Don’t believe the hype! Washington state isn’t actually that rainy. In fact, the Evergreen State gets less rain than Boston, New York and Miami. And you know what pairs well with dry skies and warm weather? A water park, of course! Fortunately, Washington is home to a whole lot of them. Read on to discover the best water parks Washington has to offer!
Washington state may not be as rainy as the headlines would have you think, but it never hurts to have a weather-proof plan in place. Enter Great Wolf Lodge, North America’s largest family of indoor water parks.
Located in Grand Mound, a small community located about 20 minutes outside of Olympia, our indoor water park offers thrill rides, wave pools, a hot tub area and more!
We’ve also got some on-land activities for guests to enjoy. Once you dry off, you can explore our arcade, ropes course and build-a-bear-workshop.
With rides like “Riptide” and “Raging River Ride,” you know you’re in for a wild time! The Wild Waves Theme Park & Water Park also offers more low-key attractions, including the lazy river, wave pool and warming tubs! Located in Federal Way, WA, this amusement park contains a bunch of roller coasters, tower rides, zip lines and more. There’s also a wide variety of family rides, for those traveling with small kids. You better carve out a few hours for this one. There’s so much to explore in Federal Way’s Wild Waves Water Park!
Welcome to Birch Bay Waterslides, “where the fun always shines.” Located in Blaine, Washington, this waterpark has been in business for over 35 years. It contains eight fast slides that weave around the property. There’s also a kiddie pool, activity pool and hot tub!
The Snohomish Aquatic Center is just under an hour away from Seattle. The 52,000-square-foot facility is actually operated by the local school district. Over here, you’ll find a competition pool, a dive area, a “floating play structure” which has a swing, climbing walls, a jumping platform built in, a play pool and the “Splashtacular Waterslide,” which spans 151 feet long and 20 feet high. The kids will also love the “FlowRider,” the only surf simulation machine in the area!
The Surf ‘N Slide Water Park is a family-owned joint in Moses Lake, a particularly sunny side of the state. Here, you’ll find two separate water slides, each towering over 200 feet tall, a 300-foot lazy river, an artificial surf simulator and lots of other water park staples.
Situated next to the beautiful Lake Chelan, this water park offers a slew of activities, from 300-foot drops to rides down the lazy river. Thrill-seekers might want to check out the “Purple Haze,” a completely enclosed, pitch black slide that carries sliders through over 400 feet of twists turns and drops. There’s also a volleyball court and pavilion area for land lovers. We should note that Lake Chelan is one of the few areas in Washington that experiences 300 days of sunshine per year!
Looking for a place to take the kids that won’t break the bank? Visit the Lynwood Recreation Center! Admission is just under five dollars! Enjoy the center’s two huge water slides, water playground, lap pool, kiddie area with the family.
Located in the northwest city of Spokane, the Southside Family Aquatic Center has a little bit of something for everyone. Those who are there for the water should head towards the activity pool (with zero depth entry), water cannons, spray tubes, lazy river, heated swimming pool, or the “gigantic” 200-foot long water slide. Those who prefer to stick to the on-land family fun can check out the basketball court, the playground or the climbing wall! Of course, you can always spend the day doing both!
Tucked away inside the Red Lion Inn & Suites in Federal Way, is the Slide ‘N Splash Indoor Mini Water Park. Though it may be smaller than some of the other spots on this list, it offers all that’s needed to deliver an amazing aquatic experience. The property contains double water slides, a hot tub, and an eleven hundred square foot pool. There is also plenty of space kick back and relax out of the water!
The Henry Moses Aquatic Center is just a short drive away from Seattle. The park, which is only open during the summer months, boasts a wave pool, spray area, a lazy river, two water slides and more! When you’ve had enough fun in the sun, head over to one of the shaded areas for a rest.
Play around the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center with the kids! This park offers swim lessons, climbing features, a rope swing, a 180 foot long waterslide, plus an area for the little kids to splash around!
That’s about our list of popular water parks around Washington state. Try to check out some of the destinations we’ve highlighted here next time you’re in the pacific northwest. If you haven’t already figured out a place to stay, think about making Great Wolf Lodge home base. Our Grand Mound location features almost 400 northwoods-themed suites to chose from. Some even offer in-room forts for the kids complete with bunk beds! Head to our official site or sign up for our email list to learn about our best deals.