If you’re still planning where to go on your summer vacation, it’s time to grab your sunscreen and head to Maryland – yes, Maryland. While most families flock to Florida or California for fun in the sun, you might be surprised to learn that Maryland is home to several water parks and aquatic centers where you can splash the day away.
From towering waterslides with roller coaster-like twists and turns to creatively themed interactive splash zones, here is your list of must-visit waterparks in Maryland to beat the heat!
Six Flags America – Hurricane Harbor
Hurricane Harbor in Six Flags America Amusement Park is the region’s largest waterpark in Largo, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Feel the motion of the ocean in the large wave pool, relax with a cocktail on the lazy river or enjoy an adrenaline rush on the park’s newest ride –RipQuirl Blaster. Debuting in summer 2023, you’ll speed up to 30 mph as you ride through over 500 feet of powerful twists and turns.
Jolly Roger’s ® Splash Mountain
As a long-standing Ocean City attraction since 1964, Jolly Roger’s ® Splash Mountain is the perfect alternative to a day at the beach. For the kids, the kiddie pools, lazy lagoon and rainforest area bring the fun – during the summer, you can even meet the resident mermaids posing in the water. And for the adults, rides such as the Eye of the Hurricane, Master Blaster and Aqualoop bring the thrills. Finally, if you’re daring, check out the Black Hole, where you’ll slide into complete darkness.
Chesapeake Beach Water Park
Bringing water-filled fun for all ages, Chesapeake Beach Water Park is home to two giant water slides, a lazy river and a spacious pool complete with a bridge and towering palm trees along the shore. Lounge in a poolside cabana, grab a bite at the Beachcomber Grille and meet popular TV and movie characters such as Batman, Spongebob and Superman on designated Character Days.
Sun Outdoors Frontier Town Western Water Park
Western-themed adventures await at this charming water park in Berlin, Maryland. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, the park offers high-speed water slides like the Rattler, a kid’s area with a splash pad and a lazy river to relax the day away. Take a break from the wet and wild of it all at the 18-hole miniature golf course or explore the shops and restaurants within Frontier Town, such as the Lazy River Saloon Restaurant & Bar and The Golden Nugget – this saloon entertains with Wild West shows every hour.
North Arundel Aquatic Center
The North Arundel Aquatic Center, situated in Glen Burnie, Maryland, is an indoor waterpark that’s open year-round. With one 134-foot water slide, a splash area with water buckets, and a vortex whirlpool, this water park has several great features within a small package. It also features a hot tub and poolside spa for adults seeking TLC.
Wheaton-Glenmont Outdoor Pool and Splash Park
Bringing the water park vibe without the admission fees and long lines, the Wheaton-Glenmont Outdoor Pool and Splash Park in Wheaton is home to an expansive 50-meter swimming pool, eight-lane swim course, splash pad, two thrilling flume slides. There’s also a ropes and floating obstacle course for the kids. You’ll also find an on-site snack bar, but even better; no rules are blocking outside food and drink, making this a budget-friendly day in the water.