Summer is almost here — as in just “days away” kind of almost here. But before you start to panic about how you’re going to entertain the kids, the out-of-town-guests, or even yourself during the summer months, we’ve got the solution. These 14 water parks throughout the state are a surefire way to beat the heat, while having the time of your life. Even if you’re not a throw-yourself-down-a-watery-pipeline kind of person, these parks offer a variety of activities to suit thrill seekers and relax-by-the-pool types alike.
1. Water Country USA, Williamsburg
Located in Williamsburg only a few miles from Busch Gardens, Water Country USA is Virginia’s largest water theme park. Featuring dozens of thrill rides, speed slides, lazy rivers, a wave pool, kiddie rides, attractions, themed shows, food, and shopping, there’s no limit to the fun at Water Country.
2. Soak City at King’s Dominion, Doswell
Soak City is 20-acres of water-filled fun located inside King’s Dominion – which means you get two parks for the price of one! Featuring full-sized thrill rides and slides, a lazy river, kiddie attractions, and cabana rentals, you can make a day of it just at the water park or split your time between the two parks – without ever leaving the grounds.
3. Ocean Breeze Waterpark, Virginia Beach
Ocean Breeze Water Park offers more than 30 rides, speed slides, and water-themed attractions just 2 miles south of the Virginia Beach oceanfront. With rides especially for little ones, cabana rentals, a snack bar, and shopping, Ocean Breeze guarantees fun for the whole family.
4. Splash Valley, Roanoke
Run by the Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism department, Splash Valley is an outdoor water park with two 34-foot slides, a sprayground, pools, a lazy river, and more. With season passes and weekly specials, this park is the perfect way to keep cool and have fun all summer long.
5. Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, Williamsburg
For a getaway that’s perfect for the whole family, Great Wolf Lodge delivers year-round fun. Featuring water slides, splash and spraygrounds, a current river, pools, and hot tubs, the water park stays at a perfectly controlled 84-degrees year-round. Plus, when you get tired of the water (as if), the resort has a full array of kid-friendly attractions like arcades, theaters, and mini-golf, as well as spa services, shopping, dining, and fitness facilities.
6. Massanutten Resort Indoor Waterpark, Massanutten
Like Great Wolf Lodge, Massanutten Resort’s indoor water park is open year-round. The park features slides, kiddie pools, and spraygrounds Virginia’s first and largest “Flowrider” surfing simulator and much more. As an added bonus, an outdoor water park offers more slides and water attractions from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
7. Pirate’s Cover Waterpark, Lorton
Located at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, Pirate’s Cove is a pirate-themed park complete with water cannons, a 300-gallon dumping bucket, slides, pools, “Buccaneer Beach” sand and play area, a large sun deck, and a snack bar. In addition to season passes, Pirate’s Cove also offers aquatic lessons and shelter rentals for events.
8. SplashDown Waterpark, Manassas
SplashDown is Northern Virginia’s largest water park with 13-acres of giant slides, kiddie play areas, the sand-filled Big Kahuna Beach, a lazy river, beach volleyball, pools, and 5 concession stands. This is the perfect place to enjoy the summer sun – or plan for a special event with full-service catering and venue rentals perfect for birthday parties, corporate events, and much more.
9. Great Waves Waterpark, Alexandria
Great Waves Waterpark at Cameron Run Regional Park offers a little bit of everything. Water slides, speed slides, tube slides, and a wave pool will keep even the biggest adventure seeker busy, while kiddie pools and water attractions will keep the little ones happy. If you’re ready to dry off, enjoy the batting cages, mini golf and Paradise Play, a 30 foot high play structure with slides, climbing walls, pogo bounces, mazes and much, much more.
10. Volcano Island Water Park, Sterling
Located in Algonkian Regional Park, Volcano Island has a 500-gallon dumping bucket, slides, pools, and waterfalls all in a tropically themed setting that features a volcano, tiki huts, and Polynesian décor. Play in the sand, sun by the pool, or just stay in the water all day – Volcano Island is the place to do it all.
11. Allegheny Springs at the Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs
Like other resort water parks that we’ve featured, Allegheny Springs is within the Omni Homestead Resort complex. But what sets this park apart is that the two-acre park is fed by natural springs. Featuring family pools, a whirlpool, two 100-foot water slides, a lazy river, a kids’ play area, and a sand-filled beach, the park is truly an exercise in luxury. Poolside cabanas fully-equipped with sofas and flat-screen TVs provide shade while a personal attendant is available to bring snacks and cocktails from the Allegheny Springs Grill.
12. Waterworks Waterpark, Dale City
This fun-filled water park is at Andrew Leitch Park in Dale City. Featuring slides, water obstacles, wading pools, kid-friendly play areas, and cabanas, it’s the perfect place to spend a day in the water. A full-service snack bar and Leitch Park’s wooded trails, basketball courts, and pavilions make Waterworks a one-stop shop for summer fun.
13. Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole, Reston
The Wild West comes alive at this family water park in Reston. Run by the Fairfax County Park system, the park offers than an acre of slides, flumes, and water-themed attractions – all surrounded by Rattlesnake River, a current river perfect for floating. The park theme is based on local legend, Pete the Prospector, who staked a gold claim here in 1849 – all he found was water, but the park has turned his legend into summer gold.
14. Ocean Dunes Waterpark, Arlington
Located at Upton Hill Regional Park in Arlington, Ocean Dunes beach-themed attractions give you a day at the beach without leaving the city. The park features dune grass and beachy attitude with waterslides, lap pools, family pools, and a kids’ play area and dumping bucket. Swim lessons are available throughout the summer, as well as batting cages and mini-golf.
With Memorial Day come and gone, most water parks in Virginia are now officially open for the season. Many of them offer season passes at a discount, as well as special events throughout the summer. So start planning now — and in the meantime, tell us about your favorite water parks in the comments below!