From Illinois’ biggest water park to Illinois’ biggest wave pool, 12 water parks to help you beat the heat – NBC Chicago
There’s no getting around it – this week the weather in Illinois will be hot. A heat advisory is in effect for the Chicago area as of noon Tuesday.
Temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be in the mid to high 90s, but the heat index for both days will feel above 100 degrees, sometimes reaching as high as 110.
As the heat rises, it is important to drink plenty of water, stay in air conditioning, and out of the sun to avoid heatstroke.
If you’re looking to get out for a moment, make sure you can freshen up right away. Here are 12 water parks that can help you.
Cypress Cove, Woodridge
Cypress Cove in Woodridge opened for the season on May 28 and features a man-made beach, water playground, slides, 600-foot lazy river and more, according to the website. The park is open Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Daily admission starts at $10.50 for residents of Woodridge. The park is located at 8301 S. Janes Ave. The park is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Centennial Beach, Naperville
Note that this is a pool rather than a lake, Centennial Beach in Naperville is open for the season and offers water activities like beach yoga and paddleboarding, etc. The historic stone quarry known as the local “swimming hole” also includes a zero-depth entrance, the website says.
Hours vary and daily costs start at $9 for Naperville residents.
Centennial Beach, at 500 W. Jackson Ave., opened Memorial Day weekend and will remain open through Labor Day weekend.
Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, Gurnee
The lodge’s giant indoor water park at Gurnee is open year-round and features a four-story tree house, lazy river, water play area with basketball hoops, multiple water slides and “Coyote Cannon”, where visitors drop 40 feet before spinning a water-jet powered vortex, the website says.
Day passes are limited based on calendar availability. Half-day passes start at $44 and full-day passes start at $55. The park is located at 1700 Nations Dr.
Hurricane Harbor, Gurnee, Rockford
In Gurnee, Hurricane Harbor features several water slides including one at nearly 80 degrees, a surf simulator, water races and Tsunami Surge, the tallest roller coaster in the world, according to the website.
Rockford Hurricane Harbor features a lazy river, waterslide, free-fall waterslide, and, according to the park, Tsunami Bay, Illinois’ largest wave pool.
Day tickets in Gurnee or Rockford starting at $29.99. Parking is extra. Both locations opened on June 4 and close on September 5.
Hurricane Harbor Gurnee is adjacent to Six Flags Great America at 1 Great America Pkwy. Hurricane Harbor Rockford is located at 7820 Cherryvale N Blvd in Cherry Valley.
Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center, Des Plaines
A family-friendly park with two 37-foot waterslides, a zero-depth leisure pool, a kids’ area called Beluga Beach, and a 550-foot lazy river, according to the website.
Mystic Waters is open for the season. Daily admission begins at $16.50 for residents of Des Plaines. The park is located at 2025 Miner Street and is open until August 14, with two additional postseason days on August 20 and 21.
Otter Cove Water Park, St. Charles
Otter Cove opened for the season on May 28 and features diving, toddler and activity pool, running and tubing slides, lazy river, sand playground, sand volleyball and more , according to the website.
Daily entry for the park, at 3615 Campton Hills Rd. starts at $11 for St. Charles residents. Closing day is September 5.
Centennial Water Park, Orland Park
With a zero-depth pool, a cliff jump, multiple racing tubes and slides, and waterfalls, Centennial Water Park’s season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, according to the website.
Daily entry starts at $8 for Orland Park residents. The park is located at 14700 Ravinia Ave and is open until September 5.
Paradise Bay Water Park, Lombard
With a zero-depth entry pool, waterslides, slide, 12-foot plunge pool and 8-lane pool, Paradise Bay is open Memorial Day weekend and will remain open through September 5 , according to the website.
Daily entry for Lombard residents starts at $16.
Raging Waves Water Park, Yorkville
Raging Waters is Illinois’ largest water park, spanning 58 acres and featuring 32 waterslides, a wave pool, three kiddie pools, a racing slide, and a lazy river, according to the website.
Tickets start at $44.99. Parking is extra.
The park is located at 4000 N. Bridge St. It opened June 4 and closes September 5.
Rainbow Falls Water Park, Elk Grove Village
The family park includes floating water lilies, a water playground with spilled water, a speedy “Pelican Plunge” waterslide, a children’s pool, four giant slides and more, according to the website.
The park, located at 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd, opened June 4, with the season running through August 7. Daily admission starts at $10 for Elk Grove residents.
Santa Springs at Santa’s Village, East Dundee
Located at Santa’s Village amusement park at 601 Dundee Ave., this Caribbean theme park has a zero-depth entry to a 10,000-square-foot wading pool, multiple slides, cabanas and more, according to the website.
According to the website, the park will not open if the weather is below 72 degrees. Opening day was June 4 and closing day is September 5.
One-day admission tickets start at $15.99 and include entry to Santa’s Village.
Splash County Water Park, Aurora
According to the website, Splash County Water Park has the second-largest lazy river in Illinois at 1,100 feet. The park also includes open and closed tube slides, regulation and volleyball courts and more.
The park, at 195 S. Barnes Road, opened June 4. It will remain open until August 7, then weekends only from August 13 to September 13. 4. Tickets start at $8 for Aurora residents.