Here are the best ways to tame the heat in Loudoun this summer!
At the southern park entrance of Claude Moore Park in Sterling, past the wooded areas, wildlife and sparkling ponds is the recreation center building. Inside sits two pool areas, one of which is utilized for competitive swim teams, but don’t worry – you don’t have to be a professional swimmer to enjoy it! At least three lanes are always open to the public for leisure swimming. For even more fun, you can go to the other pool area that features a giant water slide, children’s play area, hot tub, vortex and overall open area for play.
Located within the historic Algonkian Regional Park, Volcano Island Waterpark offers up fun adventure for both kids and their parents. Water slides range from 170 feet to 230 feet – open and enclosed. The grand center piece of the waterpark includes a variety of play features in shallow waters including a 500-gallon dump bucket, tube slides and fountains. The water features are connected to a huge, main pool.
The popular AV Symington Aquatic Center outdoor pool at Ida Lee is open – a refreshing respite from the Leesburg heat. You can relax in the lazy river circuit, work out in the lap pool or watch your little ones splash in the shallow sections enjoying the water slide, floating snake, tubes and lily pad. Bring your own blankets or chairs. Check the Parks and Recreation’s website for up to date hours and pre-purchase admission tickets.
Okay, you don’t exactly splash around during Floatation Therapy at OmFLOAT in Ashburn, but it is water based and it does promise to cool the storms in your head. The innovative treatment involves lying on your back in a dark, 10-inch-deep tank of saltwater and floating Dead Sea-style, for 90 minutes. The weightlessness is said to induce an ethereal, meditative state akin to the most peaceful sleep, a cure for everything from anxiety to insomnia. Bring your swim trunks!
Franklin Park Pool in Purcellville is one of the finest county pools in Loudoun. Located in the heart of the expansive park, it has a 25m lap pool, a shallow paddle pool area for kids and a terraced pool one level above. With the water slide, lily pad and plastic log crossings in the top pool, there’s more than enough water to splash around in. Check Parks and Recreation’s website for summer hours.