Slide into summer with family bonding at a waterpark with white-water action and wild wave pools. Not to be left out of the fun, pint-sized patrons can have a splashing good time with scaled-down slides and play areas that put the backyard sprinkler to shame. Grab your swimsuits and slip away to the country's best family waterparks.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort
New Braunfels, Texas
Located on the banks of the Comal River, Schlitterbahn is consistently recognized as the best waterpark in the country, as well as the most fun spot for families in Texas. There are 2 parks spread out over 65 acres with attractions for all ages, from lazy rivers to wave pools and even wild uphill water coasters. To keep prices reasonable, this family-owned park offers free parking and inner tubes, and invites guests to bring along a picnic lunch to save money on food.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Dells is known for its legendary waterparks and Noah's Ark is the largest of the bunch. The youngest family members can get their feet wet at Tadpole Bay or ease into waterslides while mom and dad ride along on the gentle bunny hills of Slidewinders. Everyone can get wet with the kooky sea sponge from the bottom of the sea at the SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D movie.
Zoombezi Bay waterpark is owned and operated by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The park has 15 slides, a wild wave pool with 4-foot swells and the relaxing lazy river at Croctail Creek. The whole family can get soaked on the loops and curves of the Tahitian Twister. After spending the day getting wet, plan to spend some time with resident wildlife next door at the Columbus Zoo.
Blizzard Beach has all of the magic that visitors expect from Disney. The waterslides are fast and wild and the kids' play area at Tike's Peak welcome little ones with a snow-castle fountain and kid-sized slides. But the real draw is the impeccable attention to detail that brings the tale of this snow-capped Floridian ski village to life.
Six Flags White Water
Wiggles fans can climb aboard the S.S. Feathersword with water cannons, telescopes, climbing nets and slippery slides at the White Water. This is just one of the preschool-friendly attractions at the Wiggles Water World alongside slides and water play areas dedicated to Henry the Octopus, Dorothy the Dinosaur and the rest of the Wiggles gang. Older kids can explore the rest of the park and take a wild ride on the Run-A-Way River or make a getaway on the Mutiny Chute.