School's out for the summer and we can't think of anything
better to do on a hot, humid summer day than splashing with your
kids in some of our local water parks. Here are our picks for some
attractions to check out.
With an 80-degree drop (that's practically straight down!), the
Mega Wedgie at Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee may
result in a little discomfort-and a whole lot of "I'm screaming
because it's fun!"
Splash Station in Joliet is always up for some good-natured
competition, especially at Miner's Mountain, the
Midwest's only six-lane racing slide. But make sure you don't close
your eyes or you'll miss out on seeing who goes underwater
707,000 gallons doesn't compare to Lake Michigan, but it's still
pretty impressive. Check out Tsunami Bay at Magic
Waters in Rockford, the largest wave pool in the state. Plus, it's
heated, which makes it better than our chilly shores any day!
If you've got little ones at home, the best option might be a
wading pool-but we're not talking about that little blow-up thing
you've got in your backyard. Check out Centennial Family
Aquatics Center in Wilmette, where the fenced-in wading
pool maxes out at 1 1/2 feet. There's even a mini-slide to help
tots feel like big kids.
Deep River Waterpark in Merrillville, Ind., has the ultimate
claim to fame: the Double Dueling Cannon Bowl, the
first ride of its kind in the world. You'll be dizzy with
excitement as you spin around a "bowl" before finally splashing
into the water.
If you're going to hit a water park, you may as well get
completely wet (don't worry about your hair!). At Kangaroo
Falls in Yorkville's Raging Waves, the whole family can
climb on cargo nets and cross bridges, but beware: every so often,
the giant bucket fills with 1,000 gallons of water-and then dumps
it on those below.
If you're in the mood to just lay back and relax, head to
Splash Country in Aurora, which boasts a
1,100-foot-long lazy river. Sure, there are a few disruptions like
dumping buckets, sprayers, jets and bubbling rapids, but that's
Find over 40 water parks, indoors and out, located around
Chicago in our water park directory.