When it's hot in Kansas City and there's no rain in sight, it's time to take a dip in one of the area's wonderful pools, take advantage of a full-service water park or dip your toe into a safe spray ground--a cooling playground with sprayers and sprinklers. Don't settle for your neighbor's pool down the street. Go big or go home at one of these facilities, equipped with special features like slides, thrill rides, and "lazy rivers."
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Oceans of Fun
A lot of local residents rate this tropically themed water park as the area's biggest and best spot to cool off in the summer. Oceans of Fun houses more than 13 thrill rides, family water rides, slides, and even water activities for little ones.
- Where: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., just off the East loop of I-435 at Exit 54 in Kansas City, Missouri.
- When: Daily from Memorial Day to August, and weekends through mid-September.
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Schlitterbahn Kansas City
Schlitterbahn had a slow start when it was introduced to the Kansas City Metro in 2009, but all the attractions have since opened and the Boogie Bahn, Cyclone and Whirlwind rides were even added in 2012. You can also rent a private cabana or have a picnic in the park. There are a variety of ticket prices options that range from all-day to two-day passes and more.
- Where: 9400 State Ave.
- When: All summer
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Adventure Oasis is a summer delight, a great place to cool off and beat those hot KC days. The water park features a lazy tubing river, slides, a children's play-and-spray area as well as a lap pool.
- Where: 2100 Hub Drive (just off 23rd Street, west of the Route 291 intersection), Independence, Missouri
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Tiffany Springs Aquatic Park
The newest addition to the Kansas City water park scene, Tiffany Springs Aquatic Park opened in spring 2006. This huge park not only has an Olympic-size swimming pool, a vector pool, a spray ground and a splash park for little ones, it also has a huge lazy river and water slides.
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- Where: 9400 N. Congress Ave. (Tiffany Hills Park, behind Tiffany Springs Honda), Kansas City
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Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center
Tomahawk Ridge is an outdoor pool with many bells and whistles that are open seasonally; it is the largest pool facility in Overland Park, which is the second largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The facility has diving boards, water slides, a zero-depth entry with cooling fountains and shade structures. It also offers a picnic shelter that's available to rent, which is a handy resource for birthdays and events.
- Where: 11950 Lowell Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas
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Leawood Aquatic Center
The Leawood Aquatic Center is the favorite water facility in the area. It has a huge main pool, a zero-depth entry pool, a slide, a giant whale for tots and the best baby pool in the metro. Swim and dive lessons, fitness programs and swim teams are also available.
- Where: 10601 Lee Blvd., Shawnee Mission, Leawood, Kansas
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The Parks and Recreation Department of Olathe, a city in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, manages four large outdoor pools, which offer similar facilities, including raft water slides, a lazy river, shallow-water play structures, a baby pool, and more. Pick the one closest to you and have fun. The pools offer swim lessons as well as lifeguard training and Water Safety Instructor training. They are the home of the Olathe Cyclones Swim and Dive Team.
- Black Bob Pool: 14500 W. 151st St. (in Black Bob Park)
- Mill Creek Park Pool: Mill Creek Park Pool, 320 E. Poplar St.(in Mill Creek Park)
- Frontier Pool: 15909 W. 127th St.
- Oregon Trail Pool: 1800 W. Dennis Ave.
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Kansas City Spraygrounds
These are not exactly swimming pools but they are a great place for anyone to beat the heat. The city began constructing them in 2006, and their numbers have been continually increasing. " Spraygrounds" are water playgrounds where children can play and cool off on safe surfaces with the help of sprinklers and sprays. They are all free, and they all open on Memorial Day and closed on Labor Day. For the full list, consult the KC Parks and Recreation department's spray grounds web page, where you'll also find information on each spray ground. Or call the department's main phone number. Here are a few of the better=known spray grounds:
- Douglas Park: 2632 Jarboe St.
- Harmony Park: 10th Street and Agnes
- Longview: 7101 Longview Road
- Loose: 52nd Terrace and Summit
- Parade: The Paseo and Truman Road
- Sunnyside: 8255 Summit