By Laura Catherine Hermoza
The summer is sizzling and, in all likelihood, so is your desire to beat the heat.
Water parks are always a blast, and fortunately, there are several in close proximity to Baltimore. Here are a few you should consider visiting before the end of the summer.
North Arundel Aquatic Center
7888 Crain Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Whether you’re seeking a leisurely swim, a chance to practice laps or full-fledged water park fun, this is a great place to visit. Take the plunge on a 134-foot water slide or enjoy the “splashdown” area. For adults, there is even a poolside spa to enjoy while the kids slide and splash around. Sliders must be 48 inches or taller to ride, but for shorter visitors, there is also a special preschooler’s water slide.
Glenn Dale Splash Park
11901 Glenn Dale Blvd.
Glenn Dale, MD 20769
Glen Dale Splash Park is another great pick for aquatic fun. With many on-site features and amenities, you and your family can enjoy hours of aquatic activities. Whether you want to spend a day splashing around in the pool, swimming laps or sailing down the water slide, you’re in for refreshment, relaxation and a whole host of summertime fun. You’ll also find onsite locker rooms, showers and changing facilities as well as vending and picnicking areas.
2844 Snydersburg Road
Hampstead, MD 21074
Nestled in the heart of Hampstead is Cascade Lake, a hidden gem for many residents in the greater Baltimore area. The lake itself is a majestic wonder that spans six acres and offers a host of aquatic activities, like fishing and swimming. The roped off swimming area even features various different water slides, making this lake a bucolic water park of sorts. You’ll also find additional wet fun at the onsite Spray ‘N’ Play Ground with geysers, sprayers, falling water and other aquatic features perfect for getting wet without the full submersion of swimming or sliding.
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Splash Park South Germantown
18056 Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20841
South Germantown Recreational Park features include water bucket drops, animals that spray water, a slide and even a cave with a waterfall. Also take note of some of the site’s one-of-a-kind attributes like the water maze with 280 jets and the jumping pillow in the splash area. In addition to wonderful wet delights, there is also a fantastic 18-hole miniature golf course right next door. You will find restrooms, changing rooms and lockers right onsite as well.
Chesapeake Beach Water Park
4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave.
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
As a noted resort community within convenient driving range to Baltimore, a daytrip to Chesapeake Beach is a wonderful way to enjoy beach-themed activities without the lengthy drive all the way to Ocean City.
Visitors of all ages to the waterpark can experience a wide range of onsite aquatic attractions. The lagoon and kid-friendly activity pool provide more docile pastimes while eight onsite slides allow you to plunge into high-speed adventure. There are also various waterfalls, fountains and other watery wonders as well as plenty of park amenities, including pavilions for rent. You’ll also find all the necessary changing and restroom facilities on location, as well as concessions.