SplashDown Waterpark, is located in historic Manassas, Virginia, just minutes from Manassas Battlefield National Park. Only 25 miles southwest of the nation’s capital, SplashDown is the largest waterpark in northern Virginia and hosts visitors from Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia and point’s south.
In 1994, the Prince William County Park Authority evaluated the possibility of developing a Waterpark at their existing Ben Lomond Park. The existing park had a 50-meter outdoor pool, a contracted bumper boat and “hydrotube” slide attraction and a bathhouse; soccer and softball fields, racquetball courts and several pavilion areas. A planning team, comprised of internal recreation and park professionals was created and given a directive - develop a 13 acre Waterpark on the site of the existing 50-meter pool.
Took an 8 and 13 year old boys. We were there for about an hour and a half when we left. We had a nice time, it's just not very big. The price is ok for what you get. Probably better suited to much younger kids.
We like water rides where you use a tube. There was one slide like that, which we rode over and over again. The lazy river was nice too. And we swam for a while in the large pool. I liked that the lines were really short compared to other water parks. Most times there were only about 3-5 people ahead of us so we could ride a lot without much waiting.
Price is low, however the waterslide options are very limited and the slides themselves are extremely slow. Adults and kids alike experienced a huge letdown after waiting so long in line and then being so underwhelmed. The lazy river apparently has no rules requiring using the floats, so it's absolute chaos with kids going the opposite way, swimming under you, pushing past you, and dangerously holding onto the wall placing their head between your raft and the brick wall. There's nothing "lazy" or relaxing about the one feature designed for being just that. There is a small kid area, but designed more for toddlers. If you have an older kid that's still under 48", there's really nothing for them to enjoy other than the actual pool. It might be an okay place if it's right next door and could be treated like your community pool, but I wouldn't go there again as a destination. It was also extremely crowded on a Tuesday, but the parking lot wasn't even at 50% capacity. I'm glad I don't know what it's like on a weekend.
This was a great water park. The price was fair. We were able to enjoy water amusement, theme park food, all in one place.
We only were in the kiddie area, but it suited our 2 year grandson's interest just fine. It had 3 small waterslides, a small rope climbing part, and little fountains. It was easy to watch him here and he never got into any questionable situations. Park was clean. We will go back again. Appreciated the reduced rate at 3 p.m.