Beat the Heat in Style! A Guide to the Best Public Pools and Water Parks This Summer
Posted by Katie Wedge on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:14:51 AM By Katie Wedge / May 31, 2023 Comment
Beat the Heat in Style! A Guide to the Best Public Pools and Water Parks This Summer
Summer is here and it's time to get outside and enjoy the sun! From sprawling, luxurious beach clubs to your local public pool, there are plenty of great ways to beat the heat. It's time to make a splash! Pool season is officially here and we're ready to dive in. Gather your essentials - pool bags, towels, and sunscreen - and start planning your aquatic adventures. From weekend dips to season-long splashes, get ready to explore the area's top pools and water parks. Whether you’re looking for a safe place to splash with smaller kids or want some more extreme water fun with bigger thrills, we've got you covered. Read on for a roundup of some of the best places across Northern Virginia to cool off and have fun in this summertime heat!
WAKEFIELD AQUATICS CENTER
Make a splash at the Washington-Liberty Aquatics Center! Our state-of-the-art facility boasts a 25-meter by 25-yard indoor competition pool with a movable bulkhead, perfect for all your aquatic sport needs. Need to fine-tune your skills? We also have a separate instructional pool. Our wet classroom, spectator gallery, Colorado Timing System, scoreboard, and locker rooms make this center the perfect destination for both athletes and spectators alike. And the best part? Our prices won't make you feel like you're drowning! Pay as low as $2.50 for our resident children (infants-17) and $8.40 for non-resident adults. Come join the fun at 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington.
YORKTOWN AQUATICS CENTER
Dive into this fantastic facility located at 5200 Yorktown Blvd, Arlington! Not only does it boast an impressive eight-lane, 25-yard competition pool, but you'll also find a fully decoupled diving well and a separate instructional pool. Plus, if you're in the mood for a pool party, the wet classroom is available for rentals!
But wait, there's more! Take a peek at the spectator gallery, locker rooms, and even family changing rooms.
So, how much does all of this cost? Arlington residents get a steal of a deal at just $2.50 for children (infants-17), $6.30 for adults (18-59), $4.10 for seniors (60+), and $5 for students with a college ID. Non-residents are welcome too, but at a slightly higher price point of $5 for children and $8.40 for adults and seniors. There's no excuse not to come check out this amazing facility!
OCEAN DUNES WATERPARK AT UPTON HILL PARK
Come take a dip in our fantastic outdoor pool! With a 500-gallon dumping bucket, water slides, waterfalls, a baby pool, and squirters, there's something for everyone. And don't worry about packing a lunch - we've got a concession area inside the pool enclosure. But if you prefer a picnic, we've got you covered with picnic areas outside the pool area - including a pavilion that can seat up to 80 people. And that's not all! We also offer mini golf, a climbing course, and more. Prices start at just $6.25 for weekday evenings, with discounts for seniors and kids under 42 inches. Come see us at 6060 Wilson Blvd., Arlington!
CAMERON RUN REGIONAL PARK
Welcome to the Home of Great Waves Waterpark, where the fun never stops! Your kids will have a blast zooming down waterslides, splashing around in the nearly 500-gallon wave pool, and exploring the Paradise Play area at Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria. Don't worry about the heat - we've got plenty of designated shaded areas to unwind in. If you're feeling peckish, our nearby food stations have got you covered.
But wait, there's more! Our waterpark also features a wading pool, splash pad, and concession stand - so you'll never run out of things to do. And the best part? Prices are affordable for all ages! Kids under 2 get in for free, and prices range from $10 to $18.50 depending on the guest's height and age. Seniors aged 55+ also get a sweet deal.
Come beat the heat and make some memories at the Home of Great Waves Waterpark!
CHINQUAPIN PARK RECREATION CENTER
Jump into our 25-meter indoor pool for the ultimate aquatic experience! We offer a variety of classes, from fitness to sports, and even provide access to diving boards. And don't worry about disconnecting - our entire facility has free Wi-Fi. Located at 3210 King St. in Alexandria, our pool also features a diving well and locker rooms. And the best part? You can enjoy all of this at an affordable price! Kids 4 and under get in free (resident), and non-residents only pay $2. For youths aged 5-17, it's $6 (resident) or $7 (non-resident), while adults aged 18-59 can enjoy our facilities for $9 (resident) or $12 (non-resident). And seniors 60 and over can swim for just $7.20 (resident) or $12 (non-resident). Come make a splash with us!
