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Top 15 Best Water Parks around the World

As the summer heats up, everyone is looking for a great way to cool down. Water parks are among the best ways to cool down when just going to the pool is not enough and the beach is too far away. Just about every major city has a water park in one way or another, but not all of these water parks have what it takes to capture the attention of the public. Only the best water parks in the world can keep bringing in the crowds and putting smiles on the faces of the public.

little boy water slide

This means making sure to have the latest technology in water parks as well as massive amounts of slides and pools to keep up with the growing popularity of these parks in the summer. Here are the top water parks in the world for you to check out whenever you are looking to cool down in the summer.

Water Slide in Topusko, Croatia
Water Slide in Topusko, Croatia
By Branko Radovanović via Wikimedia Commons


15)  Beach Park - Brazil
Among the places you can imagine needing a good water park is Brazil. With the temperatures ranging from high to outrageous, the people of Brazil are in desperate need of a way to cool down. Beach Park is actually several resorts that all reside right on the beach. You can go from the salt water to the cool water of the pools and slides. There is something for all ages with wading pools, swim up bars and more at these water park resorts. You can even stay at the hotels that are right on the resort so you do not have to miss any of the action while you are staying in Brazil.

Beach Park, Brazil

Among the most impressive of the water slides is the one that resembles a giant saxophone. This slide jets the rider along as intense speeds and allows you to cool down as you are speeding towards the pool below. There are also massive water slides with more loops than you can count. These high slides and huge water pools provide enough fun for hundreds of people to play, have fun, or just relax by the pool.

Aerial View of Beach Park, Brazil
Aerial View of Beach Park, Brazil


14)  Everland - South Korea
Everland is actually a large resort that features everything from a golf club and speedway to zoos and more. Caribbean Bay is the attraction inside of Everland that allows guests to cool off while they are staying at the resort. The entire theme of the water park is designed to make it appear as if you have been whisked away to the Caribbean. Everything from Spanish-style moss to tropical plants and palm trees have been planted to give the water park the realistic feel of being right in the Caribbean.

Everland

Apart from feeling as if you are in the Caribbean, you will also be able to appreciate the fact that Caribbean Bay has one of the most intense waterslides of any water park in the world. If you are not looking for thrills from your water park, you will be able to enjoy the lazy man river that simply allows you to coast along on an inflatable raft. There is also a large wave pool with the ability to create waves up to 2.4 meters in height.

Wave Pool at Everland
Wave Pool at Everland

Those who do not wish to be outside the entire time are able to check out the indoor water park including the children’s pool and some spa facilities for the parents. Whether you are looking to relax or have some fun, Caribbean Bay has what you are looking for.


13)  Etnaland - Italy
Etnaland is actually split up into the theme park as well as the water park. Inside of the water park, you have the choice to be thrilled or to relax. Those who want to relax will be able to enjoy the Blue Lagoon as well as the Lazy River. The Mini area is perfect for the kids with their own mini lazy river as well as smaller versions of the big water slides that the adults and big kids can go on. It is recommended for the faint of heart and the children to stay in the mini area to make sure that they will not be overcome by the intensity that some of these water slides have to offer.

Etnaland, Italy

For those a little more daring, there are several slides you can try out. There are three different slides that bear the Kamikaze name and they all send the rider down the slide at very high speeds. Choose from the dark kamikaze which is completely enclosed and sends you down the pipe in darkness or the hydro kamikaze that shoots riders down a long slide at high speeds or just the regular kamikaze with a slightly gentler ride.

Hydro Kamikaze Ride
Hydro Kamikaze Ride

For those looking for the most intense of the rides, you can ride the Stukas which sends riders at a nearly 90 degree drop before finally bottoming out.


12)  West Edmonton Mall - Alberta Canada
Next is the West Edmonton Mall water park. While you may not expect to find a water park inside of a mall, this one does not disappoint on any front. The massive water slides allow kids to have fun while parents shop for anything they might want. The shops inside of the mall do not let the parents down either, with some of the nicest shopping you can find in any mall.

