Plunge Into Summer with the Local Water Parks

The dog days of the Central Illinois summer are no joke! As someone who’s spent almost every summer of his life here, I can say that sometimes you just need to find a way to cool off, but enjoy the sunshine as well! Luckily for anyone traveling to the area, we have plenty of places to help you cool off.

In this post, I’m highlighting the four major water parks in the Peoria area that are sure to keep families entertained for the entire afternoon!


Lakeview Family Aquatic Center


Tues-Fri: 12 – 4 PM
Sat-Sun: 12 – 5 PM

This Peoria Park District facility is a gigantic water park, with multiple attractions that will have your family swimming all day long! The park offers a large swimming pool, a zero depth pool with exciting play equipment, three water slides and diving boards. There is also a sand play area with equipment for kids to build sand castles, forts or whatever they feel like.


Peoria RiverPlex – AquaPlex


Mon-Fri: 12 – 7 PM
Sat-Sun: 12 – 5 PM

Do you remember those days as a kid when you were planning on going to a water park, only to look outside and see nothing but thunder, lightning and sheets of rain coming from the sky? Well if you’re in the Peoria area, there’s no reason to feel that disappointment again. This indoor aquatic park features a two-story water slide, lazy river, zero depth pool and a complex of splash equipment.


DragonLand Water Park


Mon-Sun: 12 – 5 PM

This water park, located in Pekin, has something for everyone in its three-plus acres of park land. DragonLand touts three different water slides that will twist and turn you, including “Dude” the dragon slide. One of the coolest things about the park is the sand beach area with an extended deck and lounge chairs. It’s the perfect place for a family to have a little picnic at the water park. There are also sand volleyball courts and well-kept locker facilities.


Splashdown Water Park


Mon-Sun: 11 – 6 PM

This water park has to be the most popular in the area, jam-packed with different areas and equipment that will keep a smile on your face. The three story tree house play area is breathtaking, with an enormous bucket that dumps tons of water on everyone underneath every few minutes. The unpredictable curves of the Wild Ride Tube Slide might just have you screaming by the time you get to the bottom. And if that isn’t enough, the Lazy River is the perfect place to hop on a tube and relax, as you float around the three-acre park.

Written By: Andrew Ketterer


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