2018 Summer Fun: Pool Playtime

Beat the heat by splashing around and cooling off at one of these aquatic oases.

Photo courtesy of Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority

Atlantis Waterpark
Part of Bull Run Regional Park, this aquatic wonderland features two winding waterslides, a tot pool/play area, a huge dumping bucket, water cannons, a snack bar and a sundeck. Tip: An annual water park pass gets you in to all five of Nova Parks’ water parks for a full year. // Centreville, novaparks.com/waterparks

Great Waves Waterpark
This Alexandria water park offers five waterslides, a splash pad, wading pool, wave pool, Kids Zone, shade pavilions and eateries for pizza, ice cream and other snacks. // Alexandria, novaparks.com/waterparks

Ocean Dunes Waterpark
Upton Hill Regional Park is home to this Arlington water park, loaded with waterslides, waterfalls, a dumping bucket, a large pool and a snack shack. And for a break from the water, take a swing at the mini golf course next door. // Arlington, novaparks.com/waterparks

Pirate’s Cove Waterpark
This Lorton summer destination has many of the bells and whistles of other water parks in the Nova Parks fold but throws in water-squirting palm trees and Buccaneer Beach—a sandy play area ideal for sand-castle architecture. // Lorton, novaparks.com/waterparks

SplashDown Waterpark
This mammoth water park features cannonball slides, four-story water slides, a Tropical Twister, log walk, lazy river and slides for younger children in its kid’s area. There are also a handful of eateries available for pizza, barbecue, grilled food and ice cream. // Manassas, splashdownwaterpark.com

Steve and Cheri Thurston Water Park
Adjacent to the Massad Family YMCA near Fredericksburg sits Thurston Water Park, home to a large pool with a beach-style, gradual entry, two 40-foot waterslides, a splash pad and a food stand. // Falmouth, family-ymca.org

Volcano Island Waterpark
You may hear strains of “Kokomo” or Jimmy Buffett at this island-centric water park. Along with its two tall waterslides, dumping bucket, large pool and nearby mini golf course, the park also features tiki canopies and palm trees. // Sterling, novaparks.com/waterparks

Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole
Restonians don’t have far to travel to find an all-day swim space. This large water park is gold rush-themed with covered wagons and ore carts among the play equipment. Stocked with slides, sprays, a lazy river, tot play areas and a faux mountain, Water Mine is more than a mere swimming hole. // Reston, fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/watermine

(July 2018)

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