It's finally warmed up here in the stateline area and now we all are looking forward to finding a fun place to go and cool down at.

Then you must go to these 10 waterparks right here in Illinois.

Only in Your State compiled a list of the 10 Epic Waterparks in Illinois that everyone must go to this summer.

The cool thing, no pun intended, is that most of these are within an hour to an hour and half drive of Rockford. Well except for Rockford's prized jewel, Magic Waters Waterpark. (which landed at #2 on the list) and then #'s 4, 9 and 10 that are farther down state.

Want to add some fun and great memories this summer then you need to make plans right now to visit each of these parks.

1. Hurricane Harbor. This waterpark is connected to Six Flags Great America. You can enjoy the amusement park then go cool off in their lazy river or ride one of their speed slides and more. I would suggest if you want to go here. Hit the waterpark first, because when it gets hot in Great America, the crowds will pour into the harbor. Or at least that was my experience.

2. Magic Waters Water Park. Well no surprise there. We Rockfordians have always known about the good times had here.

3. Key Lime Cove in Gurnee. This is an indoor waterpark and a resort that's near Great America too.

4. Splash City Waterpark in Collinsville. Not only can you float in their lazy river and enjoy their waterslides, but you can surf here too. This park is a bit farther of a drive so a weekend trip to Collinsville might be in store as it's about 4 and half hours SOuth and West of Rockford.

5. Raging Waves in Yorkville. I went here last summer and really liked the park. I loved their lazy river. I spent most of the day floating in it with my sister, while my niece and nephew rode all of the water rides. I did ride the boomerang. It was fun but totally scary when it drops you out of a tube and you spin around into a funnel.

6. White Water Canyon in Tinely Park. This park is geared more for young children so if you have little ones this would be nice to take them too.

7. Rainbow Falls in Elk Grove. "The centerpiece of this water park is the Calypso Twist. It is four giant water slides (two body slides and two tube slides)"

8. Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort in Utica. This right near Starved Rock. so after you spend the day hiking you can go back and enjoy all of their indoor water slides and pools.

9. Raging Rivers in Grafton. This is a bit of drive from Rockford, almost four hours south as you're close to the Illinois-Missouri border. At this park you get a great view of the merging of the Missouri and Illinois Rivers.

10. Sholem Aquatic Center in Champaign. It's not the largest waterpark, but it offers plenty of things to choose from: slides, falls, rapids, etc..

Wow! I've been to 3 of the 10 places listed. Magic Waters, Hurricane Harbor and Raging Waves.

How many have you been to?


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