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Southern California Water Parks

In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Knott's Soak City, and Legoland water parks in Southern California. On this page, you'll discover the list of Southern California's major water parks, and get the details you need to plan a fun outing at your favorite park (such as address, phone number, directions & maps!)

SoCal water parks overview

SoCal Water Parks--General Information

Opening dates for the major Southern California water parks each year range from between mid-March and the Memorial Day Weekend in late May. Closing dates vary from mid-September to nearly the end of October. The majority run on a May-thru-September schedule, which are the busiest months of SoCal's water park season. And yet, two parks in particular stay open later. Wet 'n Wild in Palm Springs takes advantage of its warmer desert climate to stay open longer. Then there's San Diego's Legoland Water Park, which hooks in out-of-state visitors (often from colder climates) who think that October weather is simply perfect for swimming. So, no matter what month of the year, it's never too long a wait to start thinking about all the exciting water park visits you can make during the spring, summer and fall!

SoCal Water Park Attractions
Picture: Legoland water park's float tube

If you like water parks, you'll LOVE the Southern California water parks! You'll find some giant-sized water parks here, with all the features you've come to expect from full-service water parks. No, they're not all identical. But each one will offer you some pretty standard features...along with a few attractions which serve to differentiate one park from another.

The water parks listed below on this page are Southern California's largest. And, although they each give their water slides and attractions different names, you'll find the following general features at each one:

1.) A Wave Pool: You'll be able to swim in a gigantic-sized pool that, at intervals, turns on the "ocean waves!"

2.) A Lazy River: You'll be able to hop aboard an inner tube, lay back, and relax as you float gently around in an oval-shaped path kickin' it with your friends.

3.) Rafting Slides: These tall slides require a raft for zooming down...and the rafts hold several people. (Riding with more people gives you more weight than riding solo...and therefore, more ZOOM power.)

4.) Body Slides: These are slides you zoom down with "just your body" touching the slides. These slides come in slopes from "mild to wild." The wildest of these slides are so steep that you'll actually get some "air time" on your way down...and end up with a major wedgie when you're done, as well!

5.) Water Play area: When you're tired of swimming and sliding, why not pick a fight? A WATER fight, that is! Southern California's water parks feature water play areas where you can generally shoot your friends with a water gun...or simply stand under a torrent of water and get showered!

6.) Baby, toddler, and preschooler areas: All the major water parks have waveless pools, gentle fountains, and miniature slides made with the younger set in mind.

7.) Snack bars, gift shops, locker rooms: All of SoCal's major water parks keep your tummy full and your shopping cravings satisfied. Changing rooms and showers are always available; and lockers are, too (for an extra fee.)

Legoland Water Park in Carlbad (San Diego Co.)

Picture: Legoland California's water park features a colorful, Lego-themed water slide towerThis uber-cute, Lego-themed water park is absolutely you can tell from the pictures to your left and above. The Legoland water park first opened in a size too small to be considered one of Southern California's "major" water parks. However, Legoland lovers can be glad to know that every summer the park has added something new...and has more than doubled its original size. The Legoland Water Park is now a crowd-pleasing destination in its own right, and no long just a small appendage at the side of Legoland's theme park.

Aimed at kids under age 12 and their families, this is a possibly the tamest, toddler-friendliest and safest park for many families with children. Conversely, if your family has teens as well as tykes, it may not be your ideal destination for the entire group---as teens would feel quite out of place here. Nor would the "thrill slides" seem very thrilling to them.

The one warning you should know is that the Legoland Water Park still does NOT have its own separate entrance. Your family MUST have Legoland theme park tickets...and you'll find the water park entrance deep inside the park, alongside the other Legoland rides and attractions. The GOOD news, however, is that once you have your Legoland tickets, then adding Water Park privileges only requires a small additional fee per-person.

Legoland Water Park info: For further details, here's the Water Park section of the Legoland California website. Or, if you'd like to see our pictures, please check out our Legoland Water Park page.

