Nothing says summer like a day at a water park. From lazy rivers to crazy, twisty tunnels and chutes, water parks can be a great vacation destination and offer something for the whole family. Whether you’re planning a beach getaway, a weekend in Vegas or heading to Disney World, adding a waterpark adventure can make your summer even more memorable.
Here are 10 amazing water parks you should visit:
Beat the desert heat at Cowabunga Bay in Henderson, Nevada, located just outside of Las Vegas. Featuring several unique water slides, fountains, a separate kids area and cabanas for mom and dad, this is one of Las Vegas’s premiere family destinations.
Take a wild ride on the high-speed Breaker 1-9 slide or chill out on the lazy Cowabunga river. This waterpark is open most of the year, with a special “Christmas Town” attraction during the month of December.
Ranked by USA Today as one of the best water parks in California, Raging Waters has more than 50 rides and attractions. Combine the thrills of a rollercoaster with the fun of a water ride on the Aqua Rocket or explore The Bermuda Triangle as you twist and turn down a series of tunnels.
They have daily online ticket specials and season passes available for those who just can’t get enough of the park. Open May–September.
Part of Great America amusement parks, Boomerang Bay has a large assortment of slides and family-friendly fun. Get an adrenaline rush on the two-person Tasmanian Tycoon, or relax with the kids at Kookaburra bay, which has interactive fountains and water activities.
You can get special rates for groups or combine daily tickets with fast pass ride options and advance parking. Open May–October.
Get lost in Waterloo’s Lost Island and enjoy not only amazing water slides but also activities such as golf and go-karts. Hang out at the wave pool in Tsunami Bay, or test your bravery on the heart-stopping, free-falling, Lost Soul Falls.
If you believe in mermaids, be sure to visit the Mermaid Exhibit where you can say hello to Maizie, the park’s mermaid mascot. Open May–September.
Located in the resort community of Gulf Shores and just a quarter of a mile from the beach, Waterville USA covers 20 acres and offers everything from fast and twisty slides to relaxing children’s areas for the little people in your life.
Check out the Flowrider, which combines surfing, bodyboarding and snowboarding on an endless wave, or Shrimp Boat Village for geysers, water cannons and dumping buckets. Open May–September.
Smack dab in the heart of Wisconsin Dells, Noah’s Ark is a mix of crazy rides, endless rivers, wave pools, and even bumper boats!
Their newest ride is the King Cobra, in which riders travel side-by-side on tubes that take them through 335 feet of twists and reaching speeds upwards of 30 mph. Or you can take it a bit slower and drift your way down Adventure River on a family-size tube. Open May–September.
Another winner in USA Today’s Best Outdoor Waterparks, Water World boasts more family tube rides than any other park in the U.S.
Enjoy more than 46 different water adventures, ranging from the mild — like the Calypso Cove play area — to the wild — like the Mile High Flyer, the first hydro magnetic watercoaster in the region.
Open May–September, with occasional closures for inclement weather.
Right next door to the beloved Dollywood theme park, Splash Country is a 35-acre waterpark with rides for all ages, as well as amenities such as cabanas, cabins and plenty of food options. Get soaked on the Bear Mountain Fire Tower or kick back on a tube on the Downbound Float Trip.
Tickets can be purchased individually or in combination with Dollywood Park. Open May–September.
There’s no talking about water and amusement parks without adding Disney into the mix. Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon has a wide range of rides and attractions, with thrill-seeker rides like the Crush ‘N’ Gusher alongside child-friendly adventures such as Ketchakiddee Creek.
Tickets can be purchased individually or as part of a package with other Disney parks. Open year-round.
It’s no surprise the Travel Channel voted this park as one of the top 10 in the country. Featuring plenty of water slides, a wave pool and a 25-person hot tub, the park combines the luxury of a resort with the excitement of an amusement park.
Their eight-story Slide Canyon Tower will satisfy any adrenaline junkie, or you can rent a private cabana and relax by the pool. Open from April–October.