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6 Washington DC Waterparks Summer Fun!

5 August 2014 by

Come out of the heat and cool off at one of 6 Washington DC waterparks!

6 Washington DC Waterparks

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#1 The Water Mine Family Swimming Hole

The Water Mine Family Swimming Hole is our family favorite!  Enjoy water slides for all ages.  Toddlers can have fun in the zero entry water play areas and mini slides while big kids (up to about age 12) can have a blast cruising the lazy river and shooting down big kid water slides.

I LOVE that I can take my 6, 9, and almost 12 year old children to The Water Mine and everyone has fun!  I also love that I can station myself in multiple areas around the water park and still see everyone!

Located in Reston, VA (It's definitely worth the trip if you don't live close to Reston. We drive about 45 minutes to have fun at The Water Mine!)

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#2 Pirate's Cove Waterpark

Ahoy Mates!  Join in on the water action fun at Pirate's Cove Waterpark in Lorton, VA.

Located extremely close to Fort Belvoir Army Post!

Pirate's Cove has a large pirate themed climbing play structure with giant buckets of water that dump, slides for tots and young children, water spraying everywhere.

For your bigger kids there are two large waterslides!  Pirate's Cove also a large swimming area with multiple sections water depths.

For teeny tiny pirates they can dig in the large sandbox or swim the baby pool.

Your little pirates won't go hungry here, just step up to the snack bar and order up some poolside food.

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#3 GREAT Waves Waterpark

GREAT Waves Waterpark means GREAT fun!

Surf's Up Dudes Great Waves Waterpark is for some serious big kid fun!

3 Giant twisting slides at Great Waves

Great Waves Water Park makes great giant waves in their massive wave pool!  Scream your heart out on the 2 side by side speed slides!  Twist and turn on the 3 curly slides!  Kids can splash around in The Kid Zone or run under water spouts to cool off.

Any way you look at it Great Waves Water Park is a day of family fun!

Located off of Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, VA.

Visit the Riptide Cafe for all of your waterpark favorites including funnel cakes, beach fries, burgers, hotdogs, chicken tenders, and ice cold drinks.

Great Waves has additional fun with separate admission to batting cages, mini golf, and a giant climbing structure!

*If you have children of varying age ranges, from tots to tween and teenagers I recommend bringing adult help with you or planning on just taking the big kids to Great Waves.*

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#4 Atlantis Waterpark

Atlantis Waterpark is located at Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA

Come swim with King Triton and his mermaid daughters in Atlantis.  This is an ultra H2O themed water park! 

Atlantis Water Park has water slides for big kids and little kids.  It also includes a water playground with giant water dumping buckets.  Atlantis boasts a massive sandbox play area too.

 If you are hungry swim up to the shores of Neptune Reef's snack bar.

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#5 Ocean Dunes Waterpark

Ocean Dunes Waterpark is located at Upton Hill Regional Park in Arlington, Virginia!

You can't get a water park much closer to the Pentagon than Ocean Dunes!

*Visitors will find themselves amidst dune grasses and the feeling of being at the beach, but without the drive!*

Ocean Dunes has a zero entry pool, fun water playground with climbing tubes, slides, massive dumping bucket, sprayers, and fountains great for kids of all ages!  Large swimming pool for stretching out those fish fins.  2 big twisting slides for lots of water sliding fun!

Dust off those putters and play a round of 18 hole miniature golf at Ocean Dunes too!

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#6 Volcano Island Waterpark

Volcano Island Waterpark is located at Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, Virginia.

Volcano Island takes visitors to the tropics with its Polynesian theme, complete with tiki thatching, bamboo, painted murals, palm trees, Polynesian critters and a constantly smoking volcano overlooking the waterpark!

Volcano Island Water Park has a HUGE swimming pool, twisting waterslides, slides for younger swimmers, water playground, and a large deck space.  Enjoy a relaxing environment with tons of aquatic fun!

Don't miss out on a tasty snack from Paradise Cafe!

4 Great Ways to Save on Washington DC Waterparks

Discounted Tickets for Northern Virginia Water Parks!

While the waterparks are inexpensive, there are a few ways to get discounted tickets for these awesome NOVA Water Parks around the DC area!


Sign up for Groupon deals for the Washington DC area.  They often have a $10 or $12 deal that gets 4 people into the park from 3-7 pm on a weekday! That is a LOW price!  What is great about going to these water parks in the afternoon is that most of the day camps have left and the pools are not crowded.


Membership is free and Certifikid has tons of great deals for water park admissions.

Certifikid is a Groupon-like website.

Fairfax County Public Library Summer Reading Program

Sign your child up for the Free Fairfax County Summer Reading program.  All you have to do is read 15 books and fill in the book log, turn it in for a giant coupon book.  One of the coupons is a Buy 1 Get 1 FREE admission to The Water Mine!

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About the Author


Jill, Navy Wife

Jill Hanson is a US Navy wife, mother of 3 children, custom cake & cupcake maker, and now a Military Town Advisor blog writer. My husband and I have been married for almost 15 years. Our family has been stationed at Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Naval Station Norfolk, and The Pentagon.

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