6 Wild Water Parks to Visit This Summer

From lazy rivers to high speed slides, these water parks as seen on Xtreme Waterparks have something for everyone.

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Looking for your next vacation spot? These water parks around the world are more than just one-trick waterslide ponies with rides for the most adventurous to the most laid-back of park-goers. From New Jersey to Brazil, take your pick of sunbathing or surfing, cruising down lazy rivers or taking a six-story leap into a shark-filled lagoon at these sun-filled spots as featured on Xtreme Waterparks.

Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast; Queensland, Australia

This sprawling water park on Australia’s sunny Gold Coast is open year-round for visitors across the thrill-seeking spectrum. From the Mach 5’s high-speed slides that end with a sudden freefall into the water to the splashy Surfrider simulator to the lazy river at Calypso Beach, the excursions at Wet’n’Wild are sure to be enough to satisfy everyone in any given party.

Cartoon Network AmaZone Water Park; Pattaya, Thailand

At this Cartoon Network-themed splash zone, expect to step into Amazon rainforest-inspired surroundings with waterslides, rides, rafting, live entertainment and more. Try braving the Goop Loop from Ben 10, which drops the rider through a trap door into a 12-meter freefall and a 360-degree loop at high speeds, or the Surf Arena, where beginner bodyboarders can take lessons.

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort; Nassau, Bahamas

Beachgoers will feel right at home at this 141-acre ocean-themed water park. Relaxed riders can cruise down fresh or saltwater lagoons and the mile-long Rapid River next to waterfalls. Kids can make a splash in the family-friendly fountains, Mayan-themed play area and miniature versions of the larger waterslides in the park. Adrenaline seekers have their pick of exhilarating rides such as the Power Tower slides that plunge riders through 50 feet of pitch darkness and through a waterfall, and the Leap of Faith atop the park’s iconic Mayan Temple structure, a 60-foot vertical slide into a lagoon full of sharks.

Beach Park; Fortaleza, Brazil

As its name suggests, this waterpark sits right on the beach in Brazil, with beautiful views of the water from the top of rides like the infamous Insano slide, which plummets 14 stories into the water. Park-goers can choose from sunbathing on the white-sand beach, seeking thrills on spinning slides or swimming beneath man-made waterfalls.

Cowabunga Bay Water Park; Henderson, Nevada

Escape the dry Las Vegas heat at this nearby water resort, which pulls out all the stops for guests. Cabana rentals are encouraged for those inclined to kick up their feet with a prime rib, four-person rafts that fall 60 feet into the Wild Surf wave ride appeal to the adventurous ones in the group and a lazy river is ideal for anyone looking to chill out on their Vegas getaway.

Aqualandia; Venice, Italy

The biggest water park in Italy offers 80,000 square meters of Caribbean island-themed rides and scenery. There are plenty of adventures to pick from, starting with the breath-taking Captain Spacemaker (pictured), Europe’s tallest slide at 42 meters high that sends three- and four-person rafts down at speeds up to 60 miles per hour. Thrill-seekers over 18 years old can brave the 60-meter bungee jump off of Europe’s tallest fixed tower. Riders who prefer smoother sailing can opt into the Shark Bay wave pool with sparkling white sand from the Caribbean or a pickup game of beach volleyball with new friends.

Get inspired to plan your next splashy getaway with new episodes of Xtreme Waterparks airing Sundays at 9|8c on Travel Channel.

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