Cool Water Fun Places in the Triangle

Check out these pools, lakes and waters parks around the Triangle
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There's nothing quite like plunging into a cool pool or running through a cold spray as the summer sun beams down. This season, take the kids to enjoy public pools, lakes and water parks around the Triangle and beyond. Destinations are categorized by town.

Remember to always watch children in and around water and make sure they learn how to swim. See these tips for summer water safety.

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RALEIGH

Admission for all City of Raleigh pools, except Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center, is $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents ages 1-12; $4 for residents and $7 for nonresidents ages 13-54; $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents ages 55 and older.

Monthly and annual passes are accepted at all facilities and are a cheaper option for families who plan to visit these pools throughout the summer. There is also a discounted punch pass good for 15 entries at all facilities. See Raleigh's Pools & Aquatic Facilities web page for more information.


Biltmore Pool

701 Crown Crossing Lane, Raleigh
919-831-6736
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Biltmore Pool)
Features a baby pool, lap and recreation main pool, and 12-foot deep end.
Summer hours (June 8–Aug. 18): Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.


Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center

5908 Buffaloe Rd., Raleigh
919-996-5600
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center)
Offers a lazy river, water vortex, three-story waterslide, water volleyball and water basketball. A toddler-friendly area features water toys, a water curtain and a slide. Due to recent staffing shortages these attractions may be closed or the schedule may be adjusted. 
Hours: Public swim is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Check the website for hours of lap lanes, waterslide, vortex and current channel, which vary. Open year round. 
Admission: $4 for residents and $7 for nonresidents, ages 1-12; $8 for residents and $15 for nonresidents, ages 13-54; $6 for residents and $11 for nonresidents, ages 55 and older.

Photo from Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center Facebook Page


Lake Johnson Pool

5862 Jaguar Park Dr., Raleigh
919-233-2111
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Lake Johnson Pool)
Features a lap and recreation main pool, large spray ground and wadding pool.
Summer hours (June 1–Sept. 2): Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.


Longview Pool

321 Bertie Dr., Raleigh
919-831-6343
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Longview Pool)
Features a baby pool and lap and recreation main pool.
Summer hours (June 8–Aug. 25): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.


Millbrook Exchange Park

1905 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh
919-996-4130
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Millbrook Pool)
Millbrook Exchange Park features a year-round main pool and a summer season wading pool and spray ground. Children can work up a sweat before cooling off at the Millbrook Exchange Playground as well.
Summer hours for spray ground and wading pool (May 26-Sept. 2): Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Recreational swim hours during the summer season are Monday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Check website for lap lane times.


Optimist Pool

5902 Whittier Dr., Raleigh
919-870-2882
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Optimist Pool)
Includes spacious locker rooms and a classroom. Offers an Olympic-size swimming pool, a diving well with low and high diving boards, lap and recreational swimming, a large baby pool, and water exercise programs.
Summer hours for wading pool (May 26-Aug. 18): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Check website for open recreation swim, deep pool, lap and long course hours. 

Photo courtesy of City of Raleigh


Pullen Aquatic Center

410 Ashe Ave., Raleigh
919-996-6197
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Pullen Aquatic Center)
Indoor Olympic-size swimming pool with diving boards. Open year-round.
Closed for Renovation – Reopening Date is June 8, 2019


Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh

4200 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh
919-784-1371
Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh pools
Rex Wellness Centers offer a wide variety of swim classes, clinics and personal training programs in heated saline lap pools. Also offered are supervised family-oriented swim programs.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-8:45 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-7:45 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
See the aquatics page on the website for details.


Ridge Road Pool

1709 Ridge Rd., Raleigh
919-420-2322
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Ridge Road Pool)
Offers baby pool, spray ground, lap and recreation main pools.
Summer hours (June 1–Sept. 2: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Wading pool opens at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday.


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DURHAM

Everyone who enters the pool must pay an admission fee, including people who are observing and not swimming. Admission for all City of Durham outdoor pools is free for city residents and $5 for non-city residents ages 0-18; $3 for city residents and $8 for non-city residents ages 19+; $2 for city residents and $7 for non-city residents ages 55 and older. Daily admissions can be paid by credit card or cash (bills larger than $10 are not accepted). Punch passes and monthly swim passes are available. Most spray grounds are free. See Durham Aquatics for details. 


Campus Hills Pool

2000 South Alston Ave., Durham
919-560-4444
Durham Aquatics
Campus Hills Pool is an 8-lane indoor pool offering a number of water programs including exercise/fitness, swim lessons, swim teams, lap swim, and family swim. The pool has an aquatic lift to assist patrons who may not have the ability to access the pool via vertical ladders or stair systems. Open year-round.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Residents free ages 0-18, $4 adults and $3 seniors (55+). Nonresidents $5 ages 0-18, $9 adults and $8 seniors. 

