The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole in Reston, Virginia, is a small water park especially geared to elementary-aged children. There are slides, flumes, sprays, showers, and floatables that are easy for even non-swimmers to navigate. Toddlers love splashing down the pint-sized slides and playing with the gentle bubblers. Teenagers can join a game of water volleyball and all ages enjoy floating on an inner tube down the Rattlesnake River.
The Water Mine is adjacent to Lake Fairfax Park, which features a 20-acre lake with a carousel, picnic areas, campgrounds and athletic fields. A new marina complex opened in 2007 offering pedal boat and canoe rentals, as well as tour boat rides.
Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Tips for Visiting the Water Mine
- The Water Mine is the busiest on the weekends and mid day. To avoid lines, arrive by 10 a.m., between 2 and 3 p.m. or after 5 p.m.
- You may bring your own food or purchase pizza and snacks.
- Changing rooms and lockers are available.
- Swim wear is required at all times.
The official website is www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/watermine.