Great Waves Waterpark at Cameron Run Regional Park is open and has a lot of fun activities for the whole family. This is agreat place to spend a full day at a reasonable cost.
The water park features:
- A wave pool
- Minnow Bay
- Sprayground Cascades
- and Waterslides.
The Wave Pool
The wave pool was the most popular of all the attractions at the park. Featuring a setting that turns the waves on for 10 minutes, then off for 10, was too packed to enjoy.
The pool has a zero depth entry and maxes out at 8 feet. There are no life jackets available to rent and inner tubes are provided by the park on a first come, first serve basis.
My kiddo was disappointed as all the tubes were being used by other patrons. I have been before when it wasn’t crowded and it is tons of fun. It’s like being at the beach except you don’t feel sand between your toes.
Minnow Bay & The Splashpad
Minnow Bay is designed for the youngest water babies. Gentle water falls from a friendly Shamu into the baby pool. The Splashpad and Sprayground Cascades are nice ways to relax without entering the water. There are water cannons, dumping buckets, spinning fans, flowers, and water tables.
The Lagoon is a fun place for children and families of all ages. The pool is a zero depth entry to a maximum of 3 feet. Get drenched under an umbrella pouring rushing water.
The Lagoon features two small waterslides. My 7-year-old must have traveled down the spiral slide a dozen times.
There are two areas for water slides. The first is a trio of colored slides where the water depth is 3 ½ feet. The red and green slides are slow.
The yellow, enclosed slide and pair of steep, twin slides are very fast. The lines were short as most of the patrons were in the wave pool or in the lagoon.
What to Eat
No outside food and drink is permitted except for bottled water and pre-packaged baby food. Bags are checked and while we were allowed to keep our water, we were asked to consume the yogurt before entering the park or to throw it away.
The lines for food at the Riptide Café are long no matter what time of day. Combo meals range from $5 to $8.50 and kid portions are available. The fare consists of burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches, all with fries.
The snack counter around the corner sells pricey drinks for $2.65, snow cones for $3.71, pizza and funnel cake for $4.50 each. There’s also a Dippin’ Dots ice cream cart and the shark shack in case you forget sunscreen, etc.
How Much Does It Cost?
The fees are per person and vary so be sure to plan accordingly. During the week and non-holidays, children under age 2 are free, kids under 48″ tall are $12.00, and anyone over 48″ is $15.50. On weekends and all holidays, the cost increases to $13 and $16.50. If you do not live in the jurisdiction, the price is $1 more per person. Lower rates for senior citizens are available.
If you plan on spending a significant part of your summer here, invest in all facility pass which includes the waterpark, Paradise Play climbing structure, mini golf, and batting cages.
A one day pass runs $20.00. To keep the interest going, bounce to any of 5 NVRPA water parks with a Bounce pass ranging starting at $85 for an individual to $435 for a family of six.
When to Go
Great Waves Waterpark is open seasonally (Memorial Day to Labor Day) on the weekends from 11am to 6pm. During the summer months, they are open daily from 11am to 6pm.
Things to Do
- Batting Cages A great place for the kids to hone their swings alone or with a group of friends! They provide the bats and helmets, or you can bring your own.
- Birthday Parties Cameron Run Regional Park is a great place to host your Classic Birthday Party in one of their birthday party areas!
- Great Waves Waterpark Enjoy a full day of family fun splashing Great Waves Waterpark, located in Alexandria, Virginia.
- Paradise Play Due to COVID, Paradise Play will be closed for the 2021 season until further notice.
Good to Know
We arrived at 11:30 am and were greeted by a line that took approximately 20 minutes to get through to purchase tickets. Different colored wristbands are given to signify if you are there for the waterpark or for the all attraction pass.
There is plenty of seating, but all the chairs shaded by giant umbrellas were taken. Small lockers can be rented for 75 cents. Be sure to bring quarters. There is a dressing room, changing table, and showers.
There are also batting cages available, as well as mini golf (although it looks a bit outdated).
I love that Great Waves is affordable, clean, and had plenty of lifeguards surveying every area of the waterpark. I highly recommend you bring the family for a day trip here.
Photos Courtesy Nova Parks website