Hands Down, the 5 Best Waterparks in Maryland and Virginia

Summer is here and with it, the heat. So what better way to give your kids the best day ever than to take them to a waterpark? Ride the rides, slide the slides, and splish-splash all over the place with our picks for the top 5 waterparks for you to visit this summer.


  1. SplashDown Waterpark, Manassas, VA

Great for all ages, SplashDown lets you ride fun slides like the Pipeline Tower, the crazy Cannonball Slides, and the Tropical Twister. Or, stay cool and cruise down their lazy river. If you’ve got little ones, enjoy Splash N’ Play Thursdays, where kids 5 and under can enjoy the park as early as 9 AM, before it opens to the general public.



Lazy River. Credit: By lucas_swineford on flickr creative commons


  1. Six Flags America Hurricane Harbor, Upper Marlboro, MD

Great for teens and tweens, Six Flags offers plenty of thrills and spills both inside and outside the waterpark. Whether you rock the Halfpipe, spin around the Tornado, or zoom down the Bonzai Pipelines, you’re in for some serious thrills. Water park entry is included in your admission to Six Flags America, so you don’t have to choose between rollercoasters and super soakers.

The Tornado. Credit: By Scott Ableman on flickr creative commons

So fun! The Tornado at Six Flags America’s Hurricane Harbor.


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  1. Volcano Island Waterpark, Sterling, VA

This island-themed water park is perfect for kids to let loose in the wading pool and water playground, complete with a huge 500-gallon dumping bucket. If you purchase an Annual Waterpark Pass, you can enjoy admission not just to Volcano, but to all five NOVA Waterparks:

  • Atlantis Waterpark, Centreville, VA
  • Great Waves Waterpark, Alexandria, VA
  • Ocean Dunes Waterpark, Arlington, VA
  • Pirate’s Cove Waterpark, Lorton, VA

Find what’s closest to you! Besides Volcano Island, our favorite is Ocean Dunes, but it’s all about what makes sense for your family, whether that’s a large wading pool for little ones or more slides and rides for older kids.

Volcano Waterslides. Fun for the whole family!

The Volcano Waterslides are 230 feet of fun!


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  1. Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, VA                                                          

For those who don’t love too much sun, Great Wolf is a great getaway all year round with their indoor waterpark. Zip down the River Canyon Run water slide or swirl around the Howlin’ Tornado. Hang out on their lazy river or explore their over 79,000 square feet of indoor water park. And there’s more to do than just splash around; you can enjoy the full arcade, kids and games activities, and character story-time appearances too.

Adventurer. Credit: By Jason Gain on flickr creative commons

Fun obstacle course at Great Wolf Lodge!


  1. Water Country USA, Williamsburg, VA

We’ve all heard the catchy jingle: When the sun is blazing and the sun is hot, Water Country is a very cool spot! Like Six Flags, this park is great for teens and tweens because it’s full of bigger rides and slides that make even the most fearless 12-year-old quake. The newest ride, Colossal Curl, is a huge mega-slide that swirls you into a huge funnel before sending you on a trip through a network of tubes and waves. With plenty to choose from, including a 23,000 square foot wave pool, you’ll definitely stay cool.

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Whether you love to relax on a lazy river or get your adrenaline fix zipping down huge water slides, there’s plenty to choose from in the DMV area!


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Kayla Lewkowicz

Kayla Lewkowicz

Kayla Lewkowicz hails from the small town of Hopkinton, MA, home of the Boston Marathon. A digital marketer by day and freelance writer by night, she's a passionate storyteller, reader, hiker, swimmer, runner, and eater. Like what she has to say? Subscribe to her blog or say hello on Twitter @kllewkow.

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