Good news: you don’t need to spend major time or money on a beach vacation for the entire family. Instead, you can just head over to Upton Hill Regional Park in Arlington and get acquainted with Ocean Dunes Water Park, a beach-themed family fun center that attracts visitors of all ages.
Smaller kids will love the splash zone, with its fountains, squirt cannons, playground equipment, and 500-gallon dumping bucket. Older kids who work up the courage can get a mega-thrill on Ocean Dunes’ waterslides, which include a 170-foot covered tube slide and a towering 230-foot open air slide. Visitors who are after a calmer experience can cool off in three different pools — one for wading, one for general use, and one for distance and lap swimming. You can even sign up for age-appropriate swimming lessons at the 8-lane lap pool, which is always staffed by safety professionals.