Seven outdoor water parks around Chicago


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.


Most likely to live up to its name

The Mega Wedgie at Hurricane Harbor

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!"


Most likely to indulge your competitive side

Miner's Mountain at Splash Station

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 first.


Most like the beach

Tsunami Bay at Magic Waters

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!


Best for getting your feet wet

Centennial Family Aquatics Center

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.


Most progressive

Double Dueling Cannon Bowl at Deep River

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.


Best chance of getting soaked

Kangaroo Falls at Raging Waves

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.


Best for a lazy day

Splash Country's Lazy River

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 relaxing, right?!


Find more water parks in our directory

Find over 40 water parks, indoors and out, located around Chicago in our water park directory.


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