There are few better ways to cool off on a hot day than to splash around in a pool, but nothing beats the thrills, twists, and turns of a water slide or tubing adventure. Next time the temperature rises, head to one of these parks that’s guaranteed to provide fun for the whole gang.
Last year we rounded up 5 of the best water parks in the U.S. Here are 5 more to choose from!
Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Water Park (South Padre Island, Texas)
Yes, we know we featured Schlitterbahn last year…but that was in Kansas, and each of its locations are truly worth the visit. Have you ever seen a massive sand castle that spans five stories? That’s the draw at this Texas park — one of several Schlitterbahns in the country, but the only one with such an epic fun house. Kids and parents will both have fun on wild slides like the Agua Blanca Tube Chute and Gale Force and coasters like the Pirate Plunge and Sea Blaster. Grown-ups can also kick back on Playa Beach or grab a cocktail at Bob’s Float-in Bar.
Golfland Sunsplash (Mesa, Arizona)
Wanna hear something totally radical? This water park was actually the site of filming for the ’80s classic Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. In addition to waterslides, water coasters, and a lazy river, there are all sorts of other amusements like mini-golf, laser tag, and a huge arcade.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon (Lake Buena Vista, Florida)
Last year we featured blizzard beach, and we just couldn’t leave out Walt Disney’s World’s other park. One of the most well-known waterparks, Typhoon Lagoon is just as fun as its name … and the names of the rides! Gangplank Falls, Crush ‘n’ Gusher, and Humunga Kowabunga are just a few of the attractions that await. Don’t miss the Shark Reef, which allows visitors to get up close and personal with sea life, including fish, stingrays, and yes, the reef’s namesake.
Hersheypark (Hershey, Pennsylvania)
With plenty of traditional land rides and coasters, along with water adventures galore, Hersheypark has the best of both worlds. And don’t forget about the chocolate! Of course, there’s a number of places to enjoy a sweet treat along the bustling boardwalk.
Legoland Water Park (Carlsbad, California)
This spot, not too far from San Diego, is more than your run-of-the-mill water park. First, there’s the Build-a-Raft River, where you’re invited to design your very own vessel on which to float down the lazy river! Aspiring architects can go to town at the Imagination Station, where they can build entire cities. Little ones love the Splash Zoo, a big, fun play area with fountains and interactive animals.