Top 10 family waterparks in the world
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For many families, summer is a time of vacations and trips to the sea, where measured rest on the beach allows you to sunbathe, relax and distract from the various problems. However, children tend to be quickly bored with such activities, and crave more active and vivid entertainment. In addition, much of the day the air at the sea is heated far above comfortable temperatures, so even adults sometimes prefer to wait in the saving coolness of the hotel until the heat subsides. In this situation you can always resort to an alternative type of water recreation – go to the water park. This entertainment will allow fun and spend time together and get a portion of unforgettable emotions. Water parks are in almost every resort in every country in the world, but we have selected the ten best of them that are ideal for a family vacation.
The best water parks in the world for a family vacation
|The best water parks in the world for a family vacation||10||Piterland, Russia||4.1|
|9||Happy Magic Water Cube, China||4.2|
|8||Water Country, USA||4.3|
|7||Noah’s Ark, USA||4.4|
|6||Water Kingdom, India||4.5|
|5||Tropical Islands, Germany||4.6|
|4||Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, Spain||4.7|
|3||Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, USA||4.8|
|2||Siam Park, Spain||4.9|
Top 10 – Piterland, Russia.
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The water park is located in St. Petersburg. It is the largest indoor water park in Russia, its water slides, rides and recreation areas occupy a total of 25 thousand square meters. A real miniature city with attractions for visitors of all ages. The main attraction of Piterland is a sixteen-meter pirate ship with a pool, from it go in different directions from five water slides of varying difficulty level. The height of some of them reaches sixteen meters, and the total length of slides – about 500 meters. Especially interesting is the orange spiral slide, which is sure to please fans of steep turns, also popular slide, where you can move from bottom to top because of the powerful jet of water.
In addition, the water park has a large wave pool, flowing through almost the entire complex artificial river “Lazy river”, a six-meter deep pool for diving and surfing training. Younger children will love the specially equipped area with a shallow pool, children’s water slides, and various exciting attractions. Piterland also has a large relax zone with Jacuzzi, several types of saunas, SPA salons and massage rooms.
9th place – Happy Magic Water Cube, China
The largest indoor water park in Beijing, previously it was a water center, but after the Beijing Olympics the center underwent a conversion. Water Cube has an area of 12,000 square meters, it is the second most visited tourist attraction in the Chinese capital. It can accommodate up to 30,000 people at a time. A unique feature of the water park is the interior design, depicting a fantastic underwater world. Under the ceiling of the building soar artificial jellyfish and bubbles, rippling seaweed and pouring water.
The water park has 50 water slides and 18 different attractions that can deliver a lot of excitement even to the most sophisticated visitors. The most popular slides are the 19 meter high speed slide, the descent from which allows speeds of 15 meters per second, and the tube called “Tornado”, where you can experience a real feeling of free flight. Also, the Happy Magic Water Cube has a large wave pool with waves over two meters, an ideal place for learning to surf. Along the entire length of the water park is a “lazy river” with an artificial current. Separately equipped with an entertainment area for children with the safest and at the same time fun rides. In addition to the abundance of water fun there is a stage on which dance shows and a SPA zone with hydromassage are held.
The 8th place – Water Country, USA
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Water Country Water Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is excellent for fun family activities. There are special attractions designed for younger children, such as the Pirate Lagoon with its bubbling pool and ship equipped with water guns, or the giant octopus Ollie, whose tentacles are made into water slides.
Older children usually prefer the extreme slides, the best of which is considered “Wild Canyon”. There is also a large wave pool and “lazy river” with a length of more than one and a half kilometers. Last, unlike many other water parks, in fact, is not lazy at all. It is called “Adventure River”, during the swim on it vacationers cross a series of artificial caves and waterfalls. The water park has recreation areas and several cafes.
Seventh place – Noah’s Ark, USA.
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“Noah’s Ark is the largest open-air water park in the United States, located in Wisconsin Dells. There are 60 waterslides of varying heights and levels of extreme, and more than 20 rides for children, teens and adults. Some of them are designed for single rides, while others can be ridden by a small group. The water park is so big that a whole day is not enough time to get acquainted with all of its attractions. The favorite attractions of most visitors are the water funnel called “Hole in Time” and the slide “Black Anaconda”, where the maximum speed of descent reaches 50 kilometers per hour.
