For folks in the Antioch, California area looking to cool down or have some watery fun, the city operates a relatively small outdoor water park. Don't expect to find any of the major attractions featured at larger parks such as a bowl slide, water coaster, FlowRider surfing ride, or funnel ride. Staples such as a wave pool and lazy river aren't even part of the mix. Instead, Antioch Water Park offers more modest attractions such as body slides and tube slides.
Younger children will enjoy the Otter Slide, a pint-sized body slide designed just for them. They'll also be able to frolic in the Tad Pool, a small wading pool.
Older kids and adults will find more options. While none of the slides are especially thrilling (compared to the speed slides and other crazy contraptions at major water parks), the largest is the Canyon Cooler, a body slide with a 48-inch height minimum. Straddling the middle ground are three family slides: the enclosed Crystal Slide, the Rattler's Run tube slide, and the body slide, Humphrey's Slide.
Rounding out the features at the municipal water park is Boulder Cove, a swimming pool with some water features, and the Sport Pool, which includes a lily pad walk that challenges kids' ability to stay balanced.
The city offers aquatics programs, including swimming lessons for kids and adults and lifeguard training, as well as camp sessions at Antioch Water Park.
Among the classes and programs available are water aerobics, a parent and tot swim, and lap swimming.
While it is a municipal park, visitors from outside of the city are welcome to enter, and they pay the same rates as residents. Weekday admission rates are lower than weekends. Discounts are available for visitors arriving after 4 p.m., seniors, and active military members.
Children 2 and under are free. Season passes are available, and Antioch residents qualify for a discount. Group rates are available, and the park offers birthday party packages. There is no charge for parking.
Antioch Water Park also makes individual attractions/areas of the park as well as the entire park available for buyouts.
Phone and Location
4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94531
The park is open weekends only starting around Memorial Day, switches to daily operation for most of June, all of July and into early August, and reverts back to a weekends-only schedule for most of August. The park generally closes for the season on Labor Day.
What's to Eat?
Snacks and drinks are available at the park's Diablo Diner. Visitors can bring food and drinks into the park as well, although glass bottles and containers as well as gas or charcoal grills are prohibited.
Nearby Water Parks
If you would prefer a larger water park, some choices include:
Boomerang Bay in Santa Clara
Raging Waters Sacramento
Waterworld California in Concord