Best Water Parks for Kids

Whether your family prefers hopping aboard thrill rides or chilling out on a lazy river, it’s time to get up, grab your swimsuits and head out for a day (or 2) at the water park. Today's slides, rides and splashy kiddie zones are better than ever, so take a look at our 10 favorite water parks for families.

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1. Schlitterbahn

Relax in an inner tube on the Congo River Expedition (keep your eyes peeled for water-squirting snakes!) before plunging 3 stories and turning in spirals on the Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas. There are plenty of activities for small children too, like the Kinderhaven water playground with slides, a wading pool and even a shaded section for sun protection.

Schlitterbahn 400 N. Liberty Avenue New Braunfels, TX 78130


Phone: (830) 625-2351

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2. Water Country

Whether you’ve got teens or tiny tots, Water Country in New Hampshire has plenty for everyone. Head to Thunder Falls for whitewater family rafting or jump the waves at the Giant Wave Pool, the largest in New England. Little ones will love the park's 3 separate kiddie play areas where they can shoot water cannons from a pirate ship, slide down an octopus and get soaked by a tipping bucket at a tree house.

Water Country 2300 Lafayette Road Portsmouth, NH 03801


Phone: (603) 427-1111

Water World

3. Water World

Combine wave pools, water slides and scenic views of the Rocky Mountains and you’ve got Water World. Situated just outside Denver, Water World is one of America’s largest water parks, offering a boatload of family-friendly rides, like Lost River of the Pharaohs, a family rafting ride through ancient pyramids. Upgrade your entrance pass to include tube valet service, which allows you to cut lines and avoid lugging your tube up rides.

Phone: (303) 427-7873

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