Looking to hit the water parks this upcoming Labor Day weekend? Forget the local pools and the beach in favor of artificial beaches and ten-story thrill rides these three mega water parks are known for.
Typhoon Lagoon in Buena Vista, FL
Owned by Disney, the Typhoon Lagoon offers remnants of pirated ships and large rocky cliffs boasting nine water slides lead by the fierce Humunga Kowabunga slides, a 5-story high-speed waterslide in the dark that leaves the drop point a mystery. Another major player is the Shark Reef where visitors can snorkel with tame sharks, stingrays, and tropical fish. Other attractions include a surf pool that forms the backdrop of a white sand beach and Gang Plant Falls which consist of tube rides running along a 300 foot waterslide of varying intensity levels. Each tube accommodates up to 4 guests.
Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana
Santa Claus, Indiana may seem like a rinky dink place in the middle of nowhere, but this small town is home to one of the finest water parks in the country in Splashin' Safari. Splashin' Safari’s biggest claim to fame is the Wildebeest, the longer water coaster in the world. Rafts seating up to four run race through tunnels and hills at more than 30 feet a second with 40 foot drops. Other cool rides include the Zoombabwe, the largest enclosed water slide in the world at 900 feet with a 10-story drop.
Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels, Texas
Long considered the No. 1 water park in the USA by industry influencers, attractions include the rainforest themed Congo River Expedition and an assortment of kiddy parks and pools with different themes centered on magical castles and mushrooms. There are also more than five tube chutes ranging from short ones to some as high as four stories.
Noah's Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
The largest water park in the US boasts more than 40 slides, four rivers, two giant wave pools, and a 4D dive in theater.
Beach Water Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
With fierce namesake Aztec Adventure and Volcanic Panic, activities range from peaceful inner tube rides to five story drops.