For surfing, there are two large pools with artificial waves up to three meters high. Moreover, there are two “lazy rivers” running through the water park. Of additional entertainment there are mini-golf grounds, 4D cinema, children’s playgrounds. A nice feature of Noah’s Ark is the abundance of trees and green meadows in the surrounding area. The water park was awarded the Platinum Awards for the highest level of safety.
6th place – Water Kingdom, India
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The Water Kingdom Water Park in Mumbai is located at Esselworld Park. It is the largest and most visited water amusement park in India. Its only disadvantage is too many people in the afternoons and holidays. The huge area is divided into five zones, including an area with children’s safe slides and shallow pools. Each year the water park takes about three million visitors, most of them are tourists from other countries.
The pride of the park is considered a roller coaster “Adventures in the Amazon”, a slide almost seven stories high. Daredevils, daring to ride it, can experience the sensation of free fall. The Miss Fisley’s Hill area also has several extreme water slides with dizzying twists and turns. For a more relaxing experience, there is the “Lagoon” area with a play pool. There is also a huge wave pool, arranged in the style of Treasure Island. On top of that, visitors can relax in the jacuzzi and unwind on the dance floor to incendiary Indian music.
5th place – Tropical Islands, Germany
German water park Tropical Islands is located near Berlin, in a converted building, where there used to be a hangar for dirigibles. The fantastic complex can be compared in height to the American Statue of Liberty, it is the highest water park in the world and the largest indoor water park in Europe. In addition it has the biggest artificial beach and bathing complex in Europe. On the territory of the water park, which is equal in size to eight soccer fields, can comfortably accommodate up to six thousand visitors.
“The Tropical Islands are divided into several thematic zones. In Floral World you can wander in the shade of tropical trees and admire the magnificent variety of exotic plants. The “Tropical Village” area includes areas dedicated to Malaysia, Amazonia, Congo and Bali. Well, in the “Lagoon” and “South Sea” is the main thing – water rides with slides for children, teenagers and adults, huge pools with waterfalls, jacuzzis and many other interesting attractions. The highest attraction involves a high-speed slide from a height of 25 meters. There is a large SPA-center, which offers a wide range of procedures and massages, Russian and Turkish baths, various saunas, volleyball courts, as well as numerous restaurants and bars. Interestingly, the complex operates 24 hours a day, for those wishing to stay overnight, provides the possibility of staying in a mini-hotel, tents on the meadow, or in a camping site next to the water park.
4th place – Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, Spain
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The Spanish water park Costa Caribe near Barcelona allows you to plunge into the world of aquatic adventure. It offers a fascinating Caribbean experience and plenty of water fun for all ages. In the children’s area there is a pirate galleon, safe water slides, a variety of tunnels, stairs, waterfalls, fountains and, of course, a shallow pool. Families will definitely have fun taking part in the El Torrente rafting chute.
For adults there is a pool “Paradise Beach” with a waterfall and water effects. The most extreme attraction is the King Khajuna, a 55-degree descent from a height of 31 meters. Developed at a speed of six meters per second will give an unforgettable experience. Also deserving of attention are Rapid Race slides with jumps and El Tifón water spiral tunnel.
3rd place – Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, USA
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park in Florida is one of the most visited in the world. Every year it welcomes over two million people. The peculiarity of this place is in interesting and realistic scenery: it seems as if a typhoon really took place, scattering fishing tackle, boats and wooden debris in the most unexpected way. One of the most visited attractions – a huge pool with waves up to two meters high, in which anyone can safely learn to surf. In the central part of the water park is Mountain Mayday 100 meters high, its slopes stretched a small jungle.
For recreation of children there is a separate area with slides, pool and sandy beach. Fans of fun family rides will love Crush’n Gusher, reminiscent of a roller coaster ride. For those in the mood for extreme sports you can take a ride down Gangplank Falls or Humunga Kowabunga with a steep, almost vertical slope and gurgling streams. Take a break from the adventure, slowly moving the inflatable raft on the “lazy river”, passing around the water park.
