St. Charles/Campton Hills www.ottercove.org
Otter Cove offers a wide variety of water options, separated by well-manicured green areas. There are two pools: one for swimming laps and another for splashing around. There are also two exciting slides, a lazy river, diving boards, and play areas for small children. Otter Cove takes both fun and safety seriously providing great water options and peace-of-mind. For folks who want to enjoy the sun outside of the water, there are a couple sand options: sand volleyball and a sand play lot. Otter Cove offer inexpensive food (e.g. hotdogs and pizza) in the park but also allow outside food to be brought in.
Lombard www.lombardparks.com/paradise-bay- water-park
Paradise Bay is brought to you by the Lombard Park District. They offer three different kinds of slides for wet thrills, a water playground for the little kids, and pools. Some athletic enthusiasts might enjoy the volleyball, basketball and lap swim options. Parents who plan to bring their children to Paradise Bay throughout the summer should consider signing them up for the on-sight swim lessons or a season pass.
Gurnee www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/plan-your- visit/water-park-information
Hurricane Harbor is the waterpark side of Six Flags Great America so you know that this park has a lot of great slides, attractions and games. Despite all the thrills, many people seem to enjoy relaxing on the lazy river or lying by the pools watching guests try surfing at Riptide Bay. Many people also like the huge wave pool and a tube drop ride called The Wedgie Drop!
Rockford/Cherry Valley www.magicwaterswaterpark.com
Magic Waters boasts Illinois largest wave pool called Tsunami Bay and this year it's showcasing a brand new attraction. Among many thrilling slides and a lugubrious lazy river, Magic Waters also offers thoughtful amenities like private cabanas, family changing huts, tailgating areas in the parking lot, and special wristbands that can be preloaded with money. Little ones also have a dedicated area just for their amusement and safety at Magic Waters.
Bolingbrook www.bolingbrookparks.org/en/ facilities/pelican-harbor
Pelican Harbor is part of the Bolingbrook Park District and offers something for everyone. They are one of the few waterparks that has both indoor and outdoor areas, swim lessons, beach volleyball, and everything else you would normally expect from a waterpark. Enjoy a lazy river, five outdoor slides and two indoor slides. One feature that sets it apart is that they have a designated time only for parents and little tykes for a playtime free of big kid splashing. After playing, parents can relax in the 10-person hot tub.
A great spot for kids of all ages, Splash Station offers everything from tube slides to body slides, fountains, zero depth areas and more. Stay on track through a series of twists and turns in the enclosed body slides, the Rattler and the Hot Shot. Or experience the thrill of racing your friends down Miner’s Mountain, a 200-foot tower of speed, as you glide head first down the track. It’s the only 6 person slide in the Midwest! Relax on the 850 foot lazy river or build a castle in the sandy grounds of Tumbleweed Pass.