Frequently Asked Questions

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Citing the most recent public health orders by the State of California and the County of San Diego addressing public gatherings during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Vista’s Wave Waterpark 2020 season is pausing operations indefinitely. When it is safe to gather again, we will be ready to welcome you back and be privileged to serve you, our community. More information is available on our COVID-19 page.


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1. Can I bring outside food into the park?

Unfortunately, we do not allow outside food into the park. For your convenience, we have a full service concession stand inside the park and there is a grass area outside the park if you wish to picnic. For a list of dietary needs and options visit our concessions page here.

2. How much is parking? 

Parking is FREE!

3. Can I bring my own lifejacket or floaties (water wings)?

US Coast Guard approved (stamped on the inside of the jacket) personal lifejackets are permitted. Lifejackets are provided inside the park for FREE. Floaties and water wings are not permitted.

4. Do I have to pay to rent a tube?

No, tubes are provided at all the locations and rides where tubes are required to ride. We offer tube rentals for a convenience to guests who wish to have their own tube with them at all times.

5. Can I bring my own chair / umbrella?

Yes! We provide chairs and shade, but they are available on a first come, first serve basis. Cabana rentals are available in advance or on the day of your visit if they are not reserved. Umbrellas should be no larger than 6 feet and shade structures (pop-up tents) are not permitted. The Wave is not responsible for items that are lost, stolen, or damaged.

6. Do I still have to purchase a ticket if I don't plan on getting in the water?

All guests must have a valid ticket or season pass to enter the facility. We do offer guests who do not wish to participate in the attractions a Spectator admission. Guests who would like to purchase a Spectator Ticket will pay the full ticket price of $20.95 and will receive a $4.00 refund upon exit with the return of a dry wristband.

7. I have purchased a ticket online, how do I use it?

You will receive an email confirmation and receipt of your purchase, attached to that email will be the PDF version of your ticket(s), you will need to print the ticket(s) and have them ready for the attendant at the front gate. We are unable to scan your ticket from your phone. Please contact our office at 760-940-WAVE if you need any assistance.

8. How do I use the Season Pass I purchased online?

Once you have purchased your Season Pass, you will receive an email confirmation and receipt. Attached to this email will be a PDF voucher that you will need to present at the Wave Administration Office. Here we will be able to take your picture and print your Season Pass.

9. Are lockers available?

Yes, backpack size lockers are available to rent for $5 per day.  You will receive a $1 Wave Bonus Splash Buck upon returning your key.

10. How many guests fit inside one cabana?

We have 2 different cabana sizes available for rent. Our small cabanas are 10ft x 10ft and include one picnic table. Small cabanas typically fit approximately 10-15 guests. Our Large cabanas are 20ft x 10ft and include two picnic tables. Large cabanas typically fit approximately 20-30 guests. Please visit our Cabana Rentals page here for more information on cabanas.

11. Is your water heated?

Our main competition pool is heated between 78 and 80 degrees. All other attractions are usually between 74 and 76 degrees depending on weather conditions.

12. How old to my kids have to be to come to your park alone?

We recommend that all children under 8 be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 16. Parents / Guardians can decide if children are responsible enough to visit alone and follow all park rules. The Wave staff does not stop children from exiting the park unattended and we are unable to page guests, so please plan accordingly.

13. Is your park safe?

Yes, all of our lifeguards are highly trained and certified through Star Guard ELITE. Lifeguards are licensed in water rescues, CPR, first aid, AED use, oxygen use, and spinal management. We staff a first aid station located at our Wave Shack. We take pride in the safety of our park!

If you have an additional question you would like answered before your visit, feel free to submit an online question here or call our friendly office staff at (760) 940-9283.