From Illinois’ largest water park to a historic rock quarry, here are 13 water parks to visit this summer – NBC Chicago
As summer approaches and the weather warms up, Illinois water park season is upon us.
Here’s a roundup of where to find some of the most popular across the state, and when each one opens for the summer.
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 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 open June 4 and close 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, a slide, a 12-foot plunge pool, and an 8-lane pool, Paradise Bay is open May 28 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 opens 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, at 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd, opens June 4, with the season continuing 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 is June 4 and closing day is September 5.
One-day admission tickets start at $15.99 and include entry to Santa’s Village.
Sea Lion Water Park, Lisle
Opening June 4, Sea Lion Water Park features two 50-foot slides, slides, vortex pool, playground, sand play area, waterfall and more, leisure pool with waterfall and more yet, according to the website.
The park, located at 1925 Ohio St. in Lisle, is open June 4 through August 14. Daily entry starting at $7 for residents of Lisle.
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, is open June 4 through August 7, then weekends only from August 13 through September 7. 4. Tickets start at $8 for Aurora residents.