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The great thing about living in Southern California is that there are numerous places where you can go to escape the heat. Some are free like these 75+ Splash Pads in Southern California, while others cost some. Typically, a water park features a water play area for kids, a variety of water slides to go down depending upon your height, a lazy river and a wave pool.
Here is a list of 20+ Water Parks in Southern California where you can spend the day relaxing with friends and family. If you know of a place that is truly fun-worthy, please let us know. We are more than happy to add them to our list of summer destinations!
Water Parks in the Inland Empire
DryTown Water Park, Palmdale
DryTownnis the best place to visit with kids in the Antelope Valley, and the best place to go for wet and wild fun! With six beautifully landscaped acres of attractions, we offer family fun for everyone. Grab a tube and head down Big Rock River, or race for the win on the super-fast Dusty’s Mineshaft Racer. Younger children will have a blast splashing around at Little Miner’s Camp, while thrill seekers and mild riders will enjoy twisting and turning down DryTown’s thrilling slides.
Wet-N-Wild, Palm Springs
From thrill rides — like Tidal Wave Tower — to kids’ and raft rides, Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs has fun at every height and speed for everyone in your family. Get your fill of action in the Riptide Reef wave pool and Kahuna’s four-story Beach House, then fill up on burgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, pizza, sweets and more at one of Wet ‘n’ Wild’s cafes. And during Friday nights in July, you can catch classic kids’ movies — without getting out of the water. Keep cool all day and night all summer long at Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs.
DropZone Waterpark, Perris
DropZone Waterpark is equipped with 2 body flume slides, a mat racing slide, continuous lazy River, flowrider, spring pool, a splash pad, large kiddie area and an Olympic size pool.
Splashtopia at Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Rancho Mirage (hotel reservations required)
Surrounded by a 425-foot lazy river and featuring two 100-foot waterslides, the Splashtopia on-site water park is fun for adults and kids. There is so much to enjoy at this water park, including a cliff-side Jacuzzi, sandy beach and unique water-play zones with fountains and sprinklers for the kids.
Splash Kingdom Waterpark, Redlands
Splash Kingdom Waterpark is the largest water park in the Inland Empire. The Egyptian-themed Splash Kingdom boasts the world’s tallest enclosed body-flume water slide and the world’s tallest freestanding water slide tower. Whether you’re cruising at a leisurely pace along the Nile River, hurtling down Pharaoh’s Falls or catching some air on Ramses Rocket Speed Slide, with some 20 attractions, you’re bound to have a wild ‘n’ wet good time.
The Cove Waterpark, Jurupa Valley
The Cover offers wade pools, tidal waves, racing slides, a treehouse structure and Adventure River.
Buccaneer at Castle Park, Riverside
Buccaneer Cove features four levels of family water play with dozens of interactive water elements, including 5 colorful water slides, interactive aqua domes, fun spray cannons, spray loops and cylinder spray fountains.
Water Parks in Los Angeles
Raging Waters, San Dimas
Spend a day cooling off at California’s largest water park, Raging Waters Los Angeles. With 50 beautifully landscaped acres of slides, attractions and its own sandy beach, Raging Waters has active entertainment options for everyone. Feel the adrenaline rush on the all new Aqua Rocket, a four-person rocket style raft merging the excitement of a roller coaster and the thrills and spills of a water ride. Face thrillers like the Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, which features both a 40-foot drop and 360-degree spins … in total darkness! Make a splash at Wave Cove, a wave pool that simulates true tidal movements or just kick back and tube the quarter-mile-long lazy river known as Amazon Adventure.