Looking for a refreshing pool break this summer? Check out the Charles Houston Rec Center's outdoor pool on 901 Wythe St. in Alexandria! While it might not be the largest pool around town, its cozy size ensures a maximum capacity of 45 guests at a time, which means no long lines or crowds to worry about.
The pool is not the only attraction at the Rec Center - there are plenty of activities available for people of all ages, including summer camps for kids. But if you're looking to make a splash, the beach entry and swim classes at the pool are sure to fit the bill.
Pricing is reasonable, with free admission for children ages 4 and under, $3 for youths (ages 5-17), $4 for adults, and $3 for seniors (60+). Non-residents are also welcome for a fee of $6. Don't miss out on the cool, refreshing fun this summer!
OLD TOWN POOL
Take a dip in our impressive complex at 1609 Cameron St., Alexandria, complete with a 25-yard pool and a designated training area for little ones with a depth of 1-3 feet. If you're feeling adventurous, why not try out diving well? And once you're done swimming, enjoy a picnic or let your tots loose on our playground. With prices starting at free for children aged 4 and under and topping out at just $6 for non-residents, there's no excuse not to make a splash!
POTOMAC YARD INTERACTIVE FOUNTAIN
Get ready for a watery adventure at Potomac Yard Park! With thirty-six precision water jets that dance in the wind, you'll feel like you're in a magical wonderland. And if that's not enough, the park even has 12 laminar jets that will leave you speechless. You can find this aquatic oasis nestled between two playgrounds at 2501 Potomac Ave., Alexandria. Take a break from the heat, and splash around with us!
If you're seeking a conveniently located swimming spot in Alexandria, look no further than Warwick Pool. With six lanes and a length of 25 yards, it's the perfect size for some invigorating laps. Plus, it's adjacent to the Landover Street playground in case you need to entertain your little ones after your swim. Accessibility is key at Warwick Pool - it features a ramp for easy entry. And hey, who doesn't love a good bathhouse? Luckily, this one has got you covered.
Now, let's talk about prices. We've got some good news for our younger visitors - if you're 4 or under, you swim for free! Youth (ages 5-17) can jump in for just $3, while adults pay $4. Seniors (60+) get a discount at $3, and non-residents can swim for $6. So why not check out Warwick Pool and take a dip without breaking the bank?
AUDREY MOORE RECENTER
Immerse yourself in an enchanting underwater world with a stunning mural that decorates the interior wall of the Olympic-sized indoor pool. Weekends just got even more adventurous with not one, but two diving boards. Keep in mind that the kids must prove their skills with an ability test before diving in.
Get ready to splash out with admission prices starting at $10 for adults and $6.50 for youth and students. Seniors are also welcome at $6.50, and children four and under make a splash for free. Families of up to five can join in on the fun with a reasonable fee of $25. Don't forget to pencil in the address: 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale. Want to make a splash? Head on over!
CLUB RUN RECENTER
Come one, come all to the ultimate aquatic getaway! From leisure to competition and everything in between, our pool has something for everyone. Ride the water slides (20- and 30-foot) or enjoy a lazy river and spa. With a vortex and water playground too, the fun never ends! Plus, we've got a 25-yard-by-25-meter competition pool for all you serious swimmers out there. Don't forget our indoor and baby pools, plus diving boards for the adventurous.
Located at 4630 Stonecroft Blvd in Chantilly, our pool offers unbeatable entertainment at affordable prices. Adults (19+) can dive in for just $10, while youth/students (5-18) and seniors (65+) enjoy discounted rates at $6.50. Kids 4 and under join the fun for free! Need a family day out? Grab up to five loved ones for just $25. Don't miss out on the splash-tastic adventure of a lifetime!
