Regardless of the season or the reason, there are times when you need to take a break to have some fun and nurture your inner child! These top water parks around the world provide imaginative, innovative ways to make you laugh, scream and challenge your inner speed demon. Whether you like to relax in the sun or escape the snow drifts, let your wild child run free and pamper yourself for a bit in one of the world's best water parks.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach
There is a debate over which Disney water park is better, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. You might have to try out both to find out! Disney knows how to have fun and certainly provides plenty of opportunities at both parks for thrill-seeking adventurers as well as those needing a more tranquil experience.
At Typhoon Lagoon, snorkel with the sharks, stingrays, and tropical fish. Take some time off to sunbathe on the beach while the rest of your family and friends challenge themselves against the big drops of the Humunga Kowabunga or get spun around in unexpected ways on the Mount Mayday ride.
At Blizzard Beach, swiftly slide down Mount Gushmore or scream your lungs out as you plummet 50 feet on the Downhill Double Dipper. At either park, you’re bound to have a wonderful time with plenty of stories to share when you get home.
As one of the most popular water parks in the middle of the United States (and the largest in the country!), Noah’s Ark Waterpark has something for everyone. Go surfing on the Surfing Safari ride, or slip quickly and freely down the quarter-mile slide on the Black Anaconda (a must for roller coaster enthusiasts).
For those seeking more relaxing rides, head over to one of the Bahama Falls rides and quietly ease your way down the tranquil waters. For the roller coaster enthusiasts in training, start with the Paradise Lagoon rides and then graduate up to Slidewinders. Soon enough, you’ll be ready for the knuckle-gripping, scream-your-lungs-out rides like the vertical plunge of the Point of No Return.
Find fun year-round in this 40,000 square-foot indoor water park! No worries about missing the sun. There’s a dome roof overhead so you can splash and play no matter the weather. Float lazily down a river or speed wildly over the rapids. This imaginative park with its talented “paradise plumbers” has a wide variety of rides and adventures to ensure every family member and friend has a wildly wonderful time.
Water parks are a great place for family fun. However, PortAventura sports a relaxing area just for adults called Playa Paraíso. Feel like you’re in the Caribbean without having to leave PortAventura. Soak in the sun while laying around on a water bed and let your cares slip away, if only for a few hours.
With eight parks to choose from, you’ll find fun in the sun and water nearby on your travels in France. There’s a ride for every free spirit in your travel group, from the tranquil bubble baths to the breath-stealing, heart-pumping rides like the X-Trem Bowl or the King Cobra.
Near Pasadena, California as well as all that Los Angeles has to offer is Raging Waters Park, which showcases one of the largest drop slides in the country. You could drop 40 miles an hour down seven stories on the Drop Out, or if that’s not thrilling enough for you try slipping down a 40-foot drop in the dark!
For those who seek a more tranquil vacation, you can relax at the Splash Island Adventure or head over to the Flowrider for a bit of body surfing. The thrill-seekers can find you later!