The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-246-5929
TTY 711

1400 Lake Fairfax Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Tammy Yelmgren,
Watermine Manager

Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole

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NOTICE: Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole Closed for the Season. Learn More.

Applications for the 2023 Summer Season Begins January 1, 2023

Admissions/Tickets

  • Water Mine 2022 Summer Season has ended. No Tickets are available for purchase.
    • Tickets for the 2023 Season will be made available in May 2023.

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FEES

Fee information will be available after April 1, 2023.

Season Passes

We will be offering our Summer Season Pass starting April 1, 2023. 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

Fees information will be available after April 1, 2023.

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.
  • Purchase guest passes for daily admission at a discounted rate.

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Calendar

The Water Mine is closed for the 2022 Summer Season and will reopen Memorial Day 2023.

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Hours of Operations

The Water Mine is closed for the 2022 Summer Season and will reopen Memorial Day 2023.

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Reservations/Groups/Camps

  • Reservations/Groups/Camps
    • Reservations for the 2023 Summer Season will become available starting April 2023.
    • Summer Camp reservations for the 2023 Summer Season will open March 2023.

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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 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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