With Summer coming up fast, families across the country are gearing up to hit the pool to cool off and relax all season. And when the neighborhood pools become too congested and crowded, many people will seek the next best thing – waterparks!

No matter where you go in the US, you’ll find some of the best and largest waterparks in the world; gigantic indoor and outdoor facilities housing everything from 50-foot slides to elaborate lazy rivers that go on for miles. This summer, when you’re looking for fun water adventures to dive into, check out this list of the 10 best waterparks across the country to find the perfect pool to cool off all summer long.

1. Schlitterbahn

If adventure is what you crave, look no further for water fun than Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, TX. This waterpark is often rated as the best in the country with over 50 water sports, slides, and attractions to choose from. Visitors can relax on a lazy river that winds throughout the park or catch some waves on the Boogie Bahn surf simulator. Schlitterbahn is owned by Cedar Fair and the property includes three resorts, five outdoor waterparks, and two indoor water parks for year-round adventure and excitement. 

2. Splashin Safari

Saint Nick isn’t the only one coming around the bend at Splashin Safari in Santa Claus, IN. This waterpark is filled with mind-blowing adventures and thrills including an eight-story, 336-foot-long slide with a story drop and the world’s largest enclosed waterslide, ZOOMbabwe. The park is also home to Jungle Racer – a ten-lane, side-by-side racing slide and two of the world’s longest waterslides, the Mamouth and the Wildebeast. Splashin Safari has a ton of family-friendly water activities, raft rides, and wave pools. 

3. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon


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Located in Orlando, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is the amusement park’s premier waterpark experience. There are watersports all over the park as well as a chance to interact with sea creatures and aquatic life while frolicking through the water. Typhoon Lagoon is home to the world’s largest wave pool and, with Disney themes throughout the park, visitors are swept way into their own fairy tales as they ride the waves. 

4. Water Country USA


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Water Country USA has a little bit of everything for everyone. The park is owned by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment and has been serving the Williamsburg, VA area since 1984. Visitors can enjoy a variety of thrills and chills throughout the park including the Nitro Racer, a breathtaking slide with a near-vertical drop, the family-friendly raft ride Hubba Hubba Highway, and the park’s fastest and tallest waterslide Big Daddy Falls. In total, Water Country USA has 17 waterslides and is the largest waterpark in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

5. Water World


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One of the oldest and largest waterparks in the country, Water World in Denver, CO is a family favorite that tourists visit throughout the year. The park sits on 70 acres of land and is home to 72 mind-blowing waterslides suitable for visitors of all ages. Apart of the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation Center, Water World has two artificial wave pools that provide ocean-like vibes and has been creating epic water fun adventures for families since 1979. In addition to swimming pools and slides, Water World also has cabanas and bungalows for rent throughout the property for parents to chill out while the kids play. 

6. Kalahari Resort

If you’re ever in Sandusky, Ohio, you might want to spend a few days hanging out at Kalahari Resort. Kalahari is named after the African desert and its design is inspired by the majestic terrain. It is home to one of the best indoor water parks in the country and has water activities for people of all ages. Guests can enjoy multiple impressive slides like the Tanzanian Twister or the Swahili Swirl. If guests want to get away from the kids to relax in peace, they can chill at the swim-up mud hut bar or unwind on the Crocodile Cove lazy river. There also is a surf simulator, rock climbing wall, and basketball court so you could spend quite some time checking out all the features the park has to offer. 

7. Wet n’ Wild Emerald Peak

Dreaming about flying through the air before plunging into a pool of water? Well, Wet n’ Wild Emerald Park in Greensboro, NC may be the waterpark dreams are made of. Visitors will find a slew of family-oriented activities in the park as well as sections dedicated specifically to family fun. Each year, Wet n’ Wild is ranked as one of the top 10 waterparks in the US, and for good reason. The park has more than 36 attractions and water activities including tube rides, drop slides and water chutes. It even has a tube chute that sends guests flying 40 miles per hour into the water. 

8. Splish Splash

Located in Long Island, NY Splish Splash is the largest waterpark in the US. The park is full of twists and turns that will keep children entertained for hours. Unlike a lot of waterparks, Splish Splash not only offers amazing slides and pools but an abundance of watersport activities for visitors to enjoy. Its tube slide Dinosaur Falls has historic creatures waiting around every bend and visitors can avoid scary sharks in their Barrier Reef. There also are multiple family rides including raft rides and a lagoon

9. Disney’s Blizzard Beach

Like Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Blizzard Beach is another Orlando waterpark perfect for relaxation or adventure. Rumor has it, this themes resort was inspired by a ski resort that was hit by a freak snowstorm and snowy capped mountain ranges can be seen throughout the park. If relaxation is on the menu, guests can enjoy the scenic views from the lazy river or several leisure pools within the park. However, if adventure is on the brain then guests can climb 90 feet to the top of Mt. Gushmore or experience a free-fall slide at Summit Plummet. Either way, Blizzard Beach has the best of both worlds when it comes to water fun. 

10. Raging Waters


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On your next visit to California, be sure to check out Raging Waters in San Dimas. Raging Waters is the largest waterpark in California and home to thrilling rides and attractions for all ages. Guest can take a 60-feet plunge down Neptunes Fury or slide 34 miles per hour on the Ragin’ Racer. If chillaxing is the top priority, the park also has a lazy river and gentler wave pools for folks to enjoy.