Summer is officially here and we are so excited for long days and warm nights. No one is more excited during summertime than our children who are “off” from going to school every day, unlike their parents who most continue working all summer long. There’s typically a running question asked during many summer days, “What are we going to do now?” of children to their parents. While we continue to wait for Parkside’s clubhouse to complete construction including pools, we can still answer “swimming” and not have to travel too far from home. There are quite a few places to entertain with swimming near Parkside and you can take your children all summer long. Some water parks even have swim lessons at the locations! Check out the closest and most fun places to splash around below.

Six Flags America

Located in Prince George’s County, “Hurricane Harbor” is a huge water park that lies within Six Flags America. There’s a splash water fall, huge slide complex, a family water play structure, and one of the world’s largest wave pools. This is a great place for a day full of fun, just 15 minutes or less from home. See more here.

Glenn Dale Splash Park

This outdoor aqua park features slides and waterfalls minutes from Parkside in Glenn Dale, Md. A part of Maryland’s Department of Parks and Recreation, this park is in a sub-facility of Glenn Dale Community Center. There are also times of free swimming for teens and you can sign up for swim lessons here as well. See more here.

Chesapeake Beach Water Park

This water park is located less than 20 minutes away from Parkside in Chesapeake Beach, Md. For over 25 years this waterpark has been a place to frequent during the hot summer months. There’s a huge pool, cabanas, a calendar of events, summer camps and even swim lessons at this location. You can even host a birthday party here! See more here.

Great Waves Waterpark

Located in Alexandria, VA, this waterpark is less than 20 minutes away from home and features speed slides, waterslides, and a splash pad and wading pool for little ones. There’s also a 17,500 square foot wave pool and a huge play area. There are pavilions and cabanas available for rent and birthday parties. This park also offers swim lessons. Find out more here.

Summer is for fun! And all of these locations offer plenty of it just minutes away from home.

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