Top 10 Best Water Parks in the World

Jocelyn Murray May 21, 2012 No Comments


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The following top water parks (listed alphabetically) are exciting hot spots to cool off when the weather heats up. Some are even open year-round, and make thrilling getaways for the entire family.


Atlantis – Paradise Island, Bahamas

Atlantis - Paradise Island, Bahamas

Stunning sea creatures glide through simulated ruins of Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas

Themed after the fabled lost city of Atlantis, this resort captures its allure perfectly with an amazing water park, various marine habitats, aquarium exhibits, numerous swimming pools, beaches, sea animal encounters, rock climbing, dining and entertainment, and an abundance of activities for the entire family. The Aquaventure Water Park boasts 141 acres of water slides, rides, swimming pools galore, a river ride with swelling rapids and waves, and a children’s fort, all interconnected and immersed in the surrounding Caribbean’s lush environment. Younger children will especially love the Mayan-themed water playground with its pool, gentle slides, fountains, rope bridges, water cannons and more soaking elements for lots of entertaining fun. For more information visit their website at


Chimelong Water Park – Guangzhou, China

Chimelong Water Park

This lazy river is one of the many attractions at Chimelong Water Park

The Chimelong Group in Guangzhou, China has been hailed as China’s Orlando with its many fantastic theme parks, hotels, restaurants, shopping, and sports and recreation activities, all connected by a cable car rail that circles the resort area, transporting guests with ease. Chimelong Water Park rests on close to 100 acres and boasts exciting rides and attractions suitable for the whole family. There are slides galore for zipping down, a lazy river with fountains and scenic views including the Ice Age Tunnel that transports floating visitors back in time with its exciting visual displays and effects, a huge wave pool sized at close to 2½ acres for a seaworthy experience, bowl and tornado rides, and two water towns for splashing around among spraying toys and other water play elements certain to offer hours of fun for everyone.  For more information visit their website at


Las Cascadas Water Park – Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Las Cascadas

Las Cascadas in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico has lots of fun family activities

Founded in 1985, Las Cascadas Water Park is a lovely family escape set among the tropical Caribbean landscape in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Its translated Spanish name means “the cascades” or “the waterfalls,” which is very fitting for a lush water park. Visitors can enjoy floating down the winding lazy river, rushing through a roaring rapids ride, bobbing along in the massive wave pool, and zipping down various chutes, slides and tubes including Aquatic Tunnel, Marine Serpent, and Twister. Younger children have their own play area with shallow pool and lots of fun water play elements for splashing, squirting and wading. Las Cascadas is open year-round except during the rainy months of October and November.


Noah’s Ark WaterPark – Wisconsin, USA

Noah's Ark Waterpark Bumper Boats

The biggest water park in the USA also has bumper boats (courtesy Noah's Ark Waterpark)

Known as the biggest water park in the USA, Noah’s Ark sits on an expansive 70 acres in the Wisconsin Dells and is open Memorial Day to Labor Day for a long summer season of water fun. With so many rides and attractions, there is something here for everyone in the family. Large wave pools, lazy rivers, 49 exciting water slides, a miniature golf course, bumper boats, a 4-D Movie Theater and more. Four children’s water play areas keep younger guests entertained with plenty of interactive splashing activities like water cannons, fountains, geysers, gentle rides and slides, swings and more.  And when you need a break from the sun for some indoor fun, three arcades await with many popular favorites from Skee Ball to Space Invaders. For more information visit their website at

Noah’s Ark Waterpark was also featured in our Top 10 Best Waterparks in the United States.


