It’s that time of year again to drive or fly to your next big Summer break. And if you’re determined to make this family outing a huge splash, we’ve found some of the best, biggest, and most accommodating waterparks in the United States.
Noah’s Ark, Wisconsin Dells, WI
The world’s largest King Cobra ride, Black Anaconda, gives thrill-seekers a run for their money at the country’s largest waterpark
Noah’s Ark is home to 70 acres of rides and slides, earning it the title of the largest waterpark in the USA. Standing out even in the Waterpark Capital of the World® – Wisconsin Dells, This behemoth waterpark has everything from a 4-D “Dive-in” movie Theater to a looping waterslide. Thrill-seekers will love the Black Anaconda, named America’s Most Thrilling Water Coaster, and families will love Noah’s Ark’s dedication to Aquatic Safety – winning the Aquatic Safety award every year since 1995. Don’t let the fun stop at Noah’s Ark. Just under 2 miles down the road, you can stay at Grand Marquis Waterpark Hotel & Suitese. With more outdoor and indoor pools to choose from, the whole family will never run out of memory-making opportunities at this Wisconsin Dells resort.
Kalahari Resort Pocono, Poconos Mountains, PA
It’s always summertime at the nation’s largest indoor waterpark
Kept at 84° for 364 days a year, the Kalahari Resort Pocono indoor waterpark is the perfect escape from rain, snow, or anything in between. As the largest indoor waterpark in the USA, this resort has way more than just water slides. Explore the world in a whole new way with underwater virtual reality or relax at the spa after a thrilling day. Located near great hiking in the Poconos Mountains, this waterpark is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to choose between roughing it and resort-ing it. For a bit of nature appreciation after your waterpark adventure, Mountain Springs Lake Resort is the ideal place to stay. Its cozy cabin feel among the beautiful Poconos views will make for a relaxing evening. Or, if the kids are still bustling with energy, check out the on-site beach and hiking trails in the warmer months, or hit the ski slopes when it’s snowy.
Aquatica, Orlando, Florida
Fun is for everyone at this special needs-friendly waterpark
If you’re headed to Orlando, you’re probably already looking for some family fun. When the Florida heat gets too intense, trade in the sun for some waves at the Aquatica waterpark. Zoom past dolphins on underwater slides, pick your own thrill level at two different intensity wave pools, or just relax in a private cabana. If your family needs special accommodations, Aquatica is a certified autism center providing a ride accessibility program, low sensory areas, quiet rooms, and specialized staff trained to assist all children, including those with special needs. After some fun in the sun, unwind at Bluegreen Vacations The Fountains Resort. Only an 8-minute drive from Aquatica, this resort has beautiful lake views, relaxing facilities, and plenty of suite options, including in-room kitchens.
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, New Braunfels, TX
Enjoy the largest collection of water rides in the world at this German-inspired waterpark
With 51 rides in total, Schlitterbahn New Braunfels has the largest collection of water rides in the world, but the international recognition doesn’t end there. This Texas waterpark has been named the best water park in the world 22 times by Amusement Today Magazine. Ride a watercoaster, a tube chute, and even a skycoaster – part skydiving, part hang-gliding, allowing guests to "fly" through the park. For the perfect mix of affordability, distance, and quality, stay at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson. About 3 miles from Schlitterbahn, this hotel offers a central location near Comal River and all the amenities you expect, without breaking the bank.
Water World, Federal Heights, Colorado
Only a few miles from the mile-high city, is a whole world of waterpark fun
At 67 acres, Water World is one of the biggest waterparks in the US. Enjoy 49 rides and attractions including the Screamin' Mimi—a watercoaster that will get your adrenaline pumping—or a pitch black slide with a light show and sounds, aptly named “Storm.” Then take a ride on the park’s most famous slide, the “Voyage to the Center of the Earth,” where you’ll spin, slide, and dive on a raft through prehistoric times. Only 10 miles away, stay at the Grand Hyatt Denver to get a taste of this unique city during your waterpark adventure. It’s clean, family-friendly, and conveniently located near the Denver Zoo, botanical gardens, Coors field, and the Museum of Nature and Science, which provides a great panoramic view of the city.