Water Fun in Central Iowa



The Warmer Weather is upon us and many pools and aquatic centers are now open.  Start your planning now. Check out some of Central Iowa’s water hotspots.

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ADVENTURE BAY – ADVENTURELAND: 305 34th Ave NW, Altoona IA 50009  Google Map
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Features: Includes 20 waterslides, Iowa’s longest Lazy River, rental cabanas, a swimming pool with a swim up bar, kids splash pad, food and retail stands, an sand beach sun deck, a 25,000 square foot wave pool and a kids activity pool

BIG CREEK STATE PARK: 8794 NW 125th Ave Polk City, IA 50226  Google Map

Features: Boat Rentals, Beach and Swimming, Playground, Bike Trails, Fishing

BUCCANEER BAY INDOOR WATER PARK – RAMADA TROPICS RESORT: 5000 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, Iowa 50322  Google Map

Features: 18,000 sq. ft. Indoor Water Park with Poolside Tiki Bar, 3 Large Pools with a Large Hot Tub, Pirate Ship and Slides, Two 150 ft. Tube Slides, Water Basketball and Volleyball

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CASCADE FALLS AQUATIC CENTER: 2350 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, IA 50023  Google Map
May 26 – Aug 14 Open daily: Noon – 8:00 p.m.   | Aug 18 – Labor Day (weekends only) Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Features: Heated water, zero depth entry pool, kiddie slide (no height requirement), floor geysers and water cannons, lazy river, Flowrider surf machine, Swirl Bowl Slide, Lap pool, 2 inner-tube water slides

CLIVE AQUATIC CENTER: 1801 NW 114th St, Clive, IA 50325  Google Map
Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.  | Saturday & Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Features: Lazy River, Leisure Pool, Lap Pool Swimming Area, Special Events Area



CITY OF DES MOINES WADING, SWIMMING AND AQUATIC CENTERS : City of Des Moines has lots of different water options.  Too many to list! Facilities open June 6th.  Click here for complete list of pools and centers.

GRAY’S LAKE: Des Moines, Iowa  Google Map

Features: Beach, Swimming, Boat Rentals, Bike Rentals, Fishing

PRAIRIE RIDGE AQUATIC CENTER: 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Drive, Ankeny, IA 50023  Google Map
May 26 – Jun 3 Noon – 8 p.m. daily | June 4 – Aug 3 Noon – 7 p.m. daily | Aug 4 – Aug 14 Noon – 8 p.m. daily

Features: Heated water, zero depth entry, kiddie slide, floor geysers, Lily pad walk, 150 & 140 foot water slides, Splash Park

SPLASH PARK AT PRAIRIE RIDGE: 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Drive, Ankeny, IA 50023  Google Map
May 26 – Aug 14 Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM & Weekends same hours at Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center

Features: A series of above ground water play features, below ground jet sprays, geysers and fountains on a flat splash pad area.

VALLEY VIEW AQUATIC CENTER: 255 81st Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266 Google Map
Opening June 1, 2013.  Sunday through Friday Noon – 5:30pm and 6:30-8:30pm  | Saturday Noon – 6:00pm

Features: 10 lane, 25 yard competitive pool with diving board and drop slide,  large leisure pool with spray features, four water slides including the “speed slide” , 600 ft. lazy river

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