Get ready for the dog days of summer by planning a trip to one of the top five water parks in the U.S. This year, keep cool with water parks that are well-known for having the hottest slides and rides. Who needs a kiddie pool and sprinkler in the front yard when you have a 75-foot water slide waiting for you?
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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
Prepare yourself for a fun-filled day of exploration and wild rides when you visit Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. You’ll snorkel with sharks, learn how to surf, and float down a lazy river. If you dare, slide down Humunga Kowabunga, 214 feet of pure adrenaline — in the dark! You’ll plummet down five stories in seconds and come out the other side to a surprise ending that’s a mystery even to us.
The Travel Channel named Noah’s Ark, Wisconsin Dells’ largest water park, one of the best in the U.S. With a name that warns away the weak, the Black Anaconda ride is a sight to behold. Named America’s Most Thrilling Water Coaster, this water slide and roller coaster hybrid will have you spiraling down at 30 miles an hour and wondering if maybe you have been swallowed whole by a giant snake.
And if you’re looking for something new, Surfing Safari lets you test your skills with a bodyboard among the waves. So what are you waiting for? Head on down to the Dells and find out why it’s named the “Water Park Capital of the World”.
Six Flags White Water
Get ready for some fun in the sun when you go to Six Flags White Water in Atlanta. This water park is a great choice for families with both young and older children since it offers a wide selection of water rides of varying intensity. TreeHouse Island is a four-level treehouse with a water theme and is perfect for the little ones. If the big kids are craving some aquatic action, Tornado is sure to please them. This ride boasts a seven-story descent down a giant funnel that spins you around a 60-foot diameter funnel. No scaredy cats allowed!
Water Country USA
With attraction names like Wild Thang, Hubba Hubba Highway, and H2O UFO, Virginia’s largest retro surf-theme water park certainly makes it one of a kind. Summer 2014 also brings a new addition to Water Country USA’s ride family, Colossal Curl. This slide is the only one of its kind in North America and features a weightless experience any adrenaline junkie will love.
The biggest water park in California has three locations: Sacramento, San Dimas, and San Jose. Race with a friend down Cliffhanger, a six-story body slide (Sacramento location), or get lost in The Bermuda Triangle slide (San Dimas), with its three disorienting twisting tunnels. Looking for a unique water slide? Look no further than Bombs Away. The ride begins when you step into a capsule with a trap door that opens up to a narrow, enclosed tunnel. You’ll reach speeds up to 38 feet per second around a tight 360-degree loop, says Bloolop.