When it comes to hot summer days, few could argue that there are better places to be than a water park. Take a trip to a water park and you soon forget that beaming sun and the sweat it inevitably brings with it. Take a trip to a water park and you won’t be worrying about work, school or, well, anything else for that matter.
Water parks can be found on six continents across the globe – only Antarctica remains water park-free. These fantastic parks are situated in locations as diverse as Dubai, Beijing, Alberta and even Dollywood! While the world may speak different languages, the language of water-based fun seems to be universal.
From mile-long slides to gargantuan wave pools, from relaxing lazy rivers to pool-based assault courses, it’s easy to have fun at the water park, which is why millions of people pass through turnstiles around the world.
In the United States, more than 40 states house one or more water parks. From Maine to California, Washington to Florida, a cavalcade of water parks lay in wait for those looking to get wet and have fun in the process. Even Alaska and Hawaii are getting in on the action. That’s right, Alaska! The H2Oasis is one of the Indoor Water Parks
can be found in Anchorage.
You could argue that the most famous are Orlando Water Parks
. Wet ‘n Wild Orlando and Aquatica Orlando are wildly popular, whilst the Disney-run pairing of Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Blizzard Beach Water Park – both located on the Walt Disney World Resort – welcome millions of visitors each year.
Wet ‘n Wild Orlando is the oldest water park in America, having opened in 1977. A number of sister parks have subsequently opened, including those in Greensboro, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Hawaii and Texas. Likewise, other Aquatica parks can be found in San Diego and San Antonio.
Six Flags, the world’s largest amusement park corporation, owns water parks in at least eight states, including California, Massachusetts, Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, Maryland and Missouri.
Other popular water parks in the U.S.A. include Water Country USA in Williamsburg, Virginia; Pump House Indoor Waterpark in Jay, Vermont; Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark in Boynes, Michigan; and the water park at Legoland in Winter Haven, Florida.
Believe it or not, the water park capital of the United States isn’t to be found in the sunny climes of Florida or California. It’s actually to be found in Wisconsin, or Wisconsin Dells to be more precise. The Dells is home to no fewer than six different water parks, including Noah’s Ark, the largest water park in America. Meanwhile, the Kalahari Resort regularly finds its way into lists of the nation’s top water parks.
Whether you’re looking to have a splashing good time under the sun or beneath a roof, there are plenty of water parks to choose from. All of them are sure to offer a memorable time for children of all ages.
With so many to choose from, which one will you pick?