Raging Waters in San Dimas (LA County)

Raging Waters is one of Southern California's largest and most popular water parks. In polls of favorite SoCal water parks, you'll always find Raging Waters prominently mentioned at (or near) the top of the list. There's truly something for everyone in the family here, from tame water play areas to steep 'n scary water slides. And in between, there's a good selection of milder thrills, a large wave pool and a wide 'n long lazy river that all may enjoy.

The Raging Waters phone number is: 909/802-2200.

The Raging Waters address is: 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas, CA 91773.

Directions to Raging Waters water park: No matter which freeway you use to get to the San Dimas area, you should transfer over to the 57 freeway and take the Raging Waters Drive exit. Here's a Google map to Raging Waters in San Dimas, CA.

If you're a local resident, these directions may sound familiar to you---and with good reason! These are the SAME directions you'd follow to get to the popular Frank Bonelli Regional Park! That's because the Raging Waters water park sits inside the Bonelli park's boundaries...within view of Puddingstone Reservoir.

For further info, please use the following link to view the Raging Waters official website.

Knott's Soak City in Buena Park (Orange Co.)

Knott's Soak City now has only one location---that's Buena Park, across the street from Knott's Berry Farm's theme park. Soak City was formerly a chain of 3 water parks spread out around Southern California. These locations were: (1) Palm Springs (always the first SoCal water park to open because of its warm desert location;) (2) Orange County/Buena Park (located across the street from Knott's Berry Farm theme park;) and (3) The former Soak City San Diego/Chula Vista.

Two parks have now been sold. The Chula Vista Soak City was sold to SeaWorld San Diego...and was remodeled into a new water park called "Aquatica." It opened in 2013, then has kept adding and expanding ever since.

The Palm Springs location was sold to the Wet 'n Wild group of water parks. It opened under new ownership...with its new name, Wet 'n Wild, in March, 2014.

Knott's Soak City -- Buena Park

Picture: Soak City water slides fill the need for speed; this group of slides is called Old Man FallsThe Orange County Soak City remains a Knott's-brand water park. Its operating season runs from May thru September. You may continue to purchase Knott's theme park passes which have a Soak City option---but ONLY for the Buena Park location.

The Knott's Soak City address for the Orange County location is: 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620. The Knott's Soak City/Buena Park phone number is: 714/220-5200. (This is also the same phone number that you would use to call the Knott's Berry Farm theme park.)

Directions to the Knott's Soak City water park: From either the "91 Freeway" or Interstate 5, take the Beach Boulevard exit, then head south. From Interstate 405, take the Beach Boulevard exit and head north.

Map of Knott's Soak City area: Here's a Google map of Knott's Soak City water park in Buena Park, California.

Soak City Buena Park info: To see pics of Soak City Orange County & view the list of attractions at this water park, please see the Knotts Soak City Hours & Attraction Details page of our site.

Wet 'n Wild Palm Springs

Knott's Soak City/Palm Springs has a new name!

The Palm Springs area has a "new" water park that's actually quite familiar! The Wet 'n Wild group of water parks purchased this warm-weather attraction from Knott's Berry Farm a few years ago. It now goes by the Wet 'n Wild name, has a new website...and got refurbishments and new attractions.

What can you expect from Wet 'n Wild? A well-run water park by an experienced company that operates other major parks in other locations. The traditional operating season (March thru October) will continue to be observed. And, prices will be comparable to what they've always been.

The Wet 'n Wild--Palm Springs address is: 1500 S. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92264. The Wet 'n Wild--Palm Springs telephone number is 760/327-0499.

Directions to the Wet 'n Wild water park's Palm Springs location: From Interstate 10, take the Gene Autry Trail exit and head south into the main part of Palm Springs (towards the tall mountains.)

Wet 'n Wild Map: Here's a Google map to Wet 'n Wild Palm Springs.

Wet 'n Wild Palm Springs info: For further information, please visit the new please see the Wet 'n Wild--Palm Springs website.