2nd place – Siam Park, Spain
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One of the best family water parks in the world is on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Siam Park was created in the style of Thailand, there are giant Buddha statues, oriental towers, an Asian floating market and an abundance of lush tropical greenery. Aquatic entertainment is represented by rides, a total of about thirty, from quiet and comfortable to completely insane, causing a burst of adrenaline. Children’s area called “The Lost City” is a real paradise for young adventurers.
Among the many water slides are Volcano, Singha and Tower of Power. The Volcano with its internal laser projection allows you to experience sliding at high speed in a volcano crater. Singha is a 240 meter long twisting track. Steep turns and six funnels along the way make it an extreme ride. Tower of Power, the water park’s icon, is an open track that descends from a height of 28 meters. It ends with a transparent tube that passes through a pond with stingrays and sharks and leads to the pool. For those who prefer to ride with the whole family, there is Naga Racer, a cascade slide with the ability to compete in speed. In addition to slides, Siam Park boasts a large pool with artificial waves up to three meters high. On the territory of the water park, through the tropical groves, runs a river for a kilometer.
1st place – Aquaventure, UAE
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The top spot for 2019 goes to the water park in the United Arab Emirates, which was built on the artificial Jumeirah Island in Dubai. The mere sight of this imposing structure is breathtaking in its scale. The water fun for all tastes and ages is enhanced by the 700 meter long white sandy beach. Aquaventure is perfect for family holidays, it has a mass of attractions for children, a dedicated play area with mini slides, suspension bridges and water guns, as well as slide “Anakonda” width of 9 meters, which can carry six people simultaneously. The main structure of the complex is the Ziggurat tower, which is 30 meters high, and from it there are seven water rides on different levels.
The most thrilling of the water slides the visitors call the “Leap of Faith”. Those who dare to try it can take a stunning plunge down a steep 27-meter drop, and the last leg of the descent leads through a glass tunnel through a pool with sharks. Also popular in the water park is the 2 km long river, which flows through a series of rapids and waterfalls. There are a dozen swimming pools, most of them allow surfing. At the far end of the park is a dolphinarium, where you can swim alongside these beautiful, intelligent animals.
New ranking of the 10 best water parks in the world
If you decide to go on vacation with the whole family, you will most likely want to visit a water park.
There are a huge number of water parks, and almost all are able to bring joy to you and your children. But there are water parks, which, if you have the necessary funds, everyone just has to visit.
The world’s most famous travel and booking website TripAdvisor has created a new ranking of the best water parks, based on an algorithm that takes into account the number and quality of reviews, as well as the rating of each park in the last 12 months.
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Siam Park, Adeje, Canary Islands, Spain
This water park is not only the largest in Europe, but has also been voted the best water park in the world for the 3rd year in a row.
In 2015, the park opened a new 240-meter water slide called Singha, where guests can go down numerous curves at 18 meters per second, changing direction 14 times in one trip.
And as for the Tower of Power, it is first a 28-meter almost vertical descent that will take you through a transparent tube that runs through a shark tank. At the end you will land in a clear pool as usual.
Siam Park Waterpark (video)
Waterbom Bali Waterpark, Kuta, Indonesia
This water park is the best in Asia, according to a huge number of tourists. Its slides are located on 3.8 hectares decorated with tropical parks.
Among the rides worth mentioning is Pipeline slide, the entrance to which is at a height of 20 meters. Guests ride it inside a vertiginous transparent tube from which you can see everything around you.
Also worth highlighting is Fast n’ Fierce, which is a two parallel slides where you can gain speed very quickly.
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One of the scariest slides is called Climax. Here, a person enters a small capsule located at a height of 16 meters, the doors close, and the floor literally goes out from under your feet, you fall vertically down at high speed, experiencing a load of 2.5 g.
Waterbom Bali Waterpark (video)
3. Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This water park is located in the resort complex Atlantis the Palm. It was voted the best water park in the Middle East because of the many slides, shark ponds and clean wide 700-meter beach.
