Summer in Sacramento means bright sunshine, temperatures exceeding 90 degrees and energetic kids at home looking for something fun to do. Swimming, splashing and playing in cool water is one of best ways to beat the heat, and children and adults alike love water slides. There are commercial and municipal options all over the Sacramento region.
Clunie Pool
601 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 264-5301
www.cityofsacramento.org

Clunie Pool is operated by the City of Sacramento, and is part of the wealth of fun activities available at McKinley Park. There are 2 slide flumes, fully enclosed, that drop riders into a deep catch pool. There is also a shallow play pool, large areas for open swimming and a low-spring diving board into a 4-yard diving well. This East Sacramento pool also has a shaded deck, picnic tables, restrooms and a pool house with changing rooms. Other amenities of McKinley Park include sports fields, a community center, garden and arts center and an amazing, expansive playground.

White Rock Splash Park
10488 White Rock Rd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 842-3300
www.crpd.com

The Splash Park, part of the Cordova Recreation and Park District, is an excellent spot for children’s aquatic fun. There are two water slides; an orange slide for riders at least 42” tall and a yellow one for users 46” and above. The park also has a large play structure equipped with canons, a dump bucket and water jets, and the whole facility is gated. There is a $1 fee to use the water slides and riders are given wristbands to help lifeguards easily identify them and keep everyone safe. All of the other activities at the splash park are free. The environment is especially nice for younger children as the park offers plenty of fun without being overly raucous.

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Golfland SunSplash
1893 Taylor Rd.
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 784-1273
www.golfland.com/roseville

SunSplash offers numerous water slides, including the exclusive Stealth half-pipe that drops riders down 5-stories. Race with friends down the high speed Six Chuter, take 3 dramatic drops on Thunder Falls or zoom down 65 feet before shooting up a nearly vertical wall on the Riptide. Adventurous riders can slide down fully-enclosed chutes in complete darkness, or drop 7 stories in eight seconds on the Double Dare. The Golfland SunSplash complex also includes miniature golf, an arcade, laser tag, mini-car racing and wave pool. One thing to consider when choosing a water slide experience is cost. Golfland SunSplash offers many amenities, but at a significantly higher price than at municipal pools.

Wackford Aquatic Complex
9014 Bruceville Rd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 405-5600
www.yourcsd.com

This large and popular Sacramento County Parks & Recreation complex has 3 pools; a shallow wading pool with a play area, a beach style entry pool with in-water attractions and a 7-foot deep, 10-yard competition pool with 2 diving boards and an inflatable obstacle course. Guests love the 160-foot Typhoon Tower water slide and Wipe Out, a tall 45-foot long inflatable slide. Fees for the 2016 summer season are $2 a day for Wipe Out. Season passes that include both this and another swim center are available for $40 – $70.

West Sacramento Recreation Center
2801 Jefferson Rd.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 617-4770
www.cityofwestsacramento.org

The West Sacramento Recreation Center has a 2-chute water slide full of twists and turns, as well as other fun-in-the-sun activities. Guests can do water aerobics, play water polo and take swimming lessons, and the splash park spray ground is entertaining for both children and adults.

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