Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole
The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole offers more than an acre of slides, flumes, sprays, showers, floatables and interactive play features, circled by Rattlesnake River with a 2.5 mile per hour current that gently nudges tubes along. A bit of the old west is recreated here. Kids careen off covered wagons, float on rattlesnakes and dash through showers tipped from water-filled ore carts.
The centerpiece is Pete's Peak, a craggy mountain dotted with boarded up mine shafts and tunnels. Twin gang slides - Big Pete and Little Pete - jut from the mountain, giving youngsters a thrill ride they'll return to again...and again...and again.
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.
While the Water Mine's attractions are designed for elementary-aged children, there's something here for everyone. Tenderfoot Pond, with its pint-sized slides and gentle bubblers, gives toddlers a perfect place for water play. Teenagers can join a game of water volleyball, and everyone will enjoy going with the flow in a tube on Rattlesnake River.
Season Pass Reqular Rates
Family of two $168
Each additional household member $53
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 evenings.
- Purchase guest passes for daily admission at a discounted rate.
Weekday Group Rates
The Water Mine is a great place to bring your summer camp or day care for a weekday visit, Monday through Friday (except Holidays).
Reservations for summer typically begin March 1. Groups can be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance by emailing your reservation requests to FCPAfirstname.lastname@example.org or calling 703-471-5414 x17. Dates fill quickly so plan your visit early.
Discounted rates are available for scheduled groups of 20 or more persons. The group rate is $10.00 per person in the group. A partial payment of $200 which pays 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.
Water Mine Canopy Rental (Area F)
Reservations need to be made at least 2 weeks in advance by calling 703-324-8732. The rental rate for this area is $300. Check availability and submit a rental request.
Temporary Changes for 2015 – Due to the facility expansion, Area F, the large blue and white canopy historically located at the far end of the water park, will be temporarily relocated to the front of the facility adjacent to the Admissions entrance in the grass. With the temporary location, the additional open space and grills will not be available this season.
This area has a maximum capacity of 100 people. This area is available only on non-holiday weekends. No electricity is available. Amplified sound, glass, and alcohol are not permitted.
Groups renting Area F will receive the group rate of $10.00 per person. A partial payment of $200.00 which pays for the first 20 people in the group is required for Area F when making a reservation through the Picnic Reservation staff. The remaining admissions are due on the day you visit the Water Mine. Admission will be charged for all persons in the group.
Water Mine Funbrella Rental
The Funbrella is a large umbrella shaped shade structure with 5 picnic tables located inside the dining area of the Water Mine. This area has a maximum capacity of 40 people. This area is available on non-holiday weekends and weekday evenings (excluding season pass holder nights). No electricity is available. Amplified sound, glass, and alcohol are not permitted.
Timeslots of 3 hours ($99) or 4 hours ($132) pre-established by the operating hours are available for reservation for your event. Reservations can be made by emailing your reservation requests to FCPAemail@example.com or calling 703-471-5414 x17 at least two weeks in advance beginning May 1.
Groups renting the Funbrella will receive the group rate of $10.00 per person. Admission will be charged for all persons in the group.