Here’s which Chicago-area water parks are opening for the season this Memorial Day weekend – NBC Chicago

With Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer less than a week away, you may already have plans or maybe you’re considering what to do for the holiday weekend, but be aware that you want to spend time outdoors.

If you want a taste of summer right away, going to the water park might be one of your best options. More than a dozen water parks kick off their seasons this Memorial Day weekend, from northern suburbs to northwest Indiana and beyond. However, some chose to wait and open a week later.

Here’s what you need to know about a number of water parks, including details on attractions, cost of admission and more.

Atcher Island, Schaumburg

A tropical theme park with water slides, a children’s playground and more, Atcher Island opens for the season on Saturdays. Admission is $8 for residents and $12 for non-residents, according to its website.

Bartlett Aquatic Center

Offering a “new way to play”, the Bartlett Aquatic Center offers a wealth of options for all ages, from body slides to a sand play area and even an aquatic zipline descent. His first day of the season is Saturday, the start of Memorial Day weekend. Admission for adults is $17, if resident in the village, and $14 for non-residents.

Centennial Park Aquatic Centre, Des Plaines

With a zero-depth pool, cliff jumping, multiple racing tubes and slides, and waterfalls, Centennial Park Aquatic Center’s season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, according to the website.

Daily admission starts at $12 for Orland Park residents. The park is located at 14700 Ravinia Ave. and is open from Saturday to Monday September 4th.

Credit: Centennial Park Aquatic Center

Coral Cove Water Park, Carol Creek

Located in the suburb of Carol Stream, Coral Cove Water Park has a number of unique attractions including a rock wall, wading pool, and body slides, among others. The season runs from Saturday to August 13.

Deep River Water Park, Crown Point, Ind.

Deep River Water Park in Crown Point, Indiana, begins its summer season on Friday — a day earlier than most other water parks open over the holiday weekend. The largest water park in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area, Deep River has about 11 different attractions, including fast slides, a tube rider, a tide pool, and a Water Wars action game.

Regular admission is $39.95 on weekdays and $41.95 on weekends.

Hurricane Harbor to Gurnee and Rockford

Both Hurricane Harbor venues kick off the season on Saturday, along with a number of other water parks.

In Gurnee, Hurricane Harbor features several waterslides including one at nearly 80 degrees, a surf simulator, water races and Tsunami Surge, the tallest roller coaster in the world, according to the website.

Rockford Hurricane Harbor features a lazy river, waterslide, free-fall waterslide, and, according to the park, Tsunami Bay, Illinois’ largest wave pool. Single-day tickets to either location start at $34.99. Parking is extra. Both locations are scheduled to close for the season on September 4.

Otter Cove Water Park, St. Charles

Otter Cove opens for the season on Saturday, with diving, toddler and activity pool, racing and tubing slides, lazy river, sand playground, sand volleyball and more Again.

Daily admission to the park at 3615 Campton Hills Rd. starts at $12 for St. Charles residents and $17 for non-residents. His last day of the season is Monday, September 4.

Paradise Bay Water Park, Lombard

With a zero-depth entry pool, waterslides, a slide, a 12-foot plunge pool and an 8-lane pool, Paradise Bay opens for the season on Saturday, according to the website.

Daily admission for Lombard residents starts at $11 and $17 for non-residents. The season ends on Sunday, September 3.

Here's which Chicago-area water parks are opening for the season this Memorial Day weekend - NBC Chicago

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Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Water Park, Bolingbrook

The outdoor portion of Pelican Harbor Water Park begins its season on Saturday. The park bills itself as a place for all ages, with attractions ranging from an interactive spray field to water slides and a lazy river, according to its website. Residents can enter for $11 while admission for non-residents is $17.

Rainbow Falls Water Park, Elk Grove Village

The family park includes floating water lilies, a water playground with spilled water, a speedy “Pelican Plunge” waterslide, a children’s pool, four giant slides and more, according to its website. Rainbow Falls kicks off its season on Saturday and wraps up the excitement on Monday, September 4.

Santa Springs at Santa’s Village, East Dundee

Located at Santa’s Village amusement park at 601 Dundee Ave., this Caribbean theme park has a zero-depth entry to a 10,000-square-foot wading pool, multiple slides, cabanas and more, according to its website.

The first day of the season is Saturday, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m.

Splash County Water Park, Aurora

Splash County Water Park has the second largest lazy river in Illinois at 1,100 feet. The park also offers open and closed tube slides, regulation and volleyball courts and more, according to its website.

The park at 195 S. Barnes Road opens on Saturdays and will remain open until August 6. Tickets start at $8 for Aurora residents.

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