Utah Seasonal July 28, 2015
These 8 Water Parks in Utah are Pure Bliss for Anyone Who Goes There
We’re heading into August, and the temperatures are climbing. It’s HOT, fellow Utahns! Time to pack your cooler, sunscreen and beach towels, and head to the nearest water park to cool off.
1) Cherry Hill, Kaysville
Cherry Hill’s Pirate Cove is a unique attraction for kids -- they can climb on the 40-foot pirate ship or play in the water features surrounding the ship. There’s also a lazy river and the Cardiac Canyon River Run for those who prefer a less-lazy river experience. The two waterslides have special effects with fog and lighting. Cool off in one of two regular swimming pools as well. An all-day splash pass will run you $20.00 for most guests; those aged 60 and better pay $10.00. Kids ages 3-4 play for the special rate of $8.00; toddlers 2 and younger are free. Cherry Hill is located at 1325 S. Main Street in Kaysville.
2) Seven Peaks, Provo
Seven Peaks has been a Utah County favorite for decades. Guests enjoy 17 water slides, a wave pool, Tadpole Pond and Adventure Bay for the little ones, and a lazy river. All day passes cost $24.99 for guests 48” and taller; $19.99 for shorter swimmers. Toddlers 2 and younger are free, as are seniors 65 and better. Get discount admissions after 4:00 p.m.. Located at 1330 E. 300 N. in Provo.
3) Seven Peaks, Salt Lake
Swim in the wave pool, splash around with little ones in Dinosaur Bay, float down the Amazon River or dare to plunge down one of Seven Peaks’ 14 water slides. It’s located at 1200 W. 1700 S. in Salt Lake City. All day passes cost $24.99 for guests 48” and taller; $19.99 for shorter swimmers. Toddlers 2 and younger are free, as are seniors 65 and better. Get discount admissions after 4:00 p.m..
4) Layton Surf-n-Swim, Layton
If you’re mostly interested in sunbathing or floating in the pool, you’ll enjoy Layton City’s Surf-n-Swim’s wave pool or standard swimming pool. The wave pool starts at just a few inches deep and gradually becomes deeper, so it’s great for splashing with little kids, too. Make sure to check their open swim hours before you go -- the park hosts swim lessons and lap swimming during certain times. Admission for open wave pool is $4.50; children under three are free. Located at 455 N. Wasatch Drive in Layton.
5) Cowabunga Bay, Draper
This park is a maze of water-soaked fabulousness for kids. Cowabunga Beach is the spot for relaxing near the gigantic pool, which has a zero-degree entry. Cowabunga Cove for little kids has several small slides and tons of interactive water features. Guests can also float down a lazy river or jet down one of 11 water slides. Admission for guests 48” or taller is $19.99; those shorter than 48” pay $14.99. Admission for seniors aged 60 and better is $9.99; kids two and younger play for free. Located at 12047 State Street in Draper.
6) Lagoon-a-Beach, Farmington
After a hot morning on Lagoon’s rides, you’ll want to cool off in Lagoon-a-Beach water park. The park offers six acres of water slides, hydro tubes, waterfalls and a lazy river. Admission to Lagoon-a-Beach is included in Lagoon’s all-day pass: $37.50 for guests under 48” tall; $49.95 for taller guests. Seniors ages 65 and older pay $44.95. Children two and younger get into the amusement park and Lagoon-a-Beach free of charge. Lagoon is located at 375 Lagoon Drive in Farmington.
7) City/County Aquatic Centers
The fun children’s pool pictured above is part of Cedar City’s Aquatic Center on 2090 W. Royal Hunte Drive. Your town’s county or city department of recreation probably has a community pool; many also have a special area for kids, which functions as a sort of mini-water park. Indoor pools, such as the one pictured, have the added bonus of less sun exposure, which means you don’t have to be diligent with the sunscreen. In addition, city or county recreation facilities are a lot less expensive. For example, a one-day pass at the Cedar City Aquatic Center costs $3.50 for kids 4-17 and senior, $4.00 for adults. Toddlers swim and play free.
8) City Park Splash Pads
St. George’s Town Square on 82 S. Main Street has a splash pad, lazy river and waterfalls -- it might be one of the most entertaining free water parks in the state! Most city park splash pads are much smaller affairs. They're a far cry from big water parks, but they’re a free way to cool down quickly. Does your town’s park have a splash pad, kiddie sprinklers or some other water feature?
What’s your favorite way to cool off during the hottest days in Utah?