So pools aren't your thing. And the beach is too far.
No problem. That's what water parks are for!
And the D.C. area has no shortage. In order to break down the fun and help you decide, we've put together a list of our favorite water parks!
Let's get tubular and slide into some fun:
Location: 13710 Central Ave, Mitchellville, Md. 20721 It's no secret that the Six Flags amusement park in Prince George's County, Md. is filled with thrills. Their water park is no exception. With a five-story water treehouse, one of the largest wave pools in the country and now this: the Bonzai Pipelines, six slides on one platform that drops thrill seekers, literally, down this incredibly fast slide. And by fast we mean speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Cost: Admission is never cheap when we're talking about amusement parks. If you buy a daily pass three days in advance, it costs $39.99. Prices go up from there. But of course, you can also jump on any of the park rides! For kids under 48", the prices drops a bit -- only $37.99 at the gate. The park also sells season passes. Distance from D.C.: About 40 minutes
Location: 4001 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, Va. 22304 (Cameron Run Regional Park) Great Waves Water Park, located within Cameron Run Regional Park, is popular for its wave pool (for which it takes its name). But it's also home to a four-story with three flumes for a few more thrills. Great Waves is one of very few water parks in the D.C. area with lap lanes, so you can get some exercise and have fun! Cost: Quite a bit less than Six Flags! For $11.50 for those less than 48 inches tall and $14.50 for those taller 48 inches. For those who live outside of Virginia, the cost is 25 cents more. Distance from D.C.: Around 20 minutes
Location: 7500 Ben Lomond Park Drive, Manassas, Va. 20110 It's basically impossible to avoid a Splash Down commercial if you listen to the radio any time during the summer. Splash Down is Northern Virginia's largest water park -- eleven acres (and large enough to have its own Wikipedia page). And it has a lot going for it, including a bat slide, a number of different slides, a lazy river, of course, and a "zero depth" beach area -- with sand! Cost: $11.25 for those 48 inches and below and $14.95 for those above 48 inches. They also sell season passes for $75. Distance from D.C.: Approximately 45 minutes
Location: 4079 Gordon Stinnett Blvd, Chesapeake Beach, Md. 20732 Chesapeake Beach Water Park doesn't have an enormous slide to bank its reputation on, but what it lacks in thrills it easily makes up for in atmosphere. The park sports a faux-rocky terrain that makes the lazy river and the park's largest water slide (it does have small-ish slides) cool to lookout and to ride. And if you get bored of the caves and bridges that line the lazy river, you can drive down the street and take a dip in the Chesapeake Bay! Cost: For those 48 inches or taller, admission is $18. For those under 48 inches, the entrance fee is $16. Prices for Calvert County and Chesapeake Beach residents is a bit less and the park also sells season passes. Distance from D.C.: Around 50 minutes
Location: 512 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 The water park in Bohrer Park is owned and operated by the City of Gaithersburg and is one of the cost-friendly parks in the area. But it's also fairly small. The park does feature a double water slide, a splash pool for the young ones and lap lanes! Also, there is minigolf next door (WIN). Cost: For the vast majority of D.C. area residents, the park admission is $6.75 on weekdays and $8 on weekends. If you do happen to live in Gaithersburg, admission costs $5.75 no matter the day. Distance from D.C.: About 35 minutes
Did your favorite water park fail to make our list? Maybe we missed something! Let us know!