There is no better way to spend a lazy summer afternoon than at a waterpark. When the summer heat hits, escape to one of these waterparks in or near Portland for a day of adventure. Stay local or a take a day trip to these varied locales to enjoy some good old fun with the whole family.
1. Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark
If you have ever wanted to slide from a 747 jet into a pool, this is the place for you. This expansive water park, located in wine country's McMinnville, features several large and small waterslides and plenty of other interactive features to keep you busy all day long. When you are done, if you have any energy left, visit the adjoining Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, which is included in the price of your waterpark admission.
2. North Clackamas Aquatic Park
Located in the Portland suburb of Milwaukie, this is the closest true water park near Portland. A wave pool, diving boards, kiddie play area and several water slides make it a fun day trip.
3. Great Wolf Lodge
You're going to have to jump on the freeway and head north to visit this park, but it is well worth the trip. Located halfway to Seattle in Centralia, this is the go-to waterpark for a fun adventure with the family. Stay at the lodge and make it an overnight trip for even more fun.
4. Jamison Square
For younger kids and the young at heart, this urban water feature has all the fun of a waterpark, and it's free! Located in the Pearl District, these cascading fountains fill and drain the pools throughout the day, making for plenty of playtime fun.
5. Waterfront Fountains
Though technically not a waterpark, the fountains at Waterfront Park are fun enough to occupy a hot afternoon. The Salmon Street Springs and Bill Naito Legacy Fountains on the waterfront are a good place to start in on the fun.
6. Beaverton City Park Fountain
Just south in Beaverton, this interactive fountain is a great place to cool off and spend some time running through the interactive water splash pad.
Have you been to any of these waterparks around Portland? Which is your favorite? Let us know!