Water parks in Maryland capture the beachside feel of the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay coast, with easy access from the mid-Atlantic region, from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Maryland water parks. --Holly Quinn
One of six Jolly Roger amusement parks in Ocean City, Splash Mountain offers 18 water attractions across the street from the beach. The park is accessible from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and the Delaware beaches.
The Rain ForestA main attraction at Splash Mountain is the Rain Forest -- part tree house, part water slide. It has water guns, slides that can accommodate the whole family, tipping buckets, water wheels and a pirate that dumps water on visitors.
Get Wet Or Stay DrySplash Mountain offers a wave pool, a water roller coaster, a rapids ride, flumes, slides and kiddie pools. In addition, the water park is situated on a lot with other Jolly Roger amusement parks featuring go-carts, dry rides and mini golf.
Dining OptionsThere are snack bars in the water park. Coolers are allowed, but glass bottles are prohibited. No alcohol is allowed or served in the park.
Safety RecordInjuries on the Jolly Roger's go-cart track have been reported, but there are no reports of major accidents at Splash Mountain. Splash Mountain has three first-aid stations and certified water-safety staff.
Address: 2901 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842
Hours: Splash Mountain is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June through August.
Price: All-day passes are $33.99 for guests taller than 42 inches, $12 for guests shorter than 42 inches, $16.99 for seniors and free for those younger than 3. Family passes and season passes are available. Jolly Roger rides outside of the water park are pay-as-you-go.
Chesapeake Beach Water Park
Small, picturesque and less than an hour from Washington, D.C., the Chesapeake Beach Water Park overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and offers eight water slides, tubing and swimming pools. While this cozy park caters to locals, out-of-towners are always welcome.
One Giant PoolThe Chesapeake Beach Water Park is basically one giant pool that includes twisty slides, a lazy river, a lagoon and fountains. This is a great park for swimmers who enjoy traditional pools as well as tubing and water slides.
Night SlidesA kiddie pool, water volleyball court, cabana rentals and swim lessons are available. Starting in 2011, the Chesapeake Beach Water Park offers night slides.
The Beachcomber GrillThe Beachcomber Grill offers pizza, burgers, salads, smoothies, snacks and treats such as Hawaiian shaved ice, Dippin' Dots and funnel cake. No alcohol is served. No outside food is allowed.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Chesapeake Beach Water Park. All Chesapeake Beach Water Park lifeguards are trained EMTs.
Address:4079 G Stinnett Blvd., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Hours:The park is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and until 10:30 p.m. Friday. Hours depend on the weather.
Price:Day passes are $18 for guests taller than 48 inches, $16 for those shorter than 48 inches and seniors, and free for those 3 and younger. Season passes, group rates and resident discounts are available.
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