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, with details on opening and closing dates for the current year.
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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. The season begins on May 21, 2016, changes to weekends only in mid-August and closes on September 11. Get a detailed profile of White Water Bay, including information on location, season passes and more.
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Andy Alligator's Fun Park
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. In 2016, the water park area opens May 14 and shuts down September 11. Click the title link for information on admission and passes.
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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. In 2016, the water park portion opens May 14 and closes for the season in September. Get more park information.
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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. In 2016, city spraygrounds are open from May 28th through Labor Day. Get a complete list.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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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. The Foster Indoor Pool is open year round while the other two community pools are available from June 14 to July 24 in 2016. Click the title link above for more information.
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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.
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