Photo credits: Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts
Summer is here in full force with humid afternoons and hot temperatures. To beat the heat there’s no better way to pass a day or two than visiting one of the many water parks around the country.
If you only make it to one water park in the US, make sure it’s Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells. The biggest water park in America, with over a dozen slides to chose from, Noah’s Ark is guaranteed to give you both variety and a good time. There are two wave pools to choose from, giving you a beach day feel far from the ocean, along with a few lazy rivers to float down, showing that there is something for everyone here.
Water World in Denver, Colorado, is a mix of water park and theme park. Home to the first group tube ride, this park has been a staple since the late seventies. Sitting on almost 70 acres, it’s one of the biggest water parks in America with over 50 attractions inside. One of the most popular rides at Water World is called the Screamin’ Mimi, where you speed down a roller coaster track at 30 mph on a board before landing in the pool.
I grew up going to Water Country USA back home in Virginia, and I have fond memories of summers spent speeding down slides on tubes and floating around in the pools. Located right outside historic Williamsburg, Virginia, it’s a great way to escape the sometimes hectic crowds in Colonial Williamsburg. Combined with a visit to Busch Gardens theme park next door and a day at the historic Jamestown Colony, there is plenty to do and see in this neck of the woods.
This family-owned water empire in New Braunfels, Texas, has no shortage of rides and adventure slides from which to choose. Translated from the German “slippery road,” Schlitterbahn has just about everything you could think of when planning for a day or two at a water park. You can even surf here!
Raging Waters is a collection of three water parks spread out over Sacramento, San Jose and San Dimas, California. Each park has something different to offer, not to mention they are the largest water park in the state. With slides, closed tubes, coves and even a seven-story slide, there are plenty of adrenaline pumping rides to chose from.
Do you have a favorite water park?
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Liz’s blog is Young Adventuress, which is geared toward adventure and slow travel. Liz Carlson began the blog while trekking through the Andes before moving to Spain for two years, where she has been teaching English and living the expat life. With over 30 countries under her belt, Liz is now planning to take on New Zealand and explore a whole other side of the world. Follow Liz on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus.
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