Knott's Berry Farm Soak City is one of the fun water parks to visit in the Los Angeles Area

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.

Knott's Berry Farm Soak City is one of the fun water parks to visit in the Los Angeles Area
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Great Wolf Lodge
12681 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840

NEW! The Great Wolf Lodge resorts are now offering Day Passes to their famous Water Parks. Previously only available to guests staying in the hotels, families can now choose to “howl” for a single day with a brand-new waterpark day pass starting at $50 per person, available at all of its U.S. resorts this summer.

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). 

Raging Waters
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. A variety of eateries are on-site as well, but because the park can’t guarantee the allergy-free contents of food or beverages, families may bring in foods that are “medically necessary” (such as gluten-free foods, allergy-safe foods, baby formula). Check the website for a schedule of hours and details about rides – certain rides open an hour after opening.

Great Wolf Lodge water park filled with people
Wave pool at the Great Wolf Lodge SoCal

Splash Zone
Garvey Park
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. Check the website for hours and rules about appropriate swim attire.

Aquatica San Diego
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 rides, slides, rivers, and pools. Ticket information is available online. Be sure to check the website for information about outside food and beverage restrictions.

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.

legoland water park boy splashing

LEGOLAND and CHIMA 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.

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, Orange County’s largest water park, offers 22 speed, tube, and body slides; an interactive kids area; a giant wave pool; and much more on its 15 acres. Soak City is open on select days mid-May through early-September. 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. This year, DryTown opens May 25th.

Buccaneer Cove at Castle Park
3500 Polk St., Riverside, CA 92505

Buccaneer Cove boasts “four levels of family water play with dozens of interactive water elements.” You won’t stay dry with 5 colorful water slides, spray canons, cylinder spray fountains, and more. Minimum height requirement is 36 inches, and the thrill level is listed as a “2.” Check the website for details on tickets and hours. 

big play structure in Great Wolf Lodge water park

Great Wolf Lodge
12681 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840

If you’re looking for an out-of-town, but-not-really kind of trip, then a stay at Great Wolf Lodge may be just the thing for your family. Hotel guests have access to the 105,000-square foot water park. You’ll find 14 water slides, offering a mix of thrills for daredevils and little ones that need something gentler, a multi-level play structure, and so much more. Day passes may now also be purchased to access the indoor water park. 
And click here to read Sarah’s post “Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Family Staycation” for more information and great photos!

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