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Where to Cool Off & Have Fun: A Guide to Local Waterparks

Jessica Richardson Local Lifestyle

The past couple of weeks in Alexandria have been scorching. And we are in for a brutal weekend. Staying indoors might not be the easiest thing to do with the kids out of school, so where do you go to cool off and have fun in this heat?! Here’s a list of splash parks, waterparks and pools that are complete with water slides, lazy rivers & even cocktails for mom. Good news, you don’t have to venture far to visit any of the places on the list. So load up the sunscreen, towels and gear and get to splashing!

ALEXANDRIA

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Our Special Harbor Spray Park
6601 Telegraph Rd. | Alexandria
This park features Chesapeake Bay-themed attractions including a spraying osprey nest, Chessie the sea serpent, misting sunflowers and a lighthouse.
General Admission: Free
Visit their website for hours and more information


Great Waves Waterpark
4001 Eisenhower Ave | Alexandria
Located at Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria. It has water slides, a wave pool and an interactive splash pad. Admission: Kids Under 2 are Free, General Admission $15 per day
Visit their website for hours and more information

ARLINGTON

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Ocean Dunes Waterpark
6060 Wilson Blvd. | Arlington
Location in Arlington’s Upton Hill Regional Park and has a 230-foot open slide, a 170-foot covered slide, a 500-gallon bucket that dumps water and more!
Admission: Kids Under 2 are Free, General Admission $8.50
Visit their website for hours and more information

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Virginia Highlands Park
1600 South Hayes St | Arlington
Let the kids loose to run through the water. This is a great spray park to simply cool help you cool off.
No Admission Fee
Open daily 10am to 8pm
Visit their website for hours and more information

RESTON

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Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole
1400 Lake Fairfax Dr | Reston
If you are a fan of the lazy river, this park is for you.
Admission: Day passes $15
Visit their website for hours and more information

 

LORTON

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Pirates Cove
5400 West Ox Rd | Lorton
Set the kids free on Buccaneer Beach
Admission: Day passes $8.50
Visit their website for hours and more information

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Embassy Row Hotel
2015 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Admission: Day passes $30
If mom needs a cocktail, this is your place.
Visit their website for hours and more information

 

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