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Raleigh's new indoor aquatics center to open Sept. 18

Posted August 30, 2012
Updated September 3, 2012

I finally have an answer to the most common question I've gotten from readers this summer: When is Buffaloe Road Aquatics Center in Raleigh ever going to open?

The answer: Sept. 18!

This indoor aquatics center at 5908 Buffaloe Rd. between New Hope Road and Interstate 540, will be a major addition for families around here. Not only does it include a 6,000-square-foot recreation pool, there's also a three-story waterslide (!!!), current channel, water vortex, water basketball, water volleyball, three lap lanes and more.

Some rules: The custom three-story waterslide is reserved for swimmers who are at least 48 inches tall. People who are less than 48 can use the water vortex or current channel only when with somebody 16 years or older who is at least 48 inches tall.

For little ones, you'll find a zero-depth entry pool with tot-size water tumblers, water curtain and slide.

Yes, you will be able to host your child's birthday party there. There is a rentable party room. The city will begin taking requests for birthday parties and other group rentals on Oct. 1 for the period of Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. It begins Dec. 4 for the period from January to April. (I don't have the rates right now). The center also will have swim lessons.

Once it opens on Sept. 18, hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. It's closed Mondays.

The waterslide, vortex and current channel will be open 12:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Three-story waterslide at Buffaloe Road Aquatics Center

Lap swim times will be noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 3 p.m., Saturday.

You'll be able to buy single-day tickets and passes for the center. Single-day admission ranges from $3 for kids 1 to 12 to $7 for ages 13 to 54 for city residents. The cost is $6 for ages 1 to 12 and $14 for ages 13 to 54 for non-residents. The cost is $5 for city residents who are 55 and up and $10 for non-residents of the same age.

A 10-entry membership pass for the center starts at $24 for city residents who are ages 1 to 12 and $48 for non-residents of the same age group. It's $56 for city residents ages 13 to 54 and $112 for non-residents. For ages 55 and over, the cost is $40 for city residents and $80 for non-residents.

As many of you know, the center was slated to open months ago. Various construction issues have held up the opening of this massive project.

As one poster on our Facebook page just wrote about the opening: "Finally!"



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  • babbleon Sep 5, 2012

    I expect there's relatively few lap lanes because the other equipment is the draw. I'm definitely looking into this for my son's bday party in November.

  • stargazer Sep 4, 2012

    at first glance this sounded like a wonderful new facility. BUT 3 lap lanes?, high fees? and who beside the unemployed can swim between 10am and 5pm. oh yeah they can't either, $$

  • americaneel Sep 2, 2012

    monkeyboy...Your name is befitting of your comments

  • monkeyboy Sep 2, 2012

    "Are they planning to build an entertainment center like RR? The convention center is a joke and still losing money. Cities should stay out of the entertainmnet business. If this was going to make money someone would have already built it." - superman

    wow. some people just have to complain. no one is making you go to these places. and FYI, the city's not in the business of turning a profit. it's there to provide services to residents, services which most of us are glad to have in place.

  • NCworkingwoman Sep 1, 2012

    Definitely not for everyone, but my husband and I will probably take our preschool age son on a regular basis.

  • torchhappysean Aug 31, 2012

    I'm suprised that they didn't try to build this downtown too!! After the 4th of July fireworks episode and the "revitalize the downtown nightlife" campaign it wouldn't have suprised me at all.. Maybe they just didnt want the homeless to sneak in for their weekly bath....

  • cn38of50 Aug 31, 2012

    This is only 1 mile from my house and I was excited! Not anymore. Absolutely ridiculous what the fees are to use it and only THREE lap lanes?

  • Boycott_WRAL_Advertisers Aug 31, 2012

    Yes.. the slides are a $7 draw.

    Can we stop spending millions to build things so "they will come"? I mean, when will the people who make these decisions run out of land to sell to "newcomers"? Or retire from their businesses that profit from the influx of people?

  • fishon Aug 31, 2012

    Another place I will never visit. Too many of you people there. And by "you people" I mean everyone who is not me.

  • scifion Aug 31, 2012

    3 lap lanes at an "aquatic center"? Sounds more like a water park.