Thurston Water Park

Thurston Water Park

212 Butler Rd, Falmouth, VA 22405


Facility Hours:

Thurston Water Park is closed for the season. We will re-open in May of 2023!

Child Watch Hours:

Pool Hours:

*Park hours and slide availability are subject to change based on special events, staffing, swim meets and/or weather. Refer to the Special Events section for a list of early closures.
*YMCA camps will be attending the Water Park Monday-Friday, from 10am – 1pm.

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    Season Passes

    Skip the lines and enjoy Thurston Water Park all summer long with a season pass! Season passes are available to both members and non-members on an individual or family basis (family membership is required for family season pass rate). Pricing varies based on date of purchase. Find a location nearest you.

    Day Passes

    Visiting the park for a day? Day passes are available during normal park hours and may be purchased at the entry gate. Day passes are $10 for YMCA members and $15 for non-members. Children age 2 and under may enter for free. Be sure to review Water Park rules prior to your visit.

    Park Rules

    Marlins Swim Team

    The Massad YMCA Marlins Swim Team competes in the Rappahannock Swim League (RSL). The league is made up of 25 summer swim teams from the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, and Orange, Virginia.

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    Special Events & Early Closures

    Special Events We hold several special events throughout the summer at Thurston Water Park. For more event information, visit our Events Page. Early closures on event days will be posted here. We encourage our guests to check our early closures list prior to visiting the park.

    Rock the 4th of July Party – July 4th*
    Luau: Date TBD* Marlins Schedule (park closes at 4pm)
    • Wed, June 22 (rain date June 23)
    • Mon, June 27 (rain date June 28)
    • Mon, July 18 (rain date July 19)
    • Marlins Splash Night: Wed, July 13th (park closes at 4:30pm)
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    • No coolers allowed. You may keep them in your vehicle and have unlimited entry for the day of payment.
    • No outside food other than bottled water and baby food (no glass jars) permitted. Birthday cakes may be brought in with a scheduled birthday party package.
    • All swim bags will be checked to ensure outside food & drink are not brought into park due to health code restrictions.
    • Eating and drinking are prohibited in the water.
    • Lifeguard must be on deck before anyone enters the pool.
    • Please shower off before entering the water. Bathing caps are highly recommended.


    • In the event of a thunderstorm, all pools (including whirlpools/spray down areas) will close for a minimum of 30 minutes after each instance of thunder or lightning. Guests are asked to leave the water park and wait in their vehicles until re-entry is safe.
    • Water Park restrooms are closed during thunderstorms.
    • No smoking on the YMCA campus. We are a smoke-free environment.
    • You are responsible for your children at all times.
    • Health codes mandate that diaper changing is restricted to bathrooms.
    • All children not potty-trained must wear swimmer diapers and a bathing suit.
    • All children less than 48” tall must be banded/swim tested. Band is required. Replacement bands are $5 each.
    • Follow all slide rules and height restrictions.
    • All non-swimmers must stay in water below their armpits.
    • Only U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD’s (personal floatation devices) are allowed.
    • Any child wearing a pfd must be within arm’s reach of a parent.
    • Rough play will not be tolerated.
    • Swimmers under the age of 12 must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years of age.
    • Enter the pool from the stairs or beach entry.
    • It is recommended to wait until food has settled after a meal to get back in the pool. (15-30 minutes)
    • Breath holding activities are not permitted.
    • No diving is allowed. There is no lap swim at the Water Park.
    • No running.


    • Please look to the lifeguard when the whistle blows to find out information/dangers or if the pool is being closed. Lifeguards are in charge of the pool.
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    The Steve and Cheri Thurston Water Park boasts a 25 X 25 meter pool, beach entry with splash pad and two 40 foot water slides! Lounge by the pool in a deck chair or grab a bite to eat at our concessions stand – Kiki's Lunchbox. See our full list of park rules below.

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    Our Team

    Tom Ellis
    Director of Operations

    540-371-9622 ext 1034

    Melissa Taylor
    Membership Director

    540-371-9622 ext 1063

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