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Summer Swimmin' Holes

Cool off where the water works

Posted: July 9, 2009 5:06 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2009 6:00 a.m.

Tossing cares away at Castaic Lake.

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It's summer and the heat is kicking in. But never fear, even if you don't have your own pool, there are numerous "swimmin' holes" available. These experiences range from public pools, such as those at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and local parks, to swimming beaches at Castaic Lake, to wet and wild water parks. And never fear, even if you have to work, and summer fun is only a dim memory, your kids can stay cool and have fun without you. It's time to get wet!

Santa Clarita
Aquatics Center

20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
(661) 250-3766 (Aquatics Office) or (661) 250-3700
For information about the Aquatics Center and about local public pools, see the online Seasons brochure (pdf format) at

The Santa Clarita Aquatic Center offers three pools, including a 50 meter competition pool with a competition timing system, a 25 meter dive pool, and an activity pool complete with water play equipment and a 160 foot water slide.

The facility also provides concession facilities and locker/changing rooms on the landscaped and lighted grounds. With plenty of parking and ample deck space for lounging around, the Aquatic Center is sure to have something for everyone.

Available at the Aquatics Center and at its associated public pools, there are recreational swims, a wide variety of swimming lessons, swim teams, dive teams, water polo teams, Dive-in Movie Nights and much more. Consult the Seasons brochure for hours and details.

Newhall Pool
24907 Newhall Ave., Newhall,
CA 91321
(661) 799-1050

North Oaks Pool
27824 North Camp Plenty Road, Canyon Country, CA 91351
(661) 284-1471

Santa Clarita Pool
27285 Seco Canyon Road., Saugus, CA 91350
(661) 284-1470

Valencia Glen Pool
23750 Via Gavola, Valencia,
CA 91355
(661) 284-1467

Valencia Meadows Pool
25671 Fedala Road, Valencia,
CA 91355
(661) 284-1464

Castaic Lake
State Recreation Area
32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic, CA 91384
(661) 257-4050
Vehicle entry fees for the summer are $11 per day. R/Vs are $12 and busses $25.

Castaic Lake Lagoon offers a wide variety of recreational activities, including fishing, picnicking, camping, non-gasoline powered boating and swimming during summer only.

Note: Swimming is only allowed at the Lower Lake (Lagoon). Swimming is prohibited in the lagoon, except in designated areas and only when a lifeguard is on duty.

Effective July 1, 2009 - All swimming areas will be closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Swim beach hours for the summer are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Six Flags
Hurricane Harbor
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 255-4257
Visit for hours and other information.
Tickets are $24.99 for adults and $19.99 for children under 48 inches tall. Buy your tickets online and everyone pays the kids price of $19.99.

Bamboo Racer: Put your best face forward on Bamboo Racer, the water toboggan challenge, where friend battles friend in a high-speed, six-lane race to the finish. For all ages.

Black Snake Summit: Features five water slides, including the two tallest, fully-enclosed water slides in Southern California.
Castaway Cove: A large water play area designed exclusively for the little swashbucklers under 54 inches tall.

Forgotten Sea Wave Pool: Forget your cares amid the gentle waves of the Forgotten Sea, the region's largest body of water and the perfect chill-out spot for the whole family. Some areas up to six feet deep.

Lightning Falls: Go over the brink of Lightning Falls - three tube slides with aggressive, "Type A" personalities.

Lizard Lagoon: Lounge lizards lead a life of luxurious leisure at the Lagoon, a fun-filled 7,000 square foot tropical getaway for teens and up. Small children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lost Temple Rapids: Take your whole family on a rafting adventure along the winding waterways of the ancient and mysterious Lost Temple aqueduct.

Reptile Ridge: Take a rapid ride into reptilian revelry through this towering complex of five seriously twisted water slides.

River Cruise: Coast along a 1,300-foot-long lazy river. It's the scenic route all the way, as you cruise our relaxing watercourse, past Castaway Cove and Shipwreck Shores.

Shipwreck Shores: Your kids won't want to be rescued from Shipwreck Shores. Featuring dozens of family activities, plus our famous, giant, water-spouting skull. For big and little mateys alike.

Taboo Tower: Scale the heights of forbidden Taboo Tower -- then, slide back to earth at extremely high speed.

Tiki Falls: Raft like a rocket down a high-speed 400 foot tube slide and out the gaping jaws of a giant tiki.

Tornado: Drop 7.5 stories into a 60 story tall, 132 foot long water funnel. Then, navigate through 5,000 gallons of churning water.

Knotts Berry Farm's Soak City - Orange County
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park,
CA 90620
(714) 220-5200
Visit for more information.
Tickets are $24.99 for adults and $19.99 for seniors and kids under 48 inches tall. Through July 31 everyone pays the junior price when they buy four or more tickets. Tickets are available online and at the gate.

Pacific Spin: Four-person raft ride.

Old Man Falls: Three separate, single-rider, high speed slides, including two open flume slides and one completely enclosed. Dispatched from a platform over 62 feet high.

Malibu Run: Four individual single-person inner-tube slides, including both open flumes and enclosed, dark flumes.

Laguna Storm Water Tower: Three separate single and double inner-tube, enclosed slide flumes. Dispatched from a platform over 43 feet high.

Banzai Falls: Six multi-lane speed slides where riders are dispatched head-first on a mat from a platform over 41 feet high.

Tidal Wave Bay: 750,000 gallon wave pool.

Sunset River: Lazy river, approximately one-third of a mile long. For the whole family.

Gremmie Lagoon: Children's pool and activity area.

Toyota Beach House Slides: Two slides.



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