Adding water results in less floury biscuits, larger foam dinosaurs, and slides that won't give a shirtless cousin friction burn. Douse yourself in smooth-moving good times with today's Groupon to Splash Station Waterpark in Joliet. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get two adult passes (up to a $26 value).
- For $8, you get two children's passes (up to an $18 value).
Splash Station Waterpark's bevy of slides, tunnels, and pools brings maritime merriment to each of its dampened visitors. Built on the site of a century-old gravel strip mine, the park embraces a railroad motif to celebrate the mine's gravel-hauling trains, which would sneak out of the rail yard and skinny-dip in the local river on their nights off. Float down the Raging Rapids Ravine, an 865-foot lazy river festooned with innertubed interlopers, or challenge up to five friends to an exhilarating race down the Miner's Mountain slide. A quartet of open and enclosed slides propel personnel at blinding speeds, and the zero-depth Pelican Pond brings 250,000 gallons of calm, safe waters so you can have staring contests with your reflection.
The park's 2011 season runs every day of the week until August 14. Visitors may bring their own food to nosh in the picnic area outside the park or bait scuba divers with concessions from the Dining Car Café.
Joliet Park District
The Joliet Park District sprawls across more than 1,000 acres, engaging visitors with everything from sports to nature. Guests can wander through the foliaged paths of the Pilcher Park Nature Center and the organic community garden, or treat their senses to the floral colors and aromas that fill the bird-haven greenhouse. The 10,000-seat Joliet Memorial Stadium hosts high-school and college sporting events, while a dozen athletic fields fill with recreational players hitting baseballs, catching softballs, and spiking soccer balls when the referee isn't looking. During the summer, inner tubes transport patrons down Joliet Splash Station's high-speed water slides and 865-foot lazy river, and the glittery strands of Fourth of July fireworks color the skies above the stadium.