12 Water Parks to Visit This Summer – NBC Chicago
Whether you’re more of a lazy river person, or more of a water slide person, you’re in luck — water parks in Illinois have got it all.
As the sun beats down and summer in Illinois continues, here are a dozen options for you to float around in an inner tube, race down a water slide, dive into a quarry or hop around on lily pads.
Cypress Cove, Woodridge
Cypress Cove in Woodridge opened for the season on May 28 and features a man-made beach, a water playground, waterslides, a 600-foot lazy river and more, according to the website. The park is open Monday by Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., and 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekends.
Daily admission begins at $10.50 for Woodridge residents. The park is located at 8301 S. Janes Ave. The park is open Memorial Day weekend by Labor Day weekend.
Centennial Beach, Naperville
observe quite a swimming pool and not quite a lake, Centennial Beach in Naperville is open for the season and features water activities like beach side and paddleboard yoga and more. The historic stone quarry known as a local “swimming hole” also includes a zero-thoroughness entry, the website says.
Hours vary and daily fees begin at $9 for Naperville residents.
Centennial Beach, at at 500 W. Jackson Ave. opened Memorial Day weekend, and will keep open by by Labor Day weekend.
Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, Gurnee
The lodge giant indoor water park in Gurnee is open year-round and includes a four-story water fort tree house, a lazy river, a water playground complete with basketball hoops, multiple water slides and “Coyote Cannon,” where visitors drop 40 feet before spinning down a water jet-fueled vortex, the website says.
Day passes are limited based on calendar availability. Half-day passes start at $44, and complete day passes start at $55. The park is located at 1700 Nations Dr.
Hurricane shelter, Gurnee, Rockford
In Gurnee, Hurricane shelter includes multiple waterslides with one at a nearly 80-degree drop, a surf simulator, water racing and Tsunami Surge, the world’s tallest water coaster, according to the website.
Rockford Hurricane shelter features a lazy river, a tailspin waterslide, a free-fall waterslide ride and, according to the park, Tsunami Bay, Illinois’ largest wave pool.
Single day tickets at either Gurnee or Rockford start at $29.99. Parking is additional. Both locations opened June 4 and close Sept. 5.
Hurricane shelter Gurnee is nearby to Six Flags Great America, at 1 Great America Pkwy. Hurricane shelter Rockford is at 7820 Cherryvale N Blvd in Cherry Valley.
Mystic Waters Family marine Center, Des Plaines
A family-friendly park with two 37-foot water slides, a zero-thoroughness leisure pool, a kids area called Beluga Beach and a 550-foot lazy river, according to the website.
Mystic Waters is open for the season. Daily admission begins at $16.50 for Des Plaines residents. The park is located at 2025 Miner Street and is open by Aug. 14, with two additional post-season days Aug. 20 and 21
Otter Cove marine Park, St. Charles
Otter Cove opened for the season May 28 and includes drop dives, a toddler and activity pool, racer and tube slides, a lazy river, a sand play area, sand volleyball and more, according to the website.
Daily admission for the park, at 3615 Campton Hills Rd. begins at $11 for St. Charles residents. Closing day is Sept. 5.
Centennial Water Park, Orland Park
With a zero-thoroughness pool, a cliff jump, multiple tube and racing slides and waterfalls, Centennial Water Park’s season runs Memorial Day by Labor Day, according to the website.
Daily admission begins at $8 for Orland Park residents. The park is located at 14700 Ravinia Ave and is open by Sept. 5.
Paradise Bay Water Park, Lombard
With zero-thoroughness entry pool, water slides, a drop slide, a 12-foot dive well and an 8 lane lap pool, Paradise Bay is open Memorial Day weekend and will keep open by Sept. 5, according to the website.
Daily admission for residents of Lombard begins at $16.
Raging groups Waterpark, Yorkville
According to the website, Raging Waters is Illinois’ largest waterpark sitting on 58 acres and features 32 water slides, a wave pool, three kiddie pools, a racing slide and a lazy river.
Tickets begin at $44.99. Parking is an additional fee.
The park is located at 4000 N. Bridge St. It opened June 4, and closes on Sept. 5.
Rainbow Falls Waterpark, Elk Grove Village
The family-friendly park includes floating lily pads, a water playground with bucks of dumping water, a speedy “Pelican drop” waterslide, a tot pool, four giant waterslides and more, according to the website.
The park, at 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd opened June 4, with the season running by Aug. 7. Daily admission starts at $10 for Elk Grove residents.
Santa Springs at Santa’s Village, East Dundee
Located at Santa’s Village entertainment Park at 601 Dundee Ave. this Caribbean themed park has a zero-thoroughness entry to a 10,000 square foot wading pool, multiple slides, cabanas and more, according to the website.
According to the website, the park will not open if the weather is below 72 degrees. Opening day was June 4, and closing day is Sept. 5.
Single day admission tickets begin at $15.99, and include admission to Santa’s Village.
Splash County Water Park, Aurora
According to the website, Splash County Water Park has the second-largest lazy river in Illinois, at 1,100 feet. The park also features open and closed tube slides, regulation and volleyball courts and more.
The park, at 195 S. Barnes Road opened June 4. It will keep open by Aug. 7, and then weekends only from Aug. 13-Sept. 4. Tickets begin at $8 for Aurora residents.
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