When the temperature warms up, there is nothing better than being a kid or acting like a kid at one of Maryland’s indoor or outdoor waterparks.
These days it doesn’t have to be a 90o day in July or August to enjoy the slippery slides, wave pools, and lazy rivers.
Thanks to Maryland’s aquatic centers and indoor waterparks, you and the whole family can continue to enjoy splashing around when the temperature is below freezing at Francis Scott Key Family Resort and Martin Luther King, Jr. Indoor Swim Center.
However, when the temperature begins to sizzle, the slides, lazy rivers, wave pools, and heart-pumping rides will be a big splash and a chance to enjoy a little water fun no matter your age.
These water parks are a great way to have the time of your life with family and friends throughout the year where you choose a park around the corner, across the state, or travel across state lines to the Old Line State for a splashing good time.
Check out the list of water parks in Maryland and splash centers below before planning your next waterpark adventure.
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Adventure Sports Center International
A trip to the Adventure Sports Center International will get your heart pumping as you travel down the 1,700 foot long manufactured white water rafting course that drops 24 feet from top to bottom. Challenge yourself as you take kayaking, rafting, or river boarding down the slalom-like route through the rapids.
Don’t let the challenging course deter you. Everyone can have an experience one to remember, from the smallest children and beginner kayakers to those who love the challenge of the Class V rapids since the wave action is adjustable.
This incredible center is just 3-hours from Washington, D.C., and near Wisp Ski Resort.
In amongst the soaring trees, you will find the beautiful Cascade Lake, a 6-acre, spring-fed body of water with a beautiful swimming area with various platforms and slides to leap and slide into the refreshingly cool water.
The little ones will love spending hours cooling off at the Play N’ Play playground, racing through the sprinklers, bubblers, and geysers.
Those who would rather have a pole in their hand while at the water, fishing from the banks, or a rented paddleboat wiling the day away is available for them.
There is a gift shop and café to pick up a souvenir to remember your day or a treat to keep you going throughout the day.
Chesapeake Beach Water Park
Chesapeake Beach, MD
Voted as the Best Amusement Park in the 2019 Best of the Bay contest, the Chesapeake Beach Water Park, less than an hour from Washington, D.C., has been a family favorite since it opened in 1995 across the street from the Chesapeake Bay.
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, you can drift around the lagoon, race down eight slides, lounge in the private cabanas, or relax among the waterfalls.
Even the smallest guests can enjoy a day in the sun at the kiddy pool.
When hunger strikes, the park offers excellent food at the outdoor grill.
Are you looking for a terrific place to hold a company or group outing or birthday party? Schedule it at one of the best waterparks in Maryland and be the talk of the town.
City of Gaithersburg Water Park at Bohrer Park
On those hot, steamy days, you will want to head to Bohrer Park to enjoy the refreshingly cool water at the Gaithersburg Water Park.
When not racing down the double 250-foot water slide, splashing in the zero-depth entry swimming pool, and letting the buckets of tumbling water dump on your head, enjoy the shade of the palm trees
Edward T Hall Aquatic Center
Whether it is 90o or 9o outside, your water time at the Edwards T Hall Aquatic Center will be memorable.
The heated pool is enormous and offers plenty of space for everyone. For those wishing to perfect their dive or cannonball, there are three diving boards. Preparing for a triathlon or just enjoy swimming laps, then head to the lap swimming area.
The pool also offers a zero-depth entry, has three slides, dropping water buckets, and other aquatic play structures.
The center also offers a therapy pool and an 18 and over spa/hot tub area.
Francis Scott Key Family Resort
Ocean City, MD
When planning a trip to Ocean City or the Tanger Outlets, be sure to book your overnight accommodations at the Francis Scott Key Family Resort. This way, you can spend time along the boardwalk and on the beach just a mile away, shop across the street, or enjoy days of fun at the resort’s pools and spray park.
The 84o Caribbean Key Indoor Pool offers a fun pirate-themed setting where you will have to fend off dumping water buckets, a spouting whale, and falling piles slipping down the slides and make a waterly splash.
The pool slopes in depth from 6-inches to 4-feet to make it accessible for all. It has a retractable roof that permits the winter sun to shine through and the summer breezes to blow through.
This area is open daily from mid-June through Labor Day and has modified hours during February – May, September, and October.
The Shipwreck Cove is open Memorial Day weekend through Mid-September and offers visitors an outdoor pool surrounded by a Caribbean theme and a pool bar. Head to the dinghy-themed hot tub or relax on one of the lounge chairs on the second floor of the pirate ship. You can head over to the nine-hole mini-golf course when you need a change of pace before jumping back into the pool to cool off.
The Pirate Ship Sprayground is where the little ones will want to hand out all summer long (mid-June – Labor Day). Here you can plop yourself under the dumping water buckets or in reach of the sprays from various water features.
Frontier Town Ocean City Water Park and Campground
The Frontier Town Water Park, with its western theme, will take you back in time. Not only does it have plenty of water-drenching features, like the lazy river, slides, and pools, to keep you entertained all day, but when you want to dry off, you can head to the High Ropes Zipline or the mini-golf course.