GEORGE WASHINGTON RECENTER
It’s a pool oasis! Take a dip in the 25-meter heated pool and experience the invigorating aerobic and deep-water exercise programs. Splash around with the beach entry and make a splash off the diving boards. Relax in the poolside spa or dry heat sauna. There's even a wading area for the little ones! Located at 8426 Old Mount Vernon Rd. in Alexandria, this indoor pool is a hidden gem. Prices are affordable, with general admission for adults starting at $10. Youth and students pay only $6.50, while little ones aged 4 and under swim for free. Seniors (65+) can join in for $6.50, and families of up to five can splash around for only $25. Come on in, the water's perfect!
Looking for a great place to unwind, stay in shape, and have some fun? Look no further than the pool at 6601 Telegraph Rd. in Alexandria! Our Olympic-sized pool, outdoor sundeck, and saunas are the perfect combination for relaxation, fitness, and good times. Plus, you won't want to miss out on our super slide and five diving boards - open select weekend hours (details available on the Fairfax County Park Authority website).
Prices are affordable - just $10 for general adult admission (19+), $6.50 for youth/student (5-18), free for children 4 and under, and $6.50 for seniors (65+). And families of up to five can enjoy it all together for just $25! So come check us out and dive into fun - we promise you won't regret it!
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. POOL
Looking for a refreshing escape from the summer heat? Look no further than 12055 Government Center Pkwy! With a spacious outdoor pool, two thrilling slides, and a wading area perfect for little ones, this spot is the ultimate chill-out destination.
And the best part? County residents can enjoy all the aquatic fun for free! Just note that the pool is closed on Tuesdays. Don't miss out on this splash-tastic spot!
OAK MARR RECENTER
Dive right into Oak Marr's 50-meter heated pool, complete with a variety of diving boards, ranging from 1-meter springboards to an impressive 5-meter tower. Not feeling too daring? No worries! The pool also offers a baby pool for our youngest swimmers. Located at 3200 Jermantown Rd. in Oakton, this indoor oasis is perfect for any weather. Prices are just as inviting, with general admission for adults (19+) at only $10 and youth/student (5-18) at just $6.50. Seniors (65+) can also join in on the fun for $6.50, and children 4 and under swim for free! The best part? Families of up to five can enjoy the pool for only $25. So grab your swimsuit and make a splash at Oak Marr!
Looking for a spot to make a splash? Look no further than Providence in Falls Church! Enjoy a refreshing dip in their 25-yard-by-25-meter heated indoor pool, complete with a wading area, two springboards, and even a spa and dry heat saunas. Plus, take in the sun on their spacious outdoor sundeck. Prices won't break the bank either, with affordable options for everyone from adults to kiddos to seniors. Oh, and did we mention families of up to five can make a day of it for just $25? Grab your towels and head on over to 7525 Marc Dr. – the water's waiting for you!
SOUTH RUN RECENTER
Make a splash this weekend and rent one of our two 1-meter diving boards for your child's birthday party! Plus, enjoy a relaxing wading area attached to our indoor pools. And don't worry about breaking the bank - our admission prices are affordable for all ages and family sizes. Come take the plunge at 7550 Reservation Dr. in Springfield: $10 for adults, $6.50 for youth/students, free for children 4 and under, $6.50 for seniors, and $25 for families of up to five. See you at the pool!
SPRING HILL RECENTER
Dive into luxury at our indoor pool oasis! This 25-yard-by-25-meter beauty is heated to perfection and boasts not one, but two diving boards for your adventurous spirit. Catch some rays on our outdoor sundeck or take a dip in the baby pool with the little ones.
Located at 1239 Spring Hill Rd. in McLean, our pool offers affordable options for all age ranges. Adults (19+) can make a splash for just $10, while youth/students (5-18) get a sweet deal at $6.50. Children 4 and under swim for free and seniors (65+) can cool off for $6.50. Bring the whole fam and enjoy a day at the pool for only $25 for up to five. What are you waiting for? Come make a splash with us today!
BURKE CENTRE POOLS
Get ready to make a splash at the Burke Centre Pools! With five outdoor pools, including baby pools, and options like diving boards, picnic areas, and even a slide at the Oaks Pool, there's something for everyone. Membership is open to both residents and non-residents, so grab your swimsuit and dive in. Be sure to check out the full calendar of pool hours, as they vary depending on the date and location. Want more details or pricing information? Give them a call at the numbers provided.
