Love wet and wild vacations? Some of us can paddle out for a ride on the greatest waves on a whim. Some of us are lucky enough to live within a rogue inflatable ball’s reach of the world’s best beaches. For those of us who live further inland, or prefer something less salty, there are still watery joys to be had, in the form of the world’s best water parks. We’ve scoured the globe for the most extraordinary water parks in the world.
Our list includes some of the top-rated and most unique options of countless cool creations. These are the best water parks in the world.
1. Yas Waterworld (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Opened in 2013, Yas Waterworld has 43 rides and attractions, including five unique water slides created specially for the park.These include Dawwama, the world’s first hydro-magnetic-powered water slide (the hydro-magnetic technology offers a longer, smoother ride, according to the manufacturer) and the Bandit Bomber, a 1,804-foot-long (550-meter) water coaster.
Visitors can hang ten on the world’s largest FlowBarrel surf simulator, or take a spin on Liwa Loop — the Middle East’s only looping water slide.
Yas Waterworld has regularly won awards since it opened in 2013, but it’s the first time that it’s been named World’s Leading Water Park by WTA. It beat off competition from Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park in Florida to secure the title.
2. Siam Park – Tenerife, Spain
Opened by the Princess of Thailand in 2008, Siam Park really is royalty among water parks – it was also No.1 last year in the TripAdvisor awards. It boasts over 30 breathtaking rides and holds several world records, including the creation of the world’s largest man-made wave. For fans of the park, a second one is planned for neighbouring Gran Canaria.
Siam Park in Tenerife (part of the Canary Islands) is a kid’s dream. The spacious, Thai-themed park in Spain is filled with lush, tropical plants. Divided by Relax, Family and Adrenaline categories, its attractions include the heart-pounding Tower of Power, where you drop more than 90 feet and can reach speeds close to 50 mph, zooming through an underwater aquarium that includes a shark. Other highlights include four-person raft rides; The Wave Palace, which features the biggest artificial waves in the world and thee Thai floating market. Tip: Fast passes are key to helping maximize your time.
3. Island H2O Live! – Kissimmee, Florida
Island H2O Live! is the most technologically advanced and immersive new water park in Orlando. Located at the Margaritaville Resort in Kissimmee, it has a very different theme: the digital world. Each attraction has a name referring to a social media, such as Reply Racers or Hashtag Heights. When entering the Island H2O Live! , you will receive a waterproof bracelet that you can synchronize with the profile you created in the H2O Live! app.
From there, you can interact with certain elements of the water park, including some slides. You can also create a playlist of songs that will be played on certain slides. This free app will help you plan your day, allow you to see waiting times, meet family and friends and earn points.
You will have a fabulous day of fun in more than 20 experiences around the park. You can make a splash on the slides, including the multi-guest racer, relax on the refreshing lazy river and watch Be Live! with DJs, parties and amazing surprise guests.
4. Aqualagon, France
For us, the most beautiful water park! Part of the impressive Villages Nature Paris eco-resort near Disneyland, this water park is heated entirely by geothermal energy and more than a third of its water is purified naturally. Throw yourself down one of the eight giant slides, catch the surf in the wave pool or wallow in the lovely outdoor lagoons, which are heated to 30°C (86°F) all year round. There’s also an aquatic climbing wall, white-water rivers, geysers and a lovely spa.
Spread out across 86,000 square feet next to a large body of water, the Water Park Aqualagon meets the High Quality Environment standard, a certification for green buildings in France. Site studies that mapped the direction of the winds and the path of the sun informed the position and layout of the water park’s multifaceted, glazed building. To make the most of cooling cross-breezes in summer and to protect against cold northeasterly winter winds, the aquatic park opens up towards the west and backs up to the forest. The orientation also optimizes sunlight in winter while minimizing solar gain in summer.
5. Aquaventure – Paradise Island, Bahamas
Aquaventure is our one-of-a-kind, 141-acre water park. This non-stop aquatic playground features over twenty million gallons of water, magnificent Atlantean-themed towers housing high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort and 11 refreshing swimming pools.
Aquaventure is a lush, tropical environment that is immersive, interconnected and perfect for all vacationers, both young and old. The water park offers an extreme level of excitement and delivers an “aqua” adventure unlike any other.
6. World Waterpark – Edmonton, Canada
Located inside Alberta’s West Edmonton Mall, this is the world’s second-largest indoor water park and has the world’s largest indoor wave pool, with 2.7 million gallons of water.Attractions include a looping water slide and Blue Thunder, a bungee jump tower suspended over the wave pool.
If the weather outside isn’t cooperating, it’s always warm inside North America’s largest indoor water park. Next to a mall, this five-acre attraction includes Canada’s largest indoor wave pool, a zip ine, hot tubs and a FlowRider surf simulator. A ride down the Cyclone loop slide could have you accelerate from 0 to 2.5Gs in less than two seconds as you zip around a near vertical 360-degree loop! Also try Slideboarding, a waterslide that’s like a video game with interactive lights and buttons.
