Being a landlocked Midwesterner in a humid city like ours can be more of a bitch than bitchin’. You could keep your undies in the freezer to beat the heat, as Marilyn Monroe did in The Seven Year Itch. Better yet, check out this list of cool places guaranteed to get you wet.

Do the Swim

Bluejacket Pool

10101 Bond, Overland Park


Noon-8 p.m. daily

Brush Creek Community Center

3801 Brush Creek Boulevard


12:30-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday

Budd Park

5600 Budd Park Esplanade


12:30-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday

Gillham Pool

41st Street and Gillham

12:30-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Gregg Klice Community Center

1600 John Buck O’Neil Way


12:30-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Grove Park

Truman Road and Benton Boulevard


12:30-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday

Line Creek Community Center

5940 Waukomis Drive


12:30-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday

Marty Pool

7405 Conser, Overland Park


Noon-8 p.m. daily

Roe Pool

10400 Roe, Leawood


Noon-8 p.m. daily

Roeland Park Aquatic Center

4830 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park

Noon-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday,

noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Stonegate Pool

9701 Antioch, Overland Park


Noon-8 p.m. daily

Swope Park Pool

Swope Park, 67th Street and Lewis Road 816-513-8915

12:30-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center

11950 Lowell, Overland Park


Noon-8 p.m. daily

Tony Aguirre Community Center

2050 West Pennway, 816-784-1300

Noon-8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

West Terrace Park

16th Street and Jarboe

1-6 p.m. daily

Young’s Pool

8421 West 77th Street, Overland Park


Noon-8 p.m. daily

Slide, Sally, Slide

Great Wolf Lodge

10401 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kansas, 800-608-9653

The stupid-huge indoor water park at Cabela’s Great Wolf Lodge boasts 38,000 square feet of soaking-wet thrills, including Totem Tower, a three-story body slide; Alberta Falls, a 626-foot-long tube that twists and turns all over the park; and Fort Mackenzie, a five-story treehouse that would make the Swiss Family Robinson pant with jealousy. Thunder Bay is a giant outdoor pool with spray geysers and water basketball for the kids and poolside beverage service for grown-ups. The Bay’s Oasis Bar and Grill books live music on Saturdays. Call for rates.

Oceans of Fun

4515 Northeast Worlds of Fun Drive


Kansas City’s largest water park offers 60 acres filled with twisting slides and other attractions. Rent an inner tube at Toobie or Not Toobie and zip around Aruba Tuba, a slide with a 43-foot drop. Test your canoe and kayak skills at Buccaneer Bay, or check out Paradise Falls, where little squirts get doused in 1,000 gallons of water every five minutes. Adults can find a boozy oasis at Castaway Cove, the swim-up bar that serves frozen piña coladas and other tropical delights. Regular admission is $26.95, but check the Web site for group rates and discounts.

Springs Aquatic Center at Tiffany Hills Park

9400 North Congress


This modern aquatic center boasts slides, splash playgrounds, an Olympic-size competitive pool and a lazy river with a vortex — which sounds scary but is actually pretty relaxing. Center staffers teach fun fitness classes such as water aerobics and lap swim, and there’s competitive swimming for children. Daily admission costs $5 to $8, with discounted twilight rates after 5 p.m. The park also offers bargains on group admission, birthday parties and season passes.

Super Splash USA

53rd Place and Raytown Road, Raytown 816-356-5300

Super Splash bills itself as “the finest little water park in America.” This quaint Raytown wet spot is filled with activities for everybody. Ornery pipsqueaks will love water-balloon battle station Water Wars. Old-school video gamers will dig the Okefenokee Romp, where challengers test their navigational skills by leaping across lily pads and floating logs — it’s like “Frogger” for people. Adventurers will be drawn to Super Splash’s latest attraction, Rocky Mountain Avalanche, where thrill seekers jump on a three-person raft and hot-dog it down 35 feet of superfast slide action. The park offers cheap family, single day and season passes; birthday-party rates for kids ages 2 to 12; and group discounts on weekdays.

