Most water parks and pools across Northern Virginia open for the season Saturday, May 28.
Washington FAMILY Magazine has compiled a big list of local and not-too-far-away water parks in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Drive
Discover all the fun of the fabled lost continent at Atlantis Waterpark, Centreville’s biggest and best waterpark! Loaded with fun features for your campers and kids, Atlantis includes a 1,000 gallon dumping bucket, water slides, waterfalls and squirters! Visitors will find themselves amidst mermaids, dolphins, Greek architecture and images of the deep! And keep your eyes peeled for the mighty Neptune himself!
Cub Run RECenter Aquatics
4630 Stonecroft Blvd.
Cub Run RECenter is a 65,000 square foot facility that includes a 4,860 square foot leisure entertainment pool featuring two water slides and a water playground, a 25-yard by 25-meter swimming pool, a 9,600 square foot fitness center and two multipurpose rooms – one a 3,000 square foot room that can be divided in half, the other a 1,700 square foot room, and a 270 square foot party room.
Great Waves Water Park
Cameron Run Regional Park
4001 Eisenhower Ave.
Great Waves offers some of the most unique and fun water attractions in Northern Virginia! Whether you’re zipping down the speed slides, shooting through the tube slides or body surfing in the massive wave pool, you’ll enjoy hours of water fun the whole family can enjoy! And we certainly didn’t forget the little ones – our Kids Zone is a great place for you and the kids to cool off while having a great time – whether it be speeding down the rock slide at the Lagoon, or relaxing in the waterfalls at Minnow Bay. And don’t forget about the giant splash pad!
Pirate’s Cove Waterpark
Pohick Bay Regional Park
6501 Pohick Bay Drive
Make a splash this summer at Pirate’s Cove Waterpark, the largest pirate themed waterpark in Lorton! Loaded with fun features for everyone, Pirate’s Cove visitors will enjoy a large Pirate themed play structure complete with a 300-gallon dumping bucket! Pirate’s Cove boasts a variety of fun features for kids of all ages. Kid friendly waterslides, water spraying palm trees, a large pool for splashing around and swimming and a spacious tot pool with a clam shell slide will entertain the entire family!
7500 Ben Lomond Park Dr.
SplashDown is 13 acres of Fun in the Sun. Experience the thrills of our Pipeline Tower with two 4-story waterslides! Shoot through two Cannon Ball Slides and whirl through the Tropical Twister! Test your skills on the Lilly Pad and the Log Walk. Children will delight at the never-ending bubblers and spray fountains in Sandcastle Kids Kove, along with the interactive slides and their own play area!
Waterworks Water Park
5301 Dale Blvd.
Dale City, VA
WaterWorks is located in Andrew Leitch Park in Dale City, VA. and boasts several slides, water obstacles, wading pools, shaded shore lounge cabana areas and a full-service snack bar. Leitch Park also offers local wooded trails, ball park, basketball courts & an outdoor pavilion.
Volcano Island Waterpark
47001 Fairway Drive
Get lost in a tropical paradise at Volcano Island Waterpark, Sterling’s favorite place cool off and have fun! Located within Algonkian Regional Park, Volcano Island is loaded with fun features for adults and kids. Volcano Island includes a 500-gallon dumping bucket, water slides, waterfalls and squirters! Visitors will find themselves amidst tropical foliage and grass hats, at the feet of the mighty waterpark volcano!
Water Country USA
176 Water Country Pkwy
Slides, rides, pools and so much more! Look for the KIDsiderate® icon as you explore our site and plan your Virginia family vacation. It’s there to let you know you’ve arrived at an attraction created specifically for our youngest guests. Of course, the kid inside you will enjoy them, too.
Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole
1400 Lake Fairfax Dr.
The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole offers more than an acre of slides, flumes, sprays, showers, floatables and interactive play features, circled by Rattlesnake River with a 2.5 mile per hour current that gently nudges tubes along. A bit of the old west is recreated here. Kids careen off covered wagons, float on rattlesnakes and dash through showers tipped from water-filled ore carts. The centerpiece is Pete’s Peak, a craggy mountain dotted with boarded up mine shafts and tunnels. Twin gang slides – Big Pete and Little Pete – jut from the mountain, giving youngsters a thrill ride they’ll return to again…and again…and again.
Great Wolf Lodge
549 East Rochambeau Dr.
Water park fun for pups of all sizes! Our water park has thousands of square feet of splash-and-play action from thrilling, twisting water slides for the adventurous set to splash-filled playgrounds for the little ones and it’s always 84 degrees. Your family water park memories start here.
Ida Lee A.V. Symington Aquatic Center
60 Ida Lee Dr. NW
600’ lazy river, large slide tower with two body flumes, little squirt whale, drop slide, 25 yard lap lane, two gang slides, water pipe fall, floating snake, “beach” area with water fountains and bubblers, shade structures, crossing feature, dumping buckets, picnic area, concession stand and more!
