Cameron Run Regional Park
Cameron Run Regional Park
3.5
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Make a day of it at Cameron Run Regional Park, 26 acres of outdoor adventure in Alexandria, Virginia. Spend a summer afternoon splashing and sliding at Great Waves Waterpark. Test your swing in the slow-pitch and fastpitch batting cages. Book one of our picnic shelters for a family or community picnic. Or bring your friends for 18 holes of challenging miniature golf. Discover all the ways you can play at Cameron Run Regional Park: one park, so many possibilities.
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Cheryl Greene
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Yesterday on 8/8/2022, my kids visited Cameron Run Regional Park. They paid admission, but only had 15 minutes to swim before the park closed due to the weather. It cost them $60.00. They requested a refund at the gate, but were refused. What I find annoying is allowing patrons to pay and enter the park knowing that it may be closing soon due to inclement weather. Anyone who approached the booth were refused a refund by the staff .
Cameron Run took advantage of its patrons.

Cameron Run can do better.
Written August 9, 2022
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Tracie R
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
I am from out of town and first time in Washington DC area. We were in a hotel. that was about a mile away from Cameron Run Park. Everything says that it was open, online, on your website, and per the prerecorded phone message. So we walked there thinking it was open. We went there to play miniature golf and enjoy the great outdoors but to our surprise it was closed. My family and i was very disappointed. It was a long walk with two small children and and elderly people. This company needs to make sure that the information that is given out is correct and accurate. I would hate to see other visitors have a bad impression like we do.
Written June 9, 2023
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vdotmatrix
alexandria1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
When it is hot, you want to be in a cool wet place, so how can a water park get such a low rating? First of all, for a community attraction it is conveniently located, then there is the admission; ah, let's move on. When you arrive you notice the #1 rule: NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED.; More on this in a minute.

The water park consists of an 8ft. wave pool, infant pool, small water slide in a 3ft pool, 2 water slides.

Our main complaint of this facility is it is way over crowded, especially in the wave pool. I spoke to the management and inquired about maximum pool capacity for the wave pool, and their response was the facility maximum will never be realized for the pool.

Here's where this is place fails. The majority of the people using the pool stay inthe 1ft-5ft range and the rest of the pool to 8ft is mainly used by the few floaters who have to RENT tubes....this creates a dangerously crowded area from 1ft to 5ft...I mean a crush of bathers dodging the waves.

Even if there are 12 life guards, it is still a tentatively safe bathing area.

The restriction of OUTSIDE food and drink in this park would be acceptable were it not for the grossly inadequate snack bar facility they have....which was MOB SCENE for most of the day with the room filled to the doors with people waiting to be served.....

The large beach area is mostly devoid of chairs.

The attaction visible from the beltway is the multiple waterslide, with one huge caveat: you have to be 50 inches to slide.

Okay, bottom line. This place is usually very very crowded. For the admission price, there should be more for your money. There should be at least adequate seating and shade. For themoney there should be floatation for FREE instead of to rent. There should be multiple food vendors for the crush of people. And lastly, the wave park is in serious need of a major expansion for the wave pool.

Don't take this scathing review at face value, go there and see for yourself.

This facility would benefit from a visit to Kings Dominion as a model for this type of water park.
Written June 8, 2008
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ereft
Washington DC1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011
Save your money and go to other parks. Six flags may cost more, but you get much more plus some customer service at six flags, and it is about the same drive from DC, The worst customer service, the worst food, worst bathrooms, and the list goes on...
Written June 26, 2011
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S28A
Loudoun County, VA73 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
I'd always known this water park is rundown in the recent several years and gets to capacity so people are turned away sometimes. But, we went. The wave pool is OK, I have no idea how it compares to the one in Manassas and it's definitely no Great Wolf or Kings Dominion type. Unfortunately people are rude and the water is a bit dirty in terms of floating long hair and people wearing Nike sneakers IN the water. Nuf said.

Pushy people even down to the children! My 11yo nephew was wiping his eyes standing amongst people on floating tubes and some teenage girl pushed her way through the crowd pushing him IN THE FACE. What is wrong with people?!

The food place are pricey as are the Dippin' Dots which they ran out of chocolate if not all at 2:30pm. You can't bring in snacks, they check your bags but you're allowed to bring water. The bathrooms are kinda gross and the outdoor showers don't work well. Even the air around the slides smell like mildew so maybe that's reeking off the wet areas (steps, slides, main level). Hope they improve this place.

