Unique Water Parks

When the temperature starts heating up, hit the water at one of the many water parks across America. Delighting thrill-seekers and sunbathers alike, the parks feature all sorts of rides and slides from heart-stopping super slides and dark rides to floating down a lazy river on tubes and relaxing on a beach next to a wave pool. Whether it’s a summertime treat or a year-round pursuit, these waterparks promise to leave lasting memories for the whole family, so pack your bathing suits, towels and sunblock and head to one of these top water worlds.

Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark

Based in the Camelback Lodge & Indoor Waterpark, Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is covered by the world’s largest texlon roof and offers a wealth of water-based fun. The park features 13 innovative and thrilling water slides and rides featuring body, bowl, mat and tube slides, exhilarating aqua launch capsule slides, and several kiddie-slides. Other fun attractions include surfing the Bombora Flowrider, play basketball in the Ally-Oop Lagoon, or meander down the Lost River. Sip a cocktail at the Flyboys swim-up bar, grab a bite to eat at Colonial Commons, or relax in the privacy of a cabana on the beach.

193 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA 18372, Phone: 570-629-1665

Boulder Beach Water Park

Boulder Beach Water Park can be found in the Silverwood Theme Park, which is the Northwest’s largest theme park, and offers a plethora of fun for the whole family with waterslides, wave pools, toddler sprinklers, lazy river rafting, and several food and drinks concessions. The 21-acre Boulder Beach Water Park boasts signature rides like Avalanche Mountain where visitors can glide down the mountain on two raft slides; Toddler Springs with its two huge wave pools, splash in geysers and fountains, and Cabana Island, which offers a shady place to relax and water slides of all shapes and sizes.

27843 US-95, Athol, ID 83801, Phone: 208-683-3400

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a 383-acre theme park in James City County that themed around various European countries. Originally called Busch Gardens: The Old Country, the family-friendly park is home to Water Country USA, the Mid-Atlantic's largest water park with the 1950s or 1960s surf theme featuring water rides and slides, lazy rivers, wave and wading pools for all ages, live entertainment, shops and restaurants, and other water-based family attractions. The water park boasts more than 40 state-of-the-art water rides and attractions, including the Colossal Curl™, the Surfer’s Bay Wave Pool, and KIDsiderate® play areas for little ones, and the park offers swim lessons and classes to ensure safety for all visitors.

1 Busch Gardens Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23185, Phone: 757-229-4386

Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark

Based in the Camelback Mountain Resort nestled in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, the Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark features over 37 rides slides and attractions from heart-stopping slides to splashing about in the wave pools. Signature rides and slides include High Noon Typhoon, Triple Venom, and Sandstorm, the Kahuna Lagoon Wavepool, the Blue Nile Adventure River, and the Flow Rider. Little ones can enjoy water-based play structures at Pharaoh’s Fortress and Mummy’s Oasis, which boast tipping buckets, waterslides, and interactive water features.

309 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA 18372, Phone: 570-629-1662

Morey's Piers & Beachfront Water Parks

Located in Mariner's Pier, Morey's Piers are the largest amusement piers in the world, featuring three family-fun piers with more than 100 exciting amusement park rides and attractions. The piers also have two large beachfront waterparks with resort-themed atmospheres, namely the Ocean Oasis Water Park & Beach Club, and Raging Waters Water Park. Set right on the beach with spectacular ocean views, both parks feature a variety of water slides and rides, attractions, and fun games, as well as private cabanas, food and drink concessions, several changing rooms with showers and toilets.

3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260, Phone: 609-729-3700

Noah's Ark Waterpark

Located in the village of Lake Delton, Wisconsin, Noah's Ark is the largest water park in the United States with over 50 water slides and a myriad of different attractions. Officially known as Noah's Ark Family Park Inc., the park’s extraordinary assortment of water rides includes the heart-stopping Scorpion’s Tail, which sends riders down a near-vertical slide into an inclined loop; America’s most thrilling water coaster, the Black Anaconda, and the Toucan Twister. Other attractions include two expansive wave pools, a surfing simulator called Surfing Safari, two lazy rivers, Noah's 4-D Dive-In Theater, and the Tadpole Bay Kiddie Kingdom with an 800-gallon bucket dump, over 50 water features, and four waterslides designed for young children.

