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7 Fun Aquatic Centers for the Whole Family to Enjoy

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Commercial aquatic centers are a great alternative to overcrowded waterparks. Many of the top aquatic centers are just as fun, if not more so because you don’t have to deal with the waterpark crowds, sky-high prices or typical long lines. If you’re looking for a fun place for the whole family to splash around and unwind, these seven aquatic centers are great places to visit.

Top 7 Commercial Aquatic Centers for Leisure and Fun

In no particular order, these are our picks for the top seven community and commercial aquatic centers in the United States.

1. The Gateway Aquatic Center, Ketchikan, Alaska

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Don’t count Alaska out for fun water activities! This indoor aquatic center has both a recreational pool and a competitive pool. But it doesn’t just have two pools. The Gateway Aquatic Center also has water fountains, tube slides, spray faucets and dump buckets for added fun. Plus, this center offers fitness classes, swim lessons, senior therapy swims and more.

2. The Apex Center, Arvada, Colorado

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This aquatic center is more like an indoor water park. It’s a 23,000-square-foot center with spas, a lap pool, an activity pool and a play pool. The activity pool features a waterfall and slides in addition to a vortex equipped with a moving current. The play pool has an area with fountains, waterfalls, geysers and slides. The lap pool is where fitness classes and swimming lessons take place. As you can see, there’s a little something for everyone at The Apex Center!

3. South Cobb Aquatic Center, Austell, Georgia

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The South Cobb Aquatic Center has something for the whole family. The pool has both a shallow playground area and a deeper side with twisty slides. There’s plenty of room in this aquatic center for both recreational water activities and lap swimming. Plus, the South Cobb Aquatic Center offers swim lessons, aerobics classes and even lets you reserve the facility for private events (did someone say pool party?!).

4. The Water Works, Schaumburg, Illinois

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The Schaumburg Park District Community Recreation Center created an indoor water park called The Water Works for its community. The Water Works includes a diving pool, lap pool, whirlpool, zero-depth entry pool, water slides, a rapid water channel, a water playground and more. People travel from all over the state for a chance to play at this indoor waterpark!

5. Germantown Indoor Swim Center, Boyds, Maryland

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With a size of 60,000 square feet, this is one of the largest aquatic centers on our list. The Germantown Indoor Swim Center offers a leisure pool, a competition pool, hot tubs, a waterslide, a diving area and plenty of other fun water features. This aquatic center also has an on-site fitness center and lots of places to catch all the action from the pool observation sitting area.

6. Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center, Raleigh, North Carolina

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This aquatic center has a little bit of everything, including a tot-sized play area and three lap lanes, to a water vortex and a lazy river! You can also hang out in the three-story waterfall, play water basketball or start a game of aquatic volleyball. Plus, Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center offers water exercise classes throughout the year.

7. Midco Aquatic Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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This aquatic center in Sioux Falls includes a 50-meter pool, outdoor splash pad, sundeck, warm-water pool and recreation pool. Speaking of the recreation pool, it has tons of fun features like water sprays, slides, a dumping bucket, a basketball hoop and a lily pad water crossing. With plenty of room to roam around, this aquatic center is a top choice for many families.

Dive Into the Aquatic Center Fun

All seven of these aquatic centers are sure to make your day and bring joy to your family. With plenty of space to explore and exciting features to soak in, they all offer something special.

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