One of the slides is called the Tower of Neptune and it features dark and mysterious tunnels ready to catapult guests into Shark Lagoon as well as incredible water-coasters that will make you reach your limits.
In the Splashers Children’s Play Area, you’ll find a play area with hanging bridges and water cannons.
Aquaventure Waterpark (video)
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Typhoon Lagoon Water Park (Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park), Orlando, Florida.
This is one of two water parks at the Walt Disney World Resort and has attractions for the whole family, from fast slides to a playground with small rafts that you can ride quietly around the park.
You can catch 2-meter waves in the Surf Pool and swim in the Shark Reef with real sharks.
The Crush n’ Gusher attraction plays the role of an abandoned and dilapidated fruit processing plant. Guests can enjoy three different slides: Banana Blaster, Coconut Crusher, or Pineapple Plunger, which are approximately 125 meters long.
5. Beach Park Water Park, Aquiras, Brazil
This is the largest water park in Brazil where you will find swimming pools, saunas, ecological areas, artificial river rapids and one of the slides is not for the faint of heart as high as a 14-story house.
One of the attractions is called Treasure Island where you will find water cannons, a wall with six pieces of water artillery and a lighthouse with a spiral slide for families.
There is also the Chills attraction, where guests go down the slide at a 90-degree angle on twin laps.
Beach Park Water Park (video)
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6. Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The park is located in front of the amazing Burj Al Arab building and you will find 30 different slides and attractions for the whole family.
The theme park was created based on the fairy tale of Juha, a famous character from Arabian folklore.
The most memorable rides in the park are Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders, which allow you to fully enjoy surfing. There are four such rides in the world.
The Wipeout shoots 7 tons of water per second onto the blue water surface, creating small waves that guests can ride by laying or kneeling on small boards.
Wild Wadi Waterpark (video)
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7. Blizzard Beach Water Park (Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park), Orlando, Florida
The park is simply enormous and has plenty of slides, including some of the highest and fastest water slides in the world, as well as plenty of rides for the whole family. For kids, there are smaller versions of popular rides built in the ice palace play area.
In 2016, thanks to the enormous popularity of the “Cold Heart” cartoon, the park decided to hold a themed event. Guests were invited to join Christophe or Olaf’s team and compete on various rides.
Friends could compete in the Downhill Double Dipper parallel slides. There’s also a river where you can float safely around the huge park.
Blizzard Beach Waterpark (video)
8. Aquaventure Waterpark, Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
The theme of this 24-hour water park is Atlantis. In addition, various details related to the Mayan tribe can be found here.
Among the main attractions is the “Leap of Faith” from a height of about 18 meters, as well as the river with a very strong current and large waves of 1.5 meters.
In addition, the water park has 11 different pools and attractions such as swimming with dolphins and competitions in radio-controlled cars.
It is worth noting that the park itself is designed exclusively for family recreation, which means that there are no too extreme slides. But in the “Temple of Maya” you can ride the slides in the form of tunnels that descend into the bay, where the sharks are swimming.
Aquaventure Waterpark (video)
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9. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
This is the first mega water park in the UAE. It covers an area of 15 hectares with 43 water rides for the whole family.
Here you can find attractions that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. For example the longest and fastest tornado slide, the region’s first death loop slide, and the world’s first interactive water and laser roller coaster.
The theme of the park is built around the culture of the Emirates, and the main attraction of the water park is an attraction where guests can go pearl diving.
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi Water Park (video)
10. Hot Park Waterpark, Rio Kenti, Brazil
This is so far the only water park in South America where the reservoirs are filled with hot water.
One of the scariest slides is called Xpirado. Guests climb to a height of 31 meters and descend the 142-meter-long slide at an average speed of 8.3 meters per second (almost 30 kilometers per hour) past a lake of piranhas.
Another standing slide is called the Giant Slide. Here, guests descend a wide slide from a height of 22 meters on inflatable laps.
Like most of the water parks described above, there is a children’s playground and many other slides, including Half Pipe and a wave pool.