Where To Get Wet?

The Dog Days of August are here!  Wondering where to take your kids to keep cool?  Here are some fun ideas for where to get wet.  Several options are free, others require an admission fee.   Wherever you go – don’t forget suits, towels, swim simpers, sunscreen, and protection for little feet.

Free Options:

Stony Point Fashion Park Pop Jets

Stony Point Fashion Park Pop Jets
9200 Stony Point Parkway, Richmond, VA 23235  Phone: 804.560.7467
What a great way to cool off after some back to school shopping!  Stop by the water area outside of Dick’s Sporting Goods for some water fun!

Twin Hickory Park ‘Sprayground’
5011 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059  Phone: 804.290.0305
A small, whimsical, zero-depth water play feature intended for children 12 or under with adult supervision.  The park also offers Park features include walking trails, open play areas, multi-purpose field, landscaping, irrigation, a picnic shelter with restrooms, a playground for ages 2-5 and one for ages 6-12.

Free with Admission:

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens WaterPlay

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens WaterPlay
1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23228  Phone: 804.262.9887
Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. WaterPlay is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher. April 18 – September 30 (weather permitting)

Children’s Museum of Richmond SplashMor
CMoR Central, 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220  Phone:804. 474.7063
Children can bring their bathing suits to play with CMoR’s dancing water feature! Many skills can be gained and discoveries made while playing in an interactive water area. The gross motor skills may be the most visible, and range from improving balance to large muscle practice, such as jumping, skipping, and hopping in and around the water jets. Emerging science skills of size, shape and spatial arrangement blend seamlessly with early math concepts such as measurement and quantity.


Pocahontas State Park Pool & Aquatic Area

Pocahontas State Park – Pool and Aquatic Center
10301 State Park Road,  Chesterfield, VA 23838  Phone: 804.796.4255
Pocahontas State Park is part of the Virginia State Park network.  The Pool and Aquatic Center is open seasonally with several different pools available to visitors.  There is a 16” baby pool as well as a playground pool with slides, water shoots, spray guns, tunnels, and other contraptions.  There are even adult slides.  The pool can become very crowded on weekends during the summer months so go early.  Pocahontas State Park also offers two small lakes for for kayak, paddle boat, and canoe rentals.

Cobblestones Park
13131 Overhill Lake Lane  Glen Allen, VA 23059  Phone: 804.798.6819
Cobblestones Park is Virginia’s largest concrete swimming pool- 38,000 square feet!   The park has water slides of all sizes, a beach area with 20 ft umbrellas, volleyball and basketball courts and softball fields.  There are aquacycles available on the 7 acre lake and a full service kitchen.  You can also bring your own meals, although no glass or alcohol is permitted.  Swimsuits are required.

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