1410 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, Phone: 608-254-6351

NRH2O Family Water Park

Situated in North Richland Hills in North Texas, NRH20 Family Water Park is a water park that acts as the city's public swimming facility and features a giant water slide, eight water slides, a sizeable lagoon-like play area, a children’s area, and a lazy river. Conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth with easy access from both cities, the family-friendly park has something for everyone from exhilarating water slides and heart-stopping rides to laid-back river runs and riding tides in the wave pool. Other attractions in the park include dive-in movies, special events, fireworks, and more, and the park offers free life jackets, tubes, and parking.

9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills, TX 76180, Phone: 817-427-6500

Raging Waters Water Park

Raging Waters Sacramento is a family-friendly water park located on the Cal Expo grounds in the heart of Sacramento that features more than 25 exhilarating water attractions, rides and slides, swimming and splash pools, and an array of fun-filled activities for visitors of all ages. Formerly known as Waterworld USA and Six Flags Waterworld, the water park boasts heart-stopping rides such as Cliffhanger Speed Slides, Hurricane, Splashdown, Breaker Beach Wave Pool and the famous Shark Attack Waterslide complex. The Calypso Cooler Lazy River and the Treehouse Reef offer more relaxed fun, and a new five-story water attraction designed for young children includes secret tubes, water slides, hidden tubes, and hundreds of water activities.

1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815, Phone: 916-924-3747

Reunion Resort Water Park

Based at the Reunion Resort & Golf Club near Walt Disney World in Orlando, the Reunion Resort Water Park offers a wealth of fun in the sun with a range of water activities, twisting water slides, and a meandering lazy river. The five-acre tropically-themed water park features four waterfalls, a zero-entry pool, twisty water slides designed for young children, rope bridges, water sprays, water volleyball, and an enormous water bucket that tips water over unsuspecting swimmers below. Land-based activities around the pool include lawn games, sunny and shaded lounge areas, giant chess, several food and drinks concessions, and changing rooms with showers and toilets.

7593 Gathering Dr, Kissimmee, FL 34747, Phone: 866-880-8563

Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels

Located deep in the heart of central Texas, Schlitterbahn New Braunfels was built on top of a spring-fed river, which now feeds the park’s pools, rides, tube chutes, and slides. Providing water-based family-fun for the past 20 years, the 70-acre park is divided into three sections with over 51 attractions, namely the Original Section featuring the iconic castle; and the Blastenhoff and Surfenburg sections, each of which has major attractions like the Torrent wave river, the Boogie Bahn, the Sky Coaster, and the Master Blaster Water Coaster. The sections are connected by rides and slides and visitors can move between the sections by floating or flying.

400 N Liberty Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130, Phone: 830-625-2351

Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City’s White Water Park is a family-centered water park on the Indian Point peninsula of Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, with a variety of water-based fun. The signature ride at the park is the KaPau Plummet, a 245-foot double dueling slide that launches riders from a trap door down a 70-degree plunge. Other attractions in the park include riding the tides in the 500,000-gallon wave pool, exploring a fort at the Splashaway Cay with elevated walkways and slides, and avoiding aqua shooters and geysers, floating down the 800-foot meandering Aloha River and racing down heart-stopping slides of Kalani Towers.

399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy, Branson, MO 65616

Universal's Volcano Bay

Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park, or otherwise known as Volcano Bay, is a tropical-themed water park at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida. Centered around the towering, 200-foot-tall Krakatau volcano towering over a sun-kissed beach, the park is themed like a picturesque island escape with swaying palm trees, winding rivers, white sandy beaches, and secluded waterfalls. Split into four distinct areas, the imaginative water theme park is both vibrant and serene with resort-like amenities and a wealth of water-based fun, including the thrilling Krakatau Aqua Coaster, Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides, TeAwa the Fearless River, Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides, the Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides, Taniwha Tubes, Punga Racers, and the tranquil the Puka Uli Lagoon.

