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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.
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.
Spanning 536 acres (216.912 hectares) of land, Wheaton Regional Park is a natural oasis just north of Washington DC. The park, which was established in 1960, has three distinct sections that all offer different activities, from a train ride through the Shorefield area, to an informational nature talk at the Brookside Nature Center in the Glenallan area. The park also has many hiking trails that show off the park's natural beauty, as well as many picnic areas that are perfect for a sunny afternoon.
The Huntley Meadows Nature Center in the Hybla Valley of Virginia, is a wetland park. Established since 1975, the park is home to a variety of wildlife, especially birds. Visitors can make use of observation decks to spot wildlife or walk along designated trails. Various creeks run through the vast expanse of the park and one can find beaver dams built across them at many places. The visitor center provides more information about the flora and fauna residing in the park.
Great Falls Park, straddling both banks of the Potomac River, offers stunning views. The more attractive side of the park lies in Virginia. Rushing whitewater pours through steep, jagged crevices into a narrow gorge. Photographers, hikers, and nature-lovers find much to enjoy here. The park offers many trails, and the towpath of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal parallels the river. Fishing is allowed, but only with a valid permit. Kayaking, canoeing and rafting is recommended for advanced outdoors-men only. The Maryland side also features Great Falls Tavern with displays of canal history. One-hour round trip barge excursions are offered on a restored stretch of the canal from April to November.