Top 10 Waterparks Across the Globe
19 July 2017
There are fewer more carefree summer holiday pastimes than careering down a multi-story slide at a water park and waiting in fevered anticipation for the exuberant splash in the pool. Waterparks have been immensely popular in the USA since the 1940’s, with holidaymakers the world over now clamouring to fill them as a great way to cool down from the summer heat while having endless amounts of fun in the process.
With so many destinations and waterparks to choose from when booking modern day travel, we have narrowed down the list to the crème de la crème of aquatic based adventure across the globe.
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Providing visitors with an option of both an indoor and outdoor waterpark, Kalahari Resort offers guests an exciting range of rides and slides suitable for children of all ages. The 125,000 sq.ft indoor park includes an uphill water coaster and a family raft ride, while the outdoor park available in the warmer months features a range of fun slides and designated areas such as the Anaconda Experience and Splashdown Safari.
Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai, UAE
Dubai’s unending ambition to provide holidaymakers with an all-encompassing activity and entertainment haven ensures its Aquaventure Waterpark is built with becoming one of the best waterparks in the world in mind. Record breaking rides and slides are a given, while calmer yet no less fascinating pursuits at the park include the chance to observe sharks and sting-rays, alongside 700-metres of enticing private beach space in which to unwind.
Wild Island Family Adventure Park, Sparks, Nevada
If you’re planning a trip to Nevada state as a family, then Wild Island Family Adventure Park is a must if travelling with kids in tow. The park itself is open throughout the year due to the perennial high temperatures in the region, with the waterpark open from May each year, lending itself perfectly to the assortment of exhilarating water slides such as the six-story free fall of the Red Viper, or for the fainter hearted, a four-lane mat race across 270-feet of bumpy slide, allowing families to race each other for enhanced enjoyment.
Tropical Islands, Krausnick, Germany
If you are particularly keen on dedicated indoor water parks, then the global gold medal award rests firmly on the shoulders of Tropical Islands in Germany. Stepping into the world’s largest free-standing hall is a gloriously arresting spectacle, seeing the converted aircraft hangar full transformed into a fully-fledged water-based extravaganza. Taking inspiration from the rainforest canopies on the coastlines of Bali, the park is worth visiting throughout the year, particularly as an excursion from nearby Berlin.
Siam Park, Adeje, Spain
Costa Adeje rests on the southern side of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, drawing many European guests looking for hotel chic in the sun. Top of the list for excursions when seeking adrenaline rushed escapades would be the immaculate grounds of Siam Park, merging charm and character through the Thai themed design running through the park. Innovate engineering sees the park boast the world’s largest man-made wave machine reaching as high as 11-feet, alongside alluring water slides cleverly embedded within the mountainous terrain for ultimate exhilaration.
Waterbom Bali, Kuta, Indonesia
Indonesia’s tropical beach escapes are welcomingly offset by a day at Waterbom Bali, where visitors can cool off among a series of exhilarating wet and wild thrills. The undoubted highlight of the waterpark is the daring Climax slide, comprising a vertical looping fall-out slide that sees riders propelled at face morphing 2.5 G-forces. Younger kids can enjoy the provision of a Funtastic water playground featuring smaller slides, while the lazy river meandering through the park is a wonderful way for the whole family to unwind.
Carolina Harbor Waterpark, Charlotte, North Carolina
Previously known as Carowinds Boomerang Bay, the site went under a period of regeneration to emerge as the Carolina Harbor Waterpark, placing Charlotte on the map as a go to US destination for splash inducing delights. New features include a staggering six-story tall water slide complex and new area for toddlers in making the trip a decidedly family friendly one.
Aquatica, Orlando, Florida
It would be hard to compile a list of adventure parks without mentioning an Orlando location. Having long been hailed as the pinnacle of theme park based adventure, the city doesn’t disappoint with its water based offering. Aquatica is located near Sea World and includes a host of thrill rides and family fun, including park highlights such as Dolphin Plunge, where visitors glide through water tubes adjacent to a water tank filled with black and white Commerson's Dolphins.
Jungle Aqua Park, Hurghada, Egypt
A leading choice for any active or family holiday in Hurghada, Jungle Aqua Park resort is unique for commercial waterparks in the sense that it retains much of the charm permeating the Red Sea Coast in which it resides. Private beach space and varied watersports activities coincide with a vast array of services and amenities to suit all guests, including daily programmes and access to a waterpark offering 35 water slides and 14 outdoor swimming pools.
Thermas Dos Laranjais, Olimpia, Brazil
Riding high on the list of most-attended water parks in the world, there is little wonder as to Thermas Dos Laranjais’ appeal as you move through a wealth of unique attractions, including the free-for-all wide slide that allows riders to stand as they glide through the water and descend through the tropically themed surrounds.