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Let’s Get Wet and Wild

Splish, splash! You can cool off and get a thrill at the same time thanks to waterparks everywhere. From exhilarating slides to kiddie playgrounds, rollicking wave pools to relaxing lazy rivers, these attractions will keep the whole family happy for hours. Slather on some sunscreen and take the plunge!

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Aqualoop Waterslide
Aqualoop Waterslide

Aqualoop Waterslide

A wide shot of the Aqualoop Waterslide at Blue Bayou Waterpark in Baton Rouge, LA. 960 1280

  

Stukas Water Tower

Stukas Water Tower

A view from the top of the Stukas Water Tower at Canevaworld Resort in Verona, Italy. 960 1280

  

Calypso Waterpark

Calypso Waterpark

The Boomerango waterslide at Calypso Waterpark in Ontario, Canada. 960 1280

  

Taumata Racer

Taumata Racer

Bystanders watch people ride the Taumata Racer at Sea World’s Aquatica Waterpark in Orlando, FL. 960 1280

  

Siam Park

Siam Park

A waterpark enthusiast surfs giant waves in the wave pool at Siam Park in the Canary Islands. 960 1280

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The Destroyer

The Destroyer

People slide down the Destroyer in Vail, CO. 960 1280

  

Jurahnimo Falls

Jurahnimo Falls

A wide shot of Jurahnimo Falls slide tower at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Jackson, NJ. 960 1280

  

Splish Splash

Splish Splash

Riders splash down into the Abyss landing pool at Splish Splash Waterpark in Calverton, NY. 960 1280

  

Water Country USA

Water Country USA

The view from the top of the Vanish Point slides at Water Country USA in Williamsburg, VA. 960 1280

  

Flowrider

Flowrider

The crew gets audio as bystanders watch and riders react to the Flowrider at the Wavehouse in San Diego, CA. 960 1280

  

Acroland

Acroland

A person flies off of Hot Jump at Acroland in Tignes, France. 960 1280

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Slip 'n Soar

Slip 'n Soar

A point-of-view shot from the runway of a homemade slide at Slip 'n Soar in Augusta, GA. 960 1280

  

Rainforest Slide

Rainforest Slide

A rider slides down Rainforest Slide at Vandara Hot Springs & Adventure in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. 960 1280

  

Baldi Hot Springs

Baldi Hot Springs

Producer Jen Jordon and the crew film the riders launching down a slide at Baldi Hot Springs & Adventure in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. 960 1280

  

US National Whitewater Center

US National Whitewater Center

Kayakers partake in the whitewater rapids at US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC. 960 1280

  

verruckt model in Texas
verruckt model in Texas

verruckt model in Texas

Verruckt started to take shape in New Braunfels TX at the site of an old quarry that Schlitterbahn Water Park owns and uses when they're inventing new rides. 960 1280

  

Verruckt model waterslide

Verruckt model waterslide

This is the 80-foot-tall prototype -- a test model that's approximately half the size of the real Verruckt in Kansas City, KS. It was torn down immediately after testing. 960 1280

  

Side view of Verruckt

Side view of Verruckt

Side view of the proposed drop and lift of Verruckt that came to be taller than Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty. 960 1280

  

Construction workers building Verruckt

Construction workers building Verruckt

Schlitterbahn Water Park workers building Verruckt. 960 1280

  

view from the top of Verruckt

view from the top of Verruckt

A view from what would be the top of Verruckt. 960 1280

  

John Schooley testing out Verruckt

John Schooley testing out Verruckt

This is John Schooley, the senior designer at Schlitterbahn Water Park. He and Jeff Henry, co-owner of the waterpark, have a tradition of being the first to test any new slide. The two have been testing new waterslides for 20 years. 960 1280

  

first human to ride down Verruckt

first human to ride down Verruckt

This is the very first human ride on the test model. The temperature had dropped from 80 to 43 degrees overnight. Fun note: Jeff Henry duct taped his joints before riding. 960 1280

  

Verruckt waterslide

Verruckt waterslide

This is the real Verruckt. The black pads act as speed bumps on the waterslide, which cause friction and slow down the rafts. 960 1280

  

View of the 60-degree drop on Verruckt

View of the 60-degree drop on Verruckt

This is the nail-biting, 60-degree drop that starts the ride. What makes it even more terrifying is the fact that your raft gets air as you're dropping, lifting you slightly off the slide. 960 1280

  

test rafts going down Verruckt

test rafts going down Verruckt

This is one of the test rafts going down Verruckt. 100 unmanned rafts were sent down Verruckt to make sure the waterslide was complete. The conveyor belt (right; designed after a rock hauler used it in Colorado mines) brings the rafts back up. 960 1280

  

Speed monitor tracking Verruckt waterslide raft at 47mph

Speed monitor tracking Verruckt waterslide raft at 47mph

When the waterslide was tested, with just the rafts, they were hitting speeds of 47 mph. 960 1280

