by Liz Jones | June 6, 2018 10:14 am
Wave pools, slides, lazy rivers, and more! Check out all the great opportunities to cool off this summer at local and regional water parks.
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Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole | Reston, VA
About 9-miles from Dulles International Airport
Pete the Prospector may not have struck gold at the Water Mine, but his loss is your family’s gain! At the center of this old-western-themed park, surrounded by tubing on Rattlesnake River, is Pete’s Craggy Mountain boasting twin water slides. In the open swim area, there are plenty of water creatures to climb on, and Tenderfoot Pond is perfect for the smallest explorers with its pint-sized slides and gentle fountains. Plus, don’t forget to check out the new multi-story water slides, spray ground, and climb on structure! Unlike many other water parks, outside food and drink are allowed!
Volcano Island Water Park | Sterling, VA
About 11-miles from Dulles International Airport
Discover paradise among tropical foliage, grass hats, and a mighty waterpark volcano at Volcano Island Water Park! Located inside Algonkian Regional Park, visitors of all ages will find tons of ways to cool down and soak up summer! Multiple slides, including a 230-foot open, 170-foot closed, and even a tree stump slide, means fun for guests of all ages! Splash under the 500-gallon dumping bucket or check out the splash pad and Neos game! Don’t forget to visit the Paradise Café or Mini Golf course to round out the day! For more information, including admission prices, hours of operation, and details on a variety of aquatic class offerings, please click here.
Atlantis Water Park | Centreville, VA
About 15-miles from Dulles International Airport
Swim, splash, and soak up summer at Atlantis Water Park! With tons of fun features, great food, and activities, this “lost” island subcontinent-themed park is perfect for water lovers of all ages! Located inside Bull Run Regional Park, visitors will discover Greek architecture, mermaids, and more amongst a 1,000-gallon dumping bucket, 230-foot open slide, and waterfall! Families will love the picnic pavilions, Neptune Reef snack bar, and all that this NVRPA park has to offer.
AV Symington Aquatic Center (Ida Lee Water Park) | Leesburg, VA
About 17-miles from Dulles International Airport
Tucked away inside Ida Lee Park, families will find the AV Symington Aquatic Center, an oasis for swimmers of all levels and ages! Relax in the 600-foot lazy river, go for a lap in the 25-yard lap pool, or get wet underneath a dumping bucket! With fantastic slides, a beach area, and a concession stand, this community water park also features multiple pools of varying depths for everyone to enjoy. Little ones will love the baby pool, water fountains, and bubblers while older children will enjoy crossing features found amongst the floating snake and alligator! Grab a snack and cozy up in some shade or have a picnic in the grass!
Signal Bay Water Park | Manassas Park, VA
About 17-miles from Dulles International Airport
Signal Hill Park is home to 27,000 square feet of thrills known as Signal Bay Waterpark! Cozy on up to the lazy river or shoot down a water slide or water cannon! Little ones will love the soaking mushroom, frog slide, and palm trees within this Manassas Park oasis! Don’t forget to grab a snack or beverage at the concession stand before finding some shade under one of the large umbrellas to dry off and relax! For more information, including admission prices, season pass details, and hours of operation, please click here.
SplashDown Water Park | Manassas, VA
About 19-miles from Dulles International Airport
Splish and splash into summer at SplashDown Water Park! Whether you want to relax in the lazy river, soar down the 4-story water slides, or soak up some fun in the bubblers, you’ll find a little bit of everything inside this family-friendly destination! Children will find interactive slides and spray fountains in the Sandcastle Kids Kove along with tons of sand at Big Kahuna Beach! Take a spin down the Tropical Twister waterslide or have a go down one of the cannonball slides! Let one of SplashDown’s five concession areas complete your trip with fantastic food and be sure to check out the souvenir shop. For more information, including operating hours and weekly special events such as Mommy Mondays, please click here.