Kings Dominion Soak City
16000 Theme Park Way
Whether you want to relax in the sun or experience tsunami-sized thrills, your family will find it all at Soak City. Beat the heat in this 20-acre splash-tacular, sun lover’s paradise that features water activities for guests of all ages. Plus Kings Dominion is the only Virginia destination offering two parks for the price of one. Featuring Hurricane Heights, Splash Island, Aqua Blast, Baja Bends, Big Wave Bay, FreeStylin’ tube ride, Lazy Rider, Lil’ Barefoot Beach, Paradise Plunge, Pipeline Peak, Soak City Splash House, Thunder Falls, Tidal Wave Bay, Tornado & Zoom Flume.
Ocean Dunes Water Park
Upton Hill Regional Park
6060 Wilson Boulevard
Enjoy a day at the beach at Ocean Dunes Waterpark, Arlington’s favorite place cool off and have fun! Located within Upton Hill Regional Park, Ocean Dunes is loaded with fun features for adults and kids. Ocean Dunes includes a 500-gallon dumping bucket, water slides, waterfalls and squirters! Visitors will find themselves amidst dune grasses and the feeling of being at the beach, but without the drive! Waterslides, pool, dumping bucket, mini golf and more!
Our Special Harbor Sprayground
6601 Telegraph Rd.
If you like running through the sprinkler, you’ll love Our Special Harbor spray ground at Lee District Park in Franconia. The fully accessible complex features Chesapeake Bay-themed attractions including a spraying osprey nest, Chessie the sea serpent, misting sunflowers and a lighthouse. The beach area is quieter with softer bubblers and interactive water tables. The computerized water maze and dumping crab basket provide more lively activity. Children will also enjoy the fully accessible tree house and the accessible Tiki Village playground in the nearby Family Recreation Area.
The Yards Park
355 Water St. SE
While there are a few fountains to run through at the Yards Park in D.C., kids generate their own splash in an 11-inch-deep, 66,000-gallon pool with views of the Anacostia River. A waterfall at one end is a popular place to stand. Allow time to stroll on the boardwalk, relax in wooden chaises in the shady garden, picnic on the lawn, or dine at one of the park’s restaurants. At Ice Cream Jubilee, grab a cool and tasty cone. Part of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, the Yards is a short walk to Nationals Park.
Chesapeake Beach Water Park
4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave
Chesapeake Beach, MD
At the resort community of Chesapeake Beach, less than an hour from Washington, DC, you can have a splash-in fun- in- the- sun time in our eight water slides, fountains, waterfalls, a lagoon, kids activity pool and more, guaranteed to treat everyone to a cool time!
Gaithersburg’s Water Park at Bohrer Park
512 South Frederick Ave.
A major attraction at the Water Park (for those 48 inches and taller) is the double water slide that is 250 feet long and twists and turns into the main pool. For the adventuresome, the blue slide offers a breathtakingly fast ride, while the white slide offers a tamer, slower water journey. Choose the trip that suits you! The children’s splash pool, designed for children 54 inches tall and under, includes a custom in-water play structure with open and closed flume slides that pays homage to the state of Maryland with Black-Eyed Susan and Blue Heron play features. There are play pieces outside the pool, plenty of shade for little ones, and a special eating area for families. For your convenience, there is even a bathroom located within the fenced area equipped with a changing station.
Six Flags America Hurricane Harbor
13710 Central Avenue
Upper Marlboro, MD
Ready to get wet and wild? From large pools and lazy rivers to multi-passenger rafting adventures and speed slides, you’ll find water rides and experiences for everyone in your crew right here. Featuring: Bahama Blast, Bamboo Chutes, Bonzai Pipelines, Buccaneer Beach, Calypso Cannonballs, Castaway Creek, Halfpipe, Hurricane Bay, Paradise Plunge/Reef Runner, Shark Attack Hammerhead, Shark Attack Mako, Tornado, Vortex/Riptide, & ZoomAzon Falls.
Splash Playground & Mini-Golf
South Germantown Recreational Park
18056 Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20841
The Splash Playground is one of the most popular features of South Germantown Recreational Park. Kids will have an excellent time and stay cool playing in the one-of-a-kind 280-jet water maze, cave with a waterfall, water bucket drops, slide, and spraying animals. Tables and umbrellas provide shaded rest areas. Rest rooms, changing rooms with lockers, and vending machines area available onsite. The park has one 18-hole Miniature Golf course adjacent to the Splash Playground. Designed with delicate contour changes, sloping greens, water features and natural obstacles, this championship course will challenge golfers of all ages (including adults).
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Article written by InsideNova