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A full review of the indoor water park at the St. James Sports Complex (Springfield, VA)

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A Full Review of the Indoor Water park at the St. James Sport Complex (Springfield, VA)

The St. James Sports Complex is located in Springfield, VA and opened in September 2018. It is a massive 450,000 square foot facility where families can do a wide variety of activities from swimming, rock climbing, ice skating and play sports such as basketball, squash, soccer, gymnastics and ice hockey. In addition, they feature a three-story health club and spa with four hours of childcare included in membership pricing. This review will cover their indoor water park, which can be accessed for free by members or with a daily fee for non-members.

The St. James Sports Complex (Springfield, VA)

Where is The St. James Sports Complex located? 

With easy access from 395 and 495, along with ample parking, the location is perfect for families located in the Northern Virginia area. There is ample parking with a short walk to the front door and lobby. 

Where is the St. James water park located? 

The St. James sports and active entertainment center is a large facility, so the help desk located in the lobby is likely your first stop. Here, you can also find information about current sports schedules and programs offered. 

The indoor water park is located to the right as you enter, past the spa services area. You’ll pass the basketball courts and then see a set of stairs headed down to the pool and water park area. 

St. James water park (Springfield, VA)

The St. James water park is one of the few indoor water parks in Virginia in the DC area. When you enter the pool area, you’ll see a welcome desk. This is where you will pay for your admission before entering the changing rooms and then into the pool/ water park area. Once inside, kids will be able to enjoy multiple slides, bucket dumpers, and various sprayers. The best part, it is a nice and warm! 

The St. James DC indoor water parks in virginia

How much does it cost? 

Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Mon-Thurs before 3pm Free $15 per person (under 1 free)
Mon-Thurs after 3pm Free $23 per person (under 1 free)
Friday-Sunday Free $23 per person (under 1 free)

* Parents and Caregivers are FREE, but only if they stay out of the water park and in the observatory area. If parents/caregivers want to play inside the water park, they are subject to the same pricing as the children. 

The pricing allows for ONE HOUR of enjoyment inside the water park area. The staff will accommodate for time to change to and from the interactive water park area. 

Changing Facilities:

There are male and female changing rooms as well as family changing rooms. Children over the age of 3 are NOT allowed in opposite-sex changing rooms, so families with children should utilize the family changing facilities. The family changing rooms are located near the men’s changing rooms. 

There are seven family changing rooms that feature a baby changing station, toilet, sink, paper towels and shower with seat and shampoo. 

Family changing rooms located near the pool area at the St. James water park
Family changing rooms at the water park located near Alexandria, VA

There aren’t any locker facilities, so bring extra bags to store your clothing while you enjoy the water park. When you are ready, exit through the doors to the pool and water park area. You’ll enter through double doors into the water park and let the fun begin!

The water park area is heated, and the water is warmed making it a comfortable visit. Children must be 42″ tall to use the closed tube slides, but they can use the smaller open slides. The water park is closed for 10 minutes on the hour, presumably to check wrist bands and give the children a break. 

The St. James DC interactive water park
The St. James DC indoor water park

What to bring? 

  • Towels
  • Snacks (to be eaten outside the facility)
  • Blow Dryer

Conclusion

The entire sports complex is beautifully designed and constructed. The facilities were clean and well equipped with supplies, and the interactive water park was warm, well staffed by lifeguards and fun to play in. 

However, as they are a new facility, they are still working out their procedures, and there are some inconsistencies in the information provided. Hopefully, these get ironed out so that more families can enjoy their facilities. 

The interactive water park is also cost prohibitive for many families due to the high cost of admission, including the need for parents/caregivers to pay to enter with their children. Having a membership negates the cost, but memberships prices start at $169 for single adults per month($269 for couples per month) with an additional charge of $40 per child per month. These membership fees include 3 hours of childcare per day, access to the training center, pool, basketball courts, rock climbing walls, ice rinks, field house, squash courts, water park, and kids play zones. 

*There are discounts for students and military/first responders- please inquire at the membership office located above the pool area. 

Check out the video below to check out the facilities!

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