West Edmonton Mall

The great thing about the water park is that since it is indoors, you never have to worry about it being closed due to weather. Yet, because the ceiling is entirely of glass, it can make it feel as if you are outside the whole time you are at the water park. Areas of the water park include a massive pirate boat that kids can run and play on when they are not splashing in the water and riding the big water slides.

Pirate Ship Attraction at the West Edmonton Mall Water Park
Pirate Ship Attraction at the West Edmonton Mall Water Park

One of the most impressive of the slides is the one that has a giant look that goes up at a 45 degree angle before coming back down. Water jets propel riders up to the top of the apex and then shoot them back out the other side for a truly impressive ride.


11)  Chimelong Paradise - China
Designed to be an add-on to the main resort, the water park in Chimelong inadvertently became the biggest water park in Asia. These water play structures are among the best in the world and allow children to play with each other in ways never before imagined. This is in addition to some of the massive water rides, like the Tornado ride that shoots riders into a four leaf-clover shaped ring. This is before the riders are shot down a large cone to make you feel as if you have truly been engulfed by a real tornado.

Dive Coaster
Dive Coaster at Chimelong Paradise

The water treatment systems are among the best in the world, so you will not have to worry about your kids becoming sick while they are playing. Just keep in mind that the heights for children who can get in free are predicated more on the height of Asian children and can be slightly upsetting if you were hoping to get your kid in for free and you are from anywhere else in the world.

Slide Attractions
More Traditional Slide Attractions





10)  Splashin' Safari - Holiday World Indiana
Each of the different rides within Splashin' Safari has the name of an animal attached to it. This is not any surprise to those looking to go on a Splashin' Safari. Located inside of Holiday World in Indiana, this water park does not fail to delight the senses. There are more than just rides, so the kids can splash and play in the different splash areas that include Monsoon Lagoon, Safari Sam’s Splash Land and Kima Bay.

Splashin' Safari

As if this was not enough, adults looking for a little more daring water slides can have a lot of fun riding the three Otorongo slides. These slides are completely drenched in darkness and allow riders to reach high speeds while hitting twists and turns that they do not see coming. If you are looking for a big water ride, you can have a lot of fun riding the Giraffica ride. It does close later in the season, but if you can catch it in the summer, it will not disappoint. One of the more unique slides is Zinga.

Zinga Slide Attraction
Zinga Slide Attraction

This is an eight-story tall water ride that culminates in a huge funnel. Riders have fun riding and going over the funnel to the drop. Then there is Mammoth which is also the world’s longest water coaster. Six passengers are allowed to ride in a boat to go through long tunnels with water jets pushing the boat along.


9)  Tropical Islands - Berlin, Germany
Tropical Islands is so much more than just another water park. It is one of the biggest water parks in Europe and it is one of the only major water parks in the world that is completely indoors. Of course, to take everything just one level further, the water park aspect of the resort is just one part. Those who buy a ticket to the water park also have the opportunity to travel through the jungle and see some truly amazing sights.

Birds-Eye View of Dome
Birds-Eye View of Dome
By AirWater via Wikimedia Commons

Everything that has been created makes the attraction look like a tropical island rather than an attraction that is inside of a massive dome. This includes the shows, entertainment, restaurants, bars, sauna and spa that are available.

Overview Tropical Islands
Overview Tropical Islands
By Tropical Islands Resort via Wikimedia Commons

Kids will enjoy being able to swim through the calm waters or riding down some of the longest water slides in any water park on Earth. Since everything is inside, you will never have to worry about the weather stopping the fun. It can be raining as hard as it wants to outside and it will still be bright sunny days within the confines of Tropical Islands.

Tropical Islands Lodge
Tropical Islands Lodge
By Tropical Islands Resort via Wikimedia Commons


8)  Siam Park - Canary Islands
No matter what kind of Water Park you are looking for, Siam Park has it! The kids will love playing in the Lost City splash park. This is area in which kids are in a wading pool and can splash each other along with a massive water drop that sprays water on everyone below. While the kids are playing, parents might escape to the floating market or they can also get a bite to eat in a restaurant that does not even have a kid’s menu.

