Summer Day Trip: City Lake Park in High Point



We’re halfway through the summer, but I’ve already needed a break from the daily pool routine. So I packed up the kids and headed to City Lake Park in Jamestown (very close to High Point and part of High Point’s parks). It was an easy 30-inute drive from Winston-Salem (only 20 minutes from Greensboro) and we had a blast! Even though we spent the majority of the time at the pool, it was nice to have a different kind of pool experience. Plus, there’s so much to do around the park, which makes it a fantastic day trip no matter how many—or few—hours you’re able to stay. The park is also hosting a couple of events coming up, including one this weekend. Details at the end of this post!

The main attraction at this park is the 165′ x 230′ (in other words: HUGE) pool that also features two long (“long” even by adult standards) water slides. Since we knew we were going to spend the majority of our day at the pool, we opted to check out the park first.

At City Lake Park, you’ll find two handicapped-accessible playgrounds, a merry-go-round (kids and adults can ride), a beautiful 340-acre lake on site for fishing (with proper permits), tour boat rides (open only on weekends), pedal boats and canoe rentals, an 18-hole miniature golf course, 10 picnic shelters with tables and grills, a miniature train ride (that adults can ride, too), and a concession stand (where you also buy tickets for rides and golf). Naturally, we hopped on the train ride first.

Although just 10 minutes long, the mini-train ride (be sure to call 883-3498 to confirm it’s in operation) gave us a glimpse of what the park had offer. We relaxed, made a game plan, and got excited about the day ahead.

Then we headed (wait, who am I kidding…we bolted!) to the swimming pool and water slides. The pool is enormous. In addition to the water slides, it features a handicap-accessible zero-depth entry area, a separate baby pool, and maximum depths of no more than five feet. We arrived early at the park and pool (I highly suggest you do the same), so we were able to enjoy the water before the crowds started to pour in. However, because the pool is so large, it really never felt “crowded”—and I thought that was a nice perk over other public pools I’ve been to.

Another tip: Be sure to bring a chair! This was my one big mistake of the day. Since my kids are old enough to swim unassisted, I was looking forward to some relaxation time alongside the pool. But without a chair, concrete is not very relaxing!

Turns out, it didn’t matter because I am also not one to pass up a good water slide! And these curvy slides were GREAT! I honestly feel like this trip may have cured my kids’ constant craving for Wet ‘N Wild this summer—and for $65/pp less! One of the slides is open at the top, while the other is enclosed (and dark). Kids must be 42′′ to ride. Both slides are separate from the main pool, but are situated right next to it. If you’re not a fan of slides, you can set up camp at the pool and let your kids do the sliding while you keep an eye on them.

Just like with the pool, it’s best to do the water slides early on. By lunchtime the lines were getting crowded. But the wait is nothing like a typical water park!

After we got our fill of swimming and sliding, we treated ourselves to ice cream from the concession stand and pedal boating on the lake! It was the perfect way to end our day.

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City Lake Park is located at 602 W. Main St in Jamestown. It’s open year-round, and the amusement rides are open May through mid-October. The pool and water slide open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. M−F and on Sundays. On Saturdays and holidays the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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