If you think there’s nothing duller than staying dry while you’re on holiday, you’ll love Devon’s brilliant water attractions. Whether you and your family are happiest when rushing down waterslides, swimming lengths in the pool or going for a paddle, you’ll discover plenty of ways to keep everyone amused.
Thrilling Rides at Splashdown Quaywest
Sunny South Devon is home to the largest outdoor waterpark in the country, making it a truly unforgettable holiday destination for thrill-seeking water lovers. Splashdown Quaywest in Paignton features not one, not two, but eight (yes, eight!) spectacular flume rides.
Enjoy every exciting twist and turn of the Corkscrew, which is almost 100m long! For an even more adventurous waterslide experience, head to the Raging Rapids. Finally, are you brave enough to whizz down the 65ft Devil’s Drop, the tallest flume ride in the UK?
After speeding down every slide and hurtling round every spiral, it’s time for a change of pace. Chill out in the swimming area or soak up some rays on the sun terraces, then treat yourself to some of the tasty food and drink on offer, including West Country ice cream.
If you plan to take little ones to Splashdown, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are two areas especially for children who aren’t old enough or tall enough for the large rides. While their big brothers and sisters tackle the Sidewinder, they can enjoy small slides and water jets at the colourful Submarine Adventure and Blennie’s Tiddler Pool features. What’s more, the waterpark provides helpful advice about visiting with kids under seven on its website.
Splashdown is open during the summer season (May to September), and the water is heated to near-Mediterranean temperatures, so you’ll be comfortable instead of chilly. For extra warmth, take advantage of the free wetsuit hire.
More Ways to Entertain Water Babies
Splashdown is under an hour’s drive from our Dawlish Warren holiday park, so it’s ideal for a fun-filled day out. We’re also close to other top Devon attractions for water fans.
Wonderful Water Play at The Den and Decoy Country Park
Discovering the sea-themed wet play area is bound to be the highlight of your water babies’ visit to The Den, Teignmouth’s seafront playground and park, which has earned a Green Flag Award for its high standards. Kids can cool off there all summer long, thanks to the water jets and sprays. It’s no wonder The Den is a firm favourite with young families.
There’s more water-themed fun to be had at Decoy Country Park in Newton Abbot, another award-winning Devon attraction. Kids have a whale of a time dodging sprays from the mouth of the sea monster. Explore the rest of the park and you’ll find a stunning lake, where sailing and canoeing trips are available.
Amazing Activities at Waves Leisure Pool
Get ready for a unique swimming experience at Torquay’s fabulous Waves Leisure Pool. What makes this Devon attraction so special? It boasts its very own wave machine! You’ll feel as if the sea has come indoors…
In addition, this family-friendly pool provides plenty of children’s activities. There are jets, fill ‘n’ spill buckets and water wheels. The flume is always popular, as is the toddlers’ slide.
Reinvigorating Dips at Tinside Lido
Plymouth’s Tinside Lido is regarded as one of the top outdoor pools in Europe. If you’re a fan of bracing saltwater swims, your Devon holiday won’t be complete without a trip to this unheated, art deco beauty, which reopens in the summer.
After a reinvigorating dip, why not enjoy a spot of relaxation? Bask in the sunshine on the terrace, admire the water features and drink in the breathtaking scenery.
Swimming Pools and the Seaside on Your Doorstep
When you stay at our friendly Devon holiday park, you’re welcome to make full use of our indoor, spacious Tropicana Pool Complex. It features four distinctive pools – the Toddlers’ Pool, Fun Pool, Sports Pool and relaxing Bubble Pool – and is warm whatever the weather!
What’s more, we’re just a stone’s throw from one of Devon’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, Dawlish Warren Beach, the recipient of a prestigious Blue Flag Award. The beautiful waters are perfect for a paddle!