Though summertime is almost over, the weather in Southern California is still warm and calls for plenty of outdoor activities. Luckily, Southern California offers up plenty of things to do, whether you’re with your friends or family, including bike trails, fishing trips, snorkeling and beach trips, as well as water parks. Get out of your apartment and celebrate the end of summer with your friends and family at one of these Southern California water parks.
Southern California’s largest water park, Raging Waters covers more than 50 acres with 36 slides and other water attractions. Not your average water slides, this water park includes several thrilling rides, including Drop Out, a seven-story drop slide. If you’re a thrill seeker, this ride is for you. It gets you to the bottom of the slide in four seconds at nearly 40 miles per hour. Another slide to check out is Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, which includes a 40-foot drop and 360-degree spins in total darkness. For families with younger children, Splash Island is designed for kids and has 12 levels and 75 activities, including five slides, water cannons, tunnels, nets and swinging bridges.
Where: 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas, CA 91773
Knott’s Soak City Water Park
With three Southern California locations (Orange County, San Diego and Palm Springs), Knott’s Soak City Water Park is a convenient spot to bring your friends and family for some summer fun. If you want to take it easy and soak up the sun, grab a tube and ride through the 600-foot lazy river. For something more adventurous, race your friends down the Tidal Wave Tower, a seven-story high speed slide. For families, the Surf Rider is the perfect activity with a 60-foot tall family raft ride. If you just want to go and hang out, you can do that here, too. Rent semi-private cabanas, which include lounge chairs, tables and a waiter/waitress service.
Where: Orange County, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620; San Diego, 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, CA 91911; Palm Springs, 1500 S. Gene Autry Tail, Palm Springs, CA 92264
DryTown Water Park
Located in the city of Palmdale, DryTown is a family-friendly park that is not overcrowded. Thrilling rides include the Devil’s Punch Bowl, Rattler’s Revenge and the Wildcatter. Your heart will be racing as you go down these slides at 30 miles per hour. For the young ones, check out the kiddie area with spouts shooting up water and smaller slides that can be enjoyed by children and adults. For a relaxing experience, float on the lazy river. Remember to bring cash for snacks and drinks.
Where: 3850 East Ave. S., Palmdale, CA 93550
Located just north of Los Angeles in Valencia, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor allows you to enjoy the sun, splash in the water and get your heart racing. If you’re ready and willing, check out the Tornado where you and three of your friends can ascend more than seven stories and then through a tunnel, which will then hurl you into a giant funnel. The funnel spins you around its 60-foot diameter. Similar to the other parks, Hurricane Harbor features a lazy river, as well as a wave pool, which is a relaxing way to spend your day if the lines for the rides are too long. For the 21 and up crowd, stop by Pirate’s Paradise, a tropical retreat serving up cold beverages.
Where: 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
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