6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, Phone: 407-363-8000

Water Country USA

Based within Busch Gardens Williamsburg, a 383-acre theme park in James City County that themed around various European countries, Water Country USA is the Mid-Atlantic's largest water park with a 1950s or 1960s surf theme featuring water rides and slides, lazy rivers, wave and wading pools for all ages, live entertainment, shops and restaurants, and other water-based family attractions. The water park boasts more than 40 state-of-the-art water rides and attractions, including the Colossal Curl™, the Surfer’s Bay Wave Pool, and KIDsiderate® play areas for little ones, and the park offers swim lessons and classes to ensure safety for all visitors.

1 Busch Gardens Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23185, Phone: 757-229-4386

Water Safari Resort

Based at the Water Safari Resort, Enchanted Forest Water Safari is New York's largest water theme park with classic amusement and water rides, serene beaches, private cabanas, two daily circus shows, and a petting zoo. The water park features 32 heated water rides for visitors of all ages, including 1,100-foot family tube ride through jungle scenery known as the Amazon; the Bombay Blasters; the 500-foot Cascade Falls; and the lazy river ride called the Log Jammer. Lake Nakura is a safari-themed area with three swimming pools of varying depths, and Calypso's Cove is a small amusement park within the water park that an arcade, batting cages, bumper boats, rock climbing, go-karts, mini-golf, and a zip line.

3183 NY-28, Old Forge, NY 13420, Phone: 315-369-6145

Wet ‘n Wild Las Vegas

Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas is a 27-acre water park in Spring Valley, Nevada, with more than 25 slides and water-based attractions for both thrill-seekers and families. The park’s attractions include the expansive wave pool of Red Rock Bay, the Tornado tube water sliders, the Colorado Cooler lazy river, the Rattler rafter water slide, Paradise Falls, and the Kiddie’s Cove children’s area. Facilities and services include shower and changing rooms, water fountains, first aid stations, and a free sunscreen station.

7055 S Fort Apache Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89148, Phone: 702-979-1600

Whale's Tale Waterpark

Whale's Tale Water Park is a 17-acre water park in Lincoln, New Hampshire that has been operating for more than 25 years and features a range of water attractions, rides, and slides for all ages. The park is home to 11 attractions, including Akua Beach, Poseidon's Voyage, Shipwreck Island with seven waterslides and various water sprays, and the Whale Harbor for toddlers, which boasts four waterslides and three water fountains. Six waterslides include the Banzai Pipeline, a 400-meter-long Harpoon Express, the figure-eight shaped Beluga Boggin, the 430-meter-long Downpour, and the double Plunge. Facilities and services include shower and changing rooms, water fountains, first aid stations, and several food and drinks concessions.

481 Daniel Webster Hwy, Lincoln, NH 03251, Phone: 603-745-8810

Zehnder's Splash Village

Zehnder's Splash Village is a 50,000 square foot indoor water park with two distinct waterparks, one of which has a retractable roof. The Atrium Waterpark features an action river, a six-story family raft ride, a thrilling 6-story speed slide known as the Super Loop, water basketball, a zero-entry pool with water geysers, and a variety of family water activities. Other attractions at the park include a dumping bucket, a Perilous Plunge with four-story tube slides, the Crooked Brook Creek Lazy River, and the Whimsical Whirl Hot Tub. The park also has private family cabanas, an expanded arcade, and two restaurants – the Elf Hollow Cafe and the Mushroom Grille that serve lunch.

