Right outside of Philadelphia, Mississippi is the town of Choctaw. Here lies a Mississippi hidden gem, Geyser Falls. Voted the Southeast’s #1 Family Attraction, Geyser Falls is an upscale water park that is fun for everyone. Whether you like water slides, riding waves in the wave pool, or relaxing on the beach, Geyser Falls has it all. My fiancé, Blake, and I were given the opportunity to visit and we had a blast! Geyser Falls more than exceeded my expectations of a water park.
When guests walk into Geyser Falls, the first attraction that they will see is Geyser Flats. I thought this was an awesome addition since the name is “Geyser”. Backsplash is a backwards slide that you must take a ride on while you are there, because it is both a waterside and rollercoaster. After you experience the rollercoaster part, you will enter the dunk tank backwards, thus the name Backsplash. Geyser Falls has a huge lazy river, the Round About River, measuring 1200 feet. Kids will enjoy Lil Squirts Hollow, an interactive play area for those under 48 inches. The wave pool, Thunder Lake, was full the entire time that we were there. Geyser Falls requires children to wear life jackets in the wave pool and they do not let them into the deep section. This was the first time that I had seen that done and I thought that it was very smart.
There are 3 sets of slides in the middle of Geyser Falls. Pipes Peak consists of 4 slides that take you down 4.5 stories. The walk up to the slides sucks, but it is worth it. I loved that each of the 4 were different so we had a new experience each time we rode. You go down these slides in a 2 person tube so you can ride it with a buddy, which made it even more fun. Mount Everwet is made up of 3 slides that are 6 stories high. Truthfully, I was too afraid to go down these, but the line was pretty long which made me think it was enjoyable. The Whitewater Express was the last set of slides and they were intended for racing. Slide down on a raft and try to beat those going down at the same time as you. It looked like families were enjoying this one the most because they could compete against each other.
Clearwater Key was my favorite part of Geyser Falls. This 8 acre area of white sand beaches was not just Instagram worthy, but it made for a very fun afternoon. There are poolside cabanas available for rent, complete with oversized chairs and a TV. Geyser Falls describes Clearwater Keys as the Caribbean without the airfare, and I think that is pretty spot on. Blake and I felt like we were on vacation the whole time we were there. The pool even has an inclined entry so it is like walking into the ocean; that was very cleverly thought out.
There are 3 dining choices at Geyser Falls. The Beach Club was where Blake and I ate lunch and we enjoyed every aspect of it. Guests are transported into a tropical environment complete with a tiki bar, pool, volleyball area, and lounge chairs for laying out in the sun. Alcohol is sold here, which I thought was a nice addition plus their beverage menu is very beachy in theme. You certainly did not feel like you were in Mississippi! The food was good, especially those french fries. We opted to sit outside and were pleasantly surprised to find that each table came with an umbrella, which we greatly appreciated in the 90 degree heat.
Afo’s Canyon Creek Cafe is located under the big tents in Geyser Falls. You cannot miss it! Their menu looked very enticing and there was more than enough seating provided for guests. My Tie Cafe is located in Clearwater Key and looked like a large tiki hut. They offer everything from Philly sandwiches to smoothies. It, too, provides guests with shade while they eat.
Sunday-Friday admission is $36.99 per person plus tax and on Saturdays the price is $44.99 plus tax. Children who are under 48 inches tall qualify for Junior admission (Sunday-Friday $26.99 plus tax and Saturday $34.99 plus tax) while those under the age of 3 get into Geyser Falls free of charge. If you plan on visiting Geyser Falls multiple times during the summer, I recommend purchasing a season pass. For ages 12 and up the price is $101.64 and $85.59 for children ages 4-11. If it is your first visit to Geyser Falls and you fall in love with it, you have until 5PM on the day of your ticket to decide to buy a season pass. You will pay the remaining balance between the season pass total and the price of your ticket. I love that they offers this!
Many discounts are available for Geyser Falls admission. If you bring in a Pepsi can, $5 will be knocked off of your ticket price and it is valid for up to 6 people. This deal is good Sunday-Friday. There is a military discount available every day; show your valid Military ID at the park gates and you can purchase a ticket for yourself and up to 3 addition people at $27.81. A third promotion Geyser Falls offers is a Grade “A” Discount. Bring in a report card showing that you made an A and the report card holder will receive a ticket for $20.99 plus tax, Monday-Friday. Definitely take advantage of these savings!
Geyser Falls has a lot to offer guests, aside from the water park itself. They also provide live entertainment throughout the summer. Fairchild’s Blues Brothers will be performing June 11th, the Summerland Tour (Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit & Sponge) takes place on July 9th, and Geyser Falls is having a Hawaiian Luau (Hot Lava) on July 30th. Even though all of those sound great, I bet that Hot Lava will be a blast! There is a store on site, Lost Isle Mercantile, where guests can buy souvenirs as well as items they may have forgotten (sunscreen, beach towels).
Cabanas are available for rent throughout the park which are perfect for those visiting with a large family. They come with chairs, which are shaded, and would be a nice “home base” spot for meeting up during the day. There are life jackets available to those who need them, at no charge, across the park. Even better is that they are all conveniently located by the pools, so there is no need to lug one around the park all day. Also, Geyser Falls has lockers for rent, so you can be sure that your items are safe. Small lockers are $13 and large lockers cost $17; but when you return your key and bring back your receipt at the end of the day, you get $10 back which was used as a deposit.
Blake and I very much enjoyed our visit to Geyser Falls. We would, without a doubt, return to this water park and bring some friends along to enjoy a “mini vacation” at Clearwater Key. If you have not visited Geyser Falls, you are definitely missing out!
209 Black Jack Road
Choctaw, MS 39350
May 28-July 31: Monday-Saturday 10:30 AM-6PM Sunday 12-6PM
Open Weekends: August 6-September 4
Open Labor Day: September 5
This article was written by Taylor Pittman.
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