10 of the Best Southern California Water Parks

10 of the Best Southern California Water Parks

June 7, 2022

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Looking for a cool day out with the family to beat the heat? Check out one of Southern California’s water parks! There is something for everyone at these water wonderlands. From thrilling water slides to relaxing lazy rivers, you’re sure to have a great time. Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and head to one of our favorite Southern California water parks.

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10 of the Best Southern California Water Parks

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Los Angeles

Looking for something to do in the Los Angeles area? There’s a lot to ‘WOW!’ about in Hurricane Harbor. Heart-pounding water slides, calming lazy rivers, and family-friendly play zones are just a few of the exciting features you’ll find at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.

Knott’s Soak City Water Park in California

Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, located in Buena Park, is a 15-acre water adventure park adjacent to Knott’s Berry Farm. Soak City is home to 23 speed, tube, and body slides. The top attractions include Shore Break, with six different waterslide experiences and a thrilling family raft ride, The Wedge; the 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay wavepool; a one-third-mile Sunset River; and the three-story Beach House, with 200 water guns, nozzles, sprayers, and other interactive surprises. Soak City is open from mid-May until early-September. Separate admission is required.

Wild Rivers

Wild Rivers, located in the center of Irvine and the Great Park, is trying to reclaim its position as Southern California’s best waterpark. They are returning completely new and greater than ever, despite the fact that they have been there for nearly 30 years. The newly re-constructed waterpark spans 20 acres and feature 20 rides, three restaurants, and unending entertainment.

Raging Waters

Raging Waters Los Angeles, approximately 20 minutes from the Anaheim Resort area in San Dimas, has a ton to offer. This 50-acre water adventure is sure to bring gallons of fun and thrills for the entire family, with more rides, slides, and attractions than any other water park in California. If you can’t make it to the beach, grab a board and surf the Flowrider. If you’re looking for some relaxation, float along the Amazon River or catch a wave at the Wave Pool. Kids Kingdom and Splash Island will never get old for younger visitors.

Guests of all ages have a raging time at Raging Waters, California’s Largest Waterpark, whether they are gentle, wild, or somewhere in between.

The Cove Waterpark

The Cove Waterpark in Riverside, California, offers water-play areas for children of all ages. The Cove is a terrific place for families to cool down on hot summer days.

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

Castaway Cove, a water-filled pirate playground with slides, water cannons, and a pirate ship with a splash, will delight both young and old. Speedy, the turtle, splash fountains, and a toddler pool with beach-style access will delight tiny swashbucklers at “Speedy’s Sprayground.”

Splash! Buccaneer Bay at La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center, La Mirada

Splash! is an exciting, family-oriented venue in La Mirada, California that offers fun and fitness to people of all ages. The property includes a family-friendly water park as well as top-notch competition and instructional pools.

Great Wolf Lodge, Anaheim

The Great Wolf Lodge resort in Garden Grove, near Los Angeles, offers both indoor and dry-land activities. Your stay includes access to the water park’s 14 slides and four pools, which are kept at a comfortable 84 degrees all year.

DryTown Water Park, Palmdale

DryTown is the best place to take kids in the Antelope Valley, as well as the best spot for wet and wild fun! With six acres of beautifully manicured attractions, they have something for everyone in the family. Grab a tube and ride down Big Rock River, or compete for the win on Dusty’s Mineshaft Racer. Younger children will enjoy splashing around in Little Miner’s Camp, while thrill seekers will delight in twisting and turning down DryTown’s thrilling slides.

Legoland Water Park, Carlsbad

The LEGOLAND Water Park in Carlsbad, California, has over seven slides, sandy beaches, and the unique Build-A-Raft River, as well as Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Parks, totaling ten acres of LEGO-themed water enjoyment!

So there you have it, our favorite Southern California water parks! What are you waiting for? Head to one of these amazing water parks! You’re sure to have a splashing good time!

Looking for something else to do in Southern California? Here are some more fun family activities perfect for summer vacation:

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The Best Botanical Gardens In Southern California

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