I had plans to drive down to see one of my sisters for months in Albany, Oregon, but every time the time would roll around, something would always come up. One of the kids were sick, I was sick, kids were away with their dad, etc. So we finally decided to make a day of it last Sunday and stick to it, which ended up being one of the hottest days of the year so far at a whopping 100 degrees! We made sure that we found a place where we could get wet and cool off in the blistering sun and Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis, Oregon was the place.
It was about a 2 hour and 8 min drive from here to there, which wasn’t too bad since it was straight freeway pretty much. I made sure to have snacks, the swim/sun essentials, a tablet for movie watching and all that good stuff for the two tots in the back seat since my other sister and niece were tagging along. We did end up forgetting the life jackets we just bought, but that was okay because they have plenty at Osborn Aquatic Center to be used.
We arrived there around 2. They seem to only be open from 1-4 pm on Sundays which kind of stinks, but I get it, people want to go home to be with their families too. But I feel like a place like this should at least stay open until 5 or 6 pm in the summer when people are looking for fun ways to cool off.
Their hours are something like this:
(4th of July)
Hours might differ
The price to get in was actually decent. It only cost me around $9 for both me and my 2-year-old.
They have a lazy river, a little tot play area with movable water spouts and squirt gun sprayers, water slides for little kids, a slightly bigger one for bigger kids and then an adult water slide as well as a couple of pools. We stayed around the little kid area since the water level was just about right for them. They couldn’t touch in some spots but that’s okay, they had life jackets and were right by us the whole time.
I was kind of surprised to find that the water was warm though. It was like playing in warm bath water so you didn’t really feel “cooled” off just wet. But the kids enjoyed it since they weren’t cold.
I’d visit again in the summer time if we make it back down to Albany.