Ocean Dunes Water Park | Arlington, VA
bout 20-miles from Dulles International Airport
Soak up summer and cool off at Ocean Dunes Waterpark! Located right inside Upton Hill Regional Park, this rustic beach-like destination is full of great attractions that will delight and amuse the whole family! Find both open and closed water slides amidst waterfalls, sand dunes, and squirters, perfect for those seeking a little relaxation and adventure! The 500-gallon dumping bucket serves up tons of excitement alongside fountains and platforms! For more information including admission prices, season passes, hours, and opening dates, click here and plan your trip!
Great Waves Water Park | Arlington, VA
About 29-miles from Dulles International Airport
Splash into a summer of memories at Great Waves Water Park! Located inside Cameron Run Regional Park, Great Waves features a giant splash pad, tube slides, and a massive wave pool perfect for body surfing, there are plenty of ways to soak up endless hours of fun! Little ones will enjoy cooling off in the Kids Zone, a special place with a rockslide and waterfalls just for them! Don’t forget to grab a snack at the Riptide Café and find other special mementos at the Shark Shack! For more information, including admission prices, hours, and annual group pass details, please click here.
Waterworks Water Park | Woodbridge, VA
About 29-miles from Dulles International Airport
Plan a day or week of splish-splash fun at Waterworks Water Park located inside Andrew Leitch Park! Find tons of family-friendly slides, a 2-level wading pool, and obstacles for guests of all ages! Rent a pavilion or relax in a shaded cabana to enjoy all that summer has to offer! The full-service snack bar is the perfect mid-day stop to fuel up before getting wet under the tumble buckets or trying out the fun and challenging jungle walks! Waterworks Water Park also hosts playdates on Tuesday and Thursday morning as a chance for visitors to miss the crowds and enjoy discounted admission! For more information, including additional weekly events and “Learn to Swim” details, please click here.
Water Park at Bohrer Park | Gaithersburg, MD
About 30-miles from Dulles International Airport
Take a dip in the pool at the Water Park found inside the 75-acres of Bohrer Park, a Gaithersburg, MD family attraction! Since 1990, this summertime destination has been used by families and loved by all! For those 48 inches and taller, a double water slide sits at 250 feet long and corrals you right into the main pool, which resembles an island resort, palm trees and all! Children 54 inches and under have their own splash pool, complete with flume slides and Black-Eyed Susan and Blue-Heron play features!
Hungry? The Water Park offers patrons plenty of picnic tables and shaded spots along with a snack bar perfect for satisfying hungry bellies! Perfect for fun both in and out of the sun, learn more about daily admission and summer membership options online.
Pirate’s Cove Water Park | Lorton, VA
About 36-miles from Dulles International Airport
Treasures, sun, and sand await ye’ mateys at Pirate’s Cove Water Park! As the largest pirate-themed waterpark in Lorton, VA, visitors will discover kid-friendly water slides and a 300-gallon dumping bucket among water spraying palm trees! Located inside Pohick Bay Regional Park, Pirate’s Cove also features a tot pool for the littlest of pirates and the enticing “Buccaneer Beach,” a great place to dig for treasure and relax! Don’t forget to grab some snacks from the Captain’s Galley to cool down and fuel up for all the day’s activities! For more information, including admission prices, hours of operation, and details on aquatic class offerings, please click here.
Six Flags America | Upper Marlboro, MD
About 49-miles from Dulles International Airport
Even though Six Flags, known as an amusement park of thrill rides, its Hurricane Harbor is the place to be to beat the heat and have some wet fun! Visitors over 48-inches can experience the thrills of the six-story Bonzai Pipelines, the four-story Halfpipe, the curvy Paradise Plunge, the 132-foot tunnel funnel Tornado, and much more. Take a rafting adventure with multiple passengers or chill in the lazy river and wave pool. There are mini slides and plenty of other watery things to do at Buccaneer Beach for the little ones.
Chesapeake Beach Water Park | Chesapeake Beach, MD
About 66-miles from Dulles International Airport
Located less than an hour from Washington, DC, Chesapeake Beach Water Park offers a beach-like atmosphere complete with eight water slides, the Dreamland Lazy River, a lagoon, kid’s activity pool, fountains, waterfalls, Beachcomber Grill, and more! The water park offers slides for all ages, and the best part is — kids age 2 and under are admitted free! Cabana rentals and picnic pavilions are available for rent on a daily basis with different sizes to accommodate your group. Check out their website for information on specials, events, ticket information, and dates for Night Slides when the park will be open after dark.
