Heading out on a fam road trip this summer? Score.
If your parents are willing to make a pit stop and you’re all really feeling the sticky heat, try taking a dip at one of the below wacky and wild water parks around the U.S.
Disney fans, we’ve got just the destination for you and your siblings to cool down—Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park in Orlando. Located at the Walt Disney World Resort, this place is meant to look just like an old ski lodge. Pretty cool, huh? This park truly has something for everyone, including exhilarating water slides, family-style raft rides, a one-acre wave pool and even games that are full of Disney magic. ✨
If you’re ready for some good ol’ country fun, you must head to Dollywood Splash Country in Forge, Tennessee. This park, located right next to the Dollywood theme park (which you should also check out if you have time), is packed full fun and adventure. The theme of this park centers around Dolly Parton’s childhood of swimming in rivers by the Great Smoky Mountains. Picture yourself enjoying tall and fast slides and an enjoyable lazy river, all while soaking in Tennessee’s beauty. What could be better?
Any water park with “enchanted” and “safari” in the title is right up our alley. This park, located in Old Forge, is New York’s largest water theme park. Not only is this a water park, it’s a regular old amusement park, too, so you get double the fun with more than 50 rides and attractions (32 of them being water rides). Not only are there rides, there’s fun food, some cool shops and even storybook-themed characters, just like Disneyland!
Although outdoor water parks are loads of fun, indoor water parks are where it’s at—no burning your feet on the pavement or gnarly sunburns. Kahuna Laguna located in North Conway, New Hampshire, is the perfect stop for you and your fam because it literally has everything including a three-story slide tower, a wave pool, a wet basketball court and a 25-person hot tub. Wow.
If you want to visit the waterpark of all waterparks, you must go to Noah’s Ark, named America’s largest waterpark. This giant attraction is located across 70 acres of land in the middle of Wisconsin Dells. It features not one, but two lazy rivers, four children’s play areas, two mega wave pools and a slide called the Black Anaconda that is over a quarter-mile long. It’s like a water slide and roller coaster combined. 😱
Yet another indoor water park to save you from the scorching heat! The Pump House is place of both leisure and fun. Not only does it have all the amenities of an awesome water park, it’s also a resort. So while you’re out tearing up the wave pool, your ‘rents can be chilling in the hotel room relaxing and ordering food service. The best of both worlds.
Stopping through Boise, Idaho, on your fam’s road trip? Then Roaring Springs Water Park is a must-visit. They’ve got family slides, a vortex slide and a half-pipe slide that will be sure to excite you. Besides the attractions, you get a pretty nice scenic view of beautiful Idaho.
If you’re lucky enough to fly to Hawaii this summer, we have one suggestion for a perfect day in the sun—Wet ‘n’ Wild in Kapolei. This park, believe it or not, is one of Oahu’s top 10 most visited family attractions on the island, and for good reason. It’s spread across 29-acres of lush and tropical landscape and holds over 25 attractions including racing slides and a simulated surfing machine. Cowabunga dude. 🏄
Wild Island Family Adventure Park in Sparks, Nevada
If you’re ready to embark on a tropical adventure in Nevada, Wild Island Family Adventure Park is the place to be. Not only does this place have slides galore, they’ve got their very own Coconut Bowl bowling alley! Amazing.
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