In the sun-kissed city of San Diego, there are numerous ways for families to enjoy Southern California’s warm weather. One way is heading for the area’s salt-water beaches. While the sun, sand and turquoise ocean waters are fun, for kids, what’s more fun is racing down water slides and rocking in the wave pool at a water park.
Luckily for you, San Diego has some of the best family-friendly water parks in the U.S.
Open May through August, and select weekends in September and October, with hours ranging from 10 a.m. until 5, 6 or 7 p.m. depending on the day and month in 2017.
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A SeaWorld water park, and the largest in San Diego, Aquatica San Diego is a real crowd pleaser. With twisting slides for all ages, a lazy river, wave pool, flamingos and freshwater turtles, it’s easy to see why. For the older and daring, get your heart pumping as you race down Taumata Racer, a 375-foot long racing slide that takes you around a 180-degree turn and in and out of tunnels before pushing you across the finish line. If relaxing and working on your tan is more your style, float down Loggerhead Lane. Or keep the whole family wet and laughing at Walkabout Waters, a four-story attraction that has slides, hoses, jets and geysers. And a newer feature that parents will love, the Cashless Wristband allows you to get drinks and snacks using this wristband that’s connected to your credit card that keeps you from having to go back to your locker and get your wallet every time someone is hungry.
Open the end of March through October 1 in 2017, with varying days and times (opens between 10 a.m. and noon and closes between 5 and 7 p.m.).
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This year is a big year for LEGOLAND California. Not only is the regular water park open, but also this summer, LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Park is reopening. The whole family will enjoy building their own LEGO raft to float down the not-so-lazy river, zipping down water slides, firing water canons at Pirate Reef and more. And at LEGO Legends of CHIMA, kids can build a LEGO boat and slide through the mouth of a crocodile. The best thing about LEGOLAND Water Park is that it’s not just a place to cool off on a hot day; it’s a place where water and learning go hand-in-hand, and kids enjoy every minute of it.
Park hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, while the fountain jet is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the fountain reflecting pool is open 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Located in San Diego County, Waterfront Park isn’t your typical theme park. Instead, it’s a waterfront open space right in downtown San Diego. Kids can cool off on a warm summer day in the interactive splash fountain and release their energy in the children’s play zone, while parents can enjoy the native plants garden and local public area. There are also plenty of spots to enjoy an afternoon family picnic.
Opens May 27, 2017, and stays open until September 24, with hours varying based on the day of the week (Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5:30 p.m.).
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About a 50-minute drive north from San Diego in Vista, that resides in San Diego County, is the very cool Wave Waterpark. This large water park has a lazy river to float down, slides to slither down, waves to boogie board on and a pool to swim in. For a very affordable price, visiting Waves Waterpark is a great way to cool off in the water and spend time with your family.
After a day out having some fun in the sun, get a dry and comfortable night’s sleep at the Holiday Inn San Diego, so you can do it all again the next day!