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This family water park captures the excitement of the Old West's Gold
Rush with attractions tailored for all ages. The Water Mine Family
Swimmin' Hole offers more than an acre of slides, flumes, sprays,
showers, floatables, and an interactive water playground. Careen off
covered wagons, float on wild animals and dash through showers tipped
from water-filled ore carts. The activity pool is encircled by
Rattlesnake River, a 725 foot lazy river you can enjoy a relaxing float
as the current gently nudges you along.
The centerpiece is Pete's Peak, a craggy mountain dotted with boarded
up mine shafts and tunnels. Several slides of various size and
intensity jut from the mountain, giving a variety of thrills you'll
return to again and again. Enjoy a slide down Big Pete and Little Pete,
or experience the thrills of Prospectors Plummet with one of three
The mountain and slides are named for Pete the Prospector. According
to Lake Fairfax legend, he staked his claim there in 1849, searching
for gold. Sadly for Pete, his years of digging found only water. But
now, with The Water Mine, the Park Authority is turning Pete's
worthless old strike into the golden fun of summer.
here for everyone. Tenderfoot Pond, with its pint-sized slide and
gentle bubblers, gives toddlers a perfect place for water play.
Children will delight at the never-ending bubblers and spray fountains
in Boomtown, a multi-level water playground, along with the interactive
slides and additional interactive features in the tot spray pad area!
The more adventurous can test their skills on Box Canyon Crossing, the
log walk obstacle course. Teenagers can join a game of water volleyball
or enjoy the thrill of Prospectors Plummet, and everyone will enjoy
going with the flow in a tube on Rattlesnake River.
GOLD RUSH SEASON PASS
On Sale Now!
Family of two $156
Each additional person $52
Two year olds and younger FREE
With the purchase of a Gold Rush FAMILY season pass, receive
four (4) free guest passes
Season Pass Reqular Rates
Family of two $184
Each additional household member $58
Two year olds and younger FREE
Why buy a season pass?
Save more than 60% on daily admission prices (based on 1x
per week visit). The more you visit, the more you save.
Experience quicker entry.
Enjoy unlimited rides on the carousel and tourboat.
Get exclusive passholder access on select Wednesday
Purchase guest passes for daily admission at a discounted rate.
SEASON PASS SALE
GOLD RUSH DISCOUNT EXTENDED TO JUNE 30!
Mine Season Pass
With your member number and a Visa or Mastercard, you can buy/renew
passes online! Not a member yet?
Sign up online today!
Good for admission to the Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole at
Lake Fairfax Park. Pass covers the entire operating season
(Memorial Day to Labor Day).
Weekday Group Rates
Reservations for 2017 are OPEN
The Water Mine is a great place to bring your summer camp or day
care for a weekday visit, Monday through Friday (except
Holidays). Weekend and holiday discounted admission tickets
require a canopy tent reservation. Please visit Site Rentals to view
availability and submit a reservation request for a canopy tent.
Plan your next group outing at The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole!
The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole is the perfect venue for schools,
camps, churches, youth and other group outings on weekday visit,
Monday through Friday (except Holidays). We offer everything you need
for an exciting and memorable group outing!
Discounted admission rates are available for scheduled groups of 20
or more persons. Groups must make a reservation at least 2 weeks
in advance. A partial payment for the first 20 people in the
group is required when making a reservation. When making multiple
reservations a partial payment is required to reserve each
reservation date. Reserve your space early as there is a maximum
number of groups allowed in the park per day. Saturday and Sunday
discount tickets require a site rental inside the Water Mine.
Pool Safety and Bathroom Breaks: 10 minute breaks will be
called at 10 minutes of each hour, except the first and last hours of
$15.95 - Over 48" tall - Weekends & Holidays
$14.85 - Over 48" tall - Monday through Friday (except
$12.25 - Under 48" tall
2 years old and under - FREE
$9.00 - After 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays) Not
available in August/September
Calendar & Hours of Operation
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the busiest days and times at the Water
A: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are the busiest times to
visit the Water Mine. The best times to arrive are before 10 a.m., as
the line begins filling as early as 30-45 minutes prior to opening. If
you are arriving at other times, you may experience a wait of up to 45
minutes. This does not include periods of time during which the Water
Mine has reached its patron capacity. When the Water Mine reaches
capacity, we are unable to estimate your wait time.
Q: What is the Water Mine's inclement weather policy?
A: The Water Mine is required to clear the entire facility,
including pool and grass areas within the green fence, as well as the
bathrooms and pavillions. We recommend seeking the safety of your
vehicle and not under trees or picnic shelters. During inclement
weather, The Water Mine must remain closed for a minimum of 30 minutes
after the most recent thunder is heard or lightning is spotted.
Q: Can I bring my own food into the Water Mine?
A: Yes, outside food is allowed at the Water Mine, provided
that it is eaten in the designated areas. Items that are prohibited are
glass items and alcohol.
Q: Do you have lockers at the Water Mine?
A: Yes, there are coin-operated lockers available for patron
use. Fairfax County Park Authority is not responsible for lost or
Q: My child is under 48 inches, but is an excellent swimmer.
Do they have to be accompanied by an adult?
A: Yes, they still need to be accompanied by an adult 16 years
of age or older in all areas of the Water Mine. Children under 48” tall
are not allowed on Box Canyon Crossing or the large body slides, even
with adult supervision. This is an industry-wide standard that we
adhere to at the Water Mine.
Q: What are the bathing suit requirements at the Water
A: Appropriate swim wear is required at all times. Bathing
suits, or alternatives approved by the aquatics supervisor, must be
worn by all pool and spray park users. The following are Prohibited:
cut off shorts
rivets or exposed metal on swimsuits
underwear worn as a replacement for a bathing suit
workout apparel (i.e. sports bras, spandex shorts)
Q: Are lifejackets available for use at the Water
A: Yes, lifejackets are available for use at the First Aid
tent. We have different sizes and they are first come, first serve.
Only coast guard approved personal floatation devices (PFD’s) are
allowed. Patrons are strongly encouraged to use our lifejackets rather
than their own.
Q: How deep does the water get?
A: The deepest point in the pool is only 4 feet deep.
Q: Does the Water Mine have a baby pool?
A: Yes, Tenderfoot Pond is located to the right of the beach
entrance to the river.
Q: Is there a family changing room?
A: Yes, there is a family changing room is located in the
breezeway, between the men's bathroom and the lifeguard office, near
the entrance to the park. There are also family changing rooms at the
back of the park by the spray park.
Q: Does the Water Mine have advanced ticket sales?
A: No, daily admissions can only be purchased on the day that
you plan on attending. All members of your party must be present in the
admissions line at the time of sale. Line holding is not allowed. The
Water Mine opens for admission sales at the time the Water Mine is
scheduled to open, and no earlier.
Q: Can I bring my own raft?
A: No, for your own safety only rafts/tubes that are provided
by the facility are allowed to be used.
Q: Do I have to pay the admission fee if I do not plan on
A: Yes, admission fees are required for everyone age
3 and older who enter the Water Mine.
Q: How old does a child have to be to enter the Water Mine
A: A child must be at least 10 years old to enter the
Water Mine without an adult.
Q: What items are sold at the Water Mine?
A: The following items are available for purchase: