The Best Water Park Attractions in the U.S.
Splish Splash Long Island, Calverton, New York
Cliff Diver is one of the rawest, most basic scream-conjuring water attractions in the country; riders drop eight stories in three seconds down a (practically) vertical slide.
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Aquatica, SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida
Dolphin Plunge sends visitors down an enclosed slide which dips through a pool full of dolphins. While the idea is original, most visitors never see see any dolphins because of the high speed.
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Raging Water, San Dimas, California
Flow Rider mimics a surfing experience when only perfect waves are present. Riders can slice back and forth on individual boards as 36,000 gallons of water flow below them.
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Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
Riders plunge three stories down, then three stories back up, then into a twisty tunnel that sends them spiraling around Schlitterbahn’s central tower.
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Noah’s Ark Water Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
The Stingray is an unusual water ride; shaped somewhat like a giant half pipe, this ride allows two people at a time to spin back and forth in its trough.
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Six Flags White Water, Marietta, Georgia
The Tornado, hurls four-person, raft-borne riders into a sixty-foot diameter funnel and finally through a waterfall. The ride cycles 5,000 gallons of water per minute.
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Voyage to the Center of the Earth
Water World, Denver, Colorado
For a thrill of prehistoric proportions, check out the Voyage to the Center of the Earth. Visitors ride inner tubes through a pitch-black slide representing an untouched cavern, the darkness of which is interrupted only by automated dinosaurs.
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White Water Family Raft Ride
Water Park of America, Bloomington, Minnesota
This ride sums up the true Midwestern experience, combining literal familial closeness (crammed into a raft) with an exciting ride over Minneapolis’ Interstate 494.
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