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The Wonders of Water Parks
Water parks offer plenty of refreshing summertime fun for the whole family. Best of all, they have something for everyone, from the adrenaline-pumping thrills of steep water slides to obstacle courses, lazy rivers and those splash pads the little ones just can’t seem to get enough of. Here are a few places you can indulge your love of camping and have lots of fun at a water park at the same time:
MARYLAND | Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort
This Maryland park offers not just one 400’ water side, but TWO of them that are named Ranger’s Revenge and Picnic Plunge. They’re part of a huge water playground called Yogi Bear’s Water Zone which also includes a 3,200 square foot interactive pool, an 8-foot rain drop, and built-in seating with hydro-therapy jets for the adults to enjoy! The kids will love the interactive splash pad. It’s filled with fun features like a pirate ship, water cannons, a slide and blasters. Check the park’s website to see the dates the water park is open. Prime season runs from June 9 to September 3.
VIRGINIA | Williamsburg KOA
This 180-acre campground, located minutes from historic Colonial Williamsburg, not only has its own heated pool and splash pad — it makes the ideal “home base” for visiting Water Country USA. This massive water park has a wide variety of attractions like the 1,500’ Hubba Hubba Highway river adventure, the Malibu Pipeline and Meltdown flume rides, and an “epic” drop slide called Vanish Point. There’s also the Surfer’s Bay Wave Pool, and attractions specially designed for kids, including the Cow-A-Bunga splash zone and the H2O and Kritter Korral water playgrounds.
FLORIDA | Sun N Fun RV Resort
There’s water water everywhere at this large Florida park. It features a Wibit water obstacle course, a mega slide, open-air dive-in movie system with a 21’ screen, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a splash pool, kiddie boats and hot tubs, too! On July 7-9, the park is hosting a Wet N’ Wild Weekend that will include a dive-in movie, water wars, water balloons, a Slip N Slide and Wibit contests.
OHIO | Austin Lake Park
An 80-acre stocked lake is the centerpiece of this park, so it offers plenty of ways to have water-based fun. It features Wibit and Rockit inflatable water attractions, paddleboats, kayaks, a tube slide, canoes, bumper boats and pontoon rentals. Austin Lake is located in eastern Ohio about an hour west of Pittsburgh.
INDIANA | Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp Resort at Barton Lake
There are plenty of ways for your family to make a splash at this park in northeast Indiana! It includes an indoor pool, three outdoor pools, a water splash park, Aqua Play Zone and three giant water slides. You can also rent paddle boats and row boats. And, of course, the kids always love meeting Yogi Bear and his friends Boo Boo, Cindy Bear and Ranger Smith.
Find Out More
These are just a few of the many campgrounds throughout the country that make it easy for your family to enjoy all of the fun that water parks have to offer. To find more, go to our “Find a Park” search page. Then click on “Advanced Search,” enter your preferred geographic area, click on “Recreation” and select “WaterPark/Slides.”