Nothing is better on a hot summer day than a trip to the pool. While the title ‘waterpark’ may conjure up visions of trips to Wisconsin or Florida, there are plenty to enjoy throughout the Chicagoland area. Try taking a mini-vacation to one of these local hot spots:
Hurricane Harbor, Gurnee, Ill.
Hurricane Harbor features everything from lazy rivers to pools and high-speed slides. You’ll definitely want to make a day of this trip, as access to the park also includes admission to Six Flags Great America. Save money on these somewhat pricey tickets by buying online.
Magic Waters, Cherry Valley, Ill.
While you’re enjoying the many pools and slides, take a jot over to Tsunami Bay. It’s the largest wave pool in the state, and it’s heated. If you’re looking to save money on admission, go on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Raging Waves, Yorkville, Ill.
You can expect an event-filled day at Illinois’ largest waterpark. The water slides at Raging Waves are not for the faint of heart – especially PJ’s Plummet, which drops you more than seven stories. If you’re looking to dry out, you can race your friends at the CNH Industrial Outback Road Rally or enjoy a show at the family stage.
Pelican Harbor, Bolingbrook, Ill.
This waterpark’s indoor/outdoor layout guarantees fun no matter what kind of weather occurs. In addition to slides, a lazy river, adventure channel and diving well, you can also play beach volleyball and enjoy a picnic and sand play area.
Splash Country Water Park, Aurora, Ill.
You’ll find tons of activity for park goers of all ages at Splash Country. For a more low-key day at the waterpark, head over to the 1,100-foot-long lazy river. Just avoid the buckets of water and bubbling rapids.