If you're looking for some fun in the sun that includes splashing around in a waterpark that won't break the bank to experience, there's a waterpark an hour away from Sedalia that just might fit the bill.

I'm talking about Summit Waves, the outdoor water park operated by Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation. According to their Facebook page, Summit Waves opened in 2008 and features a 904-foot Action River, an 800-square-foot wave pool, two waterslides, a six-lane lap pool with diving boards, and a water playground for the younger ones.

The cost is right too. Single-visit tickets cost $12.00 per person for non-residents, and Lee's Summit residents can purchase them for $9.00. Twilight tickets, which give the holder two hours of swimming from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT are $9.00 for non-residents and $6.00 for residents.

There are a few things to know before grabbing your towel and heading to Lee's Summit:

  • No tickets are sold at Summit Waves. You can purchase your single visit tickets in advance online on the Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation web page. Or you can visit the Lovell or Longview Community Center and get a ticket there before visiting the waterpark.
  • Tickets are limited to control the waterpark's capacity. When the tickets are gone for the day, they're gone. So your best bet is to buy tickets online before you head out to the park. Or call the waterpark for information on tickets before leaving home at 816-969-1545.
  • Soldout days and special events, which may have special pricing and special pool operating hours, are posted on the waterpark's Facebook page.
  • Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation may close the pool for special programs, bad weather, and or insufficient attendance.

Summit Waves is a rather easy drive from Sedalia, Knob Noster, or Warrensburg. Just head west on Highway 50 to South East Blue Parkway and the waterpark is located in Harris Park. It's about an hour's drive from Sedalia.

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