There is no doubt that is HOT HOT HOT in Northern Virginia this week. Triple digit temperatures in some areas and a heat index over 100 means everyone needs to find places to stay cool. If you don't have a community pool to splash around in then consider one of these local locations to get past the "I'm melting" feeling most of us are experiences.
In Lorton you can check out Pirates Cove Waterpark at Pohick Bay Regional Park just a few miles down Gunston Road off Route 1. With a sand beach, a 24 foot tall climbing tower and water slides kids will be sure to have a good time. The pool is up from 10:30 am to 7 pm Monday-Friday and 11 am to 7 pm Saturday and Sundays. Pohick Bay Regional Park also offers miniature golf for when you need a break from all of the swimming.
At Lake Fairfax in Reston the Water Mine Family Swimming Hole is ready for kids of all ages. Toddlers can play with the low bubblers, elementary age children will enjoy the waterslides, water sprays and for the kid at heart you can relax in an inner tube on the Rattlesnake River. The theme of the water park is based on the old west and in the middle of the swimming hole is Pete's Peak complete with mine shafts and two water slides.
Splash Down Waterpark in Manassas is Northern Virginia's largest water park. Spread out over 11 acres the park features a big Kahuna Beach, two four story tall waterslides and a 770 foot lazy river ride. If you want a bit more punch with your water then check out the super fast cannon ball slides and the tropical twister waterslides sure to get your bathing suit in a bunch.
Be ready to hold your self steady when the 1000 gallon bucket drops its load every three minutes at Volcano Island Waterpark. Located at Algonquian Regional Park off of Cascades Parkway in Sterling. If you need something a little less torrential then hop over to the Mr. Frog slide. You can make a weekend out of a trip to the park by pitching a tent in the park campground.
Alexandria is home to the Great Waves waterpark. The most "urban" of the water parks in the area located just off of 495 at Eisenhower Ave in Cameron Run Park. You can play slip and slide on the four story water slides or enjoy just a little splash in the tad pole pool.
If you are going to be out over the next few days remember to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen. Be safe and have fun!
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