25 of the World’s Wildest Waterparks
Posted by July 11, 2012on
Summer is officially upon us. For most of us, the word conjures up images of sandy beaches, flip-flop tans, and sweltering hot days spent splashing around in the water. For thrill seekers, sometimes the best part of summer is the feeling of plummeting down a waterslide into a chlorinated wonderland. Whether you’re a daredevil or you just like to chill, hopefully this list of 25 of the world’s wildest waterparks will help you beat the summer heat.
This Chinese water park covers nearly 1 million square feet and counting. It includes some of the tallest and fastest water rides in the world, but the main attraction is “The Behemoth Bowl.”
Wet n’ Wild Orlando is a great place to beat the Florida heat. The most popular ride, “The Brain Wash,” contains a 53-foot drop into a domed funnel.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, which means its largest water park must be enormous. Schlitterbahn, which means “slippery road” in German, certainly lives up to its name with its wide array of waterslides in South Padre, New Braunfels, and Galveston.
One of the largest water parks in the U.S., Noah’s Ark covers 70 acres and includes more than 60 waterslides. “Sting Ray,” one of the park’s most popular waterslides, resembles a giant half-pipe.
As if the Caribbean wasn’t relaxing enough, Las Cascadas in Puerto Rico boasts a lazy river, a wave pool, and several tranquil swimming spots to enhance the experience.
The United Kingdom is home to numerous castles, but Sandcastle wins the award for most entertaining. The UK’s largest indoor waterpark features a lazy river, a wave machine, and one of the largest water coasters in the world.
This Virginia water park features a 1950s theme reminiscent of the Beach Boys era. Aside from traditional water park rides, the park is also home to river rafting and flume rides.
Water World in Denver, Colorado successfully blurs the line between water park and theme park. Beware of dinosaurs, mummies, and pirates on some of its water rides if you visit!
With humorous ride names like “Head Rush” and “The Wedgie,” Splashtown Waterpark in San Antonio, Texas has no trouble competing with nearby Schlitterbahn. Its lazy river, speed down slides, and giant kids’ play area satisfy even the toughest critics.
The 30+ rides and attractions definitely won’t leave visitors of this North Carolina water park disappointed. Thrill seekers will love the park’s newest ride called “The Edge”- an electrifying half-pipe tube ride.
This park on the fancy French Riviera is home to a double tube water ride that happens in complete darkness called “The Black Hole.” If you ride it, you can brag that you survived being sucked into a black hole.
A water park in the Northeast may seem out of place, but Splish Splash’s unique rides keep business booming. “Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror” is one of only three water rides in the nation that take place in total darkness.
This 25-acre water park located in Cyprus boasts Europe’s largest wave pool. If you get tired of doing that, you can ride one of the parks other 33 attractions, including a racing slide with six lanes.
It’s a park within a park. Canevaworld water park in Italy is nestled within a theme park called Movieland Studios. Even the brave of heart will think twice before plunging down “Stukas,” a 10-story tall water slide that’s almost perpendicular to the ground.
Only the valiant would dare ride “Big Bang “ in this Spanish water park. The ride claims to stimulate free falling from an “incomparable height.” For those who don’t enjoy feeling like they’re falling down a rabbit hole, the park also has a multi-track waterslide where riders can race their friends.