Thurston WaterPark

Thurston Water Park

212 Butler Rd, Falmouth, VA 22405

Facility Hours:
Season runs May 26 – September 4th


*Park hours are subject to change based on special events, swim meets and/or weather. See Special Events & Early Closures below for more info.


Waterpark Dates: 

  • May 24th 4pm-8pm-Soft Opening
  • May 25th 11am-8pm
  • May 26th 12pm-5pm
  • May 27th 11am-8pm-Memorial Day

Regular Hours:

  • Sundays 12pm-5pm
  • Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm

Early Closures/Delayed Openings: 

  • June 5th closing at 4pm
  • June 12th closing at 4pm
  • June 24th Opening at 1pm
  • June 28th closing at 6pm
  • July 4th closing at 4pm
  • July 8th closing at 4pm
  • July 26th closing at 6pm
  • Reduced weekday hours to 4pm-8pm beginning August 12-August 30th. 
  • Weekend hours remain the same. 
  • Last day of the season is September 2nd, and the hours on that day (labor day) will be 11-8. 

Special Events & Early Closures

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.

  • Special Needs Splash: June 23rd
  • June 24th Opening at 1pm
  • Middle School Beach Night: 7pm-10pm, June 28th (closing at 6pm)
  • Rock the Fourth: 6pm-10pm, July 4th closing at 4pm
  • Marlins Swim Meet: July 8th closing at 4pm
  • Teen Splash Night: 7pm-10pm, July 26th closing at 6pm

Lap Swim: 

  • Member lap swim 7am-8:30am
  • Marlins Practice 8:45-10:50am
Early Closures



  • 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

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.

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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 $15 for YMCA members and $20 for non-members. Children age 2 and under may enter for free. Be sure to review Water Park rules prior to your visit.

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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