Summertime! Part 7: Top 10 Waterparks in the US
Summertime is a great time to splash around in the water, and the USA has some great waterparks that can be a fun escape. Whether you live near any of these, or just want to take a great road trip, take a look at this list from The Travel Channel.
Get wet and wild! Put on your swimsuit and splash around at the best water parks in the US!
Kalahari Resort (Wisconsin Dells, WI)
At the Kalahari Resort, guests can enjoy the indoor water park or the Zambezi Outdoor Waterpark. The indoor water park has 125,000 square feet of fun that includes the Victoria Falls family raft ride, spas, a wave pool and FlowRider, where guests can boogie board every day of the year. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, the outdoor water park features fun slides and areas like the Swahili Swirl, the Anaconda Experience and Splashdown Safari.
Water Country USA (Williamsburg, VA)
In Williamsburg, VA, cool off at Water Country USA. Brace yourself for a liquid adrenaline rush on the drop slide, Vanish Point with its 75-foot tower and 2 wave paths. Here, you’ll step into a skybox where you drop down when the floor drops out. This water park — the largest in Virginia — has 25 state-of-the-art rides, including KIDsiderate (kid-friendly) rides like Cow-A-Bunga, H2O UFO and Kritter Korral.
4. Pump House Indoor Waterpark (Jay, VT)
Don’t be surprised if your kids are waterlogged after spending a couple hours at Pump House Indoor Waterpark at the Jay Peak Resort. Get wet while riding the 65-foot-tall La Chute; learn how to surf on Double Barrel FlowRider, or hit the rapids on Big River, which wraps around the border of the park. If you’re looking for a more relaxing atmosphere, try the indoor and outdoor hot tubs or grab a drink and snack at The Drink poolside bar.
5. Carowinds Boomerang Bay (Charlotte, NC)
Head to Boomerang Bay at Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, NC, to experience Pipeline Peak (pictured). This complex water slide consists of 2 body slides and 2 inner-tube slides that range from 80 feet to 495 feet in length. Boomerang Bay, an Australian-themed water park, also features Kangaroo Lagoon, Whallaby Wharf, Kookaburra Bay, Sydney Sidewinder and Platypus Plunge.
6. Cliff’s Amusement Park WaterMania! (Albuquerque, NM)
In Albuquerque, NM, kids will enjoy frolicking in the water at WaterMania! at Cliff’s Amusement Park. The 2 main water adventure attractions are Li’l Squirts, for tykes, toddlers and their parents, and Mega Water Monkeys (pictured), a monster water ride that has something for every kid to enjoy.
7. Water Zoo (Clinton, OK)
At Water Zoo, Oklahoma’s first indoor water park, parents can schedule birthday parties, camp or stay with their kids at an on-site hotel. Enjoy playing basketball in the activities pool, slipping and sliding through the inside out water slides, hanging out with your toddler at Cub’s Cove or feeling the motion of an ocean in the 4-foot-deep wave pool.
8. Enchanted Forest Water Safari (Old Forge, NY)
Located in Adirondack State Park, the Enchanted Forest Water Safari is New York’s largest water theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions, including 32 wild water rides like Serengeti Surf Hill. Take the family on a 1,100-foot tube ride around the park; reach speeds up to 30 mph on the Killermanjaro (one of the tallest and fastest slides in the park), or just relax as you float under the park’s bridges and waterslides on a Safari River Expedition.
9. Wild Island Family Adventure Park (Sparks, NV)
Visit Wild Island Family Adventure Park in Sparks, NV. Children can dip their toes into the Little Lagoon or go sliding down one of 3 mini slides. For big kids of all ages, this oasis of wet and wild fun features water slides, Aruba and Calypso Cafes, the healthy Green Coconut and Kokomo’s Island Bar for those 21 and over. After splashing around in the water, guests can take advantage of Wild Island’s others activities like bowling at Coconut Bowl, teeing off at the 18-hole mini golf course, playing games the arcade and hitting the track at Indy Go-Karts.
10. Silver Dollar City White Water Park (Branson, MO)
Looking for a heart-pumping experience? Try the KaPau Plummet (pictured) at Silver Dollar City’s White Water Park. These 2 dueling 245-foot slides launch riders from a trap door in drop floor down a 70-degree plunge. Other water park fun includes floating down and over 800-foot Aloha River, braving the high tides of the 500,000-gallon wave pool or racing down the speed slides of Kalani Towers.
Does your family enjoy waterpark vacations? Have you been to any of these? I’d love to hear your feedback! Thanks for reading!