Volente >Lodging > Volente Beach
16107 Wharf CV, Leander, TX | Directions 7864130.440880 -97.914760
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: Lake Travis
I'm not sure what planet ldamron lives on, but there is certainly not plenty to do here. If the admission was $8 per person, I'd say it may be worth a visit. We paid $16 per person + tax, and at that price this place is a joke. With parking, it's was around $40 for my son and I. I agree with the poster who recommended the Rock N' River for a few bucks a person. Much cleaner, only a few bucks, and has a much better pool. My son did have fun, but he would have had just as much fun in our community pool, which is free. I guess I'm spoiled or something, cause this place just plain sucks.
WARNING DO NOT WASTE YOU MONEY AT VOLENTE BEACH – Calling Volente Beach a "water park" is like calling Jack in the Box a "fine dining establishment." If you were to take the Schlitterbahn water park and divide it into, say, 200 pieces, then one of those pieces would be the size of Volente Beach
The scam begins when you park, because you pay $5 to park in a dirt lot in the middle of nowhere, when in fact there is plenty of other parking if you just drive around a bit. We purchased ticket at The Randalls’ Grocery store for 16.23 each! And yes one of those tickets was for my 9 year old who was considered an adult because of her height of 48”.
This place has one pool for young children, one for everyone else, and four relatively short and unimpressive slide-like things that are fed by a single staircase. The pool for older kids has exactly one slide that is three feet long. Oh, and they have something they call a "beach," which is some sand that they hauled in that overlooks a bunch of rocks, steel cables, broken glass, and one of the less attractive parts of the lake. And that, my friends, is Volente Beach.
Even though the place wasn't that busy when we went, since there is essentially nothing to do everyone crams into the pool. It was nearly impossible to move around -- don't even think about swimming - and the water was disgustingly filthy, pumped directly from Lake Travis. When my girls went more than about six inches underneath the water, I could no longer see them. For those of you, who are parents, think about how much fun that is - to have your child disappear under filthy water with hundreds of people around. And, the fun doesn't stop; you then get to worry for weeks, wondering exactly what your kids may have caught from that filthy Lake Travis water.
And just when I thought it could not get any worse, a lifeguard told my daughter that even though she was tall enough to go down the Texas Twister she did not weigh enough (100 pounds). She was traumatized; she had been down the Texas Twister all morning and thought she had broken the rules. The sad thing is that she had been the only one singled out and several children less than 100 hundred pounds went after her. When I asked why those children had been allowed to go down the Texas Twister I was told by one of the Lifeguards that if the children lie to them (the lifeguards) then they have to let the children ride.
This same 9 year old, who is the type who could have fun just about anywhere no matter what, aptly summarized the place as "boring." There was little for her to do there, and quite frankly there isn't much for anyone of any age. I totally regret having gone there, even though I read other reviews that were negative. Trust me: Save your money and go somewhere else.
Very Family Friendly! – I'm not sure as to why people are so negative about this place...there is plenty do on a hot Saturday. The price may be a little more expensive than I would have liked but they offer so many coupons that you can easily get a discount. They also offer a senior discount as well as military. For those of you who are looking for a half day trip they offer a twilight special where EVERYONE gets in for 11.99.
For the stuff to do they have four slides that will keep the kids busy for hours. For little kids they offer a kiddie pool which is a huge pirate ship surrounded by water sprays and a pool. They also have access to the lake which is more like the beach as it has sand. They have a pool with an aqua park to climb on and aligator crossing. For the littler ones who are feeling left out about the slides there is a small frog slide for those ones.
Now, let's say you're hungry or thirsty, there is a sundowner grill with excellent food, (even veggie burgers and turkey burgers), there is also the blue parrot that offers another selection of adult drinks and food. You are also allowed to bring your own coolers with yummy lunches.
The marina is just a few steps away to rent jet skis and boats to take the kids on all while being able to come in and out of the park.
I know this is a long review, I just couldn't figure out why people are so down about a family owned safe place to visit.
Don't make the same mistake I did – This place is a huge disappointment. It is expensive (anyone over about 5 years old pays adult prices) and, most importantly, THERE IS ALMOST NOTHING TO DO! We left after a short period of time because the kids we bored.
There is a place called RockN River in Round Rock that is as good as this dump but only costs a few dollars. Or, pay a few dollars more and go to Schlitterbahn. But, seriously, stay away from this place.
Great place for young kids! – Great place if you need somewhere reasonable to spend the day for younger kids. they have a few rides and you can definately keep your eyes on what the kids are doing.
Over priced and underwhelming – Do not go to Volente Beach if your child is older than 8. There are only two rides for older children. The rest of the park is for toddlers.
During a drought, the lake is so low that you can barely access it from Volente Beach. There was no "beach"...only rocks that led down quite a ways to an extremely shallow and small swimming area. It is impossible to enjoy the lake from here. I'm sure that is not the case when the lake is full.
On a Saturday, concession stands closed at 6. Trash cans were never emptied, providing an attraction for hundreds of bees. The grounds were dirty and not maintained. The rides looked like they could use a good coat of paint as well.
Since you couldn't sit by the lake, I had to sit by the kiddie pool while my kids rode the two rides. The chairs by this pool were worse than something you would get at the Dollar Store. Very flimsly and unfomfortable. And I was buzzed by bees the entire time.
We paid $55 for three of us, and my kids were bored with this park in less than one hour. I can't emphasis enough that there are only two rides for kids over the age of 8. Take advantage of their after 4:30pm half-price specials as the price goes down to $10.99. Ten bucks is all this place is worth.
Expensive & Bad Customer Service – My family and I have gone to Volente Beach once on our own and twice at a company function. We were unhappy with the outrageous prices, terrible food, and bad customer service. At our last function the food came out 2 hours late and was almost inedible. We asked for a refund and they offered free pass to the park for another day. Why would we want to go back to a place that we did not enjoy?? They have a NO refund policy which in my opinion is not great customer service!
This legitimately sandy beach and water park provide an instant getaway for work-weary locals. – In Short
No hard limestone rocks to sunbathe on here: Volente Beach Club has its own sandy beach extending to the blue-green water of Lake Travis. The club also has volleyball courts, a restaurant/bar and a playground for kids. For those who want more, there's water slides, a swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a kiddie pool with a pirate ship. The marina rents boats. The restaurant serves up burgers, chicken fried steak, seafood and Mexican food.
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