Who says water slides, jet soakers, splash pads, and sprinklers are for hot weather use only? These indoor water parks (all super-close to the District) prove that getting wet and wild is a year round family-fun option—whether it’s 80 degrees or 20 degrees outside. What are you waiting for? Dig out your swimsuits and beach towels, and go make a splash.

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WaterPark at Massanutten 
Surfing in the Shenandoah Valley? Why not! Big kids ride the waves of this water park’s Pipeline—the largest indoor surf park in Virginia—while little ones slip and slide at the Frog Pond’s 12-inch deep pool.  From water cannons and body slides to tipping buckets and wading pools, there’s really something for everyone at this water-lovers oasis. And the best part? It’s a toasty 84 degrees all year long!

Distance from downtown D.C.: 2 hours

1822 Resort Drive (McGaheysville, Va)
540-437-3340
Cost: $38/adults; $26/kids; free/kids under 2
Online: massresort.com

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North Arundel Aqautic Center
You know a water park is the real deal when there’s a two-hour play limit per person. But, trust us, the cut off time is totally worth it. The water park is part of a massive swim center that, in addition to two pools, features a 134-foot water slide, splash down area, water buckets, preschool slide, vortex area and a poolside spa for grown-ups. Good to know: Kids must be 3 years old and completely potty trained to swim here.

Distance from downtown D.C.: 40 minutes

7888 Crain Highway (Glen Burnie, Md)
410-222-0090
Cost: $6-$8/adults; $4-$6/kids
Online: aacounty.org

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Rollingcrest-Chillum
The preschool set will fall in love with this year-round splash spot. In addition to a trio of 25 yard lap lanes and a family pool, this community center offers a water play area complete with slides and sprays. If your fall or winter baby has been jonesing for a pool party, they’re in luck—this aquatics zone offers indoor poolside parties ($200-$240), complete with 20 admissions and unlimited swimming. PARTY TIME.

Distance from downtown D.C.: 25 min.

6122 Sargent Rd. (Chillum, Md)
301-853-9155
Cost: $4-$6
Online: pgparks.com

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Germantown Swim Center
A swim meet hot spot, this aquatic venue comes with a whopping 60,000 square feet of lap pools, hydrotherapy pools, diving platforms and springboards. But the biggest attraction for the play-seeking set is the two massive water slides that go from one side of the lap pool to the other. There’s also smaller slides and a shallow wading area for the little fish in your school.

Distance from downtown D.C.: 40 minutes

18000 Central Park Cir. (Boyds, Md)
Cost: $6-$8/adults; $4-$7/kids
240-777-6830
Online: montgomerycountymd.gov

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Cub Run RECenter
The summer (and winter) chill spot features a leisure pool with a 30-foot-high slide that exits the building in an enclosed tube, a 20-foot-high slide with an open tube, a spa, a vortex, a current channel, an open shallow water area. Plus, tinier tots will work their wiggles out at the smaller slide and zero depth entry temp-controled pool for tiny tots who need some cooling off (er, warming up).

Distance from downtown D.C.: 30 minutes

4630 Stonecroft Blvd. (Chantilly, Va)
Cost: $6.50-$10/kids and adults; free/kids under 4
703-817-9407
Online: fairfaxcounty.gov

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Great Wolf Lodge
Make a weekend of it at this indoor water park resort that’s just a few minutes from Colonial Williamsburg. Spend the day zipping down River Canyon Run water slide, taking a turn on the Howlin’ Tornado, splashing in the zero-depth wave pool, or relaxing on the lazy river. And then wake up and do it all again the next day. The water park is over 79,000 square feet, so you’ll want to take it slow exploring it all.

Distance from downtown D.C.: 2 and a half hours

549 East Rochambeau Dr. (Williamsburg, Va)
800-551-9653
Online: greatwolf.com

 

Do you have a favorite indoor water park? Tell us about it in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photos courtesy of Massanutten, North Arundel Aquatic Center via Facebook, Ben S. via Yelp, Fairfax County, Rollingcrest-Chillum via Facebook