Explore the best places to cool off and let loose this summer

With school out and summer weather in full swing, activities to keep you and your family busy and out of the heat are probably at the front of your mind. While the Lehigh Valley is full of things to do this summer, you don’t have to look much further than the nearby water parks for a sweet escape—and maybe a thrill or two. Here is your guide to the best ones in the area.

Dutch Springs

With an old school summer camp vibe and attractions to fit every level of adventure, Dutch Springs is a Lehigh Valley institution offering an aquatic playground fit for the whole family. Skyrocket across the Lehigh Valley’s picturesque blue summer skies aboard The Blob (a huge inflated cushion), and test your skills on the floating climbing walls atop Dutch Springs’ spring-fed 50-acre lake. For the less thrill-seeking park-goers, the facility also offers open water swimming, scuba, and snorkeling lessons as well as kayak, paddle board, and paddle boat rentals perfect for exploring the beautiful property. Dutch Springs also has an Aerial Park, which is included in admission and offers a ropes course, climbing wall, and zipline.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Located in Allentown, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom started decades ago as a local amusement park and has grown over time to become one of the best family destinations in the northeast. With several hotels nearby, many tourists make it a point to experience Dorney Park’s thrills, including adrenaline pumping rides and Wildwater Kingdom Water Park. Whether you are looking to plummet down water slides or lounge in a lazy river, Wildwater Kingdom has it all. From the 47-foot-tall aqua racer and completely enclosed constrictor slides to Wildwater Cove and the Runaway River, Dorney Park has something for everyone.

Great Wolf Lodge Poconos

While summer is the peak season for water parks, if you’re looking for year-round fun or a family friendly staycation less than an hour outside Allentown, Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains is the perfect place for you. Known for its indoor water park attractions, Great Wolf Lodge offers huge slides, relaxing lagoons, children’s play areas, poolside cabanas, hot springs, and wading pools galore. Your day will be nothing short of exhilarating as you and your family go from the Double Barrel Drop to Hydro Plunge and back again. With newly renovated guest rooms and suites, it’s also the ideal place to get away and treat yourself to a home away from home vacation. If you tire of the water, the lodge also has an arcade, a bowling alley, and constant programming for kids of all ages to keep the whole family occupied. 


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