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The temperatures are really starting to heat up lately into the high 90’s and 100’s. If you have not already pulled out your swimming wear from the bottom of your dresser draws, it’s time to do it and hit those water parks. There are plenty of amazing waterpark locations from Rexburg, Idaho to Provo, Utah to get wet in and enjoy.
There are so many great waterparks to enjoy in Idaho and Utah so below you’ll find a list of our best attempt to identify five locations with great options. Most locations have really fun water slides, diving boards, lap pools, hot tubs, and so much more.
Lava Hot Springs is a city in Bannock County, Idaho. It is referred to as, “The World Famous Hot Springs” and that reference definitely lives up to the hype. One of the best features of this park is the relaxing geothermal hot springs that range from 102 degrees to 112 degrees. They’re perfect for cold winter days or during the summer when the sun goes down.
Besides the hot springs, it also has an outdoor olympic pool, diving platforms, water slides, and a aquatic center. The diving platforms are 5 m (16.4 ft.), 7 m (22.9 ft.), and 10 m (32.8 ft.) high. There are two speed and two curly water slides as well. The two speed slides have a “60 foot vertical drop and terminal velocity of 38 mph!” It is really a great water park.
Rexburg Rapids opened its doors in the summer of 2011. Some of the water park features include a outdoor pool, two water slides, a rock climbing wall, kids section, and a mini river to ride your tube on. The park is also very kid friendly and has a slide and other water toys for kids to use.
Some other great options that make the visit worthwhile are a grass volleyball area, plenty of places to sit, and the option of parties and rentals.
Ross Park Aquatic Complex (RPAC) is located in Pocatello, Idaho. The water park was built to provide a positive summer recreational experience for the local community, and it definitely does that. Park features include a main pool with two lanes as a lap pool, a pool with a cargo net and lily pads, concession stands, lazy tube river, and large waterslide. The park is also kid friendly with a zero depth pool and playground.
Seven Peaks Resort has locations beyond Provo, Utah but here we’ll be talking about the location in Provo. The water park has been redone with upgrades across the park. Some of those upgrades include healthier food options, rentable cabanas and free park seating. They’re also extending their hours to include late night weekend and a Friday night concert series.
Seven Peaks features include wave pools, lazy rivers, water slides, and more. The lazy river is just under a quarter mile long and is a great way to relax as you ride on a rube. The slides are great for kids as well as adults who want to have the ride of their life. The Sky Breaker slide can descend more than six stories in less than 4.5 seconds.
Cherry Hill Water Park is located in Kaysville, Utah and has some amazing features as well. One of the new additions to the park is a racing slide called The Little Dipper. It’s basically four slides for kids to race down and have some fun. There’s also a 40 foot pirate ship and a 18″ splash pool with mermaids and pirates.
For adults, there is a lazy river, water slides with fog and lighting, and a guest pool free to camping guests. The lazy river loops around a themed mining town and every 45 minutes, “explosive” water blasts shoot out.
If you’re going to be up in Idaho this weekend, you’re in luck. While it might not normally seem like the best place to be, it definitely is for the Fourth of July weekend. Check out these places to watch the best fireworks shows in East Idaho.
If you’re a true fireworks junkie, stop by Rexburg first. On Saturday, July 1st, after the Whoopee Days Rodeo (which starts at 7:00 pm), the fireworks will light up the Rexburg sky. It’s planned for 9:45. Because it’s on Saturday, you can watch both this one and other fireworks shows on the Fourth.
As for fireworks shows on the Fourth, here’s the big one – The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration. Thousands of people attend this event every year. The celebration has even got so big, in fact, that it had to be moved this year. Instead of being at the John’s Hole Boat Dock, the fireworks will be launched from the Snake River Landing. This is one celebration that you don’t want to miss.
This whole week, Pocatello is celebrating The Biggest Show in Idaho. With events like a Fishing Derby, Mud Volleyball, and Bull Ball, it should be a party even before Tuesday’s events. On Tuesday, the fun starts at 9:00 am with a parade, continues throughout the day with a beach party, and the fireworks show at 10:00 pm caps it all off. If you’re looking for a week of fun, this is the show to go to.
Driggs is another city celebrating all week. Starting on Saturday and Sunday, the Teton Mountains won’t be the only thing on the horizon – hot air balloons will fill the sky. For the 36th year in a row, Driggs will celebrate the Teton Valley Balloon Rally by shooting hot air balloons into the early morning sky. On the Fourth, the city will celebrate with a Mud Lake Challenge 5k Run, a parade, and live music. Finally, to cap it all off, the city will feature a giant, 20+ minute fireworks show at 10:20 pm.
Finally, for those of you who want to be more touristy this weekend, Jackson Hole features events all day long. The day starts at 7 am with an all-you-can-eat breakfast and continues with a parade at 10:30 am. As the day goes on, Jackson Hole hosts a live reenactment of a shootout at 6:00 pm and a rodeo at 8:00 pm. Finally, at 10:00 pm, two places will let fireworks fly: the base of Snow King Mountain in the town of Jackson and at the base of the Tetons in Teton Village.
Whichever fireworks show you choose, you’re sure to be happy. With most cities celebrating with events throughout the day and fireworks at night, there won’t be any excuses for being bored this weekend. Stay safe and have fun!