Best Waterparks in the USA for 2014

Jocelyn Murray July 17, 2014 1 Comment

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Whether you are a thrill-seeker with an appetite for high speed, or prefer to wade through a tranquil pool, these 10 best waterparks in the USA have something for everyone in your family. From tots and teens, to adults with frisky genes, few things beat a visit to a waterpark on a hot summer’s day.

 

 

Splashin’ Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana 

Splashin’ Safari
courtesy of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

This ideal venue is really two awesome parks for one price: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (the theme park and the water park). Home to the two longest water coasters in the world – Wildebeest and Mammoth – Splashin’ Safari has everything from a wave pool and lazy river, to thrilling slides, tubing, rafting rides and much more. There are several play areas for young children with shallow pools, gentle waves, spray grounds, and small water slides certain to delight little ones. Open mid-May through early September, Splashin Safari offers guests free parking, free unlimited soft drinks, free sunscreen, and free Wi-Fi. With everything it has to offer, it’s no wonder this is one of the nation’s best waterparks!

 

Schlitterbahn Waterpark – New Braunfels, Texas

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels
photo by Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts

Schlitterbahn Waterpark has four fantastic locations that are all highly rated: Galveston Island, South Padre Island, New Braunfels, and Kansas City. Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is our top pick with water attractions galore including slides, tubing, rafting, water coasters like Master Blaster that tops 6 stories and more than 1,000 feet of non-stop thrills. A lazy river, wave pool, activity pools, water playgrounds for tots and kids, and a whole lot more spread out over 70 glorious acres of endless fun and recreation for the whole family. Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels is open mid-May through mid-September, and has free parking. This waterpark is a must-see for waterpark enthusiasts!

 

Noah’s Ark – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark is one of the two largest waterparks in America with 70 acres of endless fun for the whole family. It boasts numerous waterslides, two endless rivers, two giant wave pools, bumper boats, four water play areas for children, a 4-D dive-in movie theater, the thrilling Black Anaconda water coaster ride, the world’s largest bowl ride Time Warp, the near-vertical looping waterslide Scorpion’s Tail, the surfing ride Surfing Safari, and a whole lot more. There are indoor arcades for dry fun as well. Noah’s Ark is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, and includes free parking. Don’t miss this amazing waterpark in the heart of Wisconsin Dells!

 

Water World – Federal Heights, Colorado

Water World
courtesy of Water World

70 magnificent acres with 48 water attractions await waterpark aficionados at Water World in Colorado.  Besides the 720-foot lazy river, 2 giant wave pools, slides, water coasters, tube rides, flumes galore and more, there are plenty of family attractions for younger children at this fabulous park as well. Play areas like Clown Around Creek and Caribbean Family Adventure offer little ones lots of water fun with shallow pools, interactive elements, miniature slides, tubes, fountains and more. Water World is open late May through Labor Day weekend and has free parking and complimentary Wi-Fi access in select areas. With so many wonderful features, Water World is one of the best family waterparks anywhere!

 

Water Country USA – Williamsburg, Virginia

Water Country USA

The 1950s/60s throwback surfing theme of Water Country USA makes a visit to this park like a blast to the past with all the amenities and conveniences of today. It has a wave pool, tube rides, slides, rafting rides and more, including the 552-foot Colossal Curl funnel ride that’s a “splashtacular” thriller. Live entertainment shows like the Aquabatics! Dive Show feature incredible high dive acts, trapeze and trampoline stunts, while swimming and water exercise classes are offered for the fitness-minded. Tots and kids have plenty to keep them cool in the various water playgrounds with slides, falls, jet sprays and more. Water Country USA is open from late May through early September, and is one place the entire family will love!

 

Raging Waters – San Dimas, California

Raging Waters San Dimas

Arguably the West Coast’s best waterpark, as well as California’s largest waterpark, Raging Waters has 3 locations in California (Sacramento, San Jose, and San Dimas), with the San Dimas location being our top pick. Its 50 acres include a sandy beach, 36 slides and attractions, a Flowrider, endless river, a million-gallon wave pool, rapids rafting and more. There are plenty of kiddie attractions from Kid’s Kingdom, Splash Island Adventure, Volcano Fantasea, to Little Dipper with countless interactive water features, slides, fountains, waterfalls, tunnels and so much more. Raging Waters is open mid-May through mid-September. Come prepared to have a raging good time with your family!

 

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
photo by Ashley

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon’s tropical storm-themed park is one of the world’s most visited waterparks. It boasts the largest outdoor wave pool in North America, rafting rides, slides aplenty, a sandy beach for sunbathing, lazy river, and much more. There is a manmade coral reef – Shark Reef – where older children, teens and adults can snorkel with live tropical fish, stingrays and sharks for an unforgettable experience. A play area for younger children – Ketchakiddee Creek – has lots of water fun activities including fountains, slides, crawl chutes, a small sandy beach and all kinds of interactive splashing implements for the little ones. Open January through the end of September, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is perfect for the whole family!

 

Wet ‘n’ Wild Emerald Pointe – Greensboro, North Carolina

Wet ‘n’ Wild Emerald Pointe

Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro, North Carolina has more than 36 marvelous rides and attractions for the whole family. Over 3 million gallons of wonderful water fun await. From thrilling body and tube slides like Bonzai Pipeline and Daredevil Drop, to rafting, a lazy river, a shallow lagoon, a huge wave pool and more, visitors are assured to have a great time. Young children will enjoy the Happy Harbor and Splash Island play areas with their shallow pools, slides and lots of interactive spraying fun. Open late May through early September, Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe is another superb choice for families everywhere!

 

Disney’s Blizzard Beach – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Disney’s Blizzard Beach
photo by Alain

Disney’s Blizzard Beach is another water park at Walt Disney World in Florida. It is themed after a melted ski resort that has left a wet world of watery fun in its wake. Its water is kept at a comfortable 80 degrees, and includes attractions like a 1-acre wave pool, thrilling rapids rides, slides, toboggan races, a lazy river and more. The children’s play area has small slides, fountains, sprayers, chutes tunnels, and tubing for pint-sized thrills. Open April through the end of December, Disney’s Blizzard Beach is sure to delight everyone in your clan!

 

Wet ‘n’ Wild Orlando – Florida

Wet ‘n’ Wild Orlando
photo by Ricky Brigante

Located at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, Wet ‘n’ Wild Orlando has 17 exciting attractions on a sprawling 30 acres that include a wave pool, lazy river, tubes, slides and rides like the newest Aqua Drag Racer that will keep you hollering for more. It also boasts something unique that sets it apart from other waterparks: the Wake Zone – a manmade lake perfect for water sports (additional nominal fees apply) like paddle boarding, wake skating, and knee skiing. Children have a spectacular interactive water play area – Blastaway Beach - that is over an acre of excitement including 15 slides, 2 splash pools, cannons, soakers and jets, and a 60-foot sandcastle tower rising at its center. And the best part? Wet ‘n’ Wild Orlando is open year-round!

 

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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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