As the days seem to get hotter and hotter, if you are looking for a way to cool off, consider cooling off at a local water park! A few in the Northern Virginia area include (but are not limited to):
Water Mine Family Swim Hole, Reston, VA - operated by Fairfax County Park Authority. According to the website, “The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole offers more than an acre of slides, flumes, sprays, showers, floatables and interactive play features, circled by Rattlesnake River with a 2.5 mile per hour current that gently nudges tubes along. A bit of the old west is recreated here. Kids careen off covered wagons, float on rattlesnakes and dash through showers tipped from water-filled ore carts….while the Water Mine's attractions are designed for elementary-aged children, there's something here for everyone. Tenderfoot Pond, with its pint-sized slides and gentle bubblers, gives toddlers a perfect place for water play. Teenagers can join a game of water volleyball, and everyone will enjoy going with the flow in a tube on Rattlesnake River.”. For more information to include cost and hours, please visit their website.
Splash Down Water Park, Manassas, VA – privately owned and operated. Splash Down is Northern Virginia’s largest water park. Cool off in the lazy river or enjoy the leisure pool, activity pool, log walk, tropical twister and cannonball slides! To learn more, please visit their website.
Volcano Island Water Park, Sterling, VA – operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and located at Algonkian Regional Park. According to the website, “Volcano Island Waterpark [is] Sterling’s favorite place [to] cool off and have fun…. Volcano Island is loaded with fun features for adults and kids. Volcano Island includes a 500-gallon dumping bucket, water slides, waterfalls and squirters! Visitors will find themselves amidst tropical foliage and grass hats, at the feet of the mighty waterpark volcano!” To learn more, visit their website.These particular water parks are not approved or recommended by ELife, they are referenced to serve as a sampling of the various water parks, large and small, across the local area.