By Lisa Payne-Naeger
Maybe you have a vacation planned for the summer, and maybe not, but you can enjoy a mini, stay vacation at any one of a number of water parks in the St. Louis area. Whether you want to plan a day with the family or enjoy some aquatic exercise on your own, you will likely find a perfect spot to enjoy a hot St. Louis summer day, in the water.
10 Gateway Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234
Just a short drive into the east side, in Collinsville, Illinois, is a full day of fun for the whole family. Splash City promises the most relaxing and cool time you can have with severn slides, a crystal creek, monsoon mountain, leisure pool, oasis lap pool and an aqua climbing wall. Sound like you’ll be busy? Well, maybe. But they are open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., so you can take your time experiencing all there is to do. Families and kids love Splash City and parents love it too because Adult admission is only $15 and $12 for kids. Seniors save at $10, but Benefit ID rates are $10, $8, and $8 for adult, kids and seniors respectively.
2344 McKelvey Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Yes, St. Louis had many summertime activities, and many of those activities include wonderful water parks. But, you must include Aquaport on your water park tour this summer. Maryland Heights is centrally located in the county so it’s easy to get to from anywhere. Regardless, it’s well worth the drive to experience the all its attractions. The Extreme Bowl is a favorite of water park lovers, as is the long tube slide. Don’t let these big attractions scare you away if you have small children, though. Aquaport has something for everyone. The little ones will love the bubblers and sprinklers and fountains. Admission is in line with other parks in the area at $10 for kids, $15 for adults. Residents get a discount of $4 and $5 respectively.
Raging Rivers Water Park
100 Palisades Parkway
Grafton, IL 62037
Regardless of where you regularly spend your water park hours, you must make a trip to Grafton at least once this summer to fly down the water slides and float the lazy river at Raging Rivers Water Park. The drive to Grafton is beautifully scenic and the water park is a vacation in itself. Pack up the family and brave the attractions or rent a cabana and relax while the other dare devils in the family explore the excitement. The park is open until labor day and a full day pass is $24.95 for adults, $20.95 for anyone under 48 inches. Enjoy a reduced rate after 3 p.m.
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North Pointe Aquatic Center
335 Holloway Road
Ballwin, MO 63011
Crystal clear blue water. Light and warm breezes. great company. No, it’s not the Bahama’s. It’s North Pointe Aquatic Center, in Ballin. And yes, you can feel like you’re on vacation while floating on the lazy river. The kids will love splashing in the pool. Relax deck side while they splash and play. Or maybe leave the kids at home and enjoy water fitness classes on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Walk the lazy river on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Buy a resident or non resident pass and enjoy unlimited visits all summer long, or enjoy daily admissions at $6 for adults or $5 for kids under 18 for residents and non residents for $8 for adults and children.
Blanchette Water Park
1900 Randolph St.
St. Charles, MO 63303
St. Charles County has many beautiful water parks for the public to enjoy during the hot summer months, but you perhaps Blanchette Water Park is the perfect place for a relaxing day with the family. It’s a full service water park facility with all the charm of a neighborhood pool. Spacious pools with slides and obstacle courses are fun for the whole family. The admission fees are also easy on the wallet so you can afford to go all summer long. Regular rates start at $5.50 for children and $6.50 for adults, while passport rates are $4.50 and $5.50 respectively. Family night is every Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. and admission is $3.00 per person.