4 Best Water Parks in Washington

A fun picture of a water park with slides and wading pools.During the summer months when the temperature starts to rise, it’s nice to cool off at a local water park. In the state of Washington, you’ll find a number of water parks that offer a cool spot to relax, enjoy the slides, and catch some rays.

Wild Waves & Enchanted Village

For an adrenaline-packed day on fast, twisting slides, head to¬†Wild Waves & Enchanted Village in Federal Way. This water park has something for all ages, from shallow splash pools for toddlers to a huge bowl slide that you can ride down on a tube. When you need a break from the wild rides, relax in the lazy river. Your kids will love Hook’s Lagoon, a three-story tree house packed with interactive activities that will get everyone soaked. If it’s a bit chilly when you go, the park also has a hot tub.

The water park is connected to a theme park, offering even more excitement. For a thrill, climb aboard the Timberhawk Ride of Prey, a traditional wooden coaster that is the largest in the state. The Wild Thing will get your heart pumping, while Lumberjack Falls takes riders over a steep waterfall for a splashing good time.

Gail and Carolyn Shaw Aquatic Center

At the Gail and Carolyn Shaw Aquatic Center, the various slides and splash pools make it easy to relax and cool down. It opened in Chehalis in 2014, boasting a massive, sparkling swimming pool, swirling slides, and plenty of water toys, including a spraying mushroom and pipes. The park is open seasonally and has benches located around the walkways. Next door to the aquatic center, you’ll find a Kiddy Spray Park, which is free for all guests. It’s better for toddlers since it has smaller splash areas and shallow water.

Southside Family Aquatic Facility

Enjoy hours of family fun at Southside Family Aquatics Facility, located in Spokane. The 200-foot water slide will get your adrenaline flowing, while the heated swimming pools keep you warm, even if it’s a bit chilly outside. Younger kids love the zero-depth activity pool, and you’ll love the safety aspect. Other attractions include a large lazy river that goes around the facility, tumbling buckets that make a big splash, and interactive play structures with water cannons. Along with the water activities, you can take advantage of the grassy play areas, dry playground with a rock wall, barbecue area, and basketball court.

Great Wolf Lodge

If you’re traveling away from home to attend a water park in Washington, head to¬†Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. This indoor park is connected to a family-friendly hotel. Swim, splash, and slide on the thrilling rides and kid-centered attractions. Soak and relax in the South Hot Springs, a warm pool, or take the little ones to the Cub Paw Pool. In addition to the water park, Great Wolf Lodge has shopping areas, dry attractions, and spots to dine.

This summer, make a plan to visit at least one of these local water parks in Washington. You can make memories with your loved ones while taking advantage of the sunshine. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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