THE WATER MINE FAMILY SWIMMIN’ HOLE
Attention, young cowboys and cowgirls! Get ready to ride the waves in this rootin' tootin' Western swimming hole! Featuring slides, floatables, sprays, and a lazy river, there's no better way to cool off this summer. Located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive in Reston, this outdoor oasis also boasts a baby pool and a snack bar for when hunger strikes. Best of all, kids ages 2 and under get in free! For those under 48", admission is just $13.50, while guests over 48" can saddle up for $16.50-$17.50. So grab your swim gear and head on over to the wildest pool around!
Get ready to make a splash at Atlantis Waterpark! This destination is the perfect spot for family fun, with an Ancient Greece theme that sets the stage for a day filled with aquatic adventures. You'll find a massive play structure ready for action, complete with a whopping 500-gallon dumping bucket, cool waterfalls, speedy slides, and a relaxing main pool. There's even a wading area specifically designed for the little ones, complete with a shell slide for maximum cuteness.
But the fun doesn't stop there. Get your tan on at the outdoor pool, or take on the exhilarating water slides for an adrenaline rush like no other. When hunger strikes, head over to the snack bar for delicious fuel to keep you going all day long. Don't worry about breaking the bank, as Atlantis Waterpark offers affordable pricing options for visitors of all ages. Kids 2 and under get in free, while guests under 48 inches can expect to pay $8.50-$11 and those over 48 inches can expect to pay $10.50-$13. Seniors aged 55 and up can join in on the fun for $8.50-$11, and if you're looking for a great deal, visit on a weekday after 4pm to snag admission for just $6.25. So what are you waiting for? Make a splash at Atlantis Waterpark today!
PIRATE’S COVE WATERPARK
Avast ye, mateys! Bring your little swashbucklers to Pirate's Cove for a splashin' good time. The play structure has a bucket that dumps water, slides, and waterfalls to keep your young pirates entertained. Let them dig up buried treasure in the sand play area while you relax by the outdoor pool. Keep everyone fueled up with snacks from the snack bar. Prices vary based on height and age, but kids under 2 get in free. Weekday afternoons are a steal at just $6.25. Pirate's Cove is located at 6501 Pohick Bay Dr. in Lorton. Don't miss out on this pirate-themed aquatic adventure for the whole family!
WARRENTON AQUATIC AND RECREATION FACILITY
Escape to our indoor oasis! Our facility boasts a competition pool for serious swimmers and a leisure pool complete with water slide and lazy river for anyone looking to unwind. We've got something for everyone, including a baby pool for the littlest of swimmers. Prices are a steal, with ages 2 and under getting in for free. Warrenton residents can make a splash for as little as $4.50, with slightly higher prices for Fauquier County residents and non-residents. Come on in, the water's fine!
LARRY WEEKS COMMUNITY POOLS AT VINT HILL
Dive into the fun in this L-shaped oasis! With a length of 25 meters, this outdoor pool will make a splash with swimmers of all ages. Bring the little ones on board as well, since there's a children's pool with super cool features like a misting mushroom, squirt turtle, and a frog slide. When hunger strikes, hit up the snack bar to satisfy your cravings. Just pay $6.50 if you're between the ages of 12-59, or $5.50 if you're a cutie pie between the ages of 2-11 or a savvy senior aged 60 and up.
Ready to get wet and wild? Visit us at 4248 Bludau Dr, in Warrenton!
DORIS E. BUFFETT POOL
Swimming just got cooler in Fredericksburg! Dive into the 6,623 sq. ft. outdoor pool at Dixon Park, filled with 165,000 gallons of water for your summertime fun. Take a refreshing lap in the official (but there's room for more) lap lane. Even the little ones can join in with the zero entry and spray fountains. Want more excitement? Try the slide, dump buckets, or water step feature. Good news, too - concession stands are on hand. Plus, wallet-friendly prices make it accessible to everyone. Free for aged 2 and under, $6 for children aged 3-17, $8 for adults aged 18-54 and seniors aged 55+ pay only $6. Find us at 1300 Dixon St., Fredericksburg.
