For many families, it wouldn’t be summer without a visit to a Water Park. Because you’ll find Water Parks all around Southern California, you can make a Water Park visit a day-trip or part of a longer summer trip.
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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
You may have a hard time deciding what to do first at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. You’ll find family rides, rides most appropriate for young visitors, thrill rides (described as “some of the tallest, fastest, wettest, craziest water rides in the country”, and more. Special events include Dive-In Movies (families float in the water while watching a movie on a large screen. Viewings are on Fridays).
111 Raging Waters Dr., San Dimas, CA 91773
Raging Waters is considered to be the largest water park in California. You’ll find 50 acres of slides, rides, attractions, and a sand beach all set for family fun. Parents will feel comfortable knowing that young children have their own fun area including Kid’s Kingdom and Splash Island. Keep in mind that you can’t bring your own food, so if you get hungry, you’ll have to purchase from the on-site eateries.
3233 Kelburn Ave., Rosemead, CA 91770
If you’re not sure how your kids would do at a large water park, you might want to first try out Splash Zone. This is definitely not an all-day type of place, but still a family-friendly, get-wet-and-have-some-fun place. You’ll find two slides, an area especially for little ones, and a swimming pool. Outside the water area, you’ll find shade and tables — perfect picnic spots. Their summer schedule is from June 10th through August 20th. And you can’t beat the price — $1 for visitors 17 and under, $2 for adults. Check the website for hours and rules about appropriate swim attire.
Aquatica by Sea World
2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, CA 91911
If you’re planning a trip to the San Diego area, make plans to visit Aquatica San Diego. Your family will enjoy a variety of attractions including up-close experiences with flamingos and turtles, slides, a special kid-safe zone, and much more. You can ride, learn, explore, and splash here. Ticket information is available online.
Buccaneer Bay At Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center
13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, CA 90638
Buccaneer Bay is a family-friendly, pirate-themed water park. It includes water slides, an interactive play structure, spray pad areas, and more. In keeping with the pirate-theme, kids can play on a skull rock, a marooned ship, and more. Check the website for information about hours and admission.
Knott’s Soak City Water Park
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620
Adjacent to Knott’s Berry Farm, you’ll find Knott’s Soak City Water Park. Soak City includes many different slides, rides, and more. Keep in mind that different attractions have different height requirements. And if you’ve visited Soak City in the past, you won’t be visiting the same park this time around. Soak city completed a two-acre expansion which added 7 new water slides. Ticket information is available online.
DryTown Water Park
3850 E. Ave. S, Palmdale, CA 93550
If you’re in the Antelope Valley, then plan to visit DryTown Water Park. Whether you’re looking for something for little ones or for more adventurous bigger kids, DryTown has a variety of attractions on its six acres. Don’t expect to stay dry for long at DryTown. Check the website for hours, ticket information, and height requirements for different rides.
LEGOLAND Water Park
1 LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Get ready for bright, colorful, wet fun at LEGOLAND Water Park. Families can build rafts, ride slides, and more. Younger family members will enjoy DUPLO Splash Safari and Imagination Station. And at Joker Soaker, everyone gets soaking wet! There is lots to do and explore here. Check the website for hours, ticket information, and height requirements.