DMV Water Parks 2020
Updated: Jul 3, 2020
Nine water parks in the DC metro area that are OPEN!
Any other summer, this would be a no brainer. You can probably think of three parks that you would typically go to before you finish reading this sentence. But, this summer is different and for the same reason that we wrote our post on Summer Camps in 2020, we are sharing with you all the places you can go during a pandemic to cool your nerves and bodies.
*P.S. There are still plenty of summer camps enrolling, so definitely check out that post.
We have done the research and are happy to report that there are NINE water parks in our area that are open and ready for business. The majority of the open parks are located in Prince George's (PG) County, MD, east of Washington, DC. Theoretically, if you are from another part of the DMV and don't feel like driving all the way out to Ocean City for fun in the water, PG is a great compromise!
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Prince George's County, Maryland
Six Flags America | Bowie, MD
This is an area-favorite and thankfully still open for Summer 2020. However, you cannot just show up unannounced. You will have to first register online to enter the park. The Hurricane Harbor will open in phases starting Friday, July 3, with select attractions available. However, all other water attractions, including Wahoo River and the Paradise Lagoon, will open at a later date.
PG Parks and Recreation areas are open. PG Parks and Recreation has set forth a plan for reopening the seven outdoor water parks. All pool sessions must be booked and paid in advance using the online registration tool, Parks Direct, to reduce capacity. Non-residents can register on Parks Direct, but will not receive the same facility discounts throughout the system. You will not be admitted without pre-registering. Parks marked with an asterisk* accept cash transactions onsite to book and pay for future pool sessions.
*Glenn Dale Splash Park | Glenn Dale, MD
*Allentown Splash, Tennis & Fitness Park | Fort Washington, MD
Ellen E. Linson Splash Park | College Park, MD
*Hamilton Splash Park | Hyattsville, MD
J. Frankly Bourne Memorial Pool | Seat Pleasant, MD
This facility is mostly just a pool, but it does include a water slide.
Lane Manor Splash Park | Hyattsville, MD
North Barnaby Splash Park | Oxon Hill, MD
Washington, DC has set forth guidelines for reopening its parks and open spaces, but I was unable to find any water parks in the area that were declaring an open status.
is NOT A WATER PARK and not included in my count of nine parks. However, I have personally been there on several occasions with my small children to ride bikes and enjoy the water. Rock Creek park is FREE and the perfect spot for a family outing during a pandemic. There is plenty of space to practice social distancing and the water is a natural river that runs through the district. Every time I have been, there are always people enjoying the rapids or splashing near the shore of one of their "mini beaches." If you enjoy the outdoors, this is definitely the spot for you!
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
is NOT A WATER PARK and not included in my count of nine parks. However, it is worth noting that this beautiful park features water-based plants and wildlife and is open at limited capacity. It can make for a lovely outdoor outing with children as well.