If a splash pad mades you say, “Whee!” then get ready for something that will make you say, “WHOA!” We’re talking about Slide the City, a summer event featuring a 1,000-foot-long slip ‘n’ slide through the center of town. That’s nearly a quarter of a mile of splashing, coasting, laughing fun. It happens soon in Rockford and Algonquin (totally worth the drive, promise).

Whoosh! Let’s Go
This is your chance to whiz down a Guinness World Record-breaking slide, most aptly described as the world’s biggest slip ‘n’ slide. Ages five and up (and at least 46 inches tall) can tackle this force of H20 nature, which hits Algonquin on August 15 & 16 and Rockford on September 5-7.

True to its name, the three-lane slide jets through the center of the city. In Algonquin, it starts on a hill located through the old downtown, right along the Fox River. In Rockford, the slide goes across Morgan Street Bridge, which crosses the pretty Rock River.

Glide, Slide & Stay to Play
Just like a slip ‘n’ slide, this slick vinyl attraction is kept wet by overhead sprinklers and has no depth. At the end of it, you cascade into a splash pool. Call it the grand finale!

At both events, there will also be a festival area with bounces houses, face painting and live entertainment. Enjoy it after you take your trip down the slide. The festival is open to all ages and you don’t need to slide to attend.

Know Before You Go … 
You’ll want to wear a swimming suit to go sliding. But not just that — also bring swim shoes (instead of flip flops, which tend to fly off and get lost). You can also bring your own inner tubes or floaties. In fact, they’re encouraged because they made the trip down smoother and even more fun. Leave cell phones and bags behind, though; there will be lockers to use onsite, if you need them.

Have fun, everyone!

Tickets start at $20 for one slide.
For tickets to the Algonquin event, click here.
For tickets to the Rockford event, click here.

What is YOUR favorite water slide? Let us know in the comments!

— Kelly Aiglon

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