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5 Pa. oases to beat the heat

Hate the heat? Splash into summer with these fun water activities for the whole family. All of these attractions are perfect for a little day trip with the family to escape the seemingly never-ending heat in summer. From water parks to outdoor adventures, you won't be disappointed in the variety of things to do at these water attractions, all located in Pennsylvania!

Red Lion Splash Pad
Located in beautiful Fairmount Park right in Red Lion, this is the perfect water attraction for children! They can play the day away in the splash park while parents can walk the dog or just relax and enjoy nature to destress. The best part about the splash pad is that it's completely free and open to the public every day, weather permitting. Your children definitely will not want to leave the splash pad. Who knows? It may become one of your favorite spots to visit in York.

Marsh Creek Water Sports

Check out Marsh Creek Lake in Downingtown — a beautiful, serene lake perfect for a day trip getaway. Marsh Creek Watersports offers all kinds of rentals for all your H2O needs. Try fishing in your very own water boat and search for the biggest fish in the lake. There are even trendy paddleboards, which will test not only your balance but also teamwork, which is great for fostering family bonding. Take your sweetheart on a romantic sunset paddleboat ride on the lake, or try your hand at canoeing or kayaking (which can be a bit more challenging than it looks). A trip to Marsh Creek Lake will definitely create some memorable #SummerGoals moments.

Cocoa Kayak Rentals of Hershey

If your family is adventuresome, try kayaking in the Swatara Creek just outside of Hershey. Cocoa Kayak Rentals will bring all the equipment right to you and drop it off, as well as pick it up whenever you are ready. They offer guided routes along the creek for those who are a little unsure of how to kayak and where to go. For more experienced kayakers, there are tons of unique areas along the creek to explore that will completely stun you with beauty. Even if you have never been kayaking, get out of your comfort zone this summer and find some adventure in the wilderness — you'll leave feeling rejuvenated and free.

Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark

For the ultimate water park experience, head on over to Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark near the Poconos. Known as one of the largest outdoor water parks in the Northeast and the largest outdoor waterpark in Pennsylvania, Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark creates an epic impact on children of any age. They'll have have tons of fun riding, sliding and floating in all things aquatic. Relax and unwind in the lazy river or get your thrills on in one of Camelbeach’s dozens of water slides.

Adventure Sports Family Entertainment Park

What a balance between water and land? Adventure Sports Family Entertainment Park in Hershey will be sure to please both land and water lovers. There are plenty of options to choose from, including laser tag, an arcade and go karts. One of the coolest features at Adventure Sports Family Entertainment Park is their Bumper Boats, which is the water version of bumper cars, so good luck staying dry! Bumper Boats even lets you squirt water guns at your opponents and bump into as many boats as you can. Bring the family competition ON.