Photo courtesy of City of Durham


East End Park Spray Ground

1200 N. Alston Ave., Durham
919-560-4355
Durham Aquatics
Free. Open end of May through the end of September. 
Hours: Every day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Photo courtesy of City of Durham


Edison Johnson Aquatic Center

500 West Murray Ave., Durham
919-560-4265
Durham Aquatics
The Edison Johnson Aquatics Center is an 8-lane indoor pool offering a number of water programs including exercise/fitness, swim lessons, swim teams, lap swim, and family swim.The pool has an aquatic lift to assist patrons who may not have the ability to access the pool via vertical ladders or stair systems. Edison Johnson Aquatic Center also has a ramp entrance and water chair. Open year-round. 
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Residents free ages 0-18, $4 adults and $3 seniors (55+). Nonresidents $5 ages 0-18, $9 adults and $8 seniors. 

Photo courtesy of City of Durham


Edison Johnson Spray Ground

500 West Murray Ave., Durham
919-560-4265
Durham Aquatics
The Edison Johnson Spray Ground is located in between the Edison Johnson Recreation Center and Aquatics Center within Rock Quarry Park. In addition to the spray ground, there is also a playground, picnic tables and a grill. There is a also a short trail that connects the spray ground to the large field and tennis courts within Rock Quarry Park.
Free. Open the end of May through the end of September. 
Hours: Every day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF DURHAM


Forest Hills Pool

1639 University Dr., Durham
919-560-4782
Durham Aquatics
Forest Hills Pool will be open following resurfacing, planned for June 20. The pool will close on August 16, 2019.
Hours: Every day, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Residents free ages 0-18, $3 adults and $2 seniors (55-plus). Nonresidents $5 ages 0-18, $8 adults and $7 seniors. Free admission on Tuesdays.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF DURHAM


Forest Hills Spray Ground 

1639 University Dr., Durham
919-560-4782
Durham Aquatics
The Forest Hills Spray Ground is located in the playground area and can be accessed when the pool is closed. In addition to the spray ground, there is also a playground, picnic shelters and tables, grills, and tennis courts.
Free. Open the end of May through the end of September. 
Hours: Every day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF DURHAM


Hillside Pool

1221 Sawyer St., Durham
919-560-4783
Durham Aquatics
Hillside Pool will be open June 7 – September 2, 2019. Will reopen on September 7 for Pooch Plunge.
Hours: Every day from 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Residents free ages 0-18, $3 adults (19+) and $2 seniors (55+). Nonresidents $5 ages 0-18, $8 adults and $7 seniors. Enjoy free admission on Wednesdays, 1-5 p.m.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF DURHAM


Hillside Spray Ground

1221 Sawyer St., Durham
919-560-4783
Durham Aquatics
Hillside Park Spray ground will be open June 7-August 16, 2019, and remains open on the weekends, August 17-September 2, 2019. The Hillside Pool Spray ground is located inside the Hillside Pool area and is only open during pool hours (listed above). Daily admission fees apply (listed above).

Photo courtesy of City of Durham


Long Meadow Pool

917 Liberty St., Durham
919-560-4202
Durham Aquatics
Long Meadow Pool will be open June 7 through August 16, 2019.
Hours: Every day from 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Residents free ages 0-18, $3 adults (19+) and $2 seniors (55+). Nonresidents $5 ages 0-18, $8 adults and $7 seniors. Enjoy free admission on Mondays, 1-5 p.m.

Photo courtesy of City of Durham


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CHAPEL HILL 

Single admission for residents is $2 for ages 8 and younger, $3 for ages 9-18 and $5 for adults, unless otherwise noted below. For nonresidents, admission is $3 for ages 8 and younger, $5 for ages 9-18 and $9 for adults. Many packages for annual and multi-visit admission are available; see Chapel Hill's aquatics web page for details.


A.D. Clark Outdoor Pool at Hargraves Community Center

216 North Roberson St., Chapel Hill
919-968-2794
Town of Chapel Hill pools
This seasonal outdoor facility is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The 25 meter pool offers zero-depth entry and 4 lap lanes. Locker rooms, showers and family changing area are available. Wading Pool will open at a later date, in order to complete minor repairs. General Pool Information, including pool rules, lockers, accessibility, etc. See hours online.

