Whether you’re simply looking for something a little different than your community or neighborhood pool, or you’re a total thrill seeker, the Richmond area (and a bit beyond) has several water parks that can add to your summer fun.
Check out these five water parks, all offering fun for all – from little surfers to adults!
Cobblestones Water Park
Located in Glen Allen, Cobblestones Water Park is one of the largest concrete swimming pools in Virginia. With a splash pad and smaller slides for little ones, as well as larger slides for thrill seekers, Cobblestones is a popular place for families.
Frank J. Thornton YMCA Aquatic Center
Although it’s indoors, Frank J. Thornton YMCA Aquatic Center is home to an incredible pool and allows families the opportunity to visit all year, instead of solely as a summertime venue.
My kids love the Family Swim area, which has slides and water activities. It is zero entry, making this a great spot for toddlers. Other highlights include a large, twisty slide, basketball hoop and lap pool.
As a branch of the Richmond YMCA, YMCA members can swim here by making a reservation using the YMCA app. Also, Henrico residents can actually swim at Frank J. Thornton Aquatic Center for free during designated times.
Pocahontas Aquatic Center
In addition to a large activity area for children, Pocahontas Aquatic Center boasts 2 separate swimming pools, a baby pool, two huge slides, and a small wet deck.
At only $7 for ages 3-12, and $8 for ages 13 and up, this is one of the more affordable water parks in the area.
Kings Dominion’s Soak City has a variety of rides, slides, pools, and splash pads. For children 6 and under, I suggest Lighthouse Landing, a large multi-level aquaplex with slides, tipping water buckets, and opportunities for interactive water play. The water is only 8” in this entire area.
Older children (and adults!) will love rides like Hurricane Heights, a slide complex with 3 different, huge water slides.
When you’re ready for a break, relax in the Lazy Rider, a tube ride that lets you sit and enjoy while the current takes you down the river.
As Virginia’s largest water park, Water Country USA offers families water slides, splash pads, and opportunities for relaxation!
Young children will love the cow themed play area for kids, Cow-A-Bunga, and H20 UFO. For those looking to infuse some excitement in their day, try Riptide Race, Virginina’s first dueling pipeline slide!
When you’re ready to slow down, try Hubba Hubba Highway. The best part about this ride isn’t that the current keeps you moving – it’s that there are no lines for this ride!
Whether your water park adventure leads you to an amusement park or state park, RFM wishes you a summer full of family memories! Find more ideas for family fun on my column: RVA Family Fun.