1365 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, Phone: 844-330-1715

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney's Blizzard Beach is a waterpark at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake near Orlando, Florida, and is centered around the artificial hill of Mount Gushmore, on which the majority of the significant attractions are based. All of the pools, slides and rides have 80 °F or 27 °C water, except for Cross Country Creek, which features melting snow in the ice cave. The park is sectioned into three colors for easy navigation with the Green Slope featuring single track water slides, the Purple Slope boasting twin-track slides designed for racing, and the Red Slope, which has just one attraction – the 600-foot Runoff Rapids. The ground level of the park is home to several attractions, including Cross Country Creek, Melt-Away Bay, Tike’s Peak, Ski Patrol Training Camp, and the Chairlift.

1534 Blizzard Beach Drive, Orlando, FL 32836, Phone: 407-560-3400

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is a water park and tropical oasis located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, with waterslides, a surf pool, a lazy river, and a variety of water-based attractions. The park is themed around the Disney legend of a devastating typhoon that destroyed a once-pristine tropical paradise with a centerpiece of an old shrimp boat stranded on a mountain top that blasts a 50-foot geyser of water every half hour. Home to one of the world's largest outdoor wave pools, the year-round park also features attractions such as the speed slide ride of Humunga Kowabunga; Storm Slides; the family raft ride Gang Plank Falls; Mayday Falls; Keelhaul Falls; the walk-through cave of the Forgotten Grotto; and the Overlook Pass.

1145 East Buena Vista, Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32830, Phone: 407-560-4120

Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park

Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park is a 35-acre water park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, situated next to the Dollywood theme park. Each of the 35 acres of the water park offers a wealth of fun for the whole family with more than 23 water adventure slides, and thrill rides for all ages, including RiverRush, Tennessee's first and only water coaster, Mountain Scream body slide, the Cascades and Little Creek Falls, and the white-water rafting slide called the Big Bear Plunge. The Fire Towel Falls boasts a terrifying twin slide drop that drops 70 feet into a splash pool, and there are two interactive playgrounds that offer fun for the little ones.

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, Phone: 800-365-5996


Hersheypark is a world-renowned family theme park in Hershey in the Derry Township. Established in 1906 by Milton S. Hershey for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the popular leisure park was known as Hershey Park until 1970 and has been the recipient of several awards, including the IAAPA Applause Award. Hersheypark’s opened the first rollercoaster ride called the Wild Cat in 1923, and after expansion and renaming in 1970, the park added several new trips, including the SuperDooperlooper, and a 330-foot-tall observation tower called the Kissing Tower. Hersheypark covers over 110 acres and is home to more than 70 rides and attractions, as well as ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park. Next door, the park is Hershey’s Chocolate World, a visitor center that features a variety of restaurants and shops, and a chocolate factory-themed tour ride.

100 Hersheypark Dr, Hershey, PA 17033, Phone: 800-437-7439

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari is a combination theme and water park in Santa Claus, Indiana, that is renowned for its three wooden roller coasters - The Raven, The Legend, and The Voyage, as well as for other signature rides like the Thunderbird, The Howler, and a B&M launched Wing Coaster. Previously known as Santa Claus Land, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari is divided into four sections that celebrate special holidays in the year, such as the Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The safari-themed water park also features the world's two longest water coasters, as well as water slides, two wave pools, a lazy river, numerous family raft rides, live entertainment, games, and more.

452 E Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 47579, Phone: 812-937-4401

Knott's Soak City

Knott's Soak City is a seasonal water park situated next to Knott's Berry Farm, a 57-acre theme park that pays homage to Californian frontier history with over 40 rides, including roller coasters, family rides, thrilling dark rides, and water rides. The 15- acre water adventure park features 23 body-, tube- and speed rides and slides, including signature attractions like the Shore Break, which has six different waterslide experiences and a thrilling family raft ride. The expansive Tidal Wave Bay wave pool provides hours of fun for swimmers, while the one third mile Sunset River offers a relaxing ride on tubes that meanders through the park. The park also offers amenities such as food and drink concessions, several changing rooms with showers and toilets, and private cabanas. Soak City is open mid-May through early-September.

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620, Phone: 714-220-5200