Take a Dive! America’s 10 Best Water Parks

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Summer vacations often mean long, hot car rides to equally hot destinations. Perhaps it’s time to set a course for a cooler place to play. Check out this ranking of America’s Best Water Parks:

Water Country USA

Williamsburg, Virginia

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Vanish Point, Water Country USA. Photo: SeaWorld Parks

Surrounded by the historic triangle of Colonial Williamsburg sits a modern marvel of water fun. Water Country has 11 rides and slides but what sets them apart is quality. Yahoo! Travel calls Water Country USA the cleanest and best maintained of all the water parks in the country. Water Country is also known for its kid-friendly rides.

Rides to remember

  • Vanish Point: Drop through the floor of a 75-foot tower down a speeding, near-vertical slide.
  • Aquazoid: Adrenaline-rush raft ride.
  • Colossal Curl: Funnel slide/wave raft ride.

Dollywood Splash Country

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Photo: Dollywood

Adjacent to Dolly Parton’s famed theme park Dollywood is an equally-engaging water park for the whole family. Splash Country seeks to recreate real-life river fun, inspired by the country singer’s childhood in the Great Smoky Mountains. The southern classics served at Dollywood parks have been featured on the Food Network and Cooking Channel.

Rides to remember
  • Big Bear Plunge: White water rafting ride recreates the feeling of high-intensity river action (minus the danger).
  • Fire Tower Falls: Imagine climbing a forest fire tower. And jumping off of it. Now you get the idea behind the park’s tallest and fastest slide.
  • RiverRush: Hydromagnetic water coaster technology take riders down and up through trees and tunnels.

Water World

Federal Heights, Colorado

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Photo: WaterWorld

Just 15 miles north of downtown Denver sits one of the largest in water parks in the country. Water World boasts 49 rides, slides and attractions spread out over 64 acres. There are 3 dedicated children’s areas and plenty of park-like spaces to picnic.

Rides to remember:
  • Mile High Flyer: Hydro-magnetic water coaster goes uphill as well as down.
  • Warp Speed: Gaming meets water with an interactive journey through a worm hole.
  • Voyage to the Center of the Earth: Adventure back in time via raft through the prehistoric world.


Wet ‘n’ Wild

Kalepolei, Oahu, Hawaii

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Photo: Wet ‘n’ Wild

Wet ‘n Wild is so good it lures tourists and locals alike away from the beach. 25 attractions are surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping and natural cliffs. A 400,000-gallon wave pool offers a freshwater body boarding experience. Kids enjoy the 20,000-square-foot Water World Playground complete with a “lily pad walk.”

Rides to remember
  • Da’Flowrider: Surf’s up on Hawaii’s only simulated surfing experience (added cost).
  • Tornado: Chase the storm through a tunnel and around the funnel.
  • Shaka: A wet/dry combo ride simulating zero gravity

Noah’s Ark

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

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Up, down and around: the Black Anaconda water coaster at Noah’s Ark. Photo: Wisconsin Dells

Currently taking the title of America’s Largest waterpark, Noah’s Ark has over 50 attractions. There are rides and slides for kids of all ages and comfort levels. But the biggest draw is the collection of extreme thrill rides.

  • Scorpion’s Tail: A near-vertical slide dropping into a loop.
  • Black Anaconda: High-speed hydro-magnetic water coaster.
  • Black Thunder: Choose from four twisted tunnel slides.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Kansas City, Kansas

Known the world over, the Texas-based water empire sets the bar high for water fun. The KC location is the rising star of the Schlitterbahn family, thanks to winning the Golden Ticket award. One unique feature of the park is the Transportainment river system that helps you get to attractions without leaving the water. It’s a whole lot better than waiting in line!

Rides to remember
  • Torrent: The world’s largest tidal wave river.
  • Bahnzai Pipeline, Black Knight and Wolfpack: 3 fast-moving tube slides accessible from one tower.


Orlando, Florida

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Get over it. You’re not going to look this good going down the tube. But you’ll probably have a whole lot of fun. Photo: Sea World Parks.

SeaWorld’s Aquatica consistently makes the rankings for one very important reason: dolphins. Where else can you slide through a tank of adorable black-and-white Commerson’s dolphin? In addition to rides and play areas, there are side-by-side wave pools and on-site swimming lessons. Other water parks are located in San Diego and San Antonio.

Rides to remember:
  • Ihu’s Breakaway Falls: A super tall, high-speed drop-fall water slide.
  • HooRoo Run: Take your raft over the edge of a 6-story, 250-foot, triple-drop ride. Experience weightlessness with two of your pals as you shout “hooroo” (Austrailian for goodbye).
  • Dolphin Plunge: Race your friends through the dolphin tank in parallel clear tube slides. The playful dolphins may just race alongside you.

Six Flags White Water

Atlanta, Georgia

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Descent into darkness at Black River Falls. Photo: Six Flags.

Most of the Six Flags theme parks have water parks, but White Water is a standout. Employing 2 million gallons of water for its ever-growing array of attractions, it is the largest water theme park in the South. Every age group and comfort level can find a day’s worth of fun from their 50+ attractions covering 50+ acres.

Rides to remember

  • Black River Falls: Fear and fun combine in a 400-foot twisting descent into darkness.
  • Caribbean Plunge: The fastest drop in the park takes you 50 feet in 3 seconds.
  • Escape Chute/Secret Passage: Head downstream river rapids style with only an inner tube. You’ll feel the bumps and the frothing water in between mid-river pools that will have you swirling wildly until the river claims you again.

Splashin’ Safari Water Park

Santa Claus, Indiana

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Riders get a lift to the top of Wildebeest (pictured) and Mammoth thanks to hydromagnetic technology. Photo: Holiday World.

Forget the North Pole. Santa rules the water in Indiana. His toys are high tech and loaded with fun, including two rides ranked number one in the country and number one in the world. There are plenty of chill rides and relaxing pools as well. It’s also easier on the budget with free parking, soft drinks, sun screen and wifi.

Rides to remember:
  • Wildebeest: Readers of Amusement Today ranked it number 1 in the world. It’s not surprising. The hydro-magnetic ride covers 2 acres and features linear induction motors (LIM) that take boats uphill as well as down, through underground tunnels, twists, turns and drops. The beast rides at a top speed of 36 feet per second.
  • Mammoth: America’s top-ranking water coaster is certified by Guinness World Record as the longest, spanning 1,763 feet (over 1/3 mile). The ride tops out at 7 stories tall and features the same LIM motor to propels boats up the long hill to start the ride (no stairs).

Raging Waters

San Dimas, California

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Illustration: Raging Waters.

Excellent adventures aren’t limited to Bill & Ted in San Dimas. Raging Waters is California’s largest water park. That’s saying a lot because Cali also has the most amusement parks (many with water parks). The 50-acre watery paradise has over 36 attractions.

Rides to remember:
  • Bermuda Triangle: At 50mph, this body slide is one of the fastest water slides in the country. Choose from 3 different courses.
  • The Dark Hole: Imagine a wet, speedy maze. In the dark.
  • Aqua Rocket: Four-person rafts speed up and down hills and turns thanks to hydromagnetic technology. It’s California’s first and only water coaster.

Source: Yahoo! Travel

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By Susha Roberts, Redefy Real Estate (based on a ranking by Yahoo! Travel)

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