Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8700
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole,
Executive Director

Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole

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Admissions/Tickets

  • Day Of Admissions/Tickets to the Water Mine can be purchased online and in advance, through our Recreation Dynamics portal, over the phone or in person at the Water Mine.
    • If you are looking to prepay, you will have to create a household account and pay for all tickets online using a credit or debit card.
    • If you are a returning customer and bought tickets last year, you will need to use the account you created the previous year.
    • Tickets will be made available two weeks in advance. Tickets will be scheduled to be released on Wednesdays for two-week intervals starting May 18, 2022.
    • Click here to begin your ticket process.

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FEES

Admission Prices
Over 48" tall - Weekends & Holidays $17.25
Over 48" tall - Monday through Friday (except holidays) $16.25
Under 48" tall $13.25
2 years old and under - FREE
$10.00 - Twilight* Rate Monday through Friday (except holidays)
*Twilight Rate Memorial Day - July 31 after 5 p.m. August 1 - Labor Day after 4 p.m. Twilight Rate does not apply to weekends and holidays.
We accept cash, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.

Season Passes

We will be offering our Summer Season Pass starting April 1, 2022. 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). The Gold Rush Discount will be available April 1 through May 30. 

GOLD RUSH DISCOUNT RATES

Single $129
Family of two $205
Each additional person $75
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.
  • Purchase guest passes for daily admission at a discounted rate.

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Calendar

The Water Mine will open on Memorial Day weekend for the 2022 Season. It will be open the following weekends until June 12, 2022, when it will open seven days a week. 

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Hours of Operations

  • Water Mine will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Reservations/Groups/Camps

FEES

Fee information will be available after April 1, 2022.

Rentals

The Water Mine and Fairfax County Park Authority are looking forward to a safe and healthy summer season. It is impossible for the Park Authority to disinfect park equipment and furnishing in a manner that totally eradicates the potential spread of COVID-19. The safest way to avoid spreading COVID-19 is to stay at least six feet away from other, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching shared surfaces and stay home if you are sick or not feeling well. For more information, please visit Fairfax County's COVID-19 webpage.

Calendar & Hours

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Water Mine Procedures and FAQs

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 3-story waterslides!

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.

There's something 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.

Now Accepting Group Reservations

The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole is the perfect venue for school, summer camp, day care, church, and other group outings for youth. With thrilling activities for all ages, we offer everything you need for an exciting and memorable group visit!

Discounted admission rates of $12/person are available for scheduled groups of 20 or more people on non-holiday weekdays. Groups must make a reservation at least one week in advance.

Groups are required to make two partial payments. A partial payment for the first 20 people in the group is required when making a reservation. The second partial payment is 85% of the total group participants (less the first partial payment). When making multiple reservations, partial payments are required for each reservation date. Reserve your space early as there is a maximum number of groups allowed in the park per day.

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