Relax in an inner tube on the Congo River Expedition (keep your eyes peeled for water-squirting snakes!) before plunging 3 stories and turning in spirals on the Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas. There are plenty of activities for small children too, like the Kinderhaven water playground with slides, a wading pool and even a shaded section for sun protection.
2. WATER COUNTRY
Whether you’ve got teens or tiny tots, Water Country in New Hampshire has plenty for everyone. Head to Thunder Falls for whitewater family rafting or jump the waves at the Giant Wave Pool, the largest in New England. Little ones will love the park’s 3 separate kiddie play areas where they can shoot water cannons from a pirate ship, slide down an octopus and get soaked by a tipping bucket at a tree house.
Combine wave pools, water slides and scenic views of the Rocky Mountains and you’ve got Water World. Situated just outside Denver, Water World is one of America’s largest water parks, offering a boatload of family-friendly rides, like Lost River of the Pharaohs, a family rafting ride through ancient pyramids. Upgrade your entrance pass to include tube valet service, which allows you to cut lines and avoid lugging your tube up rides.
4. LEGOLAND WATER PARK
LEGOLAND Water Park outside San Diego features more than 20 LEGO models around the park, as well as LEGO friends ready to spray water on guests. Build-A-Raft River allows riders to create their own rafts using soft LEGO bricks. Meanwhile, toddlers get their own areas to splash and play with DUPLO animals. The LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park offers even more fun with a beach, wave pool and various water slides and water cannons.