25 of the World’s Wildest Waterparks

Posted by , Updated on April 18, 2014

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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.
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Chimelong Water Park (China)

Chimelong Water Park

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.”

24

Wet n’ Wild (Florida)

Wet n' Wild Orlando

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.

23

Schlitterbahn (Texas)

Schlitterbahn

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.

22

Noah’s Ark WaterPark (Wisconsin)

Noah's Ark Water Park

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.

21

Las Cascadas (Puerto Rico)

Las Cascadas Water Park

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.


20

Sandcastle Waterpark (United Kingdom)

Sandcastle Water Park

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.

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Water Country (Virginia)

Water Country Water Park

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.

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Water World (Colorado)

Water World Colorado

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!

17

Splashtown Waterpark (Texas)

Splashtown Water Park

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.

16

Wet n’ Wild Emerald Pointe (North Carolina)

Wet n' Wild Emerald Pointe

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.

15

Aqualand (France)

Aqualand French Riviera

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.

14

Splish Splash (New York)

Splish Splash Water Park

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.

13

Fasouri Watermania Waterpark (Cyprus)

Fasouri Watermania Water Park

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.

12

Canevaworld (Italy)

Canevaworld Water Park
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.
11

Aqualandia (Spain)

Aqualandia Spain

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.

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Raging Waters (California)

Raging Waters California

Enter the “Dragon’s Den” if you dare. If you’re too scared, you could challenge your friend to a race down the park’s six-story tall dual racing slides.

9

Sommarland (Sweden)

Sommarland Sweden

This Swedish water park contains plenty of theme park rides alongside its main attractions. Visitors can zoom down log flumes, watch water shows, and even ride airboats.

8

Sunway Lagoon (Malaysia)

Sunway Lagoon Malaysia

If you’re anywhere near Kuala Lumpur this summer, you might want to check out Sunway Lagoon. The largest water park in Malaysia features three themed areas: World of Adventure, Waters of Africa, and Wild Wild West. There’s even a surfing area with real sand and palm trees.

7

World Water Park (Canada)

World Water Park Canada

Tired of shopping? World Water Park in Edmonton, Canada is located in the Edmonton Mall. No matter what time of year, this indoor water park is always a pleasant 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

6

Wet n’ Wild Water World (Australia)

Wet n' Wild Water World Australia

Unlike most parks, Wet n’ Wild Water World in Australia remains open all year. The park features some of the most thrilling water rides in the world, including a four-person funnel slide, several full loop slides, and water rollercoasters.

5

Blizzard Beach (Florida)

Disney Blizzard Beach

You won’t need a parka to play in this “icy” water park. The story says that the park came into existence after a freak snowstorm blanketed the Florida water park in snow. Visitors can participate in toboggan races and even free fall down a 12-story “ski jump.”

4

Splashin Safari (indiana)

Splashin Safari Water Park

You better be on the nice list if you want to ride the world’s longest water coaster in Santa Claus, Indiana. This interesting water park is located right next to a theme park called Holiday World that has themed rides based on several great American holidays. I wonder how they came up with an idea like that…

3

Star Beach (Greece)

Star Beach Crete

Beach resort meets water park at this Cretan hotspot. Visitors can ride on banana boats in the ocean, float down a river on inner tubes, and even go bungee jumping.

2

Adaland (Turkey)

adaland

This water park is truly a Turkish delight. There are more than 20 rides to choose from on the park’s 25 acres, including a tube slide called “Yellow Python” that rotates as riders speed down it.

1

Aquaventure Water Park (Bahamas)

Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas

Guests of the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas can access this 141-acre water park that contains over twenty million gallons of water. Those with a sense of adventure will appreciate the “Leap of Faith,” a 60-foot slide that propels riders down a replica of a legendary Mayan Temple and through a transparent tunnel in a shark-filled cove.

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