You can buy tickets online ($15ish for those over 48" tall), but not senior tickets. Luckily the line was not long at 12:30 (we went on a Sunday in mid-July so that says a lot);l the senior rate is $9ish. So we tried it. Not going back again.
Written July 16, 2019
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Sarah G
12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
I hate to even give this place one star. We went here to cool off during our out of state vacation. According to their site they open at 11. When we arrived, they had signs posted saying they were opening 2 hrs late. They should've noted that on their site. For being $15 a person, you'd expect more from a water park. The wave pool is mediocre and was not that large nor did they run the waves for a long period of time. The water slides were awful and you could barely slide down them. The kiddie pool wasn't open leaving very little to do. The golf course is run down. Before heading out for the day we checked the weather and there was no rain. After 1 hr of being in the park (that includes getting 2 young kids and adults dressed), we heard thunder. They kicked everyone out of the park without giving them a chance to change and barely gather their belongings. They said come back in an hr to see if they were reopening. We were not waiting around for an hr with 2 little ones who were already angry we had to go. We asked for a rain check but they denied us of one unless we came back in an hr and they had not reopened yet. This park is a waste of time and money.
Written June 19, 2018
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Hannie1976
Melbourne, Australia84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
We came on a Sunday just after school finished for the year. I was surprised at how quiet it was also quite overcast with storms expected so that may have kept people away. Unfortunately their internet was down on the day so luckily we had cash as they couldn't take any eftpos payments at the gate or the snack shop.
The park was great. I have a 6 and 8 year old so they had a blast. My older son loved the water slides and younger son (who was literally less than an inch too short for the big slides) loved the area that had smaller slides for shorter/younger kids. The lifeguards are strict but I appreciate that they are on their game the whole time. The wave pool was great as well with lots of tubes available. There were also ample sun lounges but I am not sure what it would be like if the venue was really busy.
Food was average. Very average. The fries were soggy and expensive and because their internet was down, they could only take one order at a time so I waited 20 minutes for soggy fries. There is a 'no outside food policy' but plenty of people had their own snacks so I would definitely do this next time. If you stay for a reasonable amount of time (we were there for about 4 hours) it is pretty good value for money. We will probably go back but aim for another quiet day if possible.
Written July 8, 2015
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Wineaux FromAlexandria
Alexandria, VA592 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
we love Great Waves at the Cameron Run Regional Park...it's our beach in the 'hood...an oasis nestled between I-95 and the CSX railroad tracks. The facility has a large wave pool and an astro-turfed "beach" surrounding the pool. A great respite on the weekends during the summer. The facility fills-up quickly on the weekends...get there early to ensure entrance. The wave pool attracts a diverse group of people. But not too different from Ocean City or Virginia Beach. So, it's great for people watching ... especially those in bikinis who shouldn't be. Finally, If you believe that you'll be a regular, the "Bounce Pass" is the best deal...$85 for the season (and $70 for each additional family member). Five or six visits breaks you even.

No outside food or drink permitted but you can bring in bottled water. Fair. If you're sly and not a soda drinker ... Perrier, San Pellegrino, etc. is considered water. "It's fancy water" but it's still water. Just make sure it's in plastic not glass.
Written May 26, 2014
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OnVacationToday
Maryland213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
If you go, go early. We did and we had a blast. Bring your own food and leave it in the car. The line for the ONE food building is horrendous. The intertubes were free of charge, but finding one not in use became more and more difficult as the day wore on. The slides had long lines that moved slowly. The preschool and up children's pool area was gorgeous. Price was $15.50 each, which was well worth it. Park was clean. They need a larger shower and changing area.
Written July 29, 2013
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Cinderella921
Keller, TX495 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Yesterday, I went with my fiance to Great Waves. It was pretty busy around noon, but we were able to grab what looked like the last deck chairs. It seemed to be mostly families with little kids there, but there were other couples there as well. The park was kept very clean, which was impressive. They had some cute shops and stands, including Dippin Dots. The slides were clean, and were staffed well. The lines weren't terrible either. The lifeguards were very stringent about who they allowed where, based on swimming levels. There were probably ten lifeguards around the deck of the wave pool, and two or three in the pool itself at all times. At one point, we heard a whistle that turned into multiple whistles, and by the time we looked up, probably 20 lifeguards were on deck watching a couple of lifeguards in the pool swim to a struggling swimmer. They just came out of the woodwork immediately.

The only issue I have is that you can't bring food or drinks into the park. I get that they need to make money, but that's a quick way to having some swimmers get heat stroke or dehydrated on deck.
Written July 8, 2013
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