While it's already August, and school will be starting here soon (yikes!), there's still a ton of summer fun to be had. You could drive all the way to the beaches, but why waste time and gas (especially when you have antsy little ones), where there is water fun to be had less than 20 miles away. At Cypress Self Storage, Oakley's newest self storage facility (currently under construction), we love our local community. Today's blog post highlights three of our favorite waterparks, right here in the Contra Costa County!
Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex
This community center pool features two slides, a colorful water feature that basically dumps water on kids (don't worry - they love it!), a zero entry pool, and a diving and lap (Competition) swim pool for older and more experienced swimmers.
Kids of all ages have a blast at this facility, but beware that when it's especially hot in Brentwood, if you're looking to get a good cardio workout, you can't exactly "swim" in any of the pools due to the crowds. But if you just want to cool off and chill out, it's a great place. There are grassy areas to relax and soak up the sun.
Small children (under 48") are limited to the zero entry and slide pools, and must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 15 years old. More information on age and safety restrictions are located here: https://www.brentwoodca.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=35125
Relatively inexpensive drinks and snacks can be had here, and if you have a birthday or special event, this is a great place to do that!
The Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex is located at 195 Griffith Lane, Brentwood, California 94513. Call (925) 516-5430 (recorded message for hours, prices and more), https://www.brentwoodca.gov/gov/parks/water/complex/default.asp
Antioch Water Park (a.k.a. Prewett Family Park)
This is a great park, but you definitely want to plan on spending a good chunk of your day here, not just because there are a lot of slides that you want to go on again and again, but it's a bit pricier than the other parks. But it's well worth it!
There are five waterslides and five separate pools, including separate slides and a "Tad Pool" exclusively for the very little ones (water depth is only 18", and you don't have to worry about disruptive bigger kids getting in the way). For older and more experienced swimmers, there are the Sport and Lap pools. The Sport Pool features the Lily Pad bridge. Try your hand (and feet) at staying balanced and getting across the bridge without falling in the water.
If you don't want to get in water, but you and the family still want to cool off, there is also Catttail Harbor, an interactive "spray ground" (Note: You'll probably still get wet - LOL)
You can bring your own food (no glass or alcohol, BBQ or Hot plates, knives), but in case you don't and you get hungry or thirsty, there's a really good snack bar with a variety of snacks and meals.
The Antioch Water Park is located at 4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. For prices, hours and other information, http://www.ci.antioch.ca.us/CitySvcs/Prewett/
Contra Loma Beach Club
If you want the beach experience without the long haul to the coast, or the seaweed or other potential dangers of the ocean, take a short trip to Contra Loma Beach Club.
The zero-entry swim lagoon is a chlorinated pool with lifeguards and a sandy beach to build sand castles, dig and bury things, or just sunbathe. And, there are also nearby restrooms and a concession stand, and shady picnic areas on a green lawn (that are even accessible to the disabled) so you really get the best of both worlds. Swim lessons and the Jr. Guard program are held at the lagoon in the summertime. For information, see Aquatic
Outside of the pool area, there is a reservoir for boating and fishing. Visitors to Contra Loma may launch their own boats. For boat launch information, see the Boating and Sailing web page. Persons using float tubes must have life jackets.
A Daily Fishing Access Permit is required and can be purchased at the park entry kiosk. Other information on fishing can be found in the Fishing section of the web site. Alcohol is not permitted anywhere in the park.
If you just want to hike and enjoy nature, there are trail connections to Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. And even just walking around Contra Loma park itself is great for enjoying nature.
Contra Loma Beach Club is located at 1200 Fredrickson Ln, Antioch, CA 94509. Hours: 6 am (in the summer) to 6 pm Phone: (415) 996-9886. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/contra_loma/
We hope you are staying cool this summer and enjoying everything our local area has to offer! Please make sure to bookmark the Cypress Self Storage blog for more fun articles about local restaurants and attractions. As your local, neighborhood self storage facility, we truly love our community.