Stay cool in a pool all year long! Make a splash, swim some laps or learn water safety at any of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) public swimming pools in Prince George’s County, MD. M-NCPPC offers both summertime and year-round swimming opportunities including swimming lessons for children and adults, water aerobics, competitive swimming, lifeguarding and aquatic safety classes and more. $$ Visit or call 301-446-6800; TTY 301-446-6802 for more information.

Celebrate the Bay and its culture, seafood and history at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. Bringing an authentic Chesapeake experience to each guest through a series of historic structures and boats, a working boatyard, plus year-round exhibitions and programs, all along a beautiful waterfront setting that has its own rich, Chesapeake history. $$

Splash around in the Shoreline Sprayground at Hersheypark in Hershey, PA. The theme park is located about two hours from D.C. The sprayground is surrounded by shaded seating for parents who need a break from the park’s action. Other water attractions include Sandcastle Cove, providing water-fun for younger guests; Intercoastal Waterway, covering more than 24,000 square feet of surface area with a water depth of 2 ½ feet; Waverider, where you can test your skills as you sit and surf the waves; The Shore is a 378,000 gallon wave pool where guests will be able to splash, play and frolic in the rolling surf under the watchful eyes of trained lifeguards. $$.

Kids will have an excellent time staying cool at The Splash Park, one of the most popular features of the South Germantown Recreational Park in Montgomery County, MD. Featuring a one-of-a-kind 280-jet water maze, cave with a waterfall, water bucket drops, slide and spraying animals. Tables and umbrellas provide shaded rest areas. Restrooms, changing rooms with lockers and vending machines are available on-site. $$

Well-known for their breathtaking scenic water views Sandy Point State Park is one of Maryland's true treasures of the Chesapeake Bay. The park provides guests with various activities, including swimming beaches, picnicking, fishing, crabbing, boating and hiking. Sandy Point State Park provides its visitors with endless memories and unforgettable stories to be passed down from one generation to the next. $$.

Like a day at the beach without the drive when you visit Splash Down Waterpark. Located in Manassas, VA, Splashdown is a 13-acre waterpark that offers nine different waterslides, a 770 foot lazy river, two adventure walks, two swimming pools, a children's splash area, five distinct eateries, seven pavilions and 250 tons of sand! $$.


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