7. Waterbom – Bali, Indonesia
Set in 3.8 hectares of landscaped tropical parks, Waterbom prides itself on being 68 per cent garden. In between making the most of the lush surroundings and world-class rides, you can sip on a tropical drink at the park’s swim-up bar. Thrillseekers test their mettle on Asia’s steepest slide, but there are also plenty of calmer rides for the faint of heart.
No cheap water park grub here either, the park prides itself on their extensive food options, including hand-made 48hr leavened pizzas and a range of alternatives for the health conscious. Dare to try Climax, a famous trapdoor slide, or Pipeline, a clear tube slide that whips you around turns.
8. Universal’s Volcano Bay – Orlando, Florida
Universal Orlando’s water theme park, Volcano Bay, gets the greatest reviews for its TapuTapu technology that virtually holds your place in line so you can enjoy more fun in the sun versus carrying rafts around the park and waiting. Krakatau is a four-person aqua coaster you conquer in a canoe. There are drop slides, body slides, river rides and the huge Waturi Beach pool with waterfalls and cabanas.
If you have younger children, you might want to park it at the tadpole-friendly, smaller Puka Uli Lagoon pool. For older children or adults, you can’t go wrong with Waturi Beach.
9. Water Cube Water Park – Beijing, China
Originally created for the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing Water Cube Waterpark has become Beijing’s second most visited tourist spot, after the Great Wall. The water park inside the Water Cube is the largest and the best of its kind in China, allowing a functional capacity of 6,000 people and providing the ideal place to escape the summer heat. The giant Wave Pool and stage provides a fun atmosphere for guests to enjoy music and entertainment as they take a swim or fly down one of the AquaTube Body Slides.
Now home to an indoor themed water amusement park that simulates a dream-like underwater world with lights, music, water, bubbles and sea life. Try the Tornado slide, high-speed Aqualoop, Bullet Bowl, river ride, wave pool and kids area. There’s more than enough to stimulate all of your senses!
10. Wild Wadi Waterpark – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This Dubai water park is top-rated and wonderful in the summer heat. Thirty rides and attractions themed after Arabian folklore are fun for the whole family. Kids enjoy racing slides and water guns. Tantrum Alley sends guests down a series of tornados and two FlowRider surf simulators challenge you to catch a wave.
Located next to the stunning Burj Al Arab hotel, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. If chilling out is more your thing you can book one of the nine VIP cabanas, complete with premium sun loungers.
11. Beach Park – Porto das Dunas, Brazil
The largest water park in Latin America, Beach Park is situated on the beach of Porto das Dunas. There’s tons of family fun, spas and multiple towers of waterslides. If you’re feeling brave, try the Insano, one of the tallest waterslides in the world, which drops you down 14 stories in about four or five seconds at speeds up to 65 mph! The Water Circus is great for the little ones with cannons, seesaws, fountains and slides. Surrounding resorts and restaurants make it a true vacation by the sea.
Younger visitors can check out an enormous big top-themed play area or the Acqua Show, with water cannons, synchronized water jets and eight water slides just for kids. Spread out across a massive 42 acres, Beach Park is the largest water park in Latin America and has something for everyone. As well as pools, saunas, ecological walks and artificial rapids the park also features a 14 storey water slide the hardened adrenaline addicts.
12. Tropical Islands – Krausnick, Germany
Housed inside the largest free-standing hall in the world — the structure was originally built as a hangar for dirigibles — Tropical Islands can accommodate 6,000 visitors a day and has one of the world’s largest indoor pools, measuring 656 feet (200 meters) in length. Away from the water, there’s a rainforest with 50,000 plants, a hotel and a nightclub. It’s even possible to go for a balloon ride — all without stepping outside.
This is a perfect place to relax your cares away, then get your adrenaline pumping when you’re ready. The Whitewater River is one of the outside attractions and the longest in Germany. The Jungle Splash water playground is a place where kids and adults can splash together. There’s a tropical spa with saunas and massages (can you say, “Mommy time?”). The arcade and mini-golf are great for when you need a break from the water.
13. Aquatica – Orlando, Florida
Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park in Orlando, is one of the best outdoor water parks in the world for its undersea-themed slides, gentle lagoons and white-sand beaches. With the opening of KareKare Curl in 2019, Aquatica has bragging rights for the most high-thrill rides of all Florida water parks.
RayRush is a popular three-in-one water adventure that includes soaring on a half pipe designed to look like the wings of a manta ray. Two huge wave pools and animal exhibits are fun for the whole family. Aquatica is the first water park in the world to be recognized as a Certified Autism Center.
14. Aquaventure Waterpark (Dubai, UAE)
As of 2013, this Middle East water park is home to the world’s widest water slide, the Middle East’s longest river ride (2.3 kilometers in length) and the Middle East’s longest zip line.
