Like noshing on a popsicle inside a movie theater's air-conditioning duct, water parks provide a refreshing escape from the summer heat. Dip into the water when the thermometers rise with today's Groupon: for $18, you get four daily-admission passes to The Springs Aquatic Center (up to a $36 value), located on North Congress Avenue. Regular admission cost is $9 for individuals 48 inches or taller and $6 for individuals less than 48 inches tall and seniors ages 65 and older. The Springs Aquatic Center opens for the summer on May 28.
Holding close to 1 million gallons of water, The Springs Aquatic Center cools off patrons with a bevy of aqua-based amusements, including a lazy river, two massive waterslides, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and more. Take a supine float down the lazy river, or race down one of The Springs' two waterslides, which plunges riders into a 700-square-foot basin. A 50-meter Olympic-size pool gives swimmers plenty of practice space, and a zero-depth-entry pool caters to wading, swimming, and dramatic performances from Baywatch: Indoor Pool Squadron. For younger visitors, the aquatic arena touts two spray playgrounds, featuring mist sprayers, pop jets, and a tipping bucket to inflict Poseidon-worthy wrath on innocent passersby. The Springs' bathhouse has a men's and women's changing area, a lifeguard station, and a concession stand stocked with floating snacks and waterproof refreshments.
Springs Aquatic Center
Maps may tell you that nearest ocean is nearly 700 miles away, but visitors to Springs Aquatic Center—owned by City of Kansas Parks and Recreation—don't seem to mind. Here, they float down a lazy river, race down a winding waterside, and dip into the zero-depth entry pool. Few beaches pack as many exciting elements into their spaces. The park boasts both relaxing and thrilling rides, while giving kids a chance to get wet above sea level with tipping buckets, mist sprayers, and pop jets.