Updated for 2021
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.
Best Water Parks in SoCal for the Whole Family
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. Aquatica opens May 29th and is offering a great deal – pay for a single day, and you’ll receive a pass allowing to visit throughout the 2021 season. (Blockout dates do apply.)
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. Currently, Buccaneer Bay remains closed. Check the website for updates as they become available.
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.” Currently, Buccaneer Cove remains closed. Check the website for updates.
Casitas Water Adventure
11311 Santa Ana Rd., Ventura, CA
Casitas Water Adventure offers two water playgrounds. “For the younger children, a multi-level jungle gym with waterfalls, bridges and slides in a lagoon with water up to 18” deep.” There is also the Lazy River offering “a cool water ride on inner tubes along a scenic waterway.” Currently, Casitas Water Adventure remains closed. Check the website for updates as they become available.
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. Dusty’s Grill is the on-site eatery. DryTown is opening on May 29th. To maintain limited capacity, advance tickets are required and are available online.
2165 Trumble Rd., Perris, CA 92570
DropZone Waterpark offers lots of opportunities for water fun! Attractions include the Jet Stream, the Hydroplane FlowRider, Lil’ Jumper’s Landing, and more. Different attractions have different height requirements, though you’ll find something for even the youngest members of the family including Launch Pad Geysers, suitable for all ages and heights. DropZone Waterpark is opening May 29th. Details are available online.
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. Currently day passes are unavailable. Waterpark access is limited to hotel guests.
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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 23 speed, tube, and body slides; an interactive kids area; a giant wave pool; and much more on its 15 acres. You can find descriptions of each attraction on the website, including height restrictions (if any). Soak City is reopening on May 29th. Advance tickets are available online.
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.
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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 Adventure. A variety of eateries are on-site as well, including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options available at select dining locations. Opening Day is Saturday, May 29th. Attendance is limited each day; advance reservations are required and are available online.
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. The Park opens for Season Pass Holders on May 15 and 16th, and will open to the general public on May 22nd. Tickets and reservations are available online. (And don’t forget, children 2 and under are free.)
The Wave Waterpark
101 Wave Dr., Vista, CA
If you feel like going for a bit of a drive, The Wave Waterpark is a fun waterpark to check out. You’ll find a variety of rides and attractions guaranteed to have every family member laughing – and getting wet! There is also an on-site eatery. Currently, The Wave Waterpark remains closed. Check the website for updates as they become available.
Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).
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