When the summer heat and humidity descend on the DC area, families don't have to hide out indoors in the air conditioning. There are plenty of fun ways to beat the heat outdoors—sprinkler parks, spraygrounds, and splash pads; free public swimming pools in DC; parks with beaches near DC; and more. But perhaps one of the most fun ways to cool off outside is to visit one of the many outdoor water parks near DC.
We've rounded up 12 outdoor water parks near DC that will keep kids of all ages and their grown-ups splashing, sliding, and laughing all day long. These water parks in Northern Virginia and Maryland offer a variety of fun features like wave pools, lazy rivers, and water slides of all shapes and sizes. They also all have concession stands and snack bars so families can make a day of it.