8 Water Wonderlands In Northern California That Will Take Your Summer To A Whole New Level
Summers in Northern California can get to be pretty toasty. Luckily, there are plenty of fun and unique ways to cool down when it gets to that point. We’ve compiled a list of eight fantastic ways to keep yourself cool and have a blast while doing it. From giant water parks to hidden swimming holes, our state has it all. You’ll definitely want to make it your mission to visit a few of these water wonderlands in the upcoming months.
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1. Wake Island Waterpark
Located in Pleasant Grove, Wake Island is considered to be the largest water park resort on the West Coast. This place has something for everyone. Spend the afternoon bouncing around on their floating obstacle course, boatless wakeboarding around the lake, participating in beach volleyball, or simply relaxing on the beach. This unique park is an absolute blast for the entire family. You'll find it at 7633 Locust Rd. Pleasant Grove, CA 95668.
This massive water park in Redding originally opened in 1985 and it's been a popular summer destination ever since. It features several gigantic water slides and exhilarating rides. WaterWorks is a Northern California staple, and a must for cooling off this summer. You'll find it at 151 Boulder Dr, Redding, CA 96003.
3. Hatchet Creek and Lion Slide Falls
We're lucky to live in a state that contains a countless number of natural swimming spots. However, Hatchet Creek Falls is by far one of the most spectacular. This popular swimming hole and cliff jumping spot is located in Shasta County and is perfect for those who prefer natural environments to water parks. The scenery is absolutely stunning and a fallen tree acts as a makeshift staircase to the top of the falls.
4. Heart's Desire Beach
Heart's Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park is a popular beach spot for families due to its warm-ish water and scenic location. The spot comes complete with picnic areas and plenty of hiking trails to traverse. Not only that, but the water is notably shallow which makes it perfect for young kids.
5. Natural Bridges Trail
A short, two-mile hike in Vallecito leads you to a spectacular cave and underground swimming hole. This place is considered one of Northern California's best kept secrets and it's bound to blow your mind. Can you imagine how cool it would be to swim around in a beautiful limestone cavern? For more information, take a look at our full article on this spot
6. White Rock Neighborhood Splash Park
This one-of-a-kind splash park is located in Rancho Cordova and it's the perfect way to spend a summer day. Featuring a gigantic play structure with dump buckets, cannons, water jets, and water slides, kids go utterly crazy for this place. Entry is just $1, and believe us—it's well worth it. You'll find it at 10488 White Rock Road, A, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.
7. Bear Hole
This natural swimming hole is located in Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, California. Surrounded by massive rock cliffs, it's also a popular spot for cliff jumping and sunbathing. It requires just a short hike to get to it, but the trail is well marked and maintained. The calm pool is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and soak up the views. You'll find it at Yahi Trail, Chico, CA 95928.
8. South Yuba River State Park
Located within Nevada County, this amazing state park has a little bit of everything. Here you'll find plenty of beaches and swimming holes to stretch out on. During summertime, the river's current is slow and warm enough to enjoy soaking in. This spot is perfect for those who like to stay far away from the crowds. You'll find it at 17660 Pleasant Valley Rd, Penn Valley, CA 95946.
How many of these water wonderlands have you visited already? What’s your favorite spot to cool off at in Northern California? Comment with your thoughts below! Check out our list of these
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