however, has an appropriate California beach town feel, which Soyster describes as being “more inspired by Santa Cruz than a beach in Huntington or Venice Beach.”
- Park officials say it takes 32 seconds to climb from the top of the slides (on Shark Reef Plunge) to the bottom. But we’ve seen it done in less than a third of that, as Fremont’s Jimmy Pham became the first guest to brave the Plunge on June 5 – and did it in 10 seconds flat!
- Ancient Boomerang Bay only had one place to eat. This was tripled for Boomerang Bay. The main dining room is the Pier 76 Cafe – with a name reminiscent of the park’s opening in 1976.