by Denise Stern
The great thing about the Warrenton Aquatic & Recreation Facility (WARF) is that even though it is a facility run by the town of Warrenton, you do not have to be a resident to use the pools.
A 1 day pass for a child (up to 17) is $5.50 and for adults is $7.50. Children 2 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.
WARF boasts a "lazy river" but while we found it lots of fun, it was not very lazy! Keep close to kids who are not strong swimmers as the water is almost 4 feet, and the current is quite strong. There are also no tubes provided.
The toddler pool area has zero depth entry and never gets higher than about 1.5 inches in any area. It has slides and fun features like little waterfalls where the big pool overflows into the play pool. We really liked it because the smaller children could easily take breaks from the action if needed.
The large waterslide is for kids 48 inches and up, but if your child is under the height requirement and wants to try the big slide, she or he can take a quick swimming test in front of a lifeguard. Once they pass they are allowed to ride the slide.
The outdoor Claude Moore Fun for All Playground, located just outside the
aquatic center, is of course a big hit for all sizes. In addition to the rock wall, swings and slides there are plenty of shaded benches for families to rest and see almost everywhere. The playground itself is right next to a beautiful lake as well.
WARF is a great place for active family fun in Northern VA!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Denise Stern is a mom of three children under six and the CEO and President of Let Mommy Sleep, the premier baby nurse agency in Washington DC, offering overnight newborn care and education for parents.
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