For those of us who’ve experienced a summer in Virginia, it’s no secret that heat and humidity levels can rise to an astonishing rate. That might explain why there are so many incredible waterparks to choose from here. Last summer, we published an article covering most of these
fantastic parks. This year, we’ve got some more to add to the list, although we may repeat a few just to make sure we cover as much of the state as possible. If you’ve been wondering where to take the kids or hoping for a unique activity that will endlessly entertain your friends, look no further. These waterparks are here to offer good old fashioned summertime fun.
1. Randolph Park Pool (Dublin)
Located in Pulaski County, Randolph Park offers 87 acres of land perfect for summertime fun. The building of this recreational facility began in 2000, and since then has been entertaining families from near and far. The Evelyn Alexander waterpark includes a 38-ft waterslide for the adventurous folks, and a shaded swimming pool and sitting area for those who just feel like kicking back. There's also a water purifying system so the swimming water is gentle and clean.
2. Cobblestones Waterpark (Glen Allen)
Cobblestone Waterpark in Glen Allen boats one of the East Coast's largest swimming pools, known as Splash Zone. The park also includes a private beach area, where visitors can enjoy lounging in the sand under a huge umbrella. For those looking for a little more splashing, there are whimsical waterfalls and an impressive waterslide.
3. Jellystone Park (Natural Bridge and Gloucester Point)
Jellystone Park is the official park for the Yogi Bear Camp Resorts, which can be found all across the nation. And thankfully we've got a couple of them in our state. Trying to plan a family vacation can be a bit of a hassle, especially when you factor in camping to the equation. That's what makes Jellystone Park such a unique experience. It incorporates pool-side water activities with traditional camping. The park includes waterslides, swimming areas, and splashgrounds.
4. Leitch Waterworks Park (Woodbridge)
Leitch Waterworks Park is the place for kids of all ages (and that includes adults, of course) to let loose and enjoy the water. The park has a little of everything: water slides, wading pools, cool shaded areas for lounging, water obstacles, games, snack bars, and more. There's even a separate children's area to ensure additional supervision. If you're looking for a place to host a birthday party or summer gathering, you can rent out a pavilion space for a private event.
5. Chesapeake Bay Water Park
Located just an hour from Washington D.C., the Chesapeake Bay Water Park is an adventure-filled spot with endless options for splashing around. This park has waterfalls, floats, lagoons, fountains, and 8 different water slides to choose from. With palm trees and a castle-themed slide, the whole set-up looks like a summer adventure waiting to happen!
6. Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark (Williamsburg)
One of the best parts about Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg is that you don't have to wait for summer to arrive to enjoy this fantastic waterpark. If a summer thunderstorm is on its way, you won't have to cancel your family trip. The park includes slideboarding, a river canyon run, totem towers, a hot spring, and many, many more attractions. It's one of those places catered towards both toddlers and adults, ensuring that everyone is entertained and safety is a priority. And while you're in Williamsburg, you'll also have the chance to explore Water Country USA, which is another one of the state's largest waterparks.
7. Ocean Breeze Waterpark (Virginia Beach)
Ocean Breeze Waterpark has no shortage of attractions or thrilling slides. Slides known as the hurricane and paradise pipeline are a lot more than just your average water slide. Or try the attraction known as Jungle Falls, a white water tubing experience that varies from turbulent waves to relaxing pools. There's really no dull moment at this Virginia Beach waterpark.
These are just some of the many waterparks we’ve got in Virginia, and you’ll want to try them all! Be sure to share with us some of your favorite spots to hit up during the summer.