  

Kalahari Resort
Kalahari Resort (Wisconsin Dells, WI)

Kalahari Resort (Wisconsin Dells, WI)

At the Kalahari Resort, guests can enjoy the indoor water park or the Zambezi Outdoor Waterpark. The indoor water park has 125,000 square feet of fun that includes the Victoria Falls family raft ride, spas, a wave pool and FlowRider, where guests can boogie board every day of the year. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, the outdoor water park features fun slides and areas like the Swahili Swirl, the Anaconda Experience and Splashdown Safari (pictured). 
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Water Country USA (Williamsburg, VA)

Water Country USA (Williamsburg, VA)

In Williamsburg, VA, cool off at Water Country USA. Brace yourself for a liquid adrenaline rush on the drop slide, Vanish Point (pictured) with its 75-foot tower and 2 wave paths. Here, you'll step into a skybox where you drop down when the floor drops out. This water park -- the largest in Virginia -- has 25 state-of-the-art rides, including KIDsiderate (kid-friendly) rides like Cow-A-Bunga, H2O UFO and Kritter Korral. 960 1280

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Dollywood Splash Country (Pigeon Forge, TN)

Dollywood Splash Country (Pigeon Forge, TN)

Experience 30 acres of pure adventure at Dollywood's Splash Country. This park has more than 23 water adventure slides and thrill rides, including Mountain Scream body slide and RiverRush, Tennessee's first and only water coaster. Families can visit the Cascades and Little Creek Falls, 2 interactive children''s playground areas that provide fun activities for the entire family. 960 1280

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Pump House Indoor Waterpark (Jay, VT)

Pump House Indoor Waterpark (Jay, VT)

Don't be surprised if your kids are waterlogged after spending a couple hours at Pump House Indoor Waterpark at the Jay Peak Resort. Get wet while riding the 65-foot-tall La Chute; learn how to surf on Double Barrel FlowRider, or hit the rapids on Big River, which wraps around the border of the park. If you're looking for a more relaxing atmosphere, try the indoor and outdoor hot tubs or grab a drink and snack at The Drink poolside bar. 960 1280

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Carowinds Boomerang Bay (Charlotte, NC)

Carowinds Boomerang Bay (Charlotte, NC)

Head to Boomerang Bay at Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, NC, to experience Pipeline Peak (pictured). This complex water slide consists of 2 body slides and 2 inner-tube slides that range from 80 feet to 495 feet in length. Boomerang Bay, an Australian-themed water park, also features Kangaroo Lagoon, Whallaby Wharf, Kookaburra Bay, Sydney Sidewinder and Platypus Plunge. 960 1280

Carowinds  

Cliff's Amusement Park WaterMania! (Albuquerque, NM)

Cliff's Amusement Park WaterMania! (Albuquerque, NM)

In Albuquerque, NM, kids will enjoy frolicking in the water at WaterMania! at Cliff's Amusement Park. The 2 main water adventure attractions are Li'l Squirts, for tykes, toddlers and their parents, and Mega Water Monkeys (pictured), a monster water ride that has something for every kid to enjoy. 960 1280

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Water Zoo (Clinton, OK)

Water Zoo (Clinton, OK)

At Water Zoo, Oklahoma's first indoor water park, parents can schedule birthday parties, camp or stay with their kids at an on-site hotel. Enjoy playing basketball in the activities pool, slipping and sliding through the inside out water slides, hanging out with your toddler at Cub's Cove or feeling the motion of an ocean in the 4-foot-deep wave pool. 960 1280

Water-Zoo Indoor Water Park  

Enchanted Forest Water Safari (Old Forge, NY)

Enchanted Forest Water Safari (Old Forge, NY)

Located in Adirondack State Park, the Enchanted Forest Water Safari is New York's largest water theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions, including 32 wild water rides like Serengeti Surf Hill. Take the family on a 1,100-foot tube ride around the park; reach speeds up to 30 mph on the Killermanjaro (one of the tallest and fastest slides in the park), or just relax as you float under the park's bridges and waterslides on a Safari River Expedition. 960 1280

Enchanted Forest Water Safari  

Wild Island Family Adventure Park (Sparks, NV)

Wild Island Family Adventure Park (Sparks, NV)

Visit Wild Island Family Adventure Park in Sparks, NV. Children can dip their toes into the Little Lagoon or go sliding down one of 3 mini slides. For big kids of all ages, this oasis of wet and wild fun features water slides, Aruba and Calypso Cafes, the healthy Green Coconut and Kokomo's Island Bar for those 21 and over. After splashing around in the water, guests can take advantage of Wild Island's others activities like bowling at Coconut Bowl, teeing off at the 18-hole mini golf course, playing games the arcade and hitting the track at Indy Go-Karts. 960 1280

Wild Island Family Adventure Park  

Silver Dollar City White Water Park (Branson, MO)

