Waterparks & Spraygrounds

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)

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;


SplashDown Water Park

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

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;


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;


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;


Atlantis Water Park

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

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;


The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole

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

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;


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;


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;


(July 2012)