CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY GARCIA
Last week on Friday Furlough Fun Day (my husband’s weekly mandatory non-paid holiday) we abandoned our normal Fishing Furlough Friday Day routine (in which we take to the mountain rivers with fishing poles and coolers in search of dinner and fresh air) and opted for water park fun instead. We headed to the much heralded Splish and Splash Water Park on Camp Humphreys.
So, there’s a lot of hype surrounding Splish and Splash, at least here in Yongsan. But could it be that great, really? I mean it’s on a military base. Okay, if it’s on an Air Force base maybe I can see it. (They get all the base swag, right?) But an Army Post?
Well, I’m here to tell you that Splish and Splash is fantastic. We (my husband, five and three year old, and I) played and played and played and played. It got to the point where I wanted to steal a life guard whistle to call break time. We definitely got our money’s worth. It was great.
Splish and Splash was awesome for the following reasons:
- It was cheap. $16 for the four of us. Are you friggin’ kidding me?!
- The facility was clean, well-kept, and up-to-date: There was a big pool where the grown-ups chillaxed, an area with diving boards, a pool with two big kid crazy loopy slides, a hot tub, a water playground with smaller water slides and rope ladders for the elementary school set, another play area with animals spouting water for the toddler/preschool set, and a 3 foot deep kids pool with a graded entry. (Loved that pool…It was like a full-on pool, but made for kids, ie, not the icky feeling of a baby pool or the dangerous feeling of a big pool).
- It wasn’t crowded like an off-post water park would be. (And you can invite your non-SOFA friends.)
- Although you can’t bring in food, the snack bar offerings were reasonably priced…and they had margaritas.
- Cool view of the helicopters and planes taking off and landing. (Entertainment for the whole family.)
While it’s a bit of a hike if you don’t actually live on Humphreys (for us coming from Seoul it was about an hour and a half trip leaving Friday morning, a bit more on the way home), I’d certainly make the trek again.
Some pictures for ya. A little gloomy, but great even during monsoon season!
Fast and fun slide. No line!
A moment of sun over the water fort area.
Children’s Pool. Very popular. And dragon tail.
Small playground. Is that kid in the corner okay??
Two big orange slides on the right. Play fort area in the middle.
Lounge area/ snack bar. And my daughter in the unfamiliar position of watching other people be in front of the camera. (Don’t you want to take a picture of me?)
Your food options. (Remember you can’t bring your own. But wow! They actually have fruit cups and carrot sticks.)
A vacant hot tub.
The clouds part over rice field for the drive home.
**Dining Tip: After an unsuccessful lunch at the Alaska Mining Company (base food), we decided to try “I’m Your Fan” a pork cutlet place we read about on a post here on Koreaye. It was very easy to get to (straight off base) and satisfying afte a long day of outdoor play.
Transportation: The New Kyung Dong bus shuttle runs between Humphreys, Osan and Yongsan. The cost is $6.80 You can find schedules HERE. Driving takes between 1.5-2 hours (from Yongsan) (Anyone know how long it is from Osan?)
Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-8pm, Fri-Sun and Holidays 11-8pm Open Memorial Day – Labor Day
Pricing: Pricing is dependent on rank. You can find the exact breakdown HERE for military, civilian and Korean nationals, but to get an idea:
Individual daily entry $5-$8 (dependent on rank)
Family daily entry $10-$16
Individual Season Pass $80-$120
Family Season Pass $160-$200
(Half Season passes also available.)