GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A visit to Gulf Islands Waterpark is a summer tradition for Angela Moore and her son Bryce of Gulfport.
"I love it, and I promised him before the summer was over that we would spend some quality time. This was a perfect end to a summer," says Moore.
Thanks to visitors like Moore, Vice President, Glenn Haggerty, says summer is ending on a high note for the waterpark.
"Business has been great from the fourth of July on. It's been nice and steady. The community's been supporting us well," says Haggerty.
But, this year, support for the park has stretched beyond South Mississippi.
"We're picking up a little bit more from the New Orleans Metropolitan area and Mobile," says Haggerty.
Haggerty credits advertising efforts from the Gulf Coast Convention Bureau and says the park plans to build on the success of the bureau's advertising campaign.
"We'll spend a little more out in those markets trying to attract those visitors. As the hotel market increases and we have more rooms, they'll be able to stay and make day trips out of it," says Haggerty.
Management points to another reason for the big splash the park made this summer, a major park improvement.
"Primarily, we've added a lot more food service to the back of the park which has enabled us to shorten our lines at the main areas for food and our gift shop," says Haggerty.
Haggety says the park plans to add a new attraction next summer, something management is keeping under wraps. Bryce Moore says he's already looking forward to it even though he doesn't know what it is.
"I think they're going to be awesome. I'm just hoping they don't have real long lines," Moore says.