- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 7, 2002

Location: Great Waves at Cameron Run Regional Park is located at 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria.

Directions: Take the Beltway exit at Telegraph Road. Take Telegraph north and follow highway signs to the park entrance.

Hours: The water park is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Aug. 9. From Aug. 10 through Sept. 1, it will be open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; call the park for weekday hours. The park closes for the season Sept. 2.

Admission and parking: Daily admission is $11 for children 48 inches or taller, $9 for children 47 inches or shorter and seniors, and free for children ages 2 and younger. After 4 p.m. on weekdays, the prices are $6.25, $5.25 and free, respectively. Season passes are available; check the Web site for rates and details. Parking is plentiful and free.

Information: 703/960-0767. The Web site is www.nvrpa.org/greatwaves.html.

Tips and rules:

• No outside food or drink is permitted in the water park. A concession stand sells reasonably priced snacks and drinks; patrons also may pack a picnic lunch and eat it on nearby shaded picnic tables, then return to the park.

• Park officials say the park can get quite crowded on weekends, especially on Sundays through July. When the park reaches the health department's bather capacity, the doors are shut and staff members wave cars past the parking lot. If you plan to visit on a weekend, note that the park begins to sell tickets at 10:30 a.m. and to admit people at 11 a.m.

• No outside floaties, rafts or other devices are allowed in the park. Children may wear only Coast Guard-approved life vests; the park has vests for loan daily while supplies last.

• Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a person age 16 or older.

• No diapers of any kind are permitted in any pool but the baby pool.

Other area parks

Northern Virginia:

• Planet Splash & Play, Chantilly, 703/378-6600.

• Water Mine, Reston, 703/471-5415.

• Splash Down, Manassas, 703/361-4451.

• Waterworks, Dale City, 703/680-7137.

Maryland:

• Allentown Fitness & Splash Park, Fort Washington, 301/449-5567.

• Bohrer Park Water Park, Gaithersburg, 301/258-6445.

• Lane Manor Splash Park, Hyattsville, 301/422-7284.

• Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool, Chillum, 301/853-9115.


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