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Hattiesburg Zoo to officially open water park in spring 2024

Serengeti Springs
Photo courtesy of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission

The Hattiesburg Zoo’s highly anticipated Serengeti Springs water park will officially open up to the public next spring.

Last August, the Hattiesburg Convention Commission launched initial plans to open the water park this year, but constant rain in Mississippi’s Pine Belt area, as well as supply chain issues, caused unforeseen delays in construction.

“While there was still a chance that Serengeti Springs could open in September of this year, that would give very little time for guests to enjoy the water park to its fullest and so we have made the decision to hold the opening to the spring of 2024,” Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, said. “We are disappointed that we cannot open this summer but realize it was a lofty goal to finish a project of this scale within 12 months.”

One of the water park’s largest attractions, the Fusion Fortress, will have nine slides at varying heights. There will be both straight and spiral slides, with one slide specifically named the “Serengeti Swirl.”

Additional features at the Fusion Fortress will include the following:

  • A Lazy River
  • Multiple water-play areas
  • Two water bucket dump stations
  • 19 spray toys on the Life Floor
  • Restrooms with changing rooms, showers, and lockers
  • A swim-up pool and bar
  • Food trucks and concession stations

A full park map of Serengeti Springs and other information on cabana rentals, day ticket prices, and season passes can be found here. Season passes for the water park will go on sale November 24, 2023.

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