When summertime comes around, the kids want to cool off on those blisteringly hot days. And one of the top ways to get cool is to visit an Oklahoma City water park. Here are details on all of the major spots for water fun around the metro.
When you say water park, Oklahoma City residents immediately think White Water Bay, as it's the premiere place for water fun. Built in the early 80's, the park is over 25 acres of slides, pools and other rides.
Andy Alligator's Fun Park in Norman has long been known as a top attraction for kids, a place with video games, bumper cars, batting cages and more. But in 2012, the facility added a huge 5 acre water park portion with slides, a lazy river and splash zone for the little ones.
Frontier City is a traditional amusement park, but in 2012, operators added a five-story Wild West Water Works addition. The structure on the south end of the park has many slides, a huge tipping bucket and more.
Kids have a blast at area spraygrounds as water sprays and dumps from a variety of locations. There are now more than 15 around the city, as they are cheaper to operate and don't come with the same dangers as pools.
Pelican Bay in Edmond has plenty of water fun for kids and grown-ups. Operated by the city, the aquatic center features a pool, slides, current river and more.
Spraygrounds have essentially taken the place of the public swimming pool in Oklahoma City, but there are still a few of them left. The city's Parks & Recreation Department currently operates two aquatic centers, which require admission, and three free community pools.
Many lakes in the Oklahoma City area (Hefner, Overholser and Draper) do not permit swimming. But drive north to Arcadia Lake near Edmond or south to Thunderbird outside of Norman to find several swimming beaches.
Here's a bonus suggestion, as it's a bit outside of the immediate metro but well worth the drive. Head west to Clinton, Oklahoma and visit Water Zoo, a huge 28,000 square feet indoor water park with 500 feet of slides, 600 gallon tipping bucket, wave pool, lazy river and much more.