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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

  

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