Temperatures are soaring across Los Angeles County, which means many of us are looking for ways to cool down – with an added element of fun, of course. Sure, sipping cocktails on a rooftop is one way to do it, but sometimes the warm summer days call for switching things up! Nothing quite compares to diving into a refreshing pool of water from a giant water slide or simply relaxing on a giant floaty in a lazy river. So, whether you’re the adventurous type or just looking to bask in the sun, our list of the best water parks around Los Angeles all have something for everyone! Check them out below.
1. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
If you grew up around LA County, then you know Hurricane Harbor is a classic choice. Found near Magic Mountain – this 22-acre water park offers several water rides for adventure seekers of all levels. For those a bit more daring, you could slide down their Black Snake Summit, Taboo Tower, Python Plunge, and more. Of course, for those looking for a more family-friendly experience, they have the classics like a River Cruise (lazy river) and splash Island (splash pad), – and you can even elevate your day of cooling down with one of their cabana options.
🗓️Dates: Open June to September
📍Location: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
🎟️Ticket Prices: Tickets start at $70 each. Get more information here! You can also upgrade your amusement park adventure
2. Knott’s Soak City Waterpark
Although this water park may not be found in LA County necessarily, it’s no doubt a resident favorite. It’s right next to Knott’s Berry Farm so it’s no wonder why it’s in rotation. Soak City has 23 different water slides, a 750,000-gallon wave pool, a ⅓ mile Sunset River (lazy river), water guns and sprayers, and so much more. You truly haven’t lived unless you’ve taken part in a water fight with the whole family!
🗓️Dates: Open June to October 1
📍Location: 8200 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
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🎟️Ticket Prices: Tickets start at $49.99 – get more information here!
3. Raging Waters
In comparison to its competition, Raging Waters is a very much underrated water park found in LA County, but don’t let that fool you. They offer 50 different water attractions like the star of the show — an incredible Aqua Rocket – which is California’s only hydromagnetic water coaster! Of course, the park also features slides for all levels of fun like a water playground, a one-million-gallon wave pool, and a classic lazy river for all to enjoy.
🗓️Dates: Now through September 24
📍Location: 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas, 91773
🎟️Ticket Prices: General admission starts at $48.00 through the Fever app – get your pass to Raging Waters here!
4. Great Wolf Lodge
Grab the whole family and escape to an indoor water park haven! Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor park and a resort that offers summer fun 365 days a year. No matter what the weather is like outside their spot is always flowing. Folks can expect to slide and swim, – but that’s not all! This is no ordinary water park. They also offer dry attractions like bowling, arcade games, mini golf, and so much more!
🗓️Dates: 365 days a year
📍Location: 12681 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840
🎟️Ticket Prices: Day passes start at $75.00 – get the full list of options here!
5. DryTown Water Park (Currently Closed)
If you live in the High Desert part of LA County, then you are no stranger to Drytown Water Park. Although this park is much smaller in comparison to the others on this list, this 6-acre park still has lots to offer. For those looking to relax, they offer the classic Big Rock River, and for thrill seekers – Dusty’s Mineshaft Racer is calling your name. For anyone looking for some twisting and turning, DryTown has you covered with choices of water slides!
🗓️Dates: Now through September 4
📍Location: 3850-B E Ave S, Palmdale, CA 93550
🎟️Ticket Prices: General admission starts at $28.00 – get the full list of options here!
6. LEGOLAND Water Park
Brace yourself and the whole family for an unforgettable escape into a world where imagination takes shape! Discover the perfect balance of family fun and adventure at LEGOLAND as you embark on an epic journey, brick by brick. With this exclusive LEGOLAND Resort Hopper, you can have an educational adventure at their Sea Life Aquarium! Immerse yourself in the fascinating lives of marine creatures while our experts guide you through an unforgettable educational journey. And guess what? The adventure doesn’t end there! Beat the summer heat at LEGOLAND Water Park and turn your day into an epic aquatic escapade.
🗓️Dates: Summer — check site for availability.
📍Location: One Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
🎟️Ticket Prices: 2 day admission to LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® and LEGOLAND® Water Park (2nd visit must be completed within 5 days of the 1st) – get the full list of options here!
7. Wild Rivers
Escape to the enchanting world of the 1940s South Pacific at Wild Rivers, where acres are transformed into a mesmerizing water paradise! Immerse yourself in the thrilling Aquaconda, conquer the Bora Bora Boomerang, soak in the sun at the cabanas, and indulge in countless more exhilarating slides and attractions.
🗓️Dates: Now through October 8, 2023
📍Location: 10000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine, CA 92618
🎟️Ticket Prices: Single day tickets start at $49, season passes start at $149 – get the full list of options here!
8. Buccaneer Cove at Castle Park
Ahoy! It’s time to embark on a water-filled adventure at Buccaneer Cove — where families can make a splash across 4 levels of exhilarating play! With endless water slides, powerful spray cannons, mesmerizing cylinder spray fountains, and a treasure trove of interactive elements — your entire crew is in for an unforgettable aquatic experience.
🗓️Dates: Summer — Castle Park is now open. Check their site fo exact dates.
📍Location: 3500 Polk St, Riverside, CA 92505
🎟️Ticket Prices: Tickets start at $19.99 – check out full ticket options here!
9. The Cove Waterpark (Currently Closed)
Avast, me hearties! The Cove stands as the ultimate aquatic center, catering to buccaneers of every age. Delve into the wonders of their Caribbean-inspired environment and get ready to refresh in water frolics all day long!
🗓️Dates: June 2024 through August 2024
📍Location: 4310 Camino Real, Riverside, CA 92509
🎟️Ticket Prices: Currently closed for the 2023 season — visit their site for the 2024 season.
10. DropZone Waterpark
Dropzone Waterpark offers all the perfect classic thrills of a waterpark! Here, folks will be able to enjoy the Jet Stream River, cool off at the Hydroplane Flowrider, have a blast at Lil Jumper’s Landing, and so much more. There’s truly no shortage of water activites here. They also offer water lessons for the brave little ones!
🗓️Dates: Check their site for updates.
📍Location: 2165 Trumble Road, Perris, CA 92570
🎟️Ticket Prices: Daily admission starts at $25.00 — grab your tickets here.
11. Buccaneer Bay Waterpark (Currently Closed)
🗓️Dates: Buccaneer Bay Waterpark is currently closed for the 2023 season.
📍Location: 13806 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638
🎟️Ticket Prices: Closed for the 2023 season – check out their site for the 2024 season here!
There you have it, Los Angeles – these are the best water parks to cool down at near our city. Looking for more ways to cool down this summer? Check out the best things to do around L.A. this August.