The last few years in Western Washington have been sunny, dry, and hot. If the temperatures the Seattle-area has seen these last few weeks is any indication of what’s to come, this summer’s weather is sure not to disappoint. When it’s hot and dry out, what better way to spend the day cooling off by zipping down water slides at a local water park? Although the Seattle-area doesn’t have very many outdoor waterparks to choose from, the following five are worth a visit this summer.

Photo Credit: Megan B. March


Wild Waves
36201 Enchanted Parkway S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
(253) 661-8000
www.wildwaves.com

Wild Waves has several water slides to choose from, depending on the minimum height of the guest, which ranges from 36 inches up to 48 inches. There are seven different types of water slides to choose from. Many allow you to bring a friend or two along with you on a tube to experience the thrill of dropping 40 feet or twisting and turning your way down to the pool at the bottom. Purchasing a season pass is highly recommended for those that plan to visit Wild Waves on a frequent basis since the pass will pay for itself in about four visits for those over 48 inches tall. Not only do you receive unlimited admission to Wild Waves, but you also receive buddy vouchers to bring a friend on select days, exclusive coupons, and the pass is also valid for the rest of the park from May to December.

Birch Bay Waterslides
4874 Birth Bay-Lynden Rd.
Blaine, WA 98230
(360) 371-7500
www.birchbaywaterslides.net

While this water park is a little bit of a drive north from Seattle (just under two hours), it is definitely worth checking out as it offers nine different slides, many that allow children of all ages to ride down the slides on a parent’s lap. For those daredevils 12 years old weighing 100 or more pounds that want a little bit more of a pulse-pounding ride, they can zoom down a water slide with a 60-foot drop. Birch Bay Waterslides is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and regular rate ticket prices range from $12.95 up to $19.95, depending on age.

Henry Moses Aquatic Center
1719 SE Maple Valley Highway
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 430-6780
www.rentonwa.gov/hmac

The Henry Moses Aquatic Center in Renton is a quaint water park owned and operated by the City of Renton. The center is open from the middle of June through Labor Day and features two water slides that are 26-feet high and two smaller water slides located in the leisure pool area. Renton residents receive a discount and guests under a year old get in for free.

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Stewart Heights Pool
402 E. 56th St.
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 573-2532
www.metroparkstacoma.org/stewart-heights-pool

For those looking for a smaller, more intimate venue with a lower price, the Stewart Heights Pool is a great place to check out. Located in the south end in Tacoma and operated by Metro Parks Tacoma, this location has a 160-foot water slide along with a lazy river, bubble pool, water basketball, and tumble buckets. Prices depend on the session attended and range from $8 to $10 for adults, and $6 to $8 for those between the ages of five and 17, and kids four and under get in for free. On July 4th, free admission is being offered from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Colman Pool
8603 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Seattle, WA 98136
(206) 684-7494
www.seattle.gov/Parks/aquatics

If you still want to visit a smaller location with a water slide, but don’t want to travel down to Tacoma, the Colman Pool in Seattle is a good choice. Operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Colman Pool not only offers a giant tube slide for guests, it’s also located on the beach, is heated to 85 degrees, and is saltwater! The pool is open June 25 through September 5. Normal prices range from $3.75 to $5.25, depending on age and there is a $1 fee to use the water slide, although those prices come in at quite a bit below what the larger water parks charge. Children under age one are free and there are also several pass options to choose from.Related: The 5 Tallest Water Slides In The World

Megan B. March lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and daughter and is a published author of adult fiction. She also writes articles about career management in Tacoma for Examiner.com. Prior to changing careers to become a full-time Writer, she spent more than 10 years in the Human Resources (HR) field.
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