Top of Tower of Power Water Slide and View of Siam Park
Top of Tower of Power Water Slide and View of Siam Park

Of course, Siam Park is not without adventurous water slides to keep the adults busy. The Jungle Snake is a huge water slide that allows riders to feel as if they may never reach the end of the water slide. If you just want to go surfing, you can go to the Wave Place and jump in to hang ten. Surfboards are available for rent so you can see how you stand up to some of the most perfect waves.

Wave Place at Siam Park
Wave Place at Siam Park

The Dragon and the Tower of Power are two massive water slides that have to be experienced in order to know what a major water slide truly feels like.


7)  Aquatica Sea World - San Antonio, TX
For those looking to combine a trip to see sea animals with the ability to swim like a sea animal, Aquatica at Sea World in San Antonio, TX is the place for you. You can spend part of the day looking at all of the animals and the rest of the day playing in the water. In fact, the water park even has rides that allow you to look at stingrays and more while you are having fun.

Aquatica Sea World

One of the most adventurous of the water slides is the Walhalla Wave. This impressive water slide allows riders to be practically vertical before finally dropping back down into the main pool and feeling relatively safe again.

Walhalla Wave
Walhalla Wave

Four riders experience the sensation together, so the ride is never going to feel exactly the same every time you ride it. The way that people react will judge how high the boat goes as well as which direction you will be turned. The wave section of the park also allows you to have fun riding the waves and experiencing the surf. The Kiwi Curl is a great individual rider slide that allows you the feeling of being outside while hurling down a massive slide towards the main pool.


6)  Blizzard Beach - Walt Disney World, FL
If you are ready to fully embrace the fantasy theme of a water park, it is time to check out Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World in Florida. This water park is designed to resemble a melting ski resort and it is hard to imagine anywhere that you would want to be at a melting ski resort more than when you are in the heart of the summer in the middle of Florida. The kids can run and play at just about all of the different attractions, but the Tike’s Peak is the one that is designed to allow kids of all ages to have as much fun as possible.

Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach

Among the rides that are made just for adults is Summit Plummet. This thrill ride has a huge drop and allows riders to drop quickly and accumulate a lot of speed before being dropped into darkness and into the main pool. The long slide can slow you down a little before jetting into the massive pool. For families looking to put their speed to the test, you can try out Toboggan Racers. This has small drops and allows families to go down the slide side by side to see who can get to the bottom the fastest.

Lazy River Attraction at Disney's Blizzard Beach
Lazy River Attraction at Disney's Blizzard Beach


5)  Schlitterbahn - Galveston Island, TX
Even though the water park has been voted the best water park in the world for sixteen years in a row, it is split into four different water parks. The one in Galveston Island has an interesting water slide that twists two water slides around each other before eventually dropping down near the volleyball courts. This is in addition to the Cliffhanger Speed Slides and the Dragon Blaster slides. These slides all have one thing in common: speed! Fast water slides add to the excitement as the riders are hurled towards the main pool at incredible speeds.

Overview of Schlitterbahn
Overview of Schlitterbahn

In addition to the ability to enjoy the fast slides, those looking to relax can simply rent a cabana while the kids head out to the slides or play in the pool. The way in which you are able to enjoy the water park is entirely up to you. Year round availability includes the ability to enjoy a heated pool by the Blastenhoff. Take in the sites whenever you are ready to enjoy the water.

Blastenhoff Attraction
Blastenhoff Water Attraction


4)  Yas Waterworld - United Arab Emirates
This watermark is coupled with a large amusement park located at Yas Island in Abu, Dubai. The water park is less than a year old and had already won some of the top awards given to water parks for construction and design innovation. The theme of the park is based on an Emirati styled story, “Legend of the Lost Pearl". The story features a mini character, Dana and her family, friends and nemesis. Dana is trying to find the lost mother of pearl to save her village. Actors playing these characters roam the park.

