Well we are in the soup now folks. It’s July and it’s hot by anyone’s definition. I know how people in the desert states like to remind you that it may be 117 degrees out but it’s a dry heat. Well, a pizza oven is dry heat also but you do not see me sticking my head in it! So this week I though how can I encourage people to go outside in this heat? One word answer…Waterpark. So here is a list of a few terrific themed waterparks around the U.S. I am sure that a day at one of these will seem like a day at the beach or at the very least, the pool. They are great family fun as well because all of the ones I have listed here cater to families and have areas for children of all ages. So grab your towel and Grandma and head to a waterpark near you this weekend. To search waterparks near you use the search box above clicking on search attractions and by adding your zip code and the key word water. Go splash someone this weekend!
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Allentown, PA (48124)
Over 100 rides and attractions and 23 water park attractions for visitors to enjoy. Wildwater Kingdom is your source for wet, wild, and thirst-quenching summer fun. 22 waterslides, 2 gigantic wavepools, 2 lazy rivers and 4 kid’s water play areas make Wildwater Kingdom one of the most action packed waterparks in the country.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort New Braunfels, TX (47866)
Get ready to ride the world’s longest waterpark ride filled with raging rapids, careening waterfalls and giant waves. Enter the 3600 foot long whitewater river at a variety of “no wait” locations. The falls is a continuous rushing river that also features the park’s first “Aquaveyer” back to the beginning of the ride. More than 40 water rides, an arcade, beach, hotel/motel, skycoaster, pool, restaurants and concessions.
Sesame Place Langhorne, PA (48141)
For the young and young at heart, Sesame Place with over 20 rides and water attractions and all your favorite Sesame Street characters is a happy and fun place to be. Share in the spirit of imagination with your kids at Sesame Place – where you can experience Sesame Street together through whirling rides, water slides, colorful shows and furry friends.
Six Flags Great Adventure, Safari Park, Hurricane Harbor Jackson, NJ (48113)
There is something for everyone here-from the safari with animals without cages to the rides at the famous amusement park-and the huge water attractions at Hurricane Harbor. You may know us for our adrenaline-pumping thrill rides. But the fact is, we have just about every kind of ride for every kind of rider. So whether you want to defy gravity, get soaked or just go for a spin, you’ll find what you’re looking for right here.
Knotts Soak City Buena Park, CA (46615)
Bring your bathing suit and have a wild time. Twenty one of the most intense water rides imaginable–all themed to the surf woodies and longboards of the 1950’s Southern California Coast! In addition, batting cages, games and a picnic area.
Hyland Hills Water World Denver, CO (47132)
Water World, one of America’s largest family water parks, is located just 15 minutes north of downtown Denver, Colorado, on 64 beautifully landscaped acres. Water World is celebrating it’s 30th year of operation this year. Since we opened in 1979 with the first two water slides in the state of Colorado, we now boast over 46 water adventures, and have been rated as one of America’s top ten water parks by the Travel Channel.
Walt Disney World Blizzard Beach Lake Buena Vista, FL (47399)
Disney’s Blizzard Beach features a diverse flurry of attractions—including thrill rides, chill rides, family-style raft rides, areas for little squirts and plenty of cool lounging for grownups. Race on Toboggan Racers, float down Cross Country Creek, plunge down raft rides like Runoff Rapids, discover the Tike’s Peak children’s play area, play in a one-acre wave pool and experience the thrill of one of the tallest and fastest waterslides in the country, Summit Plummet!
Walt Disney World Typhoon Lagoon Lake Buena Vista, FL (47405)
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon features attractions for the entire family—including thrill rides, chill rides, family-style raft rides, areas for little squirts and plenty of tropical lounging for grownups. Experience 9 exhilarating waterslides, relax as you drift down Castaway Creek, share a trip together down Gang Plank Falls, splash the day away at a children’s play area, go for a swim in a giant Surf Pool with 6-foot waves, or brave Shark Reef—where you can snorkel.
Wet ‘N Wild Orlando, FL (47408)
Hypnotizing thrills await as you and your friends encounter a splashing dose of group therapy on Brain Wash™, Wet ‘n Wild’s newest water thrill adventure. Boogie down on Disco H2O™. Take a relaxing journey into Florida’s past through breathtaking waterfalls on the Lazy River™ or get soaked down a ruptured pipeline on The Blast. Children love the Kids’ Park featuring smaller versions of the park’s popular adult rides. Wet ‘n Wild is America’s “Must See Waterpark”.
Water Country USA Williamsburg, VA (47908)
Over 30 water rides and attractions plus live entertainment and costumed characters. One of the popular family attractions when visiting the Williamsburg area. Grab your suit and jump in to the coolest kind of summertime fun it’s Water Country USA, Virginia’s largest water park, just minutes from Busch Gardens.