The Waterin’ Hole, a shallow wading pool, is a terrific place for the little ones to play and splash around in the sprayers, cactus fountains, covered wagon, and child-sized slides.
Those who want a bit more excitement and thrill than the Waterin’ Hole or the relaxing lazy river will want to head over to the Tubin’ Flumes or Red Bird’s Mountain slides.
When your day in the water is over, spend the night camping on-site under the stars.
Jolly Roger Splash Mountain Water Park
Ocean City, MD
Within the Jolly Rogers Amusement Park, you will find a haven for water lovers.
Splash Mountain has a lazy river, wave pool, splash pools, and thrill rides like the 45-foot talk half-pipe Stealth, the Aqualoop that drops you through a trap door only to spin you around 360o and down 480-feet of turns, or the Eye of the Hurricane bowl slide.
Also within the park is a great children’s play area with rides and slides just for them.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Indoor and Outdoor Swim Center
Silver Spring, MD
At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Swim Center in Silver Spring, you will find an 8-lane, 25-meter pool that is available to swim, dive, splash, and play in for hours.
Do you have little ones that need something smaller? They have a kiddie pool just for them.
The hydrotherapy pool is perfect to work out those soar muscles.
Are you looking for a place to take swim or fitness classes throughout the year? This facility is guaranteed to be your place.
North Arundel Aquatic Center
Glen Burnie, MD
Not only can you find a 25-meter, 8-lane indoor pool at the North Arundel Aquatic Center, but you can also enjoy the zero-depth entry leisure pool.
The leisure pool offers thrill-seekers a 134-foot water slide and dumping water buckets. Younger children will love the preschool water slide, while the adults will want to relax in the spa.
The aquatic center offers both aquatic classes and swim lessons throughout the year.
Hurricane Harbor – Six Flags America
Upper Marlboro, MD
Six Flags America is home to not only terrific roller coasters and all kinds of amusement park thrills and fun, but the interactive Hurrican Harbor water park with 30+ slides, pools, and a beach.
Adrenaline seekers will want to race down the Halfpipe, 517-foot Bahama Blast tube ride, and the ZoomAzom Falls, which boasts not just one slide, but a four-slide complex.
When you need a break, head to Buccaneer Beach or experience the fast current that will wind you around the park and under waterfalls along the Wahoo River.
Those who may not be ready for all the adrenaline rides will have a terrific time exploring the 100+ features of Splashwater Falls. This multi-level interactive play area has spouting geysers, fountains, and tipping buckets that will keep everyone cool. There are plenty of chairs and umbrellas along the deck for relaxing and getting out of the sun.
New Water Parks Coming Soon…
Great Wolf Lodge Maryland in Perryville is scheduled to open in 2023. Keep an eye on their website for more details as they continue construction.
Maryland Splash Parks
Across Prince George County, you will find not just one splash park but SEVEN! Head over to Montgomery County and beyond to find even more entertainment for you and your kids as you look to cool off this year.
Each park offers visitors a beautiful pool with slides and other water features that will keep you cool throughout the sweltering summer.
Glenn Dale Splash Park
Glenn Dale, MD
Enjoy the day at this pool that features a water slide and other fun features.
Hamilton Splash Park
Test your skill on the aqua climbing wall the cool off under the tipping buckets waterfall. Slip down the waterslides into the cool, refreshing pool while having fun with friends and family.
The park offers both a large outdoor pool and a kid’s pool.
Ellen E Linson Splash Park
College Park, MD
The park features two outdoor pools, one a kiddie pool with sprayers.
North Barnaby Swimming Pool
Oxon Hill, MD
Not only will you enjoy time having a blast in the swimming pool, but you can challenge friends on the aqua climbing wall, make a splash as you enter the water from the pool, or relax under the waterfall.
Lane Manor Splash Pad
Take the kids to the Lane Manor Splash Pad. While you get your workout in completing laps in the lap lanes, they can enjoy playing in the outdoor pool that features waterfalls and a slide.
There is also a kid’s pool on site.
Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool
When the kids want to hit the water any time of year, visit the Rolingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool. Here the kids will find plenty of fun while you can enjoy the lap lanes or spa area.
Allentown Splash, Tennis and Fitness Park
Fort Washington, MD
At Allentown, you can do more than dive off the 1-meter diving board, climb the aqua wall, swim in the 24-meter family pool, slip down the slides, or get sprayed by the sprayers. The park also has a toddler’s pool with a zero-depth entry and a slide that splashes into a foot of water.
You will also find a fitness room, along with tennis and basketball courts within the park.
Color Burst Park
Head to Color Burst Park, where the kids will love dancing with the dancing fountains around the splash pad.
Woodland Wonderland Playground – Walker Mill Regional Park
At Walker Mill, you will find a humongous 2,000-square-foot mister pad where you can lounge between the cattails and mushrooms while you catch a cool mist to keep everyone comfortable on those hot summer days.
Silver Spring, MD
In downtown Silver Spring you will find a colorful fountain with a mosaic pattern shooting water at various heights and intervals.
Visit on Wednesday and enjoy the water and live music for children during the day and adults in the evening.
This splash pad opens in mid-Spring and continues to be open through the fall from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM.