Water parks form the bedrock of many a family holiday, providing fun in the water regardless of the weather. There are many amazing water parks in the world which makes choosing only 10 difficult. Most people know about Florida’s superb water parks like Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon so we’ve focused on water parks that you may not have heard of.
Below we look at ten of the world’s most popular water parks:
Las Cascada Water Park, Puerto Rico – Las Cascada claims to be the biggest park of its kind in the Caribbean, making it a top destination for families exploring this beautiful corner of the world.
Having recently been renovated, Las Cascada Water Park is open from March to the end of September every year. Operating between the hours of 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 6pm on weekends, Las Cascada is free for children aged 3 years and under (approximately £11.50 for children aged 4-12 and £12.50 for adults).
Popular rides at Las Cascada, which was built in 1985, include the Tropical Lazy River, The Bomb, Water Tunnel, Speed Slide and Crazy River (a rapids simulator).
Schlitterbahn, Texas, USA – no bigger water park can be found in Texas. Schlitterbahn – ‘slippery road’ in German – can actually be found in three places in Texas: Galveston Island, New Braunfels and South Padre Island.
Popular attractions at Schlitterbahn (Galveston Island) include the Bahnzai Pipeline, Blastenhoff Heated Pool and Boogie Bahn, which is especially good fun for kids. The F5 Twin Twisters ride is not to be missed! General admission costs a little under £30 and the park is open throughout most of the year.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World, Australia – located in the glorious Gold Coast, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World is the largest and most impressive water park in Australia. There are plenty of attractions to enjoy at the park, with the most popular rides including the Blackhole and Tornado.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World is open for most of the year, closing only on Christmas Day and Anzac Day (25th April). The park opens at 10 o’clock every morning and closes at 9pm between 27th December and 22nd January, 4pm between 1st May and 31st August and 5pm every other day. General admission ranges from £23 to £40 (children and adults respectively).
Noah’s Ark Water Park, Wisconsin, USA – situated in Wisconsin Dells, Noah’s Ark Water Park has it all. The park features 49 superb rides, including Black Anaconda, the longest water coaster in the States. Noah’s Ark also boasts 4 children’s water play areas, over 60 slides, 2 ‘endless’ rivers and 2 massive wave pools. Open daily throughout the summer from 9am (back area of park opens at 10am), Noah’s Ark costs around £20 to enter (children aged 2 and under go free).
Aqualand El Arenal, Majorca, Spain – Aqualand El Arenal is situated in one of the more popular areas of Mallorca, offering fun and excitement to thousands of families. The park features 15 top attractions, including the Banzai, Crazy Race, Anaconda and Surf Beach. Open throughout the year.
Fasouri Watermania, Cyprus – Fasouri Watermania features 33 top attractions on 25 acres of land. Home to the largest, most powerful wave pool in Europe, Fasouri Watermania is suitable for all ages; some rides include adult-only lanes to keep youngsters safe. Open from 1st May to 31st October during the summer season, the park costs £16 for adults and around £8 for children. Little ones aged three or under pay nothing.
Cariba Creek, Alton Towers, UK – Cariba Creek in Alton Towers is arguably the finest water park in the UK. Featuring attractions such as the Wacky Waterworks Tree House and Lagoona Bay, Cariba Creek includes a number of top slides. Tickets cost £15 for any person aged 12 and over and £10.50 for children aged 4-11. Free admission is provided for children aged under 4, while concessions are made for families, senior citizens and the disabled. Open throughout the year.
Water Country, Virginia, USA – situated in Williamsburg, Virginia, Water Country is home to a number of top attractions, but none is more impressive than Vanish Point – an amazing 75-foot vertical drop slide. Water Country is open May to September every year.
Water World, Ayia Napa, Cyprus – another Water World and another adventure in Cyprus. Claiming to be the biggest theme park of its kind in Europe, Water World in Ayia Napa features 18 superb attractions, which include the marvellous Chariot Chase, Aeolos Whirlpool and Kamikaze Slides. Tickets cost a little under £30 for persons aged 13 years and over and around £16 for children aged 3-12.
Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai – situated next to the iconic Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park features no less than 30 major rides and attractions. Unlike the other parks mentioned on this list, Wild Wadi is open 365 days a year from 10am until 6pm November-February, 8pm June-August and 7pm all other days. Tickets cost between £23 and £35 – children aged 2 years and under go free.