COOL OFF IN THE CHICAGO SOUTHLAND
By Carrie Steinweg published June 21, 2023
The heat is on. We’re in for some scorchers as we hit the peak of summer. On days like that, there’s nothing better than jumping in a pool to splash around or putting on sunglasses and gliding down a lazy river. Looking for a place to do just that? There are several options in the Chicago Southland. Here are a few:
Centennial Park Aquatic Center
15600 West Avenue
This fun water park features a zero-depth pool surrounded by plenty of deck and lawn for lounging and a water play feature for little ones. There’s also 8 slides for the thrill-seekers and a lazy river for those who just want to chill.
Frankfort Square Splash Park
7540 West Braemar Lane
Enjoy a refreshing excursion to this fun splash pad that sprays, shoots and cascades water. The brightly-colored interactive water components create a fun way to beat the heat.
Green Lake Family Aquatic Center
1100 River Oaks Drive
Part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Green Lake Family Aquatic Center offers zero-depth entry, a tube slide, lazy river, play features, water playground, children’s slide, lounge areas and a concession stand.
Kids will enjoy running around with sprinkles coming from every direction. This colorful water play park is open daily in two-hour spans weather permitting. It can also be rented for parties.
Park Forest Aqua Center
30 North Orchard Drive
This aqua center dates back to 1955 but has modern features that include a 160-foot water slide, two drop slides, a 15-foot-high aquatic climbing wall, lap pool and beach pool with sandy area for the toddlers.
Sprayfari Aquatic Park Splash Pad
11930 South Kostner Avenue
Covering over 2,100 square feet of wet plat area, your little ones will have a blast at this safari-themed splash pad. Dumping coconuts, a big barrel and swaying palm trees are featured along with bubbling geysers, water cannons and more. Shade structures with lounge chairs make it a perfect place to hang on a hot day.
Walker Country Estates Park
299 Lenox Street
Stop by this park that has a basketball court, creative play area, fishing station, fitness equipment and walking path in addition to a splash pad. Have fun playing in the sun while splashing around among the water features then grab a snack at the concession stand.
White Water Canyon Water Park
8221 West 171st Street
White Water Canyon Water Park offers five acres of swimming, splashing and sliding fun for the whole family, featuring a zero-depth entry with an interactive children’s play area, a 1-meter diving board and a 3-meter drop slide. Relax in a single or double inner tube as you gently float around the 600-foot lazy river.
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