AV SYMINGTON AQUATIC CENTER
Looking for a fun time at the pool that's perfect for all ages? Look no further than Ida Lee Park's aquatic wonderland, complete with an amazing lazy river, body flumes, slides, squirting animals, and (our personal favorite) dumping buckets. Located in Leesburg on Ida Lee Dr. NW, this pool is sure to be a splash hit for everyone in the family. With a 25-yard lap pool, there's plenty of opportunities to swim some serious laps too. Prices are reasonable too - for residents, youths and seniors pay just $5-$6, adults $6-$7 while non-residents youth and seniors pay $8-$9 and adults $9-$10. After 5pm, prices drop so hit-up the park after a long day's work and pay only $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents!
FRANKLIN PARK POOL
Looking for a family-friendly spot to cool off this summer? Look no further than this outdoor pool at 17501 Franklin Park Dr. in Purcellville! Your little ones will go wild for the adorable animal-shaped baby slides, while the adults can show off their competitive side in the main pool. And with prices ranging from free for kids under 2 to only $7 for adults, it's an affordable summer outing for the whole crew. Plus, snag a family of four summer passes for just $300 - additional family members can join in the fun for just $25 each. Don't miss out on this splash-tastic destination!
IDA LEE PARK RECREATION CENTER
Rain, rain, don't go away! Embrace the wet weather and take the kids to this indoor pool oasis. With a 10-lane, 25-yard competition pool, a relaxing whirlpool spa, and a warm auxiliary pool to boot, your little fishies will be in heaven. Plus, there's even a 1-meter springboard and a towering 15-foot AquaClimb Wall for a bit of extra adventure. Prices won't break the bank either, with residents paying just $4 for kids and seniors or $5.50 for adults, and non-residents shelling out $5.25 for kids and seniors or $7.50 for adults. Dive on in!
LOVETTSVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER POOL
Make a splash with the whole family at Lovettsville's outdoor pool! This aquatic oasis offers a separate pool just for babies, so even the littlest swimmer can join in on the fun. Plus, there are special events like dog swims, family nights, and even a cardboard boat regatta. Dive into the details at 57 E. Broad Wy. And while we can't put a price on fun, contact the pool directly for pricing information.
ROUND HILL INDOOR AQUATIC CENTER
Are you tired of the chaos at outdoor pools with screaming kids? Look no further than this indoor oasis with a tranquil and inviting 4 1/2-foot-deep pool. The lane dividers give you space to swim laps, and the consistent 81-82 degree temperature will keep you comfortable. All of this could be yours for a mere $3 if you're an adult between 18-54 years old, $2.50 for seniors, and only $2.50 for those under 18. Children under 2 can even enjoy the serenity for free. Head to 17010 Evening Star Dr. in Round Hill for a refreshing escape.
VOLCANO ISLAND WATERPARK
Escape to paradise without leaving Virginia! Our Volcano Island water park lets you unwind under palm trees and tiki canopies while the kids burn off energy splashing around in the play area, wading pool, or on the thrilling waterslides. With a 500-gallon dumping bucket, your family will feel like they're in the heart of a tropical storm. Don't miss out on the ultimate summer adventure at 20015 Volcano Island Dr. in Sterling.
FREEDOM AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTER
Dive into fun and relaxation at this one-of-a-kind aquatic haven! Splash around in the competition or leisure pool, drift along the lazy river, or get an adrenaline rush on the slide. Don't forget to check out the diving board schedule on our website for some exciting jumps. Plus, with affordable prices for individuals, families, and chaperones, everyone can make a splash without breaking the bank. Come visit us at 9100 Freedom Center Blvd. in Manassas and let the good times roll!
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY PARK AUTHORITY
Four community pools, two indoor pools, and two waterparks make up the Prince William County Park Authority’s water facilities list. The Park Authority stresses the importance of water safety, so check the website for its water safety guide and tips.
GRAHAM PARK POOL
Looking for a fun and affordable way to beat the heat this summer? Check out the aquatic splendor at 3511 Graham Park Rd. in Triangle! Our zero-depth entry pool and dumping buckets are sure to delight kids of all ages. And with admission prices starting at just $3 after 4 p.m., it's the perfect destination for budget-conscious families. Kids 2 and under get in free, and we offer discounts for youth, adults, and seniors. So pack up the sunscreen and swimsuits and come make a splash with us!
