Keep Cool at Prince William Area Waterparks
It seems like our weather went from a month-long, chilly monsoon to sweltering and steamy overnight. Now that school is wrapped up for the year, the kids are going to be looking for something fun to do. What better way to keep cool in this sizzling weather, get some fresh air and exercise than spending the day at one of the area waterparks? Here are just a few to choose from.
Atlantis Waterpark is located at 770 Bull Run Drive in Centreville, off route 29. About 20 minutes from Gainesville, the park is surrounded by spacious fields, a campground and playgrounds. Once inside, you’ll find a giant dumping bucket, waterslides, food, souvenirs and fun-filled activities. All of these activities will cost you between $5.25 and $8.50 per person, which is a real bargain.
Atlantis has something for kids of all ages to enjoy. There is a 230-foot open water slide and a 170-foot ride in complete darkness on the closed slide. The large, main pool offers swimming space for everyone. For the kids, there’s a play island with slides on three sides. The wading pool, for kids 6 and under, has an octopus slide and sandy play area.
Northern Virginia’s largest waterpark, SplashDown, is located at 7500 Ben Lomond Park Drive in Manassas, about 30 minutes from Gainesville. You won’t run out of fun activities between their two, four-story waterslides, lily pad, log walk, activity pool, leisure pool, sand volleyball and five concession stands. And when you feel like you’re getting too much sun, they even have shaded areas for you to cool down. The little ones will enjoy never-ending bubblers and spray fountains in Sandcastle Kids Kove. There you’ll also find interactive slides and a play area.
All of this fun sprawls across the 13-acre park. And this fun day out won’t break the bank, with admission ranging from $11.75 for visitors under 48 inches tall, $15.25 for 48 inches and above and free admission for kids 2 and under. If you plan to visit the park more than once, you can get season passes. The park offers some discounted days, too, like Mommy Mondays, when one parent can get in with the purchase of a full-price child ticket. On Tag-a-Long Tuesdays, you can get in for half of the regular admission cost if you visit with a season pass holder.
Family and group-friendly Waterworks is located in at 5301 Dale Boulevard in Dale City, about 30 minutes from Gainesville. With admission ranging from $6 to $7.25 daily, you can have an affordable day out with your family this summer. They have several water slides, including an enclosed speed slide, water obstacles, wading pools and shaded shore lounge cabana areas with a full-service snack bar.
The children’s wading pool area includes colorful crayon sprayers, slides, a rope climb, geysers, bubblers and a whale slide. There’s a spacious beach entry and three “jungle walks.” Step into the shade to avoid sunburns in one of their shaded pavilions. Enjoy activities like parent and tot playdates, swim lessons, junior lifeguard camp and more.
In addition to these waterparks, there are pools in most Western Prince William communities, as well as local public pools. So stay cool this summer! And if you would like more information on the area, contact us. We’re here to help.