The park’s other attractions include several water coasters, a 2,296-foot-long (700 meters) private beach and the Shark Lagoon, where visitors can hand-feed rays.
15. Area 47 (Innsbruck, Austria)
Area 47 makes our list as an amazing water park but stretches the limits of what we typically consider a water park. It’s something entirely different from most of the entries on here, and we think that’s a good thing. It’ll either redefine what you know to be a water park or simply be an interesting entry to read on the list. The park is situated in the stunning Ötztal Valley and is separated into a number of sections. What makes Area 47 so unique is that it caters to thrill-seekers and nature lovers. The park takes advantage of natural beauty while incorporating some of the most primal thrills that we find in water sports.
The park is a water sports haven. With activities like canyon rafting to wakeboarding, this place has everything you can think of and is supplied by fresh water running through the valley. Family-friendly, this park has log cabins and a water area totally dedicated to all things water. You can cliff dive, jump off of a blob in the lake, water slide, skim; you name it, they have it. There are also activities like rock climbing and mountain biking, so this park is basically for anyone who loves seeking their thrills in the great outdoors, and Area 47 stands out as something different from the typical idea of a water park we’ve come to know.
16. Caribbean Bay (Gyeonggi-do, South Korea)
Caribbean Bay is an indoor/outdoor water park located South Korea, on the outskirts of Seoul. Opened in 1996, it is the Largest Indoor and Outdoor Waterpark in the world, covering a total area of about 242,321,000 square yards (78.2 sq mi; 202.6 km2). Caribbean Bay is part of the Everland Resort, but requires a separate admission fee.
You’ll find four looping water slides and an enormous wave pool at this water park, alongside more traditional attractions such as hot spring pools.Exhausted visitors can power nap in one of the water park’s sleeping rooms, which have purified air and beds carved from energy-boosting jade.
17. Aqua Park Rutland, England
Adrenalin junkies are in for a treat later this month, when a huge inflatable aqua park returns to Rutland Water. Splashing down for its fourth season, Aqua Park Rutland will feature a new park layout, and for the first time, children from the age of six will be able to enjoy this super-soaking summer activity with their family.
Slightly different to your average water park, this attraction in Rutland lays claim to being the UK’s largest inflatable water park. And it all looks like serious fun. Set on the north shore of Rutland Water Park, the 330-foot by 260-foot inflatable course includes climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers, blast bags, and slides. Do you dare take on the challenge?
18. WaterWorld Waterpark (Ayia Napa, Cyprus)
Foam parties aren’t the only way to cool off in Ayia Napa.The WaterWorld Water Park has a Grecian theme, with lots of pillars and Trojan horse-shaped monuments.
Poseidon’s Wave Pool has Greek ruins, geysers and shipwrecks, the River Odyssey lazy river has crumbling stone pillars and the vertigo-inducing Drop to Atlantis shoots riders out of an enormous Roman temple.
19. Olympia Aqua Park, Greece
Looking for family fun in sunny Greece? Sometimes, there isn’t anything quite like a waterpark to keep your kids entertained on a family holiday. There is a range of hotels with water parks in Greece, ideal for those family breaks but the best is Olympia Aqua Park. Water fun gets taken up a gear at this new park in the Peloponnese that’s perfect for thrill-seekers. Aside from a whole host of water slides, you can test your mettle on rides such the Looping Rocket where you’ll be blasted 65 feet into the sky from a launch capsule.
Take the plunge down the high-speed Space Ride or drop into the darkness of the Black Hole. There’s also a Greek gods-inspired children’s play area.
20. Thrill Waterpark – Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas
Royal Caribbean’s newly revamped private island experience, Perfect Day at CocoCay, launched in the last year (2019) with Thrill Waterpark, featuring the tallest water slide in North America, the Caribbean’s largest wave pool, the Caribbean’s largest fresh water pool, as well as gorgeous, warm, clear-water beaches.
Slingshot, a half pipe where you experience moments of zero gravity, might be your favorite, followed by the Twister two-person raft ride that includes tunnels with multi-color lights. Daredevil’s Peak is 135-feet tall and not for the faint-hearted. The obstacle course with lily pads and rope swings is fun for the kids, and in-water loungers make the pools super relaxing.
21. Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Typhoon Lagoon is one of two Disney-operated water parks at Walt Disney World (the other is Blizzard Beach). The theme of Typhoon Lagoon is that the island was a tropical paradise that eventually developed into a small resort destination—Placid Palms Resort. One fateful day, a typhoon threw all manner of ships, surf boards, submarines, and everything else across the island. This “redecorating” transformed the resort island into Typhoon Lagoon.
Typhoon Lagoon has a simple circular layout. The center is the Surf Pool with its beaches, and around that is the lazy river, Castaway Creek. Around most of the park, you can walk along an “inner” or “outer” path on either side of Castaway Creek, with six bridges connecting the paths. Around the outside of Castaway Creek are all the attractions and restaurants.
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