Sandcastle Water Park – Blackpool, United Kingdom

Sandcastle Water Park Blackpool

Sandcastle Water Park in Blackpool is the UK's largest indoor water park

Located in the popular entertaining seaside town of Blackpool in the United Kingdom, Sandcastle Water Park boasts more than 18 slides and attractions including a lazy river, wave pool, a children’s fort with water cannons, mini slides, and water play elements, a children’s treehouse with interactive soaking jets and games, a shallow tranquil lagoon for younger children to splash about, and much more. It is also home to the world’s longest indoor water coaster ride Masterblaster. While in Blackpool, make sure to also visit Pleasure Beach Blackpool – one of Europe’s best amusement parks. For more information on Sandcastle Water Park, visit their website at


Schlitterbahn – New Braunfels, USA

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Squirt 'n Sliden Kids Area (courtesy Schlitterbahn New Braunfels)

Schlitterbahn has a fabulous reputation among water parks with good reason. With four locations to choose from – Galveston Island, South Padre Island, New Braunfels and Kansas City – visitors are in for a real treat.  Our top choice is the New Braunfels, Texas location with more than 65 acres of splashing fun in their water coasters, chutes, rides, slides, lazy rivers, activity pools, wave pools, and much more. Children will love the many water playgrounds to choose from with pint-sized slides, fountains, sprayers, games, and shallow pools that provide hours of interactive fun. There is even a heated swim-up bar for sipping while you soak. For more information on the Schlitterbahn water parks visit their website at

The Schlitterbahn waterparks were also featured in our Top 10 Best Waterparks in the United States.


Sunway Lagoon – Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon is home to five terrific theme parks including the popular water park

Sunway Lagoon in Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, is actually five theme parks in one exciting destination: a wildlife park with over 150 species of animals, a Scream Park for those who thrive on fear and horror-themed attractions, Extreme Park for those who love to meet a variety of challenges including bungee jumping, archery, wall-climbing and ATV off-roading, the Amusement Park with its rides and games arcade, and the Water Park for hours of splashing fun. Rides, slides, and an interactive water playground offer great entertainment for the whole family. There is even a large man-made surf beach complete with palm trees and golden sand. Relax, play volleyball or soccer, or hone surfing skills on the FlowRider surf simulator. For more information visit their website at


Tropical Islands – Krausnick, Germany

Tropical Islands

Tropical Islands in Krausnick, Germany has a South Pacific feel with its island decor

This year-round resort is a man-made tropical getaway in Krausnick, Germany. Its sultry atmosphere lures visitors with lush landscaping, a large beach, a rainforest with exotic wildlife, Balinese lagoon, waterfalls, balloon rides, miniature golf, restaurants, shops and much more. Four water slides of varying levels await to thrill guests at the water slide tower, while the expansive sandy Tropical Sea beach and Bali lagoon invite loungers, sunbathers, or those who enjoy swimming in the water. Children will love exploring the fun games and activities at the Tropino Club for Kids with its jungle gym style climbing apparatus, paddle boats, toys and organized activities. For more information visit their website at


Wet n’ Wild Water World – Queensland, Australia

Wet n Wild Water World Australia

Wet n' Wild Water World in Queensland, Australia is open all year round

Wet n’ Wild Water World in Queensland, Australia is open year round with exciting attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Thrill seekers will love the adrenaline rush from extreme rides like Kamikaze, Tornado, Blackhole, and Mach 5, with their high speed adventures. There are raft rides, slides, looping tube rides, raging rapids, hot and cold whirlpools, a lazy river and much more. The wave pool offers guests close to 800,000 gallons of soaking fun in the gently rolling surf.  Additional thrills include ziplining above the park and soaring on the skycoaster.  Younger children will enjoy their own adventures in Buccaneer Bay where they can explore the water playground and its pirate themed interactive elements including a giant tipping bucket, slides, fountains and more. For more information on this water park visit their website at


World Water Park – Edmonton, Canada

World Waterpark - Edmonton

World Water Park is located inside the Edmonton Mall in Canada

World Waterpark is located inside the Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Canada, which is one of the world’s biggest shopping malls. This indoor oasis is heated to a comfortable 86 degrees year round, and boasts a huge wave pool, an 80 foot bungee tower, and slides for all thrill levels from beginners to intermediate, advanced and extreme.  A large play structure entices children with pipes, slides, water buckets, pull ropes, walk ropes, and a large bucket that tips over to spill water on squealing guests below. Toddlers and small children can also enjoy the dolphin themed water park with its many water toys, gentle slides, and splashing elements built for little ones. For more information on this water park visit their website at

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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