The water park of Océade is in pole position, situated right next to a family day of fun at Mini-Europe and the Atomium, north of Brussels city center. The park contains some of Belgium’s biggest and most extreme water slides and flumes, with much of the action taking place undercover in the Aqua Fun House. This is kept at a constant 30 degrees centigrade and is open all year around, offering a tropical-themed beach, wave pool and swimming pool as well as lots of gentle rides perfect for toddlers, such as a lazy river and bubbling geysers. Recent additions to the 14 water slides – which range from extreme speed on L’Ouragan to kiddie-friendly tumbles on the Tortuga – include two fearsome water slides; Barracuda is the longest water ride in Belgium, while Chameleon is 140 meters (460 feet) of loops and plunges down into the pool.
And if adults need a respite from the watery fun, there are saunas, steam baths, icy plunge pools and even a bar to relax in at Saunaland.
Océade Water Park is at Bruparck in northwest Brussels. The metro stop is Heysel, outside the park. Opening hours are complicated: school holidays and Sat–Sun 10am–9pm; during school time Sept–March, Wed–Fri 10am–6pm, Sat–Sun 10am–9pm; Apr–June, Tue–Fri 10am–6pm; Sat–Sun 10am–9pm. Admission costs €20 for adults and €17 for children between 1.15m–1.5m tall. Those under 1.15m tall enter for free.