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Solaris Aqua Park Sibenik (also known as Aqua Park Dalmatia) is located in Amadria Park, next door to the family-friendly hotels, Hotel Jakov and Hotel Andrija. If you’re having a family holiday in Croatia it’s a great day out for kids. Add this to your list of things to do in Croatia with kids. The water park is very near Sibenik and about 50km from Split.
Solaris Aqua Park Sibenik: Overview
The main water park area is a fortress with 4 tube slides, a giant barrel that empties like a waterfall and a plethora of taps, jets and cannons that the kids can control. There is also a very popular lazy river, a snack bar and plenty of sun beds. You’ll also find some smaller slides for younger (pre-school age) children.
The main play area in the water park is the fortress. It has a giant barrel that fills up and periodically tips over, showering the crowds of kids and and adults alike waiting below. And yes, people do crowd underneath to get soaked from the water dropping from 13.5 meters high.
Climbing around the fortress the kids get soaked from leaky pipes and water jets. Loads of the jets can be controlled by the kids which they love! There are 4 main tube slides which do have queues. My girls complained that others would push in front of them quite often, I think their Britishness let them down from time to time as they were too polite to fight for their position in the queue.
The Lazy River
As with the fortress the Lazy River was very busy. You needed to wait quite a while to get a ring to float around on and once in the river you’d often get caught up floating with other people. From time to time you’d hit a bottle neck and get completely jammed in with other rings! Other than that it is actually a really lovely Lazy River, I floated round a few times with baby Max on my lap and it was quite relaxing. I took the girls around a few times in their double rings which was slightly less relaxing but the bigger kids thought was great fun.
The Baby Park
There is a small area of the aqua park devoted to smaller slides for little ones. We didn’t spend any time here as it was still far to big for the baby and too small for my bigger kids. It looked ideal for those age 3-5 years.
Eating at Aqua Park Dalmatia
There is a Fast Food Snack Bar at the aqua park serving burgers and chips and chicken nuggets and chips. The burgers were surprisingly good actually. Don’t expect any healthy options or traditional Croatian food here though. You can also buy drinks and ice creams.
You can eat at the tables around the snack bar, there are plenty in the shade of the trees or you can take the food to your sun beds. It is all served in take away containers. There is also a little shop on site selling Pringles and other odds and ends that you might need. My advice is to eat up and clear your food and drink containers quickly as the food does attract wasps.
Other facilities at the Solaris Aqua Park Sibenik
There are lockers and changing rooms/toilets available on site. The lockers are particularly helpful if you need to be following kids around the play areas rather than sitting by your bed keeping an eye on your valuables! Pop your money and phone in the lockers and just leave your sun cream and towels alone at the beds.
Safety in the water
Solaris Aqua Park state that there are qualified lifeguards on duty at all times, although I didn’t ever see one. My kids informed me that they saw a sign saying ‘No lifeguard on duty’ so please do keep a close eye on your children and don’t assume there is someone looking out for them there.
There are life jackets available for non-swimmers to wear, free of charge.
What age is the Aqua Park Dalmatia suitable for?
I would say it’s ideal for children aged 5-12 years. There is an area for younger children with little slides but it would only keep you occupied for a few hours rather than a full day.
Is Aqua Park Sibenik buggy-friendly?
We took our buggy with us without a problem. For the most part everything is accessible on wheels. There was some rough ground getting to the shady sun beds but we managed to get the buggy around ok.
Top tips for families visiting the aqua park Sibenik
Buy your tickets before you go. The queue to buy ticket son the door was long and there is no shade for those queuing outside. If you are staying in one of the Amadria Park hotels you also get a reduced rate by purchasing through your hotel before you visit.
Get there early. Even if you’ve pre-booked your tickets, arrive early to get a good sun bed spot! There are plenty of beds in the shade, mostly tree cover, but some of them are on dusty forest floors which isn’t great to walk on barefoot. We arrived about 10:30 and it was a little late to get a good spot.
Make the most of your wristband! You can re-enter the park later in the day of your visit. Just keep your wristband on. This is particularly brilliant if you’re staying in one of the hotels in Amadria Park like we were. We left the park about 4pm to have a rest in the room out of the sun and at 6:30pm, just before the park closed my husband took the bigger kids back into the park. It was empty! There was no queuing for any of the slides. They had the entire place to themselves and LOVED it!
Visit the Aqua Park Dalmatia website for opening times and prices.