The Story of the Island

It All Started in 1989

Wild Island, the biggest little locally owned and operating waterpark and family entertainment complex in the West, first opened with the waterpark in June, 1989. Today, Wild Island boasts a multitude of year-round family fun including the Wild Island Waterpark and Coconut Bowl at Wild Island that includes 40 lanes of bowling excitement as well as lanes for private parties, XD Adventure Theater, High Ballocity interactive, three-level play structure, Pirate Cove indoor black light mini golf and challenging laser mazes, not to mention pool tables and Water Dogs Sports Bar and Grill, featuring two bars and more TVs than you can count. Coming in late 2018 are a new outdoor mini golf complex, arcade and redemption center and a new electric Glow Kart track.

Hey! With all we’ve got going, it’s no secret that we are the party universe for everything from birthdays to corporate gatherings and we can cater anything that you can dream up! You have party needs? We have solutions! Call us. We won’t let you down! The “G” will see to that.

Wild Island Facts:

  • Wild Island employs approximately 400 people, 80% of whom are teenagers, making us the largest single employer of teenagers in Northern Nevada.
  • Coconut Bowl is open 363 days a year.
  • We give out approximately 30 scholarships a year to exemplary employees to help them defray the cost of college or trade school.
  • For 90 days a year in the summer, we are the largest single purchaser of fries in Northern Nevada.
  • Wild Island is water efficient, using less than 50 acre-feet of water per year.
  • Kokomo’s, the bar at our waterpark, is not named after the Beach Boys song, but a small town in Indiana, and its murals are something you have to see.

Many, many of our employees work for us from 14 or 15 years of age through college.
We don’t mean to brag, because we’ve kissed a lot of frogs, but former employees of Wild Island include doctors, dentists, nurses, EMTs, lawyers, teachers, college professors, chefs, physicists, accountants, engineers, pharmacists, bankers, members of all branches of the military, physical therapists, speech pathologists, restaurant managers, marketing specialists, real estate agents, preachers, lotsa mommies and daddies and last, but not least, waterpark managers!

To parents we say, “What better way for a kid to spend a summer than making a few bucks and learning good work ethics in a wholesome, fun environment. Best of all, it gives you some peace! If you agree, your apply for a job or come to our job fair held every spring.

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