OUTER BANKS, N.C. (WSET) -- An 80-acre water park with a slide taller than the local pine trees is set to open this summer near the Outer Banks.
The park is expected to attract 4,500 people a day during tourist season and will include a big wave pool, water slides, a lazy river, an adventure pond and restaurants, among other attractions.
The cost of the project? $45 million.
“The Outer Banks vacation area has such a rich history with room to grow the recreational leisure market,” Kenneth Ellis, an owner of OBX Waterpark Adventure, LLC, said in a news release.
The 30-acre first phase will include more than 20 slides, an "adventure river" flowing in a quarter-mile circle, four "activity pools" with ropes and other attractions, and a 450,000-gallon wave pool that creates a surf similar to the beach's.
A tower slide will reach eight stories above the rural countryside.
Cabanas will also be available to rent.
Managers plan to hire about 300 seasonal workers by summer.
The Currituck park is expected to be open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day with a daily attendance of around 5,000.
Visitors can reserve tickets online.
A day pass for those 42 or more inches tall will cost $50; for those shorter it'll be $45 and there'll be no cost for children under 2.
Season passes are on sale now, go here to get them.