For kids, spending a day at amazing water parks is a must when the summer months finally come around. So why not make it the best one possible? One they will talk about for months and brag about to their friends when they return to school this Fall? The following list has several parks that will do just that. These are by far some of the most amazing water parks to enjoy a day of relaxing in lazy rivers, sliding around on a tube and getting wet and wild.
1. Soak City, Virginia
This 20-acre water park, which used to be called WaterWorks, had a bunch of new features added recently including, a 65-foot slide complex – Hurricane Heights – that has three attractions. Paradise Plunge is for the brave ones, since they wait for the floor to drop beneath them before they fly down a flume in a free fall. Acqua Blast will see riders slide down twists and curves in an enclosed chute. Thunder Falls sends riders down incredibly intense drops and twists as they ride a single or double raft.
2. Oceans of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri
This park has Splash Island, a 4,200-square-foot interactive and water attraction that is fun for the entire family. It has water jets and paddle boats in the shape of swans. The park also has several body and tube slides, a lazy river, wave pool and a lake that can be used for kayaking.
3. Darien Lake, New York
This outdoor water park's Swirl City has a collection of tube rides and Hook's Lagoon water playground that will make any kid or adult happy. However, the Brain Drain water slide – a 70-foot-tall tower slide that drops riders 38 feet per second in a crazy, adrenaline-fuelled free fall - is one of its most popular features. The Ripcuri Racer, a six-lane water slide racing complex that has a 40-foot drop and 300 feet of sliding pleasure, is also popular.
4. Jenkinson's Breakwater Beach, New Jersey
If you like the ocean but can't seem to find time to get to it, don't worry. Just visit this popular water park. The Harbor is a wave pool that is made to actually mimic the ocean. Also popular here is the Zero-Gravity Racer, a six-lane racing slide where riders compete with each other for the fastest speed.
5. Carolina Harbor Water Park, North Carolina
This new park is an expansion of the original water park with amazing attractions, including Blackbeard's Revenge, a six-story tall water slide complex that has Pirate's Plank and Cannonball Drop, Seaside Splashworks and Kiddy Hawk Cove. The Seaside Splashworks area is geared for the whole family and has more than 80 features such as spray jets, water guns and an 423-gallon tipping bucket. Kiddy Hawk Cove allows kids to spray their parents with jets.
6. Dollywood's Splash Country, Tennessee
Located in the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this water park has about two dozen rides and attractions . There are two playground areas for smaller kids as well as a water coaster ride called RiverRush. You can also slide down 140 feet on the dual Fire Tower Falls slides.
7. LegoLand Water Parks, California and Florida
What kid doesn't like LEGO? Combine that with water, sun and slides and you've got yourself a winner! These parks are geared towards kids aged two to 10 and include cool LEGO themed splash areas, water slides and beaches. One of the most popular rides however, is the Build-a-Raft attraction, where kids get to build their own raft out of LEGOs.
8. Six Flags White Water, Atlanta
This outdoor water park has one of the coolest attractions of any water park – The Dive Bomber. This water slide sees riders stand in a clear capsule with a trap door. When the door opens, you drop more than 100 feet at about 90 degrees. If that doesn't sound like your thing, no worries because this water park has about two dozen other water rides and attractions, including a lazy river, splash pools and family rides.
9. Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Denver
This water park is home to the famous SlideZilla, a tube ride for four people that takes you along a six-story hybrid slide and sends you through a chute and into a 24-foot tornado funnel before you get dropped 57 feet into a bowl. There are also several other water slides and kid-friendly rides here.
10. Wet 'n Wild, Las Vegas, Honolulu and Phoenix
This chain of water parks has several locations, all with amazing attractions for those seeking thrills and those wanting some light family fun. In Las Vegas, the Slideboarding ride, a combination of both a water slide and video game, is popular. This slide uses a smart gaming system to track riders' progress as they go down. Their scores are affected by how many targets they hit using controller handles that are located on their raft.