Our Picks: The Top 5 Water Parks for Families
If you’re heading to parts East, West, North or South, make a stop at one of these top water parks, and you’ll no-doubt have a summer’s worth of fun!
New Braunfels, TX
With five destinations (four in Texas, one in Kansas), Schlitterbahn is continually a top-ranked water park hot spot, particularly for its cleanliness and family-friendliness. The family-owned waterpark is fairly affordable with one-day general admission (ages 12-54) set at $47.99; ages 3-11 and 55+ are $37.99. And once you’re in, put your wallets away—parking, inner tubes and life jackets are available free of charge. Various add-ons are available, such as aqua socks, refillable souvenir cups, early ride time, etc., but they aren’t necessary to have a water-soaked blast of a day! Four park areas feature countless options for all ages to enjoy a wild ride, leisurely swim or quiet moment to grab a bite to eat and replenish your energy supply. Learn more about ticket and lodging packages, cabana rentals and more at schlitterbahn.com.
When the New England winter finally gives way to warmer weather, it’s game on for Water Country fun! Touted as New England’s largest water park, Water Country, located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a top-notch destination for all ages. Thrills abound for the older kids on rides like Dragon’s Den, Shoot & Screamer and Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror; the younger set can get their feet wet (pun intended) on water park fun with the Tahiti Tree House, Ollie Octopus and other kid-friendly options. All ages can enjoy the Adventure River, wave pool and other relaxing wet spots. Other points of note include cabana and locker rentals, nine eatery options and much more. Visit watercountry.com for ticketing info, hours, and more.
San Dimas, CA
Having received accolades and high ratings from both the travel industry and patrons alike, Raging Waters has built its reputation on providing a clean, exciting and kid-friendly water park to residents of and vacation goers to San Dimas, Calif. And with more than 35 slides and attractions across its 50 lush acres, it’s no surprise why. Guests rave about how much there is to do, the wide selection of on-site food and drink options, available sun chair seating and more. There are plenty of options for the littlest thrill seeker all the way to the wild-at-heart retiree! Learn more about ticketing, hours, discounts, lodging options and more at ragingwaters.com.
Colorado residents trade in their skis for inner tubes once summer arrives, and they head to Water World, the self-proclaimed “biggest and best.” A host of fun options for all ages await, including the Cimarron River, Funhouse Express Gondola, Clown Around Creek and much more! A variety of perks and add-ons are available for savvy splashers, too, including early entry, tube rental and valet, locker and cabana rentals and much more. When you’re tired and need food, head to Pharaoh’s Feast All You Care to Eat or any of the other on-site eateries. And when it’s time to leave, grab a souvenir at the Lighthouse Surf Shop or the Surf Shack. Learn more about special events, discounts and more at waterworldcolorado.com.
If you’re headed northward toward New York this summer, make a stop at Long Island’s Splish Splash, a must-do for your itinerary. Known for its cleanliness, friendly staff and reasonably priced season passes, Splish Splash continues to grow with a new thrill ride added this summer: The Battle of Mutiny Bay. Countless ride options for all ages, cabana and locker rentals, meal deals and more customer-friendly alternatives make this a great way to spend a hot summer day. Learn more, including ticket prices, hours and directions at splishsplash.com.
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