04 January 2019
There are fewer more carefree summer holiday pastimes than careering down a multi-story slide at a water park and waiting in fevered anticipation for the exuberant splash in the pool. Waterparks have been immensely popular in the USA since the 1940s, with holidaymakers the world over now clamouring to fill them as a great way to cool down from the summer heat while having endless amounts of fun in the process.
With so many destinations and waterparks to choose from when booking, we have narrowed down the list to highlight our favourite waterparks across the globe.
Top of the list for excursions when seeking adrenaline rushed escapades would be the immaculate grounds of Siam Park in Tenerife, winner of Trip Advisor's Traveller's Choice Awards for World's Best Waterpark in 2018.
Merging charm and character through the Thai-themed design running through the park. Innovate engineering sees the park boast the world’s largest man-made wave machine reaching as high as 11-feet, alongside alluring water slides cleverly embedded within the mountainous terrain for ultimate exhilaration
"Siam Park is great for everyone with sunbeds included in the entry price, impressive slides and an incredible wave machine. Even as a non-water slide fan, the rides I went on made the entry fee worthwhile. The lazy river which split into 2 where the quickest half had you going under the shark tanks. A little tip for anyone going to Siam Park - take some surf shoes if you have them or cheap flip flops, as walking round in bare feet when the floor is hot isn’t pleasant."
Andrew, Travel Counsellor
It would be hard to compile a list of adventure parks without mentioning an Orlando location. Having long been hailed as the pinnacle of a theme park based adventure, the city doesn’t disappoint with its water-based offering. Aquatica is located near Sea World and includes a host of thrill rides and family fun, including park highlights such as Dolphin Plunge, where visitors glide through water tubes adjacent to a water tank filled with black and white Commerson's Dolphins.
Dubai’s unending ambition to provide holidaymakers with an all-encompassing activity and entertainment haven ensure its Aquaventure Waterpark is built with becoming one of the best waterparks in the world in mind. Record-breaking rides and slides are a given, while calmer yet no less fascinating pursuits at the park include the chance to observe sharks and sting-rays, alongside 700-metres of enticing private beach space in which to unwind.
If you’re planning a trip to Nevada state as a family, then Wild Island Family Adventure Park is a must if travelling with kids in tow. The park itself is open throughout the year due to the perennial high temperatures in the region, with the waterpark open from May each year, lending itself perfectly to the assortment of exhilarating water slides such as the six-story free fall of the Red Viper, or for the fainter hearted, a four-lane mat race across 270-feet of bumpy slide, allowing families to race each other for enhanced enjoyment.
If you are particularly keen on dedicated indoor water parks, then the global gold medal award rests firmly on the shoulders of Tropical Islands in Germany. Stepping into the world’s largest free-standing hall is a gloriously arresting spectacle, seeing the converted aircraft hangar full transformed into a fully-fledged water-based extravaganza. Taking inspiration from the rainforest canopies on the coastlines of Bali, the park is worth visiting throughout the year, particularly as a day trip from nearby Berlin.
Indonesia’s tropical beach escapes are welcomingly offset by a day at Waterbom Bali, where visitors can cool off among a series of exhilarating wet and wild thrills. The undoubted highlight of the waterpark is the daring Climax slide, comprising a vertical looping fall-out slide that sees riders propelled at face morphing 2.5 G-forces. Younger kids can enjoy the provision of a fanastic water playground featuring smaller slides, while the lazy river meandering through the park is a wonderful way for the whole family to unwind.
Riding high on the list of most-attended water parks in the world, there is little wonder as to Thermas Dos Laranjais’ appeal as you move through a wealth of unique attractions, including the free-for-all wide slide that allows riders to stand as they glide through the water and descend through the tropically themed surrounds.
Previously known as Carowinds Boomerang Bay, the site went under a period of regeneration to emerge as the Carolina Harbor Waterpark, placing Charlotte on the map as a go-to US destination for splash inducing delights. New features include a staggering six-story tall water slide complex and a new area for toddlers in making the trip a decidedly family-friendly one.
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