7 Epic Floating Water Parks
Get ready for summer fun in the sun at these spectacular inflatable water parks.
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Splash Island Water Park
Set on popular Reduit Beach in St. Lucia, Splash Island Water Park is the first open-water floating sports park in the Caribbean. Now in its fourth year, the water park continues to grow and delight guests with its floating obstacle course, trampoline, climbing wall, swings, water polo and monkey bars. Or, simply run around the perimeter of the modular water park to see if you can do so without tumbling into the water, unless of course, you’re ready and eager to cool off.
Whoa Zone at Whihala Beach
With one season under its belt, the Whoa Zone at Whihala Beach on Lake Michigan is already gearing up for a wet and wild summer. Just 30 minutes from Chicago, this colorful floating water park boasts more than 60 inflatables, including slides, monkey bars, halfpipes and trampolines. When you’re ready for a break from the splashy action, rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or simply chill out on the shore with your towel, a beach read and your favorite summer playlist.
ACE Adventure Resort
At ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill, WV, the five-acre Wonderland Water Park awaits those eager for waterslides, zip lines and loads of inflatables, like see-saws and obstacle courses, set up right on the mountain lake. There’s even a 25-foot inflatable climbing mountain. However, the true fan favorite is "The Blob," a massive jumping pillow designed to toss one person high into the sky and into the lake once a second person jumps on the other end of the pillow from a platform.
Wake Island Water Park
In Pleasant Grove, CA, get ready to be wowed by Wake Island Water Park, the biggest water park resort on the west coast. Across 80 acres, you can try out wakeboarding, check out pedal boats, swim in the lake and of course, splash around at the Aqua Park. More than 50 inflatables, like slides, jumping pillows, bridges, swings and balance beams add up to a day filled with wet and slippery fun. Back on land, try beach volleyball or grab lunch at the Beach Hut Deli.
Aqua Fun Dubai
Everything is bigger in Dubai, so it should come as no surprise that it’s home to the world’s largest inflatable water park, Aqua Fun. More than 70 inflatable slides, obstacles, swings, and trampolines are set just off the coast of Jumeirah Beach. Notably, the floating water park spells out "DUBAI" in English when read left to right, and also in Arabic when read right to left. In Abu Dhabi, Aqua Fun recently opened the country’s first inflatable water park, which spells out "I <3 AD."
In Ireland, make a beeline for Baysports, the country’s largest floating water park. It’s the perfect spot for summer fun on the lake, and it’s also home to the largest waterslide in Europe. The water may be a tad chilly, but Baysports has you covered thanks to wetsuit rentals for around $4/day (it’s mandatory to wear one). You can also rent kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and pedal boats. A kiddie water park near the shore is just right for little ones.
TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
At TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL, you can relax in a kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard, but for a real adrenaline rush, fly down the High Tide Slide, a three-story inflatable waterslide at the epic water park floating just offshore from the resort. Spread across a nearly 16,000 square-foot space on the ocean, the floating water park boasts three inflatable slides, a seven-foot-tall "iceberg" to climb and conquer and multiple splash mats just right for slipping and sliding.