Get ready for major fun in the sun at St. Louis’ most incredible waterparks and super-fun pools, all at great values. Be prepared to stay a while, these parks offer top-notch amenities that will keep the whole family coming back for more. From multi-story slides to lazy rivers, the best waterparks and pools in St. Louis offer something for everybody.
North Pointe Family Aquatic Center
335 Holloway Rd.
Ballwin, MO 63011
(636) 227 – 2981
Price: $4 resident youths and seniors/$5 adults/$7 non resident youths and adults
Gear up for the Aqua Climb rock climbing wall, then access your primal instincts on the tree swing and whirl down both of North Pointe’s two-story water slides. Take it easy with the lazy river and leisure pool, or wade into the beach-entry kiddie pool complete with a bucket falls dump bucket and splash pad sprayers for endless amounts of fun. Work up an appetite, then chow down on the outdoor grill’s concession menu. Reserve facilities for birthday parties and get-togethers, but remember anyone younger than 12 should be accompanied by an adult. No matter whom you bring, this west county pleasure ground offers a perfect combo of fun and affordability for the entire family.
Carondelet Park Rec Complex
930 Holly Hills
St. Louis, MO 63111
Price: $50 annual outdoor pool add on fee for city residents/$5 per child guest/$10 per adult guest
Holly Hills offers city residents summer’s ultimate family friendly hang out at Carondelet Park Rec Complex outdoor pool. Work on your fitness in the lap lanes, relax in the lazy river, pump the adrenaline on the two-and-a-half-story slide, play with the wee ones on the zero-depth splash pad, or entertain your preschooler at the splash park and slides. When mealtime rolls around, indulge in the park’s healthy and delicious paninis, wraps, flatbread pizzas or rice bowls served up by Urban Eats Parkside. Visit once or buy an all-season pass for the whole family, but don’t miss out on this amazing area water complex.
Maryland Heights Centre and Aquaport
2344 McKelvey Rd.
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Price: $5 adult day passes ages 16 and older with resident discount/$10 youth ages 4 to 15/$4 with resident discount/free children 3 and younger
Slide your heart out at Aquaport as it serves up an action-packed day for all ages with its extensive variety of water hurling chutes. The Extreme Bowl flings swimmers from a tunnel into a funnel-like bowl that spins slide lovers around until they fall out the bottom. Then the Flume slide rushes adrenaline junkies down the 150-foot open slide. For more, hop on a tube down the 200-foot-long rapids slide into the lazy river. For a lights-out tube experience, the enclosed tube slide is a must. Every family’s little shorty will love the Wacky Water slide made just for those 42 inches and shorter. For the competitive crew member, racer slides satisfy the natural desire to win.
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Cara Shrum is a St Louis Family & Parenting Examiner at Examiner.com, creator of the St Louis natural birth and parenting resource site, Birthing411.com, and natural childbirth workshop presenter. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.