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7 U.S. Water Parks

Aug/13/2023 / by Nancy Amon

Where to go for wholesome family fun

Water park with slides, rides and a wading pool
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The United States is home to incredible water parks with exciting attractions for the whole family. So if you’re looking for an end-of-summer adventure, here’s where to head.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, Texas

Rated as one of the best water parks in the world, the Schlitterbahn Water Park New Braunfels features fun attractions and activities for the whole family. You’re spoilt for choice with 51 river slides, rides, and chutes to enjoy.

You won’t go hungry at the park, with several affordable food places selling grills, pizza, beverages, BBQs, and food from the Braunfels signature menu. Grab some souvenirs and gear and also enjoy live events, from time to time.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach in Orlando, Florida

Disney’s Blizzard Beach is an award-winning water park and a must-visit for families. It features the thrilling Summit Plummet, known as the tallest and fastest free-fall water slide in the world. There’s a mix of water and sports activities, such as Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf, Melt-Away Bay wave pool, and the kid-friendly Tike’s Peak, just to name a few.

There are also a variety of dining experiences, from character dining and table service to fine signature dining. If you are staying a few days, you may want to book into the Disney Resort Collection or choose from the other excellent stays like The Four Seasons, Double Tree Suites by Hilton Orlando, or The Holiday Inn in Orlando.

Noah’s Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Noah’s Ark Water Park features a variety of water activities, including two lazy rivers, a wave pool, and water coasters for all-day fun.

The water park’s food and beverage options have something for everyone as well. The Kahuna bar is for the grown-ups to drink and relax poolside. And there are the Icee Mix it Up slushy kiosks, Kluck’s Tin Coop for tasty chicken, Pizza Mia, among others. If you’re in the mood to shop, you can take the kiddies to Kid’s Paradise with plush toys and games.  You can also buy goodies and mementos at The Safari Gift Store and The Big Kahuna Store.

Universal Volcano Bay in Orlando, Florida

Universal Volcano Bay’s highlight attraction is Krakatau, a fire and water volcano that stands in the center of the resort. There is also the Krakatau coaster, Ko’okiri Plunge, and Punga Racers. Wave Village features The Reef and Waturi Beach, and there are also activities and adventures at River Village and Rainforest Village.

Water Country U.S.A. in Williamsburg, Virginia

Water Country U.S.A. is considered to be the largest water park in Virginia. The park’s family-friendly attractions include a Lil Surfer’s splash Pad, Rip Tide Race, the ultimate Nitro Racer with six lanes, the H2O UFO play area for little ones, Rock n Roll Island with slides and a lazy pool, and so much more. You’re also spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping for gifts and treats. Besides, the park offers several places to eat when you want a break from the slides and water adventures.

Legoland California Water Park in Carlsbad, California

What’s not to love about California’s much-enjoyed LEGOLAND Water Park? With water slides and build-your-own rafts, your day here will never have a dull moment. For refueling, the park’s eateries offer grills, pizzas, burritos, tacos and plenty more.

You can also stay at the LEGOLAND hotel, and book multi-day tickets to visit the theme park and aquarium.

DreamWorks Water Park in Rutherford, New Jersey

With a delightful tropical climate throughout the year, you can enjoy the DreamWorks water park anytime you and your family like. The park has record-breaking slides and one of the largest selections of water rides in the world. The park features pro slides like Shrek’s Sinkhole Slammer, Thrillerasgar, Jungle Jammer, and Mad Flush. Dream Runner and Trolls Rainbow Runner are some of the more moderate water slides along with a variety of kids’ slides that the little ones can enjoy. Dine, shop, and enjoy events for the whole family.