Soak City at Kings Dominion | Doswell, VA
About 89-miles from Dulles International Airport
Kings Dominion completed a massive expansion of their water park, Soak City, in recent years! Thrill-levels are ranked on a scale of one to five from low to aggressive. Most thrilling is the new Aqua Blast, where riders spiral through 449-feet of closed tube slide that includes four intense 360-degree loops. High thrill, floor-dropping, free-fall Paradise Plunge is another new addition. Of course, there are your typical water park inclusions, like the wave pools, lazy river, and waterslides, plus several other exciting attractions. Soak City Splash House is probably the largest water playground you will ever see, featuring more than 50 water attractions and obstacles. Lil’ Barefoot Beach and Splash Island are just for tots and have splash pads, small slides, cascading flowers, water shooters, and more.
Hersheypark | Hershey, PA
About 125-miles from Dulles International Airport
This chocolate-themed family theme park is sure to be a blast whether you’re a Jolly Rancher or a Hershey’s Miniature, and the water park lives up to the rest of the park’s reputation for being super sweet! If you are a slide-loving adventurer, head over to the Coastline Plunge for twisting slides like the Hydro, Pipeline, Riptide, Surge, and Vortex. For water playgrounds, check out East Coast Waterworks, Shoreline Spray ground, and Sandcastle Cove. Chill out at Bayside Pier, the Shore, and the Intercoastal Waterway. There is an excellent variety of water entertainment, both in type and thrill-level, so visitors of all ages will be satisfied when the day is over.
Massanutten Indoor Water Park | McGaheysville, VA
About 130-miles from Dulles International Airport
Massanutten Resort is popular for more than its snow tubing, skiing, and snow sports; it’s also a sought-after destination for its outdoor and indoor water parks! On a hot summer day, check out Rockingham Racer to see who can slide down 40-feet the fastest. The whole family will love the activity pool, especially the challenging, floating crosswalk obstacle. Then relax at White Caps “beach” where three-foot waves will keep you cool all day. Inside, you’ll find tube slides, body slides that start 39-feet up and are over 250-feet long, the frog pond for younger ones, Blue Ridge Rapids, Shenandoah Hot Springs, and more!
Duke’s Lagoon at Dutch Wonderland | Lancaster, PA
About 143-miles from Dulles International Airport
Dutch Wonderland is “A Kingdom for Kids!” Designed for families with small children, the entire park is full of endless possibilities for amusement and joy. Duke’s Lagoon is no exception. This water playground features a multi-level water play platform, kid-friendly slides, spray nozzles, fountains, tipping cones, and a dumping bucket.
Water Country USA | Williamsburg, VA
About 159-miles from Dulles International Airport
You haven’t been to a water park until you’ve been to Water Country USA! It’s a wet and wild adventure park for visitors of all ages, from curious toddlers to thrill-seeking teens to adults who just want to relax. There are eleven exhilarating rides and slides in the park, including Vanish Point where you drop straight through the floor and Colossal Curl where you ride a wave up on the wall, as well as several entertaining water playgrounds designed especially for small children. If lazy rivers, wave pools, and cabanas are more your speed, they have all of those too. The whole family is sure to have fun at Water Country USA!
Sesame Place | Langhorne, PA
About 186-miles from Dulles International Airport
Enjoy some wet fun with the whole Sesame Street gang! The water park at Sesame Place is nothing short of a little kid’s paradise. Some of the attractions include Bert and Ernie’s Slip and Slide, Big Bird’s Rambling River, Slimey’s Chutes, and the Count’s Splash Castle, among many other interesting forms of water-based entertainment. Because the entire park was designed for children, there are a wide variety of slides, pools, and playgrounds that are the perfect size and thrill-level for little ones.
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