During the summer one of the most fun ways to cool off is at one of the local water parks. Here in Richmond there are four that make it easy to beat the heat. Fortunately, there are ways to save at each of the parks, making this an exciting and affordable activity.
Cobblestones Water Park: (13131 Overhill Lake Ln., Glen Allen, VA, 23059) is one of the largest concrete swimming pools in Virginia. There are shallow areas for the youngest swimmers to enjoy as well as large slides for thrill seekers. To save, patrons who plan to visit the park several times, consider purchasing the season pass. Children under 32” are free. (10:00 AM – 5:30 PM daily, beginning June 19)
Hadad’s Lake: (7900 Osborne Tpke, Richmond, VA, 23231) has two swimming areas with shallow water up to 4 feet as well as a deep section up to 16 feet. There is a rope swing, launch pad and diving boards. In addition to the water activities, the park offers volleyball, horseshoes, basketball and fishing. Children 3 and under are free; active military and family save $5 on admission. Season passes are available for families and individuals. Should you plan to visit more than 4 times this is the best deal.
Kings Dominion & Soak City (10061 Kings Dominion Blvd., Doswell, VA, 23047) offers plenty of fun for the entire family. From rides like Hurricane Heights for water-loving thrill seekers, to the Lazy Rider for those looking to relax, the options are plenty. Soak City also has a variety for children, including Lil’ Barefoot Beach, Lighthouse Landing and Sand Dune Lagoon. Private cabanas in the shade, are available to give you a break from the heat. Tickets to Soak City include admission to King’s Dominion. A season pass will save you, if you visit the park more than twice this season. Children ages 3-5, get free admission with a Pre-K pass; children 2 and under are free.
Water Country USA: (1 Busch Gardens Way, Williamsburg, VA, 23185) is Virginia’s largest water park and home to Virginia’s first water coaster, Cutback Water Coaster! Other exciting water rides are: Vanish Point, a drop slide, Malibu Pipeline which takes riders through twists and drops, and two childrens’ areas: H20 UFO and COW-A-Bunga. If relaxation is what you crave, patrons may reserve a lounger or cabana and enjoy a frozen beverage. To save on admission, consider purchasing the Water Country Fun Card, which allows for unlimited visits through September 12.
Remember, as temperatures climb and humidity is practically unbearable, RVA has plenty of options to beat the heat!
— By Lindsay Garrison
Richmond on the Cheap contributor Lindsay Garrison is a Richmond, Virginia based mom to two young children. A graduate from Chesterfield Schools and Randolph-Macon College, Lindsay is proud to call Richmond home. In the years prior to planning activities and outings with her own children, she was a French teacher. During her tenure she earned accolades for her creative teaching style and ability to connect with her students. Lindsay now applies the skills she learned when she was planning student trips to France, to her own family adventures. She can’t wait to take her own children to France one day! Follow the Garrison’s family adventures on Instagram: @thegarrisonsrva
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