VETERANS PARK POOL & WATERSLIDE
Splash into summer fun at 14300 Veterans Drive in Woodbridge! Our outdoor pool has everything you need for a refreshing day of aquatic adventure: thrilling slides, an exciting diving board, and a convenient snack bar. Children under 2 swim for free, while youth (3-17) can jump in for just $7.50. Adults and seniors (60+) can enjoy the water for a steal at $7 and after 4 p.m., the price drops to just $6.50. Don't miss out on the fun; come make a splash with us!
HAMMILL MILL POOL
Location: 1721 Carter Ln., Woodbridge
Attractions: Make a splash at our outdoor pool complete with slides and refuel at the snack bar.
Admission: Kids 2 and under get in free! Adults, youths, and seniors can all enjoy for under $6. Don't forget the discounted $3 evening rate after 4 p.m.!
Join us for a splashin' good time at 14730 Birchdale Ave. in Dale City! Our pool is loaded with fun features like a diving board and floating obstacles. Don't let the cost keep you out of the water - kids 2 and under get in free! Prices vary for youth, adults, and seniors, but after 4 p.m. everyone can swim for just $3. Make a splash this summer at our lively pool!
CHINN AQUATICS AND FITNESS CENTER
Get ready to dive into the ultimate aquatic adventure at Woodbridge's 13025 Chinn Park Dr. This pool paradise boasts luxurious whirlpools, a 40-meter main pool, and a leisure pool for those just looking to soak up some rays. Take relaxation to the next level with their dry saunas and outdoor sun deck. And don't forget about the thrilling diving board and baby pool for the littlest of swimmers.
With prices like youth (3-15) for just $6, adults (16-59) for $9, and seniors (60+) for an unbeatable $6, you can enjoy this family-friendly hotspot without breaking the bank. And if you need to bring the whole gang, family swim (four people) is only $18! So grab your favorite floatie and get ready for a splashing good time at this must-visit destination.
SHARRON BAUCOM DALE CITY RECREATION CITY
Check out 14300 Minnieville Rd., Dale City! Our pool features a relaxing whirlpool, stimulating lap pool, and exciting aquatics classes. Bring the whole family and enjoy our reasonable prices, starting at just $6 for youth (ages 3-15). Adults (16-59) and seniors (60+) can dive in for just $9 and $6, respectively. Or make it a family affair with our four-person swim deal for only $18. Make a splash and come visit us today!
Get ready to cool off in the most exhilarating way possible! This waterpark boasts a dizzying array of features, including a lazy river, a beach area, and not one, but TWO four-story waterslides. Plus, there's a diving board, outdoor pools, and even a baby pool for the little ones. And when you get hungry, stop by the snack bar for delicious eats. Prices are affordable for everyone, ranging from free for ages 2 and under to $16.25-$17.25 for guests over 48 inches. So grab a towel and head on over to 7500 Ben Lomond Park Dr., Manassas, for some fun in the sun!
Dive into thrilling aquatic adventures and spike some fun in the sand! This water park has got it all. Our water slides will take your breath away while our sand volleyball court is ready to serve up some fun. Kids can splash around in the children's wading pool and climb atop a giant hippo. Don't forget to refresh yourself with some tasty snacks from our snack bar.
Now, let's talk about prices. Kids ages 2 and under get in for free, and guests under 48 inches are just $8.25. If you're over 48 inches tall, it's only $8.75 to make a splash. Seniors 60 and up also get in for $8.25. Visit us at 5301 Dale Blvd. in Woodbridge and get ready to make some unforgettable memories!
Summer is a time to relax and enjoy life, and there's no better way to beat the heat than by enjoying some fun in the sun at one of these amazing public pools or water parks! Whether you're looking for a day of splashing around with friends, or just want a quiet afternoon lounging poolside, you can find something to suit all tastes. So take the plunge and plan your summer days around these incredible pools and water parks for an unforgettable summer experience. Have fun, stay safe, and never forget your sunscreen!
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Beat the Heat in Style! A Guide to the Best Public Pools and Water Parks This Summer