Best Water Parks in America

For the most fun you’ve ever experienced, including heart-pounding rides and enormous splash pools, check out these best water parks in America.

Typhoon Lagoon

As soon as the sun comes up, there is only one thing on our minds. Large, cold bodies of water, and ideally one or more massive slides. Okay, so the topic at hand is waterparks. You should not think that they are only suitable for children. Everyone can have fun at the best waterparks, including kids, teenagers, and adults. 

And luckily for us, there are a ton of them in the US. The best ones alone make the trip worthwhile. These are some of the most well-known waterparks in the entire world. According to our experts, we’ve put together a list of the best waterparks in the US, complete with everything from turbo twisters to avalanche slides. Have fun, everyone. 

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Six Flags White Water | Marietta, GA

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1. Six Flags White Water in Marietta, Georgia

The hot, muggy summers in Atlanta have no effect on this water park, which is a part of the Six Flags network of amusement parks. Like the other parks, this Six Flags water park has a sizable selection of slides and swimming areas. In contrast to the other parks, White Water is a standalone park, so no effort has been wasted on rollercoasters. The Typhoon Twister Ride and the Atlanta Ocean Wave pool both have swirls that look like toilet bowls.

Schlitterbahn | New Braunfels, TX

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3. Texas’s Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels

Slides, wave pools, and lazy rivers make up the towering labyrinth of the original Schlitterbahn water park. In fact, it is so big that using two full maps to display it on their website is necessary. Schlitterbahn assigns a difficulty level to each of its slides, much like on ski slopes. Boogie Bahn, Backsplash, and Deluge are just a few of the thrilling rides available. There are several tranquil pools in the park where you can relax. If you’re a true waterslide fan, you must visit this park.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor | Jackson, NJ

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3. visit Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Jackson, New Jersey

The three Hurricane Harbor waterparks—located in New Jersey, Texas, and Los Angeles—are all managed by Six Flags and feature a wide variety of waterslides. In the summer, the park in Jackson, New Jersey, which attracts tourists from Philadelphia and New York City, provides a welcome respite from the oppressive heat of the East Coast. Nobody could possibly ride all 20 of the park’s slides in a single day, including the well-known King Cobra, which resembles a huge snake, and the funnel-shaped Tornado. We advise visiting Hurricane Harbor during the week because lines can get extremely long on the weekends.

Typhoon Lagoon | Orlando, FL

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4. Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World has two separate water parks at its headquarters in Orlando, and both of them provide an incredible amount of wet fun for the price of one ticket. At Blizzard Beach, fans of water slides can experience the thrilling drops of the Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher. Typhoon Lagoon’s largest surf pool in North America, where 6-foot swells and smaller bobbing waves appear throughout the day, is its main attraction. Each park has a lazy river that transports guests to and from various attractions.

Schlitterbahn | South Padre Island, TX

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5. Schlitterbahn South Padre Island

Since the family-owned chain of water parks first opened its doors in 1979, the term “Schlitterbahn” has come to represent slides in Texas. In addition to having the largest water coaster in the world at its park on Galveston Island, Schlitterbahn also has the tallest and fastest slide in the world at its park in Kansas City. The business is always trying to expand the possibilities for water-themed entertainment. Our list included the South Padre Island Schlitterbahn location due to its astounding size, indoor/outdoor design, and proximity to the actual beach. Due to South Padre’s reputation as a spring break party destination, Schlitterbahn is a favorite attraction for water lovers of all ages.

Action Park Mountain Creek | Vernon, NJ

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6. Mountain Creek in Vernon, New Jersey, Action Park

Built into a hillside, Action Park has a distinctive layout and plenty of elevation change for the various slides. The park has a total of 28 attractions, providing enough pools and slides for an entire day. The H2-Oh-No launches riders down a 99-foot drop. At Tarzan Swings, anyone can display their best rope swing into a pool. Both Bombs Away and The Cliff Jumps imitate actual cliff dives.

Myrtle Waves | Myrtle Beach, SC

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7. South Carolina’s Myrtle Waves

The harmony of Myrtle Waves’ pools, slides, and other attractions—as well as its close proximity to the beach—led to its selection despite the fact that it is not as big as some of the other parks on this list. The park continues to provide a ton of slide entertainment with the Arooba Tooba, which resembles a toilet bowl, and the outdoor slides on Snake Mountain. Need to move quickly? The purple Turbo Twisters slides, which sent guests on a twisting, twirling descent, are an example. You can quickly drive to the beach after you’re done.

Noah’s Ark | Wisconsin Dells, WI

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8. Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Noah’s Ark is a sizable water park with nearly 70 acres of land and 22 different water attractions, including two wave pools. The park strikes a remarkable balance between open-air slides like the Bermuda Triangle and Congo Bongo Rapids and traditional tube slides like the Quadzilla. The park’s main draw is the Black Anaconda tube slide, which offers visitors a quarter-mile journey from the top to splashdown.

Splashin’ Safari | Santa Claus, IN

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9. Santa Claus, Indiana’s Splashin Safari

The Holiday World amusement park’s Splashin’ Safari has two wave pools, a ton of tubes, and open-air slides, as well as two kid-friendly areas. Another attraction in the park is The Mammoth, one of the longest water coasters in the world. On the ride, a tube is propelled up and over hills, into splash pools, and finally down a steep drop. It’s a bonus that the water rides at the theme park are situated next to the roller coasters because it lets water worshipers watch the hot park guests.

Water World | Federal Heights, CO

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10. Colorado’s Water World in Federal Heights

With 49 attractions overall, including the rides Voyage to the Center of the Earth and Lost River of the Pharaohs that are comparable to those found in theme parks, Water World is the Mt. Everest of waterparks. Visitors frequently spend several days riding each waterslide, so they focus on the park’s various slide clusters instead. Mile High Flyer, a water coaster, carries passengers up and over hills. From a wheeled sled, the Screamin’ Mimi launches riders into a splash tank. Furthermore, the just-added Warp Speed combines traditional tube-sliding action with a playable video game.

Avalanche Bay | Boyne, MI

Resort at Boyne Mountain, featured photo


11. Boyne’s Avalanche Bay in Michigan

To see that not all waterparks are outdoors, go to Avalanche Bay. The largest indoor waterpark in Michigan is located at the base of a ski mountain and is open year-round, even when it is snowing. Avalanche Bay more than makes up for its smaller size compared to the other parks on this list with its inventive, portable rides. The park has a built-in surfing wave. The recently added The Big Color offers a startling and terrifying drop.

We hope you enjoyed this virtual tour, and be sure to let us know in the comments which place you’re most excited to visit.