Silver Dollar City White Water Park (Branson, MO)

Looking for a heart-pumping experience? Try the KaPau Plummet (pictured) at Silver Dollar City's White Water Park. These 2 dueling 245-foot slides launch riders from a trap door in drop floor down a 70-degree plunge. Other water park fun includes floating down and over 800-foot Aloha River, braving the high tides of the 500,000-gallon wave pool or racing down the speed slides of Kalani Towers. 960 1280

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Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark (Boyne Falls, MI)

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark (Boyne Falls, MI)

Avalanche Bay has a theme similar to a snowy Swiss-Austrian village, and that includes the Splasherhorn (pictured). After a horn blows and the mountain rumbles, watch as an 800-gallon water avalanche pours down on guests. Other attractions include Rip Zone, Downhill Mat Racer, Super G Slide, and for guests who need to relax, the Glacier Hot Springs. 960 1280

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark  

Schlitterbahn Waterpark (Kansas City, KS)

Schlitterbahn Waterpark (Kansas City, KS)

You're missing out if you don't visit Schlitterbahn Waterpark, home to the tallest water slide in the world, Verrückt. Water park visitors must be strapped into a 4-person raft to experience the 17-story slide. There's something for everyone with attractions like Torrent Beach, Storm Blaster, Kristal River, Kinderhaven, Henry's Hideout and Twister. 960 1280

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Holiday World & Splashin' Safari (Santa Claus, IN)

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari (Santa Claus, IN)

The Bahari (Swahili for "immense sea") Wave Pool at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, is a giant, family wave pool with geysers, sprays and jets located on 3/4 of an acre. Stay in the shallow water if you're not a strong swimmer. There are 18 other water slides, rides and features available at the park if the wave pool doesn't work for you. 960 1280

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Legoland Florida (Winter Haven, FL)

Legoland Florida (Winter Haven, FL)

Twin Chasers, Splash Out and Joker Soaker are just a few attractions guests will find at Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, FL. We recommend the Build-A-Raft River, where families can design and build a unique LEGO vessel and set afloat around the park's 1000-foot-long lazy river. Take a break for a bite to eat at the Beach-n-Brick Grill, which serves burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads and more. 960 1280

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Roaring Springs Waterpark (Boise, ID)

Roaring Springs Waterpark (Boise, ID)

Corkscrew Cavern, Idaho's first inverted, looping water slide, and the 6-story Cliffhanger (pictured), are the newest rides at Roaring Springs Waterpark. For the less adventurous, we recommend visiting the Little Splash Mountain Kiddie Play Area which includes the Kiddie Kowabunga slide, relaxing in Leisure Lagoon or kicking back for some lazy rafting on the Endless River. 960 1280

Roaring Springs Waterpark  

Wet 'n' Wild (Kapolei, Oahu, HI)

Wet 'n' Wild (Kapolei, Oahu, HI)

Families and thrill seekers will enjoy the 25 attractions on Wet 'n' Wild's 29 acres of lush tropical landscape and natural cliffs. From mild to wild, this water park features the interactive Keiki Kove with a mini water-spouting volcano and water cannons for kids. Meanwhile, the Flyin' Hawaiian catapults guests into the air and into a 12-foot-deep pool. Guests can also spin around the Tornado's funnel where they are catapulted from 50 feet in the air through a 130-foot tunnel. It's also possible to experience the Hawaiian Waters wave pool which holds over 400,000 gallons of water. 960 1280

Wet ’n Wild Hawaii  

Legoland California Resort (Carlsbad, CA)

Legoland California Resort (Carlsbad, CA)

The Cali version of Legoland is similar to the one in White Haven, FL, but this location has some different water rides and attractions like Pirate Reef, DUPLO Splash Zoo, Kid Creek and Orange Rush, a family tube slide where up to 4 people can ride together down a 312-foot-long curving track. 960 1280

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Six Flags White Water (Atlanta, GA)

Six Flags White Water (Atlanta, GA)

Tubers make a run at Six Flags White Water in Atlanta, GA. Grab a family-sized raft and a few friends to experience Run-A-Way River, a high-speed thrill ride that takes you through darkness and into the light, through waterfalls and back through the mountain again. Don't get caught off guard by the 70-foot drop in the dark. Just hold on and have fun! 960 1280

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Wet 'n Wild Orlando (Orlando, FL)

Wet 'n Wild Orlando (Orlando, FL)

Dodge Disney and go for Wet 'n Wild! This water park features Black Hole, Brain Wash, Storm, The Blast and Bubba Tub. Wind and twist your way down Mach V or step back into the '70s on Disco H20. And for children, we recommend going to the secluded, beach-themed Kids' Beach, the largest waterpark playground in Florida. Explore the giant sandcastle with 17 slides and get splashed by more than 100 soakers, jets, waterfalls and cannons. 960 1280

Wet ’n Wild Orlando  


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