When it gets hot in Utah–and can get plenty hot in the state—one of the fun ways to cool down is to head to a water park. There are several parks from which to choose, including large ones, smaller ones, facilities that are run by cities and towns, one connected to an amusement park, one that incorporates inflatable water slides, and even one that isn’t really a water park at all. There is also an indoor center that is climate controlled and open year-round. Grab your Speedos, and let’s explore some of Utah’s best water parks.
Located inside Jordanelle State Park, the unique water park does not have permanent slides or rides. Instead, AquaXZone features inflatable water slides and other activities that float on the Jordanelle Reservoir. Arranged like an obstacle course (but accessible to anyone six and older as well as a range of skill levels), visitors swim out to the activities and can test their agility. The park is open from June to September.
It’s really more of a municipal recreation center than a water park. But the indoor aquatic center, which is open all year long, does offer a water slide, a splash pad, a hot tub, and kiddie pools. The facility also has an Olympic-size pool that offers lap swimming and swimming classes along with open swim times. A Water Walk provides low-impact resistance for workouts. The center offers an exercise room as well.
Cherry Hill is an outdoor water park with attractions geared to younger children and their families. One of its highlights is Grant’s Gulch, a nicely themed lazy river where visitors float past an abandoned mining town. Other attractions include Cardiac Canyon River Run, a tube slide, The Double Dragons, a mat slide, The Little Dipper, a racing slide with four lanes, and Pirates Cove, an interactive water play center. The water park also offers two pools and bumper boats. The water park is open from May to September.
In addition to the water park, the family entertainment center offers dry activities such as mini-golf, a jungle-themed maze, a foam blasters arena, a rock climbing wall, Aeroball, which combines basketball with trampolines, a ball crawl, and a pan for gems. The dry activities are available from March through October.
Each October, Cherry Hill presents Scary Hill, a Halloween themed event. Among the offerings, the Jungle Maze becomes a Scary Maze, and the mini-golf gets specially decorated holes.
Cherry Hill also has a campground with 140 sites that are open year-round. Dining options include The Pirate’s Grill, Grant’s Pizza, and The Pie Pantry.
Classic Fun Center is a family entertainment center with a small outdoor water park. Attractions include four water slides and a zero-entry pool with two additional sides. Other activities include roller skating, bounce houses, a jungle-themed climbing structure, a foam ball blast zone, laser tag, and an arcade. The center offers themed birthday party rooms for rent.
Classic Waterslides is a small outdoor facility with water slides, a kiddie play area, and a splash pad. Its food stand offers pizza, churros, nachos, hot dogs, and ice cream. It offers birthday party packages and group rates. Season passes are available.
Among the highlights at Cowabunga Bay is one of the world’s largest interactive water play centers with 12 levels, over 300 water play elements, and a huge tipping bucket. (How huge? The park advertises it as “The World’s Biggest Splash.”) Other attractions include Cowabunga Beach with its zero-depth entry pool; 11 body and tube water slides, including Mae Day, Double Dogger, and Mondo; the Cowabunga River lazy river; and Cowabunga Kid’s Cove, a play area for younger children.
The park offers reduced prices for children under 48 inches and seniors 60 and over. Free for children 2 and under. Season passes are available, which include admission to the Cowabunga Bay park in Las Vegas. Group rates are available.
Located inside Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Lighthouse Point is not a traditional water park. In fact, it's not really a water park at all. Visitors to the park can enjoy the activities, including a splash pad and a (dry) slide, in their street clothes. The zoo recommends bringing towels to dry off from all the wet fun, but bathing suits are not required.
The six-acre outdoor water park is included with admission to the Lagoon theme park. Rides include speed slides, tube slides, a lazy river, and Bongo’s Bay, a play zone for younger children.
The dry park includes some wild coasters such as Cannibal and Colossus and many other rides, shows, and attractions. It also offers an interactive water feature, with dozens of fountains, that guests can enjoy in their street clothes. At night the attraction transforms into a show with choreographed fountains and colored lights dancing to music.
Lagoon also offers a campground and RV park. Guests get reduced admission to the amusement park and water park.
The small, municipal, outdoor park offers an Olympic-size pool, a lap pool, and a kiddie pool. Activities include fountain sprayers, a speed slide, and a circular slide. The center also offers swim lessons, water aerobics, water safety instruction, and hydro fit classes.
With 17 acres of slides and attractions, Splash Summit is Utah's largest water park. Among its features are Boomerang, a half-pipe slide; the Freefall speed slide; Avalanche, an eight-lane mat racing slide; and Vortex, a bowl slide. On Summit Plunge, guests can make like Tarzan and fall nine feet down into a pool from a rope swing. Splash Summit also offers two river experiences: Canyon River is a traditional lazy river that floats past waterfalls and under bridges, while Rainforest River offers a tranquil ride through a tropical setting.
Splash Summit offers discounted tickets for children under 48 inches and seniors 65 and older. Season passes and group rates are available. Visitors can rent cabanas.