Time to dive back in as water parks reopen

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Summer is coming, the school year is ending and fun is returning as water parks, many that were closed for business last year because of the pandemic, are reopening and welcoming visitors throughout Illinois.


Great Wolf Lodge 

The adventure park features an 80,000-square-foot indoor water park where it’s always 84 degrees. With waterslides, a giant tipping bucket and zero-depth entry water play areas for pre-swimmers.

The Lodge also includes family size bowling lanes, indoor miniature golf and an arcade.

1700 Nations Drive



For more information, go to Great Wolf Lodge 


Yorkville Raging Waters

Aussie-themed Raging Waves is Illinois’ largest outdoor water park. Sitting on more than 58 acres, this family friendly water park features 32 water slides, multiple kiddie areas, wave pool, lazy river, 37 private cabanas and more.

4000 N. Bridge St.


For more information, go to Yorkville Raging Waters


Whitewater Junction

This northwestern Illinois aquatic center has a railroad theme featuring a spiral slide, tube slide, water geysers and playful water features. Open during the summer months seven days a week, Whitewater Junction is located inside Longview Park in Rock Island.

17 Street and 18 Avenue

Rock Island,

309-732-SWIM (7946)


Knights Action Park in Springfield is a 60-acre outdoor park. (Courtesy of Knights Action Park)

Splash Station Water Park

Railroad-themed, outdoor water park featuring a six-person racing slide, body slides, tube slides, lazy river and zero-depth pool.

2780 U.S. Route 6


For more information, go to Joliet Splash Station



DragonLand sits on 3-plus acres of park land. DragonLand is handicapped accessible and features the following amenities: zero-depth, play/entry area and two water slides that twist and turn; “Dude” the dragon slide with mushroom waterfall geyser play; sand beach play area with water equipment and extended deck/patio; full concession stand; beach volleyball courts with changing, shower and locker facilities; and heated pool with lighting for night activities.

The boating on the lagoon will be getting a new boat dock in the coming weeks.

1701 Court St.


For more information, go to Pekin DragonLand


Knights Action Park

This 60-acre outdoor park includes a driving range, two miniature golf courses, go-karts, batting cages, rides, Splash Kingdom and Route 66 Twin Drive-In Theatre.

Splash Kingdom is the water park that includes the Royal Flush or the heart-stopping Devil Ray, water slides or relax in the Wild River. From Memorial Day through Labor movies are shown at the theater. Go to route66-drivein.com for schedules.

1700 Recreation Drive



For more information, go to Knights Action Park

The boating on the lagoon at DragonLand in Pekin. (Courtesy of Pekin Park District)

Read Park

Read Park offers many recreational opportunities and is highlighted by the Read Park Family Aquatic Center, which includes a zero-depth pool, water slides and play area, and by a state of the art 11,000-square-foot skate park, SK8 Park.

This scenic park also features baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, an outdoor lighted hockey and ice staking rink, concession stand, picnic areas, shelters, and playgrounds.

1122 S. Burchard Ave.


For more information, go to Read Park


Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park

Pelican Harbor’s indoor/outdoor set-up guarantees fun even in less-than-ideal weather. There are water slides, a lazy river and the indoor pool is available for lap swimming. Guests must wear a mask on the pool deck and elsewhere in the facility.

200 S. Lindsey Lane


For more information, go to Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park

Raging Waves in Yorkville is Illinois’ largest outdoor water park. (Courtesy of Raging Waves)

Raging Rivers Water Park

Raging Rivers offers entertainment for individuals of all ages. Thrill seekers will enjoy the seamless 500-foot dual Cascade Body Flumes that twist and turn down the natural hills and contours of the park; the Runaway Rafts, a 600-foot-long adventure through swift water and wild rapids to three pools; and the Shark Slide flume, which is a 45-foot tunnel.

The two-bowl attraction takes riders down a tunnel flume incorporating three rides into one. The park features a 700-foot-long Endless River and an 18,000-square-foot Breaker Beach Wavepool. The Itty Bitty Surf City is for young kids along with Tree House Harbor.

100 Palisades Parkway



For more information, go to Raging Waters


Splash Country Water Park

This park features six-lane zero-depth pool with children’s play features, the second-largest lazy river in Illinois with 1,100 feet of winding through dumping buckets, sprayers, jets and bubbling rapids, one winding enclosed tube/flume slide, enclosed kid-friendly area with spray guns, waterfall and other interactive features for kids.

In addition, there are two regulation sand volleyball courts, a full concession stand, a sand play area.

195 S. Barnes Road



For more information, go to Splash Country

Raging Rivers in Grafton offers entertainment for individuals of all ages. (Courtesy of Raging Rivers)

Lena Lions Park

Lions Park, at over 20 acres, features Splash Land Family Aquatic Center with a 180-foot water slide, zero-depth entry, wet sand play area, water features and drop slide.

Lions Park features miniature golf, picnic and playground areas, volleyball and basketball courts, a lighted ball diamond and more.

609 N. Schuyler St.


For more information, go to Lena Parks


Carribbean Theme Water Park

Features a new zero-depth entry main pool with six lanes attached, new separate diving well with drop slide, and high and low diving boards, 185-foot waterslide, separate zero-depth interactive play pools, and more.

There is a family interactive pool.

100 S. Catalpa


For more information, go to Itasca Park District


Super Splash Park


Head to southern Illinois for a weekend of fun at Super Splash Park in Carbondale. Super Splash Park has attractions for all ages. Little ones will enjoy the play structures, while adults will love the lap pool and lazy river.

625 S. Lewis Lane


For more information, go to Super Splash Park


Hurricane Harbor Rockford

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Rockford is located just off I-90 near Rockford. More than 11 rides and attractions with towering water slides, relaxing lazy river and wave pool, and splash parks for the kids. Hurricane Harbor also offers a wide variety of different kinds of food to eat and environments to eat it in.

7820 Cherryvale N. Blvd.

Cherry Valley

For more information, go to Hurricane Harbor