What combines adrenaline, relaxation, water, sunshine, laughter, and connection all at once? Water parks! One of America’s true favorite pastimes is to spend a day, or more, at a water park. No matter which state you live in or intend to visit, chances are somewhere in the state is, at least, one water park that will bring you endless amounts of joy and fun.
The challenge lies in choosing which water park to visit. There are a variety of ways to narrow down the options, the primary one being the season. Of course, during the winter months, the only available water parks will be in southern states or Hawaii, or indoor water parks. If you’re planning a water park getaway for the summer months, though, then narrowing down becomes a touch more difficult.
Top 10 Best Water Parks
Today we’re here to help with that dilemma with these 10 best water parks in the U.S.
1. Surfari Water Park
One of the newest water parks in Orlando, Surfari Water Park, stands out among the rest for many reasons, but the main one being its iconic FlowRider Double surf-simulator. Florida is not the state to visit for surfing in the ocean; you’ll find the waves lacking. Yet, at this water park, you can learn and experience surfing without the drama of the ocean on the FlowRider, a surf simulation ride. Additionally, the water park is part of The Grove Resort & Spa, a resort entirely comprised of suite-style rooms. Meaning, you can vacation with your entire family, have plenty of space (think, multiple bedrooms within your hotel room), and have access to the water park.
2. Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, Wi
For those who might want to enjoy a water park any month of the year, the Kalahari Resort has both an indoor and an outdoor park. The indoor park has 125,000 square feet, including the immensely popular Victoria Falls family raft ride. The outdoor park is even more impressive, with rides with enticing titles such as the Anaconda Experience and Splashdown Safari.
3. Cowabunga Bay Water Park
Not so far from Salt Lake City lies a 1960s-themed water park featuring 12-story tunnels, 300+ water toys, and a 1,000-foot waterslide, and much, much more. Cowabunga Bay Water Park is an excellent choice for those looking to get away in the Utah region.
4. Water Country USA
The east coast has its fair share of epic water parks, and among the very best is Water Country USA. Imagine, stepping inside a tube sized-elevator looking box, just to have the floor open from beneath you at any moment, shooting you down a steep water slide. Welcome to Water Country! There are plenty of thrill rides and chill rides to satisfy all ages and interests.
5. Dollywood Splash Country
Pigeon Forge, TN
Nestled in the stunning thick woods and Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, lies a bundle of water fun. Dollywood Splash Country is comprised of 30 acres filled with adventures slides, thrill rides, waterfalls, children’s playground areas, and more. One of the highlights is the RiverRush, Tennessee’s only water roller coaster.
6. Wild Island Family Adventure Park
When it comes to Nevada, most people forget there are cities aside from Las Vegas. Well, allow us to bring your attention to the incredible Wild Island Family Adventure Park in the small town of Sparks, adjacent to Reno. This park is truly perfect for all ages, with plenty of water slides, Kokomo’s Island Bar (21 and over, of course), bowling, mini golf, an arcade, and more. Get wet, dry off, repeat.
7. Silver Dollar City White Water Park
If you’ve never visited Branson, you are missing out! This unsuspecting town in the middle of Missouri, in the middle of the U.S., is chock-full of entertainment and fun. People travel from around the country to vacation in Branson, and as a result, it has one of the coolest water parks of all. Silver Dollar City White Water Park boasts a great many features, one of the most iconic being a dueling pair of 245-foot slides which launch riders through a trap door.
8. Enchanted Forest Water Safari
Old Forge, NY
Up in the gorgeous Adirondacks lies the Enchanted Forest Water Safari, which is New York’s largest water park. Enjoy more than 50 rides and attractions, such as Kilimanjaro, which if you can tell from the name, is an impressively tall and fast water slide.
9. Summer Waves
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Perhaps one of the most unique locations for a water park in the country, Summer Waves is set on Jekyll Island, just off the coast of Georgia. This is a great family water park, with an array of rides and attractions for all ages and level of desired thrills. This park also comes with a stellar view of the lovely Jekyll River.
10. Carowinds Carolina Harbor
Charlotte, North Carolina
Combine the Carolina charm with the thrill of Carowinds, and you’ve got the Carowinds Carolina Harbor. This water park is incredibly large and features envy-inducing water thrill rides, luxury pools, giant play structures, and more. The motto of the park is mild to wild, and it’s quite fitting!
Now you’ve got plenty of water park options to choose from when you plan your next getaway! Whether you’re thinking ahead to summer vacation, or are ready to hop on a plane and head to Florida tomorrow, now you can choose a fitting park for your group.