Yas Waterworld

Among the 43 rides in the park is the rush rider which features a continuous sheet wave which can be surfed. This ride is suggested for riders to practice for riding Bubbles Barrel which is the largest sheet wave ride in the world.

Slide Cluster at Yas Waterworld
Slide Cluster at Yas Waterworld

It features 3 meter high waves which are generated by 1,250 horsepower pumps which pump out 7,000 liters of water per second. There is also an extreme six person raft ride called “The Dawwama”.

The Dawwama
The Dawwama

The tornado ride takes rafts at high speeds around a 20 meter high funnel and then drops them suddenly into a heated pool.


3)  Wet 'N Wild White Water - Australia
This movie related water them park is located in Oxenford, Gold Coast Australia. The park is open year round since all of the pools and slides are heated during the winter months. The Kamikaze is the first large scale wet and dry water park attraction of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. It consists of two u-shaped half pipes which are kept wet through channels of water pumped through them. Two riders are placed into inwards facing tubes and sent down steep drops. They then ride in boomerang fashion on the half pipes until they run out of momentum.

White Water Mountain Attraction
White Water Mountain Attraction
By Koala:Bear via Wikimedia Commons

The Black Hole is another thrilling ride the park is famous for. Riders are descended down intertwining steep tube emerged in darkness. These slides are known for reaching extremely high speeds. The tornado is a four person tube ride which sends riders into a swirling large swirling funnel before dropping into a steep drop into a water pool. The park turned an attraction called the Whirlpool into a large hot tub which can accommodate several people.

Buccaneer Bay Attration
Buccaneer Bay Attration
By Phalinn Ooi via Wikimedia Commons


2)  Water World - Denver, CO
Many people are surprised to find that one of the best and largest water parks in the world is located near the Rocky Mountains. Water world is sprawled over 67 acres. The park has 49 attractions. The most notable attractions include "The Loose River of the Pharos" where you water side by mummies and other Egyptian characters. The "Screaming Mimi" is one of the newest and best rides in the park.

Screaming Mimi Attraction
Screaming Mimi Attraction

Guests ride on boards down a roller coaster track at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. At the end of the boards the guests are riding hop along a wave pool.

Wave Pool Attraction
Wave Pool Attraction

The "Storm" is a tube which is pitch-black. When guests slide down it, noises which simulate thunder and sounds of storms play as they are rich to pool of water. The most famous and popular raft ride in the park is “the Journey to the Center of the Earth". The enclosed ride features a theme of a newly discovered prehistoric cave. Riders encounter several prehistoric creatures and dinosaurs as the go own steep downward spirals and sudden drops. At the end of the riders encounter an animatronic T-Rex.


1)  Happy Magic - Beijing
The water cube constructed for the Beijing Olympics has been transformed into one of the best and most beautiful water parks ever built, Happy Magic. This energy efficient architectural marvel is now home to a water wonderland where people of all ages can come and have fun. The until recently of the cube has been renovated to house large colorful hanging jelly fish, bubbles and other decor to create an underwater fantasy.

Happy Magic Water Cube Attraction
Happy Magic Water Cube Attraction

The park houses 10 various water rides. Some of the rides include a lazy river, a wave pool, tube slides and thrilling speed slides. The Olympic pool inside the park is still used for swimming competitions. One of the most unique features of the cube is the ETFE pillow windows which make up the cube the park is housed in. These pillow windows allow for natural light to illuminate the interior if the park during the day. They also allow for the areas which surround the cub to be lit by the lighting being used inside the cube.

Interior of Happy Magic
Interior of Happy Magic


Final Words
These water parks are sure to provide you with the help you are looking for to beat the heat of summer. While you are cooling down in the water, you will find that it is easy to have a lot of fun while you are at it. Bring along the whole family or all of your friends to make it even more enjoyable. Many of these parks offer discounted rates if you opt to buy a season pass, so you are able to keep going all summer long and keep your cool. Just make sure that you are taking some time to dry off in between sessions in the water, or you may just end up growing gills and living in the water for the rest of your life.



 

 

 

 

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