The theme of summer is always: keep cool. And what better way to stay cool and have fun than visiting a nearby waterpark. Slides, lazy rivers, surf simulators, whirpools, and even swim-up bars for the adults; we've got a list of great waterparks not too far from the Philly area. So grab your bathing suits and towels, and get ready for an adventure.
Crocodile Flats obstacle course. Photo courtesy of Sahara Sam's.
Sahara Sam's Oasis- West Berlin, NJ
Always 84 degrees, this indoor waterpark is perfect for year-round adventures. The indoor area has lots of unique slides, the state's only surfing simulator, an obstacle course, an adorable toddler area, and more. In summer, the park also offers an outdoor beach area, featuring a leisure pool, full service tiki bar, splash park, and a huge wave pool. Sam's also has an arcade area when kids need a break from the water.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor- Jackson, NJ
If you like water rides that thrill, Hurricane Harbor is the place for you. Check out the Big Wave Racer, an 1,800 foot slide with lots of steep drops, Cannonball, Wahini, and Jurahnimo Falls, which features a 75 foot drop, or the Tornado, a 132 foot tunnel. Not into high speeds and big drops? No problem, Hurricane Harbor also offers family tube rides and kids rides, as well as the brand new toddler-friendly Carribean Cove, opening soon.
CoCo Key Water Resort- Mt. Laurel, NJ
This indoor water park and hotel features a lazy river, an interactive aquatic jungle gym, some crazy slides, a toddler area with baby slides and baby bungees, a spa, and more. Parents and kids alike will love this resort, and if you don't feel like driving home after a long day of fun, stay the night!
Sesame Place's waterpark is perfect for the little one's in your family. Photo courtesy of Sesame Place on Facebook.
Sesame Place- Langhorne, PA
Sesame Place is the perfect waterpark for the littlest adventurer. Kids will love playing on the Count's Splash Castle, riding the huge slip 'n' slide, or going down the ever-popular Sky Splash featuring oversized toys like an 8 foot rubber duckie! The best part is, admission gets you into the whole park, so kids can do more than just play in the water.
Clementon Park Splash World- Clementon, NJ
Clementon Park has it all. From the waterpark, to thrill rides and family rides, there's definitely a full day's worth of adventure here. The waterpark features Shipwreck Bay, a racing slide with vertial dropes and plunges, a huge wave pool, and torpedo rush- a 60 foot tall free fall slide.
The Splashplex- Mt. Laurel, NJ
Part of The Funplex, which features indoor and outdoor attractions, a boardwalk, bowling, and more, Splashplex features cabana rentals, several 5 story tall speed slides, an activity pool, and a water play structure.
Caribbean Indoor Water Park- Lancaster, PA
Caribbean is Lancaster's first indoor waterpark and is open year-round. It features a spa with waterfalls for the adults in the group, water slides, an activity pool with basketball hoops, a wading pool with dump buckets, and more.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom- Allentown, PA
The best part about Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is you get into both parks for one admission price! Wildwater Kingdom features so many great attractions- a water funhouse, a sumbarine play area with slides for kids, lollipop lagoon, and splash landing. And that's just what it has for smaller kids! It also has giant wave pools, serpentine slides, 2 different lazy rivers, one of the longest elevated water slides in the world, a racing slide, and a 450 foot long free fall slide.
Riders go head first down Patriot's Plunge. Photo courtesy of Breakwater Beach.
Jenkinson's Breakwater Beach Waterpark at Casino Pier- Seaside Heights, NJ
A great place to visit while you're at the shore, Breakwater Beach offers free fall slides, serpentine slides, a mat race slide with plunge drop, an interactive multi-level splash play area, and hot tub springs. Yes, hot tub springs.
For a unique waterpark experience, AquaPark is located on a quarry lake. Photo courtesy of Dutch Springs on Facebook.
Dutch Springs' AquaPark- Bethlehem, PA
Definitely the most unique waterpark on this list, the AquaPark at Dutch Springs is an old flooded quarry turned 50-acre lake. This lake features inflatable rides and slides, a water jump trampoline, rafts, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Dutch Springs also offers other Sky Challenge, a 2 story tall rock climbing wall and ropes course challenge, boat rentals, and camping. So, you can make a whole weekend out of it!
Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark- Tannersville, PA
This outdoor waterpark features lots of great attractions. Its thrill rides include SandStorm, a huge funnel tube ride, Triple Venom, a 6 story tall ride that features 3 different slides all with high speeds, quick turns, and huge drops, Vortex, body-ride bowl slides, and Spin Cycle, tube-ride bowl slides. It also includes lots of fun splash and water play areas for kids and a surf simulator. Camelbeach also has zip-lining, Euro Bungee, freefall, a treetops adventure course, a mountain coaster, and a climbing wall. If you're too tired to drive home, or want to make a whole vacation out of it, stay at Camelback Hotel.
Kalahari Waterpark- Pocono Mountains, PA
Kalahari is also connected to a hotel with an outdoor pool and arcade. This park features a bodyboarding and surfing wave pool, water coasters and flume rides, a water play area for kids, a separate toddler area with tiny slides and activities, a basketball pool, and more. Kalahari also has a swim-up bar and whirpool spas for parents to relax and enjoy while kids play.
Photo courtesy of Kalahari Waterpark & Resort.