Escape the summer heat by splashing into these fun, family friendly water works. No matter the experience level or need to beat the heat, these local venues promise safe, exciting amusement all season long. With fun extras from tubing to sand volleyball, sweat it out and cool it off with Baltimore’s best waterparks and pools.
Six Flags America Water Park
13710 Central Ave.
Bowie/Mitchellville, Md. 20721
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With Hurricane Bay, one of the largest wave pools in the country, and Hurricane Harbor, which hosts extreme tubing and multi-passenger rafting rides, Six Flags Water Park is one of the most exciting places to cool down this summer. Choose from a variety of wet and wild adventures on rides such as Bahama Blast, Bamboo Chutes, The Halfpipe, Tornado and ZoomAzon Falls. Each ride is rated from mild to maximum thrills to accommodate different ages and heights. If you’re looking to sit back, tan and relax, enjoy a leisurely float down the lazy river.
Chesapeake Beach Water Park
4079 Gordon Stinnett Blvd.
Chesapeake Beach, Md. 20732
Price: $18 riders 48 inches or taller/$16 riders shorter than 48 inches and senior citizens/free children age 2 and younger/$59 per season pass/discounts on all rates for county residents/admission includes tubes and free parking
Chesapeake Beach Water Park is home to eight exciting water slides plus fountains, waterfalls, a lagoon, a kid activity pool and lots of other surprises to treat everyone to a cool time. The fun doesn’t stop here when the sun goes down: Plan to stay late for a one-of-a-kind experience riding Chesapeake’s night slides. In addition to Cabana rentals and swim lessons, guests will enjoy the new Beachcomber Grill, a delicious place for hot-off-the-grill burgers, personal pizzas, nachos, fries, funnel cake, Hawaiian shaved ice and Dip N’ Dots. For an unforgettable photo opportunity, be sure to check the park’s calendar to catch special visits this summer by Sponge Bob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer and Elmo.
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Meadowbrook Aquatic & Fitness Center
5700 Cottonworth Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21209
Price: $689 family/$368 single
One of the few Maryland locations offering the Michael Phelps Swim School, Meadowbrook provides both outdoor and indoor pools to meet every swimming need. Its main outdoor pool is 50 meters long and 10 lanes wide and may be used for lap swimming and training. It also features a diving board on the deep end. The children’s outdoor pool has a max depth of 2.5 feet and is conveniently separated from the main pool by a fence. In addition to the benefits of a fully shaded lawn, this kiddie pool guarantees unlimited entertainment with its raindrop fountain, shallow water jets, a squirting whale and air bubblers for kids. Indoor pools here may also be used for lap swimming, training, deep water physical therapy and advanced swim lessons.
705 Hampton Ln.
Towson, Md. 21286
Price: $600 annual membership per family
Serving the Towson community since the summer of 1955, the Hampton Pool Association provides a safe, relaxing environment for families to stay cool. Take a dip in the 35-yard swimming pool that deepens from 3 to 9 feet, practice diving at the diving well, or enjoy the comforts of a secure kiddie pool during your visit. Plus, covered cabanas and pavilion tables with gas grills are the perfect opportunity for a delicious picnic lunch or dinner. Additional activities include basketball, sand volleyball, ping pong, a children’s playground and a six square court. Check the pool’s calendar regularly as family activity nights are scheduled throughout the summer and include catered food with upbeat music.
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