The Top 5 Water Parks in the US

When the summer heat hits, there’s almost no better way to get relief than to hop in the car and head to a water park. You can spend all day swimming and riding slides, rides, and more. If you want the heat relief without the potential sunburn, there are also many indoor water parks across America. From an indoor Michigan water park to Dolly Parton’s stomping grounds of Tennessee, here’s a look at some of the top water parks in the nation.

Dollywood’s Splash Country

(Pigeon Forge, TN) This park features more than 20 water slides and rides, including rafting and thrilling water coaster rides. There is also a 25,000 square foot wave pool that the whole family can enjoy and a lazy river complete with waterfall. “Little Creek Falls” is the area where younger children can play and enjoy their own rides.

Noah’s Ark

(Wisconsin Dells, WI) Noah’s Ark is America’s largest water park. It features 49 rides, two wave pools and endless rivers, and four different children’s areas. The park features free parking and a variety of food options, and is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year.

Water Country, U.S.A.

(Williamsburg, VA) Located near Busch Gardens, Water Country, U.S.A. is Virginia’s largest water park. The park features a 50s-60s nostalgic theme, and has over 30 water rides and live entertainment. Younger children stay occupied at the Kritter Korral, while adults and adventure lovers can take on rafting rides like Big Daddy Falls.

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Wet n’ Wild Emerald Pointe

(Greensboro, NC) This water park has both relaxing and thrilling rides for kids of all ages, with over 36 rides and attractions in this 3 billion gallon water park, including slides, lazy rivers and wave pools, and thrilling rides. The park also includes a variety of food and beverage options, children’s water play area, and abundant shaded seating.

Great Wolf Lodge

(Traverse City, MI) This Michigan water park also has 9 locations across the United States, including Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and many more, including one in Canada. Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park resort. Your entry to the water park is included in your room price at the resort. The park is kept at a comfortable 84 degrees, and has 39,000 square feet of attractions, including exciting water rides for thrill seekers, and safe, calm areas for little ones. The resort also features several different restaurant options and shopping locations, so there is sure to be something for everyone in your family.

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