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Cool! These Campgrounds Have Their Own Water Parks!
Water parks offer a fun way to beat the summer heat, and kids just can’t seem to get enough of them. The great news is that there are campgrounds across the country that have their own water parks built right in, so you can accomplish two things in one – enjoy a great family camping trip and have plenty of cool, refreshing fun without leaving the campground! Here are a few choices to consider:
Ocean City, Maryland
This 600-site campground pays tribute to the American Old West and has a water park that offers attractions
for all ages. There’s the Waterin’ Hole, a shallow wading pool that features a covered wagon, mini-slides, cactus
fountains and water sprays ideal for the younger ones. Older kids and adults can race each other down Red Bird’s Mountain, a giant triple-lane waterslide or take a ride on the Tubin’ Flumes. For a more relaxing experience, guests can float the day away on the Lazy River. Campers at Frontier Town and its sister campground, Fort Whaley, receive free access to the water park.
Gardiner, New York
Set on 90 lush acres overlooking the Wallkill River, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Lazy River opened a new interactive splash pad last year called Yogi Bear’s Water Zone. This fun, 40,000 square foot water playground has two 100-foot waterslides, a 750-gallon hydro storm, kiddie slides, a fort, water cannon, spray features and more. Cabin and campsite rates include use of the park’s amenities for a family of four.
Located just 10 minutes from downtown Nashville on 14,000-acre Percy Priest Lake, Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort is a water-lovers paradise that promises “more than one million gallons of summer fun.” It features Big Kahuna, an exciting raft slide that starts atop a 57-foot platform and offers plenty of twists and turns, and the 25,000 Breaker Bay Wave Pool that creates rolling waves up to four feet high. The park also has a 1,000-foot lazy river called Castaway Creek, and there’s Kowabunga Beach, a four-story water structure that has more than 70 interactive features, including four water slides, a giant bucket that tips hundreds of gallons of water every few minutes, water jets, bridges, tunnels and more. Campers staying at a cabin or RV site at Nashville Shores receive exclusive discounts on water park admission.
This 200-acre family-friendly park located 18 miles west of Tulsa has taken the concept of a water park to a whole new level! Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Keystone Lake recently opened its Wibit floating water park. This massive attraction features dozens of giant, colorful, inflatable obstacles that offers plenty of water fun for kids of all ages. Access to the water park is included in campsite rentals.
Santa Claus, Indiana
What could be more fun for kids than a water park? How about one that’s based on Santa Claus? Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort features Santa’s Splash Down Waterpark. It includes two fiberglass slides, one that’s 344 feet long and the other spanning 296 feet, and guests slide down both of them on inner tubes. There’s also the Trippo, the world’s largest inflatable water slide that includes three slides. All-day rates are $8.95 per person and the rate goes down to $5.95 for the second consecutive day. For the little ones, there’s the Dasher Splasher Splash Pad that does not require a paid wristband, and admission is free to the Blitzen Bay and Baby Blitzen pools.
Canyon Lake, Texas
This park is already equipped with a swimming pool and splash pad, and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort Hill Country added a new attraction last year – an interactive water playground. It offers lots of water-based fun, including water cannons, slides, blasters, a hydro storm and more. Cabin and campsite rates include use of the park’s amenities for a family of four.