Soak City San Diego is now

Aquatica Water Park by SeaWorld

Aquatica water park by SeaWorld: If you love water parks, then you may wish to try out the still-new Aquatica water park (which opened on June 1, 2013.) This is SeaWorld's third "Aquatica" water park: SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio already had Aquatica parks in place before this location opened. All three are based on the same themed the concept is already well-honed.

The Aquatica parks use an Australian theme in naming their rides and landscaping their grounds...a trend which has continued with the new Aquatica San Diego. Another feature of Aquatica parks is the presence of a few species of marine life (although not nearly as extensive a collection as you'll find in the SeaWorld marine parks themselves.)

Aquatica did an extensive remodeling of Knott's Soak City when it bought the attraction. Will you recognize it? The layout is similar to the old park, but the slides are new. A big difference you'll notice is the amount of greenery; thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers were planted before the new park opened. It's a pretty place to be sure...and yet, it is subject to the same woes that all water parks have. Namely, lines for the slides and restaurants; relatively expensive food with no option to bring in your own; needing to pay for parking...and other irritations that take away from the beauty. But it's also easy to have a good time here, with a good selection of things to do.

The Aquatica Park address is: 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, CA 91911.

The Aquatica phone number is (800) 257-4268.

Directions to the Aquatica Water Park in Chula Vista, Calif: Head south on I-805. Take the Main Street exit and head east. Turn Right on Hermitage, then right again onto Entertainment Circle.

Map to Aquatica: Here's a Google map to the Aquatica Water Park in Chula Vista, California.

For further information about Aquatica, please see the Aquatica San Diego website.

Southern California Water Parks

Six Flags Magic Mountain's Hurricane Harbor

Picture: Scary speed slides at Hurricane Harbor water park in Valencia, CA

The Six Flags Hurricane Harbor address is: 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355.

The Six Flags Hurricane Harbor phone number is: (661) 255-4100, the same as Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Directions to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor: Take Interstate 5 north; exit at Magic Mountain Parkway. Head west; just follow the signs...and the traffic!

Map to 6 Flags Hurricane Harbor: Here's a Google map to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in metro Los Angeles, California.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor info: To see the list of attractions at this water park, get complete details, and purchase tickets, please see the Hurricane Harbor California section of the Six Flags website. Or, to see our pictures and get ideas about how to get discounts on your tickets, please see the Hurricane Harbor Hours & Discounts page of our site.

Southern California Water Parks -- Wild Rivers, Irvine, CA (Orange County)

Picture: Giant water slide at Wild Rivers water park in Irvine, California

Wild Rivers HOPES to open in a new location in 2019!!

Wild Rivers was a large & popular water park in Orange County, California. Located in the city of Irvine, its central location was convenient for visitors. It was not far from both I-5 and I-405, making it easy to reach.

However, Wild Rivers lost its lease because the Irine Company decided to build apartments on the land. Wild Rivers was able to get a lease extention for several years...all thanks to the park's many fans raising a ruckus in the community! The economic recession at the time was also a factor. So, once the economy started moving forwards again, then the park's time ran out. Wild Rivers was razed & apartments were built on Wild River's former ground. To see pics of how Wild Rivers looked at its Irvine location, you may visit our Wild Rivers Water Park page...which will remain as our tribute to all the fun your family and ours has had at the park over the years.

However, plans are in the works to build a new Wild Rivers park for 2019. Yes, you are reading this correctly! Has there ever been a more convoluted story in the history of water parks? Probably not! The public is lucky that the park's owner has kept trying and trying again...and after quite a few years, may FINALLY be able to rebuild Wild Rivers. Where? At the Great Park!

This is not the first time that the Great Park has been mentioned as a possible site. Wild Rivers had negotiated with Orange County to relocate at the Great Park some years ago, but those plans fell through. At the time, the Great Park's planners weren't sure that a water park was going to fit in with their plans. And the Great Park is expanding, and discussions about Wild Rivers being able to relocate there are back on the table. Here's an excellent article from the Orange County Register that will fill you in on this exciting news. In addition, you may also view a "concept picture" of the proposed new Wild Rivers location in another interesting OC Register article. Let's all hope! Water park fun may be back on its way to Irvine soon!

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