Riptide Race waterslide opening 2023 at Water Country USA

Coming in 2023 is Riptide Race, Virginia’s first-ever dueling pipeline waterslide. This family-friendly water slide will be the park’s tenth slide when it opens next year. Water Country USA will open for the 2023 season on Saturday, May 13.

It all starts atop a 54-foot tower, where visitors grab a two-person raft before racing through 520 feet of slide, with low walls to keep an eye on the competition. It’s a dash to the splash when competing in this side-by-side raft run through high-speed tunnels, twists, and turns.

Riptide Race is a water slide race that pits teams against each other in a splash to the finish line. Riders challenge friends and family members to see which team feels the rush of victory. Speeding through each turn in a down-to-the-wire finish, this fast-paced, high-speed adventure is one that guests will want to experience again and again. Additional details about Riptide Race, including an opening date, will be shared in the coming months.

“The addition of Riptide Race will elevate our guest experience in a unique and unprecedented way,” said Kevin Lembke, park president of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. “With a 42-inch height requirement, Riptide Race was designed with the whole family in mind. We are excited for our guests to enjoy this fast-paced adventure together and look forward to the debut of Riptide Race next year.”

Check out a multi-angle POV of the already open Riptide Race at Aquatica Orlando.