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It’s Time to Get Wet!

Being sticky hot is no fun. Here’s a roundup of the best places to cool off in NoVA.

By Lorin Drinkard

 

A.V. Symington Aquatic Center

A.V. Symington Aquatic Center (Courtesy of Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation)

[Leesburg]
A.V. Symington Aquatic Center
Featuring a 600-foot lazy river, water pipe fall and large sandy beach, Leesburg’s newest water park offers fun for all ages. 80 Ida Lee Drive NW, Leesburg; idalee.org

 

SplashDown Water Park

SplashDown Water Park (Courtesy of Prince William County Park Authority)

[Manassas]
SplashDown Water Park
Like the idea of sliding down a four-story waterslide? Uh huh. How about two? SplashDown provides 13 acres of aquatic fun in the sun. 7500 Ben Lomond Park Drive, Manassas; splashdownwaterpark.com

 

[Alexandria]
Great Waves Waterpark
Body surfing, speed slides and a wave pool are all the rage at this water wonderland, as are mini golf, batting cages and the Shark Shack. Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria; greatwaveswaterpark.com

 

[Lorton]
Pirate’s Cove Waterpark
At Lorton’s largest pirate-themed waterpark, enjoy a 300-gallon dumping bucket, water-spraying palm trees and relaxing by Buccaneer Beach. Pohick Bay Regional Park, 6501 Pohick Bay Drive, Lorton; piratescovepohick.com

 

Atlantis Water Park

Atlantis Water Park at Bull Run Regional Park (Courtesy of Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority)

[Centreville]
Atlantis Water Park at Bull Run Regional Park
Experience summer as Neptune would at Centreville’s lost continent-themed water park. Atlantis offers exciting rides, shipwreck slides and a kid-friendly splash pad. Bull Run Regional Park, 770 Bull Run Drive, Centreville; atlantisbullrun.com

 

The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole

The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole (Courtesy of Fairfax County Park Authority)

[Reston]
The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole
At this Western-themed water world, swim in Rattlesnake River, slide through covered wagons and splash near mine shafts. 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston; fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/watermine

 

[Arlington]
Lyon Village Park
This sprayground not only offers the typical floor-shooting spouts of water, but also a bucket that pours water from above and a spinning flower that spritzes water. 1800 N. Highland St., Arlington; arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/parks/LyonVillagePark

 

[Fairfax]
Our Special Harbor
This zero-water-depth sprayground boasts interactive water features and is fun for children of all abilities. Play in the water maze, water-dumping crab basket and crab boat, or launch some water cannons. Lee District Park, 6601 Telegraph Road, Franconia; fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/lee/lee-spraypark.htm

 

(July 2012)