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Best Water Attractions in Washington DC

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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

Located near the Constitution Gardens is the Reflecting Pool. The Reflecting Pool, as the name suggests, lets you see the mirror images of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. It has great historical significance and has witnessed major political events. U.S citizens gathered here to listen to the speech delivered by Martin Luther King at the March on Washington. Every year thousands of tourists frequent the place and the calm and deep waters of the pool act as a perfect backdrop for photographs.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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DC Ducks

This tour operator offers an unusual and memorable way to see D.C. by land and water, without changing vehicle. Passengers board authentic, fully restored 1942 Ducks, amphibious military personnel carriers. The land tour begins at Union Station and includes the National Mall, the monuments and the Smithsonian museums before the Duck splashes into the Potomac River. A scenic river cruise follows, with the 90-minute tour ending at Gravely Point beneath the flight path of landing planes at National Airport.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Odyssey Cruises

Odyssey Cruises is a well-established name in providing luxurious and elegant cruise experiences to discerning customers. Their beautiful boat is a true delight with its elegant decor. Unique glass walls and ceilings provide an amazing, unobstructed view of the sights. Dine on the river in their classy dining room, and relax as you feast on the innovative and delicious fare while watching city's most beautiful monuments flicker away before you. A wonderful choice for a romantic evening out on the water, you can dance to soothing Jazz played by the live band as you watch the sunset over the Potomac. The restaurant has a lovely selection of wines and cocktails to accompany their refined menu, making for a pleasant experience.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Yards Park

Along the city's waterfront is the wonderful Yards Park that opened in September 2010. A stunning example of how urban planning can play such a vital role in ensuring that city-dwellers enjoy their time in the city, this park comes replete with fountains, a pool, jogging tracks, biking trails, waterside lawns, shopping spots, cafes, bars and more. A special platform has been constructed to host outdoor events like concerts, community get-togethers, dog shows and festivals.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Early morning is the time to catch the blooming water-bound plants of this park. Run by the National Park Service, the 12-acre marshland park is often overlooked by visitors who head for better-known Washington sites. As a result, the park is an uncrowded getaway. Nature-lovers and children especially will enjoy more than 100,000 flowering plants and fauna sightings.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Ocean Dunes Water Park

For families hoping to cool off in the water without spending the whole day in traffic on the way to the beach, head on over to Ocean Dunes Water Park. Kids and adults alike will enjoy splashing around in the pools, or cooling off with a run under the "waterfall." The park also offers activities like swimming lessons, and has other exciting facilities, like their mini golf course and their batting cages. For some fun in the summer sun, take the whole family to Ocean Dunes Water Park for a smile-filled day.

Arlington, VA, United States
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Great Waves Water Park

Located inside the picturesque Cameron Run Regional Park, Great Waves Water Park offers up 20-acres of pools and water slides. Open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend every year, this park is fun for kids and adults of all ages. Older kids will love zipping down the speed slides and body surfing waves in the giant wave pool. Take the little ones for a dip in the waterfall-filled Minnow Bay, grab a snack at the onsite restaurant or bask in the sun - there's something fun for everyone at Great Waves Water Park.

Alexandria, VA, United States
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Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags America

Spend a hot day splashing around in the water at Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags America. Kids of all ages - and adults too - will love zipping down gigantic water slides, catching waves in the huge wave pool, and floating peacefully down the lazy river. Hurricane Harbor, which is inside Six Flags America and can be accessed for a small additional fee to the normal ticket price, has over ten massive water attractions that are sure to cause some smiles and delighted screams. Keep in mind that kids need to be 48" or taller in order to go down many of the larger water rides.

Upper Marlboro, MD, United States
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Water Park at Bohrer Park

For a fun-filled day, head over to the Water Park at Bohrer Park. The water park, which is located inside the 57-acre Bohrer Park, is meant to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. The zero-depth entryway into the pool makes the water accessible to all, which is just one of the great things about this water park. Your kids will love pretending they are on a tropical island when they hang out in the main pool, which boasts palm trees, toys to play with and - best of all - water slides. Kids 48 inches (121.92 centimeters) and over can zip down the double water slide while shorter water park enthusiasts can splash around in the children's splash pool, which was designed with kids 54-inches (137.16 centimeters) and shorter in mind. Families will delight in the shaded picnic areas, and are encouraged to explore the rest of the park when they are done enjoying the water park.

Gaithersburg, MD, United States
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