The dog days of summer have arrived in Northern Virginia and everyone is looking for a place to cool off. If you are a fan of the water and your neighborhood pool is too tame then you might want to consider spending a day at one of our local water parks. Fortunately for residents throughout Northern Virginia there are a variety of parks where you can splash and picnic to take your mind off the heat and humidity.
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. Enjoy this coupon for a $2.00 discount to the water park at Lake Fairfax good until September 2008.
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 Downpour Water Park. 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.
Cameron Station in Alexandria is home to the Great Waves water park. The most "urban" of the water parks in the area located just off of 495 at Eisenhower Ave you can play slip and slide on the four story water slides or enjoy just a little splash in the tad pole pool.
Each of the water parks offer facilities for families to buy food and drinks (no outside food allowed) and have fun in mind for everyone in the family. So while it is HOT HOT HOT outside take in one of the local water parks to cool yourself down.
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