Best Water Park Rides

Today’s water parks offer more spills, chills and thrills than ever before, and of course, they still have plenty of opportunities for soaking, speeding and splashing. From water cannon-equipped pirate ships to water slides that let you race with friends, here are our 10 favorite water park rides.

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1. Summit Plummet

With a near-vertical freefall of 120-feet, the 12-story Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach offers one of America's most thrilling water slide experiences. Slide at top speeds before going through a dark tunnel, ending in a mega splash. Before hopping out to plummet again, check the digital display at the bottom of the ride to see your peak speed on the slide.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach 1534 Blizzard Beach Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


Phone: (407) 560-3400

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2. Rattlesnake Rapids

For a top-notch family rafting ride, look to Rattlesnake Rapids at Lagoon water park, just outside Salt Lake City. Hop aboard a raft and you’ll find twists, turns and soaking waterfalls. Be prepared: everyone in the raft will get wet before this ride comes to an end. The rapids are gentle enough for little ones, but pack enough of a punch to be enjoyed by teens and adult riders.

Lagoon 375 Lagoon Lane Farmington, UT 84025


Phone: (801) 451-8000

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3. Leap of Faith

If you’re looking for a water slide that drops 6 stories before plunging you into a shark-infested lagoon, take a ride on Leap of Faith at Aquaventure, part of Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. After sliding out of a Mayan temple, keep your eyes open as you quickly zip through a clear tunnel surrounded by sharks before finishing up with a big splash.

Atlantis Paradise Island 1 Casino Drive Paradise Island, Bahamas


Phone: (242) 363-3000

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