The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole

Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

1400 Lake Fairfax Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Tammy Yelmgren,
Watermine Manager

Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole

Department Resources

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Click here to apply for the 2023 season


  • 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.
    • Tickets for the 2023 Season will be made available in May 2023.
      • 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, 2023.
      • Click HERE to begin your ticket process.

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Admission Prices
Over 48" tall - Weekends & Holidays $17.50
Over 48" tall - Monday through Friday (except holidays) $16.50
Under 48" tall $13.50
2 years old and under - FREE
We accept cash, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.

Season Passes

Water Mine 2023 Season Passes are now available! Get the Gold Rush Discount Rate from April 1 through May 29, 2023. 

Season Pass Regular Rates

  • Single $131
  • Family of two $208
  • Each additional person $76
  • 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.
  • Purchase guest passes for daily admission at a discounted rate.

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The Water Mine will open on Memorial Day weekend for the 2023 season. Followed by weekends till June 18, when we will open 7 days a week. Please click HERE to view our Calendar. 

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Hours of Operations

The Water Mine will be opening Saturday, May 27 for our 2023 season. Operational Hours will be 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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We are currently taking Camp and Group Reservations for the 2023 Summer Season!


  PRIME (Holidays & Weekends) NON-PRIME (Non-Holiday Weekdays)
Rentable Areas Full-Day Half-Day Full-Day Half-Day
Awnings $88 $44 $59 $44
Cabanas $105 $66 $77 $66
Bungalow $122 $77 $94 $77
Coyote Hole FUNbrella $280 $145 $222 $110
Shoofly A $300 $168 $300 $132
Shoofly B $300 $168 $300 $132
Top Railer $448 $308 $336 $224
Big Auger $448 $308 $336 $224


Sensory Friendly Times at The Water Mine

Open to all with disabilities and their families only.

June 20 and August 8
10 – 11 a.m.

Lake Fairfax Park
1400 Lake Fairfax Dr. Reston

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.

Dog Daze

The Water Mine goes to the dogs with a season-ending event to benefit parks through the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Saturday, Sept. 9

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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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