Slide into summer: the 10 best family waterparks in the USA
by Eileen Strauss on March 20, 2022
Get ready to slide back into summer this year with a trip to one of the nations’ favorite family-friendly waterparks. From wild wave pools to supersized slides, vertical water coasters to white-water rides, kids of all ages will have a splash at the country's 10 best family waterparks. Let’s dive in!
Orlando, Florida - 407-939-5277
Opening March 18, 2022
Disney’s back and better than ever, and kids of all ages can splash into action this year at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park’s signature attraction, the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, North America’s largest wave pool with all-day 6-foot swells or gather the gang and climb aboard a whitewater voyage at Miss Adventure Falls.
Opening May 7, 2022
A water wonderland for kids of all ages, water cannons, telescopes, climbing nets, and slippery slides are just a few of the attractions at preschool-friendly Wiggles Water World. Older kids can take a wild ride on the Run-A-Way River or make a getaway on the Mutiny Chute.
Tickets start at $69.99
Like the beach minus the sand and jellyfish, Zoombezi Bay is packed with 17 water slides, wave pools, and kid-friendly attractions like Baboon Lagoon. Zoombezi Bay was built to entertain groups of all sizes, on ZOOMPASS, a reservation system that lets you spend your time in the water instead of a line.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Thrilling rides including Raja, a giant slide with lots of twists and turns, and a heart-stopping plunge into the mouth of a king cobra; the Black Anaconda, a quarter-mile-long water coaster; and the Point of No Return, with a vertical drop will leave you screaming.
#5 Schlitterbahn Waterpark
New Barunfels, Texas
From the park’s prime attraction, the Master Blaster, a water coaster with numerous loops, tunnels, and plunges, to the Boogie Bahn Surfing ride with huge swells running all day long, kids big and small will love this German-themed waterpark.
Entry fee: $34.99 and $42.99
Opening March 13, 2022
The only indoor waterpark in Vermont, with a retractable roof to let the sun shine in, enjoy the thrill of the park’s most popular attraction, La Chute, a death-defying 65-foot plunge with speeds up to 45 mph and a full 360° rotation, or the Double Barrel Flowride, a cross between skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding.
$35 up to age 14, $41 over 15
Ride the Portside Plunge and dip down at thrilling speeds into a waiting pool below. Or ride the loops, curls, and drops on Point Plummet. Kids can enjoy themselves in Lemmy’s Lagoon while those with a need for speed will love the Riptide Raceway.
#8 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Santa Claus, Indiana
At Splashin' Safari, kids can choose from the Cheetah Chase, a huge water coaster that zips riders up and around as fast as a cheetah. Enjoy the large wave pool or speed down the Jungle Racer or tube through Otorongo.
Entry fee: $49.99
Slide the slides, ride the rides, and enjoy the mountainside setting of the Poconos at the biggest outdoor waterpark in PA. Whether you’re looking for the wildest water slide or just looking to kick back in a lazy river, Camelback has something for everyone. Explore the slides and rides or learn to hang ten with Camelbeach FlowRider Sessions.
#10. Deep River Waterpark
Crown Point, IN
Located just 4.5 miles east of I-65, you'll find the Midwest's largest outdoor waterparks with activities for all ages including a huge wave pool, a 6-lane slide racer, two lazy river rides, two cannonball rides, speed slides, and play areas for the little ones,