The largest water park in the Caribbean, Aquaventure at Atlantis resort in the Bahamas is a free perk for overnight guests and a must-visit for families staying nearby. Look for jungle-themed slides and fountains, as well as Splashers, a Mayan-themed water playground that’s perfect for young children. Add in a lazy river, rafting rides and a variety of water slides with vertical drops and twisting corkscrews and you’ve got the makings of one splashy family adventure.
No trip to Walt Disney World is complete without a visit to Typhoon Lagoon. Spend the day floating around the park on a nearly 1/2-mile-long lazy river or hit the popular Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster which takes riders up, down and around before making a splash landing in Hideaway Bay. Little kids will love Ketchakiddee Creek with its mini slides, waterfalls and animal-shaped fountains.
Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells, WI is the largest of nearly 2 dozen water parks in the area, featuring 2 huge wave pools, loads of water slides, a 4-D movie theater, wild water rides and even a bodyboarding experience. As a bonus, Noah’s Ark boasts 4 water play areas just for kids, including Paradise Lagoon and Tadpole Bay, which will keep tykes busy splashing and spraying for hours.
Situated on 96 acres in Long Island, NY, Splish Splash has plenty of water slides, wave pools, family tubing rides and even a live parrot show when you’re ready to take a break from water-filled fun. Children will love splashing in the Octopus Pool and exploring the pirate ship in Pirates Cove before getting sprayed by the elephant in the kiddie wading pool.
AQUATICA SAN DIEGO, SEAWORLD’S WATER PARK
Whether you prefer floating along Loggerhead Lane with its lush scenery and views of flamingos or flying down a racing slide like Taumata Racer, Aquatica offers a full day of fun. Look for speedy slides, family tube rides and plenty of splashy fountains and geysers for little ones. As a bonus, kick back in a cabana at the waterpark’s sandy beach.
WET ‘N WILD HAWAII
More than 25 water attractions nestled in a tropical setting make Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii in Oahu the place to go for plunging slides, swirling tunnels and a 400,000 gallon wave pool. Little ones will love to splash and play at Keiki Kove, a spray ground complete with dancing fountains and mini water slides. Later, dry off for a round of miniature golf at Island Adventure Golf, adjacent to the water park.