The 8 Best Water Parks in California


As summer approaches, it’s almost time to get those buns in the sun. What can be better than planning the perfect pool day with ResortPass? You can already picture yourself laid out under the California sun with good drinks and even better company.

Your search for the perfect fun-in-the-sun day is over. California’s weather, palm trees, and mountains are the perfect summer backdrop for your water park adventure. So, pack up your swimsuit and shades because ResortPass is giving you the ultimate guide to the best water parks in California

We’ve chosen these water parks because of their massive pools and waterslides and because of their flexible Day Passes. Make it an impromptu pool day with same or next-day passes that can take you from your couch to a cabana in an hour or less. They’re located all over southern California, from just outside Los Angeles to the coasts of Orange County.

Let’s explore all the amazing amenities these selected water park resorts have to offer so you can plan your next water park getaway. 

1. Town and Country San Diego

With its retro vibes and charming mid-century design, Town and Country Resort will transport you back in time. 

The three pools at this resort are the main attraction. There’s a main pool and a splash pad pool perfect for families, where you can take on the “Twister,” if you dare, and a pool hidden away for those who prefer a quieter type of relaxation. 

Nestled along the San Diego River, this resort offers incredible views. For a scrumptious lunch, visit Lapper Sports Bar + Kitchen, which is accessible with a Day Pass.

Day Passes range from basic daybed and cabana passes to premium ones great for small groups, but be sure to visit on the weekend to enjoy poolside food and drink service.


2. Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina 

There’s something about the ocean air when the days get longer, and so do the sunsets. At the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina, you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical island with a nearly 360-degree ocean view. 

Sink into any of their luxurious heated pools while the kids slide down the waterslides, but as the sun sets, hang out poolside in one of the cozy Firepit cabanas. A unique perk of booking a Day Pass at this resort includes discounts on water rentals at the Mission Bay Sports Center. 

On ResortPass, you’ll find that the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina offers passes that fit your schedule. If you’re planning a quick visit, the Afternoon Pass is perfect for you. 


3. Cambria Hotel Anaheim Resort

Looking for something upscale? Cambria Hotel Anaheim Resort Area is a high-end resort that features a 30,000 sqft. waterpark with two heated pools. 

There is something for everyone with the never-ending amenities offered in a Day Pass, including access to the fitness center, putting green, and basketball court. Start your day by breaking a sweat at the fitness center, and end your day soaking in the jacuzzi. Plus, there’s no shortage of drinks and snacks at the Lobby Market, which is open 24 hours.

It’s all about the location at this resort. The Cambria is a 30-minute drive to Raging Waters in San Dimas, the largest water park in California. Raging Waters features a thrilling water coaster called the Aqua Rocket that’s sure to make you scream.

The Cambria is also less than 15 minutes away from Buena Park, a city that’s home to Knott’s Soak City at Knott’s Berry Farm. It’s also less than 10 minutes away from Great Wolf Lodge Water Park in Garden Grove, an indoor water park perfect for if the weather turns sour.


4. Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Tucked in the Palm Springs area is the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, home to Splashtopia Water Park! Splashtopia is a water theme park with two twisting water slides for thrill seekers, play areas for kids, and a sandy beach area that’s perfect for getting your toes in the sand. 

You’ll feel happier already as you swim along the 425-foot lazy river, perfect for a raft ride that provides a breathtaking sunset view. After a long day in the sun, munch down on burgers and snacks from the Splash Bar and enjoy discounts at restaurants and retail shops. 

Perfect for large groups to enjoy, you can rent a cabana for up to five people at either of the three pools. Cabana passes include a private TV, mini-fridge, and ceiling fan, plus drinks vouchers.


5. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Another gem in Palm Desert, this high-rated piece of heaven is the perfect summer getaway for groups. Bring your friends and family to take on the new Hytides Waterpark at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, the biggest water park in Palm Springs. 

Take advantage of any of their seven pools, including an adults-only Oasis Pool featuring an Oasis Pool Bar. Relive your childhood dreams on one of the twisting water slides or chill on a floater with your big sun hat along the 450 ft. winding lazy river

Just don’t forget to reapply that sunscreen! The resort features a splash pad for the kids, while adults can enjoy a late-night swim in any of the pools that stay open until 10 p.m. 

Reserve poolside cabanas or a cabana for the whole family. You can even bundle a pool and spa pass to enjoy double the amenities. 


6. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

The second Omni location on this list is a gorgeous Spanish colonial-style resort in Carlsbad. At Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, the activities never stop, with not one but two 100-foot-tall slides and many unique offers for custom Day Passes.

Splash around after dark to bumping house music when you book an Endless Summer Neon Lights Pass. The unique event features lit-up lawn games and pool floaters. If you’re trying to sneak off on a serene swim in one of the adult pools, drop the kids off with a Kid’s Movie + Dinner Night Pass that offers child supervision for a couple of hours.

The cabana and villa rentals are great for bigger groups of six to eight people. With poolside service, you and your friends or family can lay out and let the drinks come to you. 


7. Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa

Only five minutes away from the Legoland Water Park at Legoland California is the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, a tranquil resort with an expansive heated pool and water attractions.

Although you have to visit on a weekend to enjoy the waterslide, this beachside resort is worth visiting over and over. A Day Pass grants entry to the 24-hour fitness center where you can delight in a workout before sunbathing poolside on one of their lounge chairs, towel service included.  

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, take a break from soaking in that Vitamin D by grabbing a bite at the 7 Mile Kitchen by an award-winning executive chef. You can enjoy a romantic date night in the hot tub after a delicious meal and local brew.


8. Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Live your best life at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach with an exclusive package that ticks all your boxes. Not only can you enjoy access to the water park, but you’ll also receive a round on the golf course and a beach cruiser rental.

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail while you soak your troubles away in the adults-only Indulge Pool or the hidden Serenity Pool while the kids play up a storm at the Oasis Pool. Rent a cabana for shaded comfort on a comfy sofa that fits five guests. The cabana rentals include two lounge chairs with a flat-screen television. 

Outside the pool, the fun never stops with ping pong, sand volleyball, and horseshoe games. There’s nothing like a family game to bring you all together. The Great Wolf Lodge Water Park being 20 minutes away, is just a bonus.


How Can ResortPass Help You Soak Up the SoCal Sun?

Whether you’re planning a family-friendly trip or taking a solo trip to relax and unwind, ResortPass offers custom Day Passes to give you a fun-filled day at the water park. A Day Pass will grant you access to the pools and many other luxe amenities like fitness centers, food and drink service, and plenty of interactive entertainment for the kids. 

With ResortPass, you can browse through the long list of California water parks to find the one that best suits your preferences. Start by searching your city to find the closest water park near you, and narrow it down by comparing passes. 

If the first thing on your list is a calming heated pool, consider the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina. If you’re looking for a water adventure park with slides that rival those at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Valencia, then the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is the place for you. 

Dive Into the California Adventure With ResortPass!

Just sit back and take in the gorgeous scenery because you won’t have to lift a finger at any of these top-rated water park resorts. Enjoy world-class service and facilities. The accommodating resort staff is waiting to immerse you in paradise. If you don’t believe us, just check out the reviews

You deserve to treat yourself, and ResortPass is making it that much easier. Download the ResortPass app to access the best water parks this summer!

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