With the summer months quickly approaching, it may be time to pile the family into the car and head to a water park to cool off. We’re giving you the run-down of the best places to enjoy a steep water slide or a lazy river, whatever floats your boat – or raft in this case.
So whether you’re close enough for just a quick day trip, or you’re adventurous enough to throw a road trip into the mix here’s a list of the best parks out there!
Dollywood’s Splash Country – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
This water park located inside of Dollywood is dedicated to entertainer Dolly Parton’s childhood dream of swimming in the rivers of the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you are a fan of her music or not, this water park consistently ranks as one of the best in the country.
Kalahari Resort – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
With over 125,000 square feet filled with rides, pools, spas and a FlowRider, it’s no wonder why Kalahari is often rated as a top water park. We dare you to the ride the Swahili Swirl or the Anaconda Experience and we think you’ll agree that this is the best water park you’ve ever visited.
Wet ‘N Wild Emerald Pointe – Greensboro, North Carolina
A 76-foot plummet called the Daredevil Drop? Sign us up! If that’s not your style, you can opt for a competition on the Riptide Racer. If the Daredevil Drop sounds like your cup of tea, try the Double Barrel Blast, Dragon’s Den or Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror. All we can say is, good luck.
Wild Island Family Adventure Park – Sparks, Nevada
Not only will you find mini slides for young children, but there are also plenty of larger and more exciting slides for teens and “big kids” alike! The over 21 crowd will especially like the Kokomo’s Island bar. A bowling alley, arcade, 18-hole mini golf course and a go-kart track round out this highly rated adventure center.
Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana
The Bahari Wave Pool is the big attraction at this water park, it’s located on ¾ of an acre and includes geysers, sprays and jets. If that’s not for you, there are 18 other water slides and rides available.
Legoland Florida – Winter Haven, Florida
The fact that this water park is inside of Legoland means it includes the opportunity to you to build and create! Let us introduce you to the Build-A-Raft River, which allows you to design a unique LEGO raft to take for a ride around the 1,000-foot-long lazy river. If that’s not enough reason to pack up and head to Winter Haven immediately, we don’t know what is.
Aquatica Orlando – Orlando, Florida and Aquatica San Antonio – San Antonio, Texas
If the idea of water slides combined with marine life sounds like your ideal afternoon, Aquatica is your dream come true. These SeaWorld-built parks offer some of the tallest and steepest rides, while also incorporating live animals. In San Antonio, you can enter waist-deep water and touch, feed and marvel at stingrays, and the Dolphin Plunge in Orlando allows you to slide into an oasis filled with dolphins!
Six Flags White Water – Atlanta, Georgia
While there are many slides to choose from, we suggest the Run-A-Way River, which will take you through both darkness and light, waterfalls and through a mountain, only to encounter 70-foot drop in the dark. We also suggest holding on tight!
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels – New Braunfels, Texas
Seventy acres of thrills and water jets await in New Braunfels, which is on the banks of the natural Comal River. Make sure to ride the well-known Master Blaster, a six-story uphill water coaster! As an added bonus, visiting this park feels like you’re immersed in a small German town. Schlitterbahn, after all, means “slippery road” in German!
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