Spending your days in the water, during the summer is one of the best things about the season. Between amusement parks, public and private pools, and water parks, there are plenty of options for getting in the water. But not all of them have water slides. Check out these places when you want combine two fun things into one.
Atlantis Waterpark
7700 Bull Run Dr.
Centreville, VA 20121
(703) 631-0552
www.novaparks.com

The Bull Run Regional Park is a popular destination for all those looking to do something outdoors. From hiking to biking, to golfing and camping, you will find a number of fun activities to do in the park. That also includes spending time at the water park. The Atlantis Waterpark is a family friendly park with a snack bar, water cannons, 500 gallon dump bucket, pools, sprayers, and water slides. Between the 170-foot closed slide, and the 230-foot open slide your kids will get the thrills they seek.

Splash Down Waterpark
7500 Ben Lomond Park Dr.
Manassas, VA 20109
(703) 792-8200
www.splashdownwaterpark.com

Birthday parties, daily specials, corporate events, swim lessons, everyone loves going to Splash Down Waterpark.  They have everything you think of when you think of a waterpark; a lazy river, beach, activity pool, food court, water slides, children’s area and more. And for the water slide lovers, they offer two four-story, one two-story, and cannon ball water slides. You’ll want to slide all day long. The whole family will have fun swimming, playing, and sliding.

Gaithersburg Water Park
506 S. Frederick Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 258-6445
www.gaithersburgmd.gov

Every year almost 100,000 people visit the Gaithersburg Water Park to try to beat the heat and have a little fun too. The park offers a children’s splash pool, locker rooms with accessible amenities, snack bar, picnic tables, palm trees, playgrounds, and of course water slides. The slides range from the simple and fun white Slide, to the twisty 250-foot long double water slide. They also have a blue slide for those who have a need for speed. As your kids get older they can switch to a new slide that is more adventurous for them. There are height requirements, so they may have to wait a few years for the main attraction.

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North Arundel Aquatic Center
 7888 Crain Hwy S 
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 222-0090
www.aacounty.org

The North Arundel Aquatic Center is a great place for your kids to learn how to swim, and to advance in aquatics. Adults and children can swim around in the leisure pool, or practice and compete in the 8-lane competition pool. The Maryland aquatic center offers more than just two pools, they have a small waterpark as well. There is a poolside spa, water buckets, waterfall, slides, and more. People have so much fun there, that you are only allowed two hours per admission. That might have something to do with the 134-foot water slide that kids love.

Great Waves Waterpark
4001 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 960-0767
www.novaparks.com

If you love waterparks and water slides you should just go ahead and get your Annual Waterpark Pass now. The Great Waves Waterpark is included in that pass, and is well worth the fee. The park includes a 17,500 square foot wave pool, a Kids Zone, food court, a separate play area called Paradis Play, and five water slides. Whether you want to slide for speed, twists, turns, zigs, or zags, you will love the slides at this waterpark.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.