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Fun for the Whole Family at Water Parks and Rides in Washington
From Luna Park the historic ‘Coney Island’ of the west to roaring adventures at Wild Waves Theme Park & Enchanting Village Washington state has long been a Pacific Northwest purveyor of family fun. If it’s exhilarating speed you are looking for take the plunge on the Fastball waterslide at Splash Down in Spokane. Young children and toddlers delight in the Tolt River Railroad Steam Train at Remlinger Farms in the central region of the state. Numerous rides and thrills in Washington create fun filled adventures for the whole family.
Wild Waves Theme Park & Enchanting Village
The only amusement and water park combination in Washington state, Wild Waves Theme Park & Enchanting Village in Federal Way is just 30 miles south of Seattle. A popular summer destination it combines classic wooden rollercoasters like the TimberHawk with zip lining courses and a 125-foot I-5 Sky Dive facility to meet all your adrenaline needs. At the water park you can find aquatic thrills on the Mountain Dew Slide complex or spend some time in the refreshing 500,000-gallon wave pool.
The Enchanting Village offers classic family fun on the lighted Ferris wheel and the scrambler. Dine on traditional street fair food like popcorn and cotton candy or grab a table at the Wharf for burgers, hot dogs and chicken. Seasonal performances can be found throughout the summer months and every December the park hosts an annual Holiday with Lights featuring over one million Christmas lights and winter festivities.
Although short lived, Luna Park takes up a sizeable place in Washington’s rides and thrills history. Open only from 1907 to 1913 the park on the western coast of Seattle was promoted as ‘The Nation’s Greatest Playground on the Pacific Coast’. It was designed by the famous carousal carver Charles I. D. Looff who had created and installed the first carousal on Coney Island. Today the park is memorialized by the restaurant Luna Café which serves legendary breakfast orders all day long while the original Looff Carrousel can be found at Spokane’s River Front Park.
For beautiful views Slidewaters in Chelan offers gorgeous vistas of Lake Chelan from the vantage point of lush green hills just east of Wenatchee National Forest. Eight waterslides follow the natural gradient of the land and a lazy river is furnished with water from the pristine glacial lake below. Family owned, Slidewaters has been in operation since the early 1980s and continues to grow with additions like a sand volleyball court. The one-of-a-kind water park boasts of a courteous staff and affordable family fun.
Splash Down Family Water Park
Splash Down Family Water Park in Spokane Valley is the ultimate place in eastern Washington for memorable thrills amid rides and waterslides designed for all ages. Try your luck at Water Wars where opponents line up with buckets of cold water balloons in an attempt to out soak the competition. The four-story Cannon Bowl waterslide features a high velocity vortex that swirls you around before lowering riders into a pool of water below. The water park is open seasonally from June through September and features live music on Thursday evenings.
Remlinger Farms is a Family Fun Park in Carnation, Washington that began as a small farm and evolved into an amusement center over the years. It offers rides, a petting zoo and onsite restaurant. During the fall guests can choose their own pumpkins while in the summer the park features numerous toddler days and is a pristine setting for a social event or company picnic.