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The Best Water Park Attractions in the U.S.

If you’re a thrill seeker, or just looking for a way to avoid the unbearable heat of summer, a trip to a water park might be your best bet. Instead of resorting to a boring old waterslide, consider a visit to one of these wild water attractions …
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The Cliffhanger
Cliff Diver
Dolphin Plunge
Flow Rider
Master Blaster
Summit Plummet
The Stingray
The Tornado
Voyage to the Center of the Earth
White Water Family Raft Ride

Summit Plummet

Disney World’s Blizzard Beach, Orlando, Florida
Summit Plummet is the world’s fastest and highest free-fall ride.

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Cliff Diver

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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Dolphin Plunge

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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Flow Rider

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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Master Blaster

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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Summit Plummet

Disney World’s Blizzard Beach, Orlando, Florida
Summit Plummet is the world’s fastest and highest free-fall ride.

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The Stingray

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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The Tornado

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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