Go Fish

Relax, toss back a few and get in some heavy-duty bonding time with the old man as you cast your rod into these local fishing-friendly lakes. We hate to get heavy on you, but whether it’s a local fishin’ hole or a lake marina, you need to get a permit before you bait that hook. In Missouri you can purchase permits online at, by phone at 800-392-4115 or at a local permit vendor. In Kansas, call 800-918-2877 or see

Antioch Park

65th Street and Antioch, Merriam

Bales Lake

In Blue Valley Park, East 24th Street and Topping Avenue

Bonner Lake

126th Street and State Avenue, Bonner Springs

Chaumiere Lake

In Chaumiere Woods Park, Northeast 43rd Street and North Indiana Avenue

Englewood Lake

In Englewood Park, Englewood Road and North Troost Avenue

Heritage Park

16050 Pflumm, Olathe

Kill Creek Park

11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe

Klapmeyer Lake

In Klapmeyer Park, West 126th Street and State Line Road

Lake of the Woods

In Swope Park, Gregory Boulevard and Oldham Road

Lakewood Greenway Lakes

In Lakewood Greenway, Northeast 46th Street and North Norton Avenue

North Terrace Lake

In Kessler Park, Chestnut Trafficway and Cliff Drive

Penn Valley Lake

In Penn Valley Park, West 27th Street and Broadway

Pierson Lake

55th Street and Douglas, Kansas City, Kansas

Shawnee Mission Park Lake

79th Street and Renner Road, Shawnee

Smith Lake. In Smith Park, East 135th Street and Prospect Avenue

Spring Valley Lake

In Spring Valley Park, 27th Street and Brooklyn

Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park

12500 West 119th Street, Overland Park

Troost Lake

East 29th Street and the Paseo

Wyandotte County Lake

91st Street and Leavenworth Road,

Kansas City, Kansas

Giddy’up Guppies

Kids Fishing Rodeo

This 10th-annual event for kids 12 and younger kicks off Saturday, June 16, at Shawnee Mission Park Lake (79th Street and Renner Road, Shawnee). Registration for the two-hour contest begins at 8 a.m. near the marina, where the first 100 lucky kids get goodie bags filled with fisher-friendly booty. After the competition, prizes go to young buckaroos who wrangle the biggest and heaviest catch. Call 913-438-8075, ext. 1362, for more informatiaon, or e-mail the park ranger at

Kids Fishing Derby

On Saturday, June 23, kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to the Kansas City Parks and Recreation and Urban American Outdoors Second Annual Kids Fishing Derby at Spring Valley Park (27th Street and Brooklyn). Grown-ups must preregister and accompany the young participants gunning to catch the most fish. Organizers provide the worms, but fishers need their own rods and reels. This free event runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 913-334-5177 for more information and to register.

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

138th Street and Switzer in Overland Park. A scenic sanctuary for flora and fauna, the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead holds its third fishing tourney on Saturday, August 25. Admission is $10 a person, and the Web site suggests registering before July 5 because the competition is limited to 60 teams. In this contest, fishers make like Huck Finn with old-fashioned cane poles and a bucket of worms provided by Farmstead. Each team gets two gift bags, and after the two-hour contest, trophies go to the winners of each category. Check-in time is 7:30 a.m. Call 913-897-2360 for more information.

Ha Ha Ha Ha Wipeout!

There’s no surf on our turf, but we do have all kinds of lakes to perfect our barefoot water-skiing moves.

Blue Springs Lake Marina

1500 Northeast Bowlin Road, Lee’s Summit 816-795-1112

Fishing boats, pontoons and water skis abound on this 720-acre stretch of water. The Blue Springs Lake Marina offers conveniences such as boat rental, concessions, lakeside gasoline pumps, and bait and tackle for sale.

Lake Jacomo Marina

7401 West Park Road, Blue Springs


On Saturday, June 23, Lake Jacomo hosts “Lake Fest,” a family-friendly celebration of all things lake. Festivities include live music, a massive water-balloon contest, boat rides and a fireworks finale. Lake Fest begins at 5 p.m., tickets cost $7 a vehicle. Call 816-503-4876 for more info.

Longview Lake Marina

9898 Longview Road


Rent a pontoon for an all-day lake party or go tubing on a boat built for speed at this 930-acre stretch of water located minutes away from the metro.

Smithville Lake

17201 Paradesian, Smithville


This massive 7,200-acre lake is a popular summer stomping ground for jet-skiing, power boating and sailing. Two full-service marinas offer boat and slip rental, fuel and equipment sales. Other amenities include swimming beaches, campgrounds and fishing.r

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