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Chapel Hill Community Center Indoor Pool

120 South Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
919-968-2790
Town of Chapel Hill pools
Offers an indoor pool offers a six lane 25 meter indoor pool with zero-depth ramp entry. Locker rooms, showers and family changing area are available. Pool is open year-round.
Hours: Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of City of Chapel Hill


Homestead Aquatic Center

300 Aquatic Dr., Chapel Hill
919-968-2799
Town of Chapel Hill pools
The Homestead Aquatic Center offers educational, recreation and aquatic-related programming for all ages. The facility includes a 10 lane 25 yard lap pool, a recreation warm water pool with ramp access, accessible locker rooms, family changing areas and a meeting room.  Pool is open year-round.
Hours: Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sunday 12:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of City of Chapel Hill


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CARY

Triangle Aquatic Center (private pool)

275 Convention Dr., Cary
919-459-4045
triangleaquatics.org
TAC has three indoor pools for lap or general swimming as well as a warm water instructional pool that can be used for beginner swim lessons or occupational therapy. Swim lessons and party packages available.
Hours: vary; check the website for details. Open year-round.
Admission: Costs vary; monthly and annual passes are available. A family pass for up to 5 is $16 daily.


Rex Wellness Center of Cary

1515 SW Cary Parkway, Cary
919-387-0080
Rex Wellness Center of Cary's pools
Rex Wellness Centers offer a wide variety of swim classes and personal training programs in heated saline lap pools. Supervised family-oriented swim programs are also offered.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
See the aquatics page on the website for details.


Jack Smith Park Sprayground 

9725 Penny Road, Cary
919-462-3838
Jack Smith Park Sprayground website
The town’s first splash pad has nine water features and is intended for ages 12 and younger. The park also features a playground, dog park, greenway trails and more. The sprayground will open on Monday, May 13, 2019 and will close for the season on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. 
Summer hours: Open mid-May through mid-September, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

Photo courtesy of Town of Cary


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MORRISVILLE

Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center

1301 Morrisville Parkway, Morrisville
919-463-6900
Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center website
Morrisville Aquatics & Fitness Center closed in November 2018. The facility will be closed for about a year and is scheduled to reopen in late 2019/early 2020. Get information about the project MAFC Project Webpage.


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WAKE FOREST

Taylor Street Park Sprayground

416 N. Taylor St., Wake Forest
Taylor Street Park Sprayground web page
919-435-9560
The Taylor Street Park Sprayground will open for the 2019 season on Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. Located in the vicinity of Taylor Street Park and the Alston-Massenburg Center, the sprayground is free and open to the public Sundays from 1-8 p.m. and Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


Holding Park Aquatic Center

133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest
919-435-9560
Holding Park web page
The Town of Wake Forest will open the Wake Forest Aquatic Center for the 2019 season over the Memorial Day Weekend. The new aquatic center is compromised of three bodies of water, including a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool; two water slides with a plunge pool; and a children’s pool with sprayground features.
Hours: hours vary.
Admission: For Wake Forest residents: $1 for children ages 2 and under, $4 for children ages 3-13, $5 for ages 13-59, $4 for ages 60 and older. Non-Wake Forest Residents: $2 for children ages 2 and under, $6 for children ages 3-13, $7 for ages 13-59, $6 for ages 60 and older. Seasonal passes are also available.


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KNIGHTDALE

Knightdale Station Park Splash Pad

810 North First Avenue, Knightdale
919-217-2232
Knightdale Station Park website
New! Features 2,000 square feet of family-oriented fun that is accessible for all visitors. This uniquely designed amenity has 20 sprayers for all ages, including a steam engine water tower. There is an additional 1,500 square foot deck with shade features to help keep you cool during those hot, summer days.

Photo courtesy of Town of Knightdale, NC 


Rex Wellness Center of Knightdale

6602 Knightdale Blvd., Knightdale
919-747-5360
Rex Wellness Center of Knightdale's web page
Rex Wellness Centers offer a wide variety of swim classes, clinics and personal training programs in heated saline lap pools. Also offered are supervised family-oriented swim programs 
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
See the aquatics page on the website for details.


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SMITHFIELD

Healthquest Fitness and Wellness Center

514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Ste. 1701, Smithfield
919-938-7581
Johnston Health's Healthquest web page
Features an indoor lap pool, warm water therapy pool and whirlpool. Also offers aquatic classes and personal training with a membership. The facility can accommodate pool parties.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.

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WAKEFIELD

Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield
11200 Galleria Ave., Raleigh
919-570-1511
Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield's web page
Rex Wellness Centers offer a wide variety of swim classes, clinics and personal training programs in heated saline lap pools. Also offered are supervised family-oriented swim programs.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
See the website's aquatics page for details.


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GARNER

Rex Wellness Center of Garner
1400 Timber Drive East, Garner
919-661-6100
Rex Wellness Center of Garner's web page
Rex Wellness Centers offer a wide variety of swim classes, clinics and personal training programs in heated saline lap pools. Also offered are supervised family-oriented swim programs.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
See the website's aquatics page for details.


