There’s no better place to cool off in the summer than at a great water park. There are hundreds of them around the United States, but we’re taking a look at the 10 best water parks in the country that should be on your summer bucket list.
Splashin’ Safari — Santa Claus, Ind.
Another Midwest attraction, Slashin’ Safari is home to the world’s two longest water roller coasters — Mammoth and Wildebeest. The Mammoth has a six-person raft that shoots you down a seven-story hill. The park also has a giant wave pool and plenty of slides suited for the whole family.
Water World — Denver, Colo.
While the park has a wealth of rides, lazy rivers and pools to choose from, The Storm is one of the most unique rides ever. It’s a raft ride that whisks riders through a pitch-dark tube that recreates a storm inside, complete with thunder, lightning and rain.
Water Country USA — Williamsburg, Va.
Water Country USA is a well-known waterpark and home to some amazing rides, like Wild Thang, Big Daddy Falls, Vanish Point and thrilling new mega-slide Colossal Curl (pictured).
Raging Waters — San Dimas, Cali.
Raging Waters in San Dimas is part of greater Los Angeles and offers a place for city dwellers to beat the heat. One of their rides, Dark Hole, is a blacked-out tube slide that shoots riders down a 52-foot drop. The park also boasts a ride called the Bermuda Triangle which carries rafters at speeds of 50 mph.
Dollywood’s Splash Country — Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
This waterpark has been a long-time favorite of people traveling in the area. It features an 8,000 square-foot lagoon pool, a wave pool, several slides and multiple thrill rides. If you’re looking for a big thrill here, go for Fire Tower Falls which is 70 stories tall.
Noah’s Ark and Kalahari Resort — Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.
Wisconsin Dells is a Midwest hotspot all year round. Kalahari Resort is a 125,000 square-foot indoor park, so you can make a splash all year long. In the warmer months, Noah’s Ark is the place to be, with 51 slides, two wave pools and a surf simulator. Their signature ride, the Black Anaconda, is known as one of America’s most thrilling water roller coaster and shoots riders around the track at speeds up to 30-mph.
Pump House Indoor Waterpark — Jay, Vt.
This indoor waterpark lets you enjoy the water attractions all year long! You can surf on their Double Barrel Flowrider or float on the Big River. The main appeal is the La Cute — a 65-foot tall water slide that actually travels outside of the building.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark — New Braunfels, Tex.
Schlitterbahn has multiple locations, but its New Braunfels location is the favorite. It is home to the AquaVeyer, heated pools, several kids activity pool areas and some thrilling slides. If you’re headed there, make sure you ride the Banzai Pipeline and Black Knight tunnel slides, as well as the world-renowned Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster!
Wet’n Wild — Orlando, Fla.
A fun themed ride at Wet’n Wild is The Black Hole: The Next Generation water slide that looks like a giant UFO. Another themed-rides is the very unique Disco H20 which takes riders down a waterslide that resembles a ’70s disco. The park also has a kid-themed beach that is the biggest waterpark playground in the state.
Wet ‘n’ Wild — Kapolei, Oahu, HI
This water park might be the most scenic. It’s set among a lush forest and surrounded by natural cliffs. The park boasts a water spouting volcano and water cannons for kids. For adults, the Tornado will take you 50 feet up in the air and then plummet you into the tornado’s funnel.