Dream of waking up with the sun and paddling out on your surfboard while the rest of the world sleeps? It’s a great vision, but it’s only a fantasy if you don’t live anywhere near the ocean. For those who live in landlocked areas or who simply have an aversion to shark infested saltwater, water parks are the next best thing to being a beach bum. Here are eight of the world’s best water parks to consider when planning your next vacation.
Aquatica in Orlando, Florida, doesn’t have just one humongous wave pool, but two, right next to each other. Slide down the Dolphin Plunge to pass through an aquarium, then test your nerves on the Omaka Rocka, which is a thrilling trip through various funnels and flumes. When you need to take a break from all the nerve wracking fun you’re having, head to the beach or the South Seas gardens, which has tens of thousands of plant species.
Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai, UAE
Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai has some of the world’s top watermark attractions, including a wild water slide, the longest river ride in the Middle East and the longest zip line in the Middle East. There are also water coasters, a private beach and a Shark Lagoon with stingrays waiting to be fed by visitors.
Beach Park, Fortaleza, Brazil
Beach Park in Foraleza, Brazil, is the home of the famous (or infamous) Insano water slide – the world’s tallest and fastest, standing at 135 feet and helping riders get up to 65 mph. If you can handle that, you can also tackle the Kalafrio half-pipe water slide. For little ones, there’s a carnival themed play area and the Acqua Show which has water cannons, jets eight kiddie slides.
Caribbean Bay, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Caribbean Bay in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, has hot spring pools, a wave pool and four water slides that loop. Sounds pretty basic at first, right? Here’s the twist: if you get sleepy, you can take a nap in one of the sleeping rooms, which have jade beds (jade is great for boosting energy) and purified air.
Slam Park, Tenerife, Spain
Slam Park in Tenerife, Spain, is themed after Thailand and, appropriately, offers surf lessons in the wave pool. The Tower of Power is 91 feet high and plunges riders vertically before sending them through a stingray and shark filled aquarium. Too much action for you? Hang out and snooze a bit on the lazy river.
Tropical Islands, Krausnick, Germany
The Tropical Islands watermark in Krausnick, Germany, is an indoor complex with huge pools, a rainforest and even a nightclub. You can go on a hot air balloon ride, too.
Watercube Waterpark, Beijing
Watercube Waterpark has jellyfish and bubble clouds overhead, and all of the park’s rides were made overseas and shipped to Beijing. Take a ride in the Tornado funnel or get shot out of the Bulletbowl. Another favorite of visitors is the Aqualoop water slide.
World Waterpark, Alberta, Canada
World Waterpark in Alberta, Canada, is inside the West Edmonton Mall, which makes it the perfect play area for a rainy day. Not only is World Waterpark the second largest indoor waterpark in the entire world, but it also has the largest indoor wave pool, which holds almost 3 million gallons of water. There’s also a looping slide and a bungee jump tower called Blue Thunder.
Jessie Zender is a freelance writer from Scottsdale, Arizona writing for www.roadrunnerpoolservice.com. Jessie writes extensively in the home maintenance field. He is considered an expert in the pool repair and pool cleaning service industries.