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Best baby-friendly water parks

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Splash time with baby

Make a splash with your baby at some of the most baby-friendly water parks around the country.
baby and mother at outdoor splash park

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort is the largest indoor water park in the Dakotas. With 30,000 square feet of water rides, arcades and concessions, your baby is in for a wet and wild treat. Check out Koko's Kingdome, designed specifically for little ones, or sit the baby on your lap and cruise down the lazy river or relax in Palm Tree Alley. Don't forget your baby's floaties or life vest, just to be on the safe side.

Web: watikiwaterpark.com
Address: 1314 North Elk Vale Road, Rapid City, South Dakota 57703
Phone: 605-718-2474

Adventure Bay Water Park

This water park in the Memorial Park District of Hillside, Illinois, has three water slides for younger kids as well as a splash pad, rain tree spray areas and a zero-depth to 2-1/2 foot entry pool perfect for the baby to do some splashing around in.

Web: mempark.org
Address: Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois 60162
Phone: 708-547-3900, ext. 4

Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix

Having a water park in a city that gets as hot as Phoenix does in the summer is absolutely essential. Luckily, the city was recently graced with this new 35-acre water oasis that happens to include some wet and not-too-wild fun for a baby, like the Soak 'em Playground as well as Monsoon Bay. Just be sure they are wearing a life vest and accompanied by Mom or Dad.

Web: wetnwildphoenix.com
Address: 4243 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85310
Phone: 623-201-2000

Raging Waters

Aside from the dozens of adventurous slides and attractions at any of the three Raging Waters locations in California — Sacramento, San Jose and San Dimas — the parks also have lots of fun for babies at the Kids' Kingdom, Splash Island and Little Dipper. There is also a sandy beach for messy fun. Bring along some plastic sand toys so the baby can build a castle or simply shovel and dump sand!

Web: ragingwaters.com
Address: See site for individual park addresses
Phone: 909-802-2200 (San Dimas)

Tempe Beach Park

The Splash Playground at the south bank of Tempe Town Lake in Tempe Beach Park is ideal for babies and toddlers. Children enter the playground through a metal ring of clouds misting water onto its guests with thunder booming and lightning flashing. Babies will love the waterfalls, riding the toy whales and splashing through the "ocean." The best part of this baby-friendly water park? It's free. It doesn't get much better than that for a splashing good time for a baby!

Web: tempe.gov
Address: 80 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Phone:
480-350-4311

Fun with baby

Need more great ideas for spending quality time with your baby? Check out Baby's Day Out City Guide — you'll discover all the top baby-friendly destinations and how to enjoy them with your little one

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