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FUQUAY-VARINA

Fuquay-Varina Splash Park

900 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina
​Fuquay-Varina Splash Park web page
Located at South Park (next to the Community Center)
The 6,000 square foot pentagon shaped pad features multiple jets of streaming water from more than 35 water features.
Hours: Open daily beginning May 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Admission: Residents can attend for free but must have a Resident Splash Pad card which can be picked up at the Community Center during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Please bring proof of residency. A new card must be issued each year. *Residents who do not present a valid residency card will be subject to the non-resident fee schedule. There is a $2 fee per person for non-residents for all day admission. One parent will be admitted without charge. Children under the age of 2 are free of charge. A resident is defined as someone who lives within the town limits and pays Fuquay-Varina property tax. Fees are payable in cash or by credit card.  

PHOTO OF THE SOUTHPARK SPLASH PAD IN FUQUAY-VARINA COURTESY OF MELISSA CHAMPLION


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YOUNGSVILLE

Hill Ridge Farms

703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville
919-556-1771
hillridgefarms.com
Splash pad opens for the summer season May 19 and will be available daily through September.
Admission: $8, $7 for seniors (age 65-plus), children ages 2 and younger are admitted for free. Admission includes access to the bounce house, giant slide, farm animal corral, fish feeding dock, hay jump, colorful maze and splash pad. Free adult with child’s admission on Wednesdays. 
Hours: Splashpad open daily on Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday noon-5:30 p.m.

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CREEDMOOR

Three Bears Acres

711 Beaver Dam Road, Creedmoor
919-609-9967
threebearsacres.com
Children can slip down a slip-and-slide, play in a misting sandbox and a Water War Zone packed with water guns.
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 10-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. See June-September hours online
Admission: $8 for adults, $15 for children, $5 for senior citizens, children ages 2 and younger are admitted for free. A summer annual pass is available.

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LAKES

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

13304 Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest
919-676-1027
Falls Lake State Recreation Area web page
Offers sandy beaches, swimming areas, campsites, picnic areas with grills, bathrooms and changing facilities. Fishing and boating are permitted in certain areas.
Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m., May through August
Admission: $7 daily per car; $5 for senior citizens (62 or older) or military. The per-car fee is charged daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on weekends in April, May, and September. Annual pass holders are entitled to an unlimited number of visits without paying the admission fee.


Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

280 State Park Rd., Apex
919-362-0586
Jordan Lake State Park web page
Offers sandy beaches, swimming areas, campsites, picnic areas with grills, bathrooms and changing facilities. Fishing and boating are permitted in certain areas. 
Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m., May through August
Admission: $7 daily per car; $5 for senior citizens (62 or older). The per-car fee is charged daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on weekends in April, May, and September. Annual pass holders are entitled to an unlimited number of visits without paying the admission fee.


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WATER FUN PLACES WORTH A DRIVE

Fantasy Lake Water Park

5869 Permastone Lake Rd., Hope Mills (south of Fayetteville)
910-424-9999
fantasylakewaterpark.com
Offers a variety of slides, boats, a Tarzan swing, a kid-zone designed for ages 3-11 and adult attractions. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the diving boards and suspended chairs. Volleyball is available both in and out of the water.
Hours: Opening soon; check back for updates. Not open for Memorial Day Weekend.
Admission: $12 ages 3-6; $16 ages 7-11; $20 ages 12 and older; $10 ages 60+. Children ages 3 and younger are admitted for free. Season passes available.

Photo from Fantasy Lake Water Park Facebook page


Great Wolf Lodge

10175 Weddington Rd., Concord
866-925-9653
greatwolf.com/concord/waterpark
Residential indoor water park featuring slides, rides and pools the whole family can enjoy, regardless of the weather. Also features an interactive MagiQuest game. Themed suites are available for one night or an extended stay.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission: Free with purchase of hotel room. A limited number of day passes are now available. Buy your pass online and pick it up at the front desk.


Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park

5320 Oleander Dr., Wilmington
910-791-0666
junglerapids.com
Features wet and dry activities for the whole family, including the Million Gallon Wavepool with ocean-sized waves; the Half-Pipe Waterslide; and activities for land lubbers like laser tag, go-karts and a rock wall.
Seasonal hours: 11 a.m-6 p.m., early June through late August.
Admission: Rates vary; visit the website for more information.


Wet N' Wild Emerald Pointe

3910 S. Holden Rd., Greensboro
336-852-9721
emeraldpointe.com
Features an interactive "Soak Zone" where families can splash and get sprayed, as well as rides, slides, waves, pools and other kid-friendly attractions. Birthday packages and cabanas are also available. 
Hours: Times and days vary, check the website for details.
Admission: Check website for details. Season passes available.


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Updated July 19, 2019

 

Categories: Family Fun, Food + Fun, Seasonal Fun, Summer Fun, Things To Do

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