Nothing says summer quite like sunscreen, bathing suits, and of course water parks! Whether it is 85 and sunny or 60 degrees and raining this list of both indoor & outdoor water parks will have you covered when you need your swimming fix. Remember every pool has different policies regarding weather closings. So be sure to call ahead before getting the kiddos in the car.
Outdoor Water Parks
Hidden Creek Aqua Park
1220 Fredrickson Place Highland Park, 847-433-3170
This water park features two water slides, a zero depth pool, a sand area, a water playground with a dumping bucket, and a diving board.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fees: $8 Resident $13 Non-Resident. Children under 3 are free
Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center
1461 Midlothian Rd. Mundelein 847-566-8661
This is one of my favorite water parks in the area. It has three water slides, a lazy river, a zero depth pool, a water walk with fun animals, a baby area, and now a water rock climbing wall.
Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Season pass holders can enter at 10:00 a.m.
Fees: Ages 3-17: $7 R/ $10 NR Adult: $9/$13 Under 2 are FREE
read Eva’s review of Barefoot Bay
Vernon Hills Family Aquatic Center
635 N. Aspen Dr. Vernon Hills – 847- 996-6810
My toddler will definitely be splashing in this water park this summer! It has a sandy play area, three giant water slides, a lazy river, and a zero depth pool with jets, waterfalls, & sprayers.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. -8:00 p.m. Weekends: 11:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Fees: Ages 4-18: $8.50 R/ $12 NR Adult: $8.50 R /$12 NR
3 & Under are FREE
Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center
900 N. Hunt Club Road Gurnee,847-599-3780
This is a great water park for older kids to beat the heat! It has slides galore: tube, body, drop, youth, and toddler slides. In addition, it also has a sandy play area, sand volleyball courts, a zero depth pool, a children’s play area, and a lap pool.
Hours: 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Season pass holders can enter at 11:00 a.m.
Fees: General Admission : $10 R / $15 NR Children under 2 are FREE!
Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Pkwy Gurnee, 847-249-2133
Most people in the Lake County area have visited Six Flags before. However, the water park inside Six Flags is newer and definitely worth making a trip to go to. There is something for people of all ages here. Toddlers will love Buccaneer Bay and the lazy river and older children will love the multiple thrill water slides such as the mega wedgie, Riptide Bay, and the Tornado. You can also learn to surf right here in Lake County with their surfing rider ride!
Hours: Vary. Call ahead or check the website for information.
Fees: $ 5 dollars additional to the daily park fee. Free for Season Pass members & children under 2.
Wheeling Family Aquatic Center
327 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling, 847-465-POOL
When I was a summer camp counselor this is one that the kids would always look forward to going on field trips to. It has multiple slides, a zero depth pool with a cave, sand volley ball, a sandy play area, a splash pool with water basketball, and a water playground with a tipping bucket. Definitely worth making the drive for this summer!
Hours: Weekdays 10:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m. Weekends: 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Fees: Ages 3- 9: $8.50R/11.50NR General: $10R/$13NR 2 & under FREE
Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center
94 Midlothian Rd Hawthorn Woods, 847-847-3504
This water park has two water slides, a diving well, a zero depth pool, a volley ball court, and a concession stand.
Hours: Monday- Friday: Noon- 7:00 p.m. Weekends: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fees: Youth: $6 R/ $8NR Adult: $8R/$10NR Under 3 are Free
Northbrook Sports Center Pool
1730 Pfingsten Road Northbrook, 847-897-6196
The sports center pool features two mid size water slides, a kiddy slide, a zero depth pool with spray features, and a sun deck.
Hours: Weekdays: Noon – 8:00 p.m. Weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fees: Ages: 2-17 $6 R/ $8 NR Adult: $7 R / $9 NR
Meadowhill Aquatic Center
1501 Maple Avenue, Northbrook, 847·291·2997
This water park has four outdoor pools, tube and body slides, a children’s water playground, and a full service concession stand.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Fees: Ages: 2-17 $6 R/ $8 NR Adult: $7 R / $9 NR
1500 N. Milwaukee Ave Libertyville, 847-816-7946
Adler pool has it all. It has a zero depth pool with a waterfall area for kids to sit under , a kiddy area, two water slides, a sandy area for toddlers, and a diving well. Outside the pool is a park with grills and a Frisbee golf course for teens and dads!
Hours: Monday – Friday: Noon-5:00 p.m. & 6:50-9:00 p.m. (Closed from 5:00-6:50 p.m. for swimming lessons) Weekends: Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Fees: $8 R/ $12 NR Under 2 are free
Indoor Water parks
Keylime Cove Indoor Waterpark & Resort Key Lime Cove is closed as of 2017
1700 Nations Dr Gurnee, 224-656-8685
There is something for kids of all ages and adventure levels here. Toddlers will love the gated play pond with the mini water slides. Those who want to take it easy will enjoy the lazy river, the wave pool, the water play structure, and the grotto. Those who want more adventure and are over 42 inches tall can enjoy the vortex, giant body slides, and tube slides!
Hours: Weekdays: 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Weekends 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Fees: $25 dollars for a day pass if you purchase it through the Key Lime Cove Community Days- ends June 13 or FREE water park passes when staying overnight. Read Melissa’s review of her recent Staycation at Key Lime Cove
Lakeview Fitness Center Pool
700 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, 847-996-6330
This is a smaller “water park” perfect for those not wanting to drive far on a rainy day. Featuring a zero depth pool, lap lanes, and a children’s playhouse structure, and a small slide.
Hours: Open Swim hours vary month to month. Call ahead for times.
Fees: Youth: $5R/$7NR Adult: $9R/$11NR
333 W. Dundee Road in Wheeling 847-465-7674
Perfect for days when it is too cold to go to an outdoor pool. Featuring a toddler interactive play area, a mini lazy river, a zero depth pool, and a toddler polar bear slide.
Hours: Vary call ahead or check their website
Fees: Ages 3-9: $6 R/ $7.50 NR General Admission: $6 R/ $7.50NR
Worried about taking multiple kids to the water park? Melissa shared how they manage with all four of hers at Chicago Parent.