It’s natural to hit the beach or the pool on a summer vacation, but catching a tan and practicing your dive gets old fast. Wake up with the 10 best water parks in America!

1. Schlitterbahn Waterpark 

Where: New Braunfels, Texas

Such intense summer heat and so few beaches… where do Texans go to cool off? They go to the “Slippery Road,” also known as Schlitterbahn. Often proclaimed the best water park in the world, Schlitterbahn boasts 65 acres of body slides, tube chutes, lazy rivers, uphill water coasters (the park’s invention), raft rides, and other inspired attractions. The three mini-parks – Blastenhoff, Surfenburg, and Schlitterbahn West – ensure that every single person who comes to Schlitterbahn has something to do, whether that’s screaming their way up and down the Master Blaster, zipping down the Soda Straws, surfing at Boogie Bahn, relaxing in the Lagoon Hot Tub, spending time with the kids in the Tadpool Kiddie Pool, or catching a wave at Blastenhoff Beach.

When the scorching Texas sun finally backs off and makes way for cooler weather, the fun at Schlitterbahn doesn’t end. Thanks to the Schlitterbahn Hill Country Christmas, the summertime paradise turns into a winter wonderland, with a million twinkling lights, ice skating, shows, food, shopping, and more!

Tubes and parking are free. As well, bring your own food and beverages to the park, as there’s no charge to picnic here!  

New Braunfels condo rentals, homes, and cottages place you near all the action. Galveston, South Padre Island and Kansas City, Kansas, are also home to Schlitterbahn Waterparks.  

2. Noah’s Ark

Where: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Noah’s Ark is in the business of breaking records. With the nation’s longest water coaster (the Black Anaconda) and the world’s only 4D Dive-In Theater, a trip to this Wisconsin water park won’t soon be forgotten! The kids can play at the Octoexplorer while you test your limits on the Point of No Return – body slides that begin their descent 10 stories up! If you’re in the mood for some friendly competition, check out the Bumper Boats. Don’t live in the area? Don’t worry; we have over a dozen Wisconsin Dells vacation rentals.

3. Water World

Where: Denver, Colorado

From innovative adventures that blur the line between theme park and water park, like Voyage to the Center of the Earth (a dinosaur-themed ride), to water park firsts, like the Ragin’ Colorado (America’s first tube ride for groups), it’s safe to say Water World is an overachiever. So, splash around in Captain Jack’s Wave Pool; feel your stomach drop on the Zoomerang, a 4-story high water slide; and dodge cobras and mummies in the Lost River of the Pharaohs, an exciting whitewater raft journey. For a more peaceful time, retreat to the Big Top Family Fun Zone. If Water World sounds like a blast, book a Denver condo rental!

4. Water Country USA

Where: Williamsburg, Virginia

The rides and attractions of Water Country USA seem to have popped right out of the 1950s and 60s! Take the easygoing, free-floating Hubba Hubba Highway just about anywhere you like, grab a friend and a tube and twist and turn down the Malibu Pipeline, or take a time out with the little ones at the Cow-a-Bunga heated pool and play land.  Other highlights are Surfer’s Bay, the biggest wave pool in Virginia, and the unique Island Quest Dive Show, which showcases athletes of the water and sky, including divers and acrobats! A day at the water park is exhausting, so make sure to settle down for the evening in one of our Williamsburg vacation rentals.  

5. Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach

Where: Orlando, Florida

It’s not at all surprising that Disney World has gotten its feet wet with a few water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. It’s also not surprising they are some of the best in the country! At Typhoon Lagoon, snorkel with real sharks at Shark Reef, test your boarding skills in the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, feel your heart pound on the water coaster Crush N Gusher, or go with the flow in Castaway Creek, Disney’s version of the lazy river. For the wild and thrilling Summit Plummet, Downhill Double Dipper, and Runoff Rapids rides, head over to Blizzard Beach. Choose Disney World villas, condos, and homes for your summer vacation!

6. Splashtown Waterpark

Where: San Antonio, Texas

With Schlitterbahn near by, Splashtown has a lot to prove and thankfully, park goers won’t be disappointed. Chill out on the Siesta Del Rio lazy river, speed down slides with humorous names like the Wedgie, and discover your inner child at Kid’s Kove. With dive-in movies and a bunch of creative slides and rides, Splashtown has successfully distinguished itself from the pack of water parks. If you’re interested in a Splashtown adventure, a San Antonio vacation home is right up your alley.

7. Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Point

Where: Greensboro, North Carolina

Search all over North and South Carolina and you won’t find a water park as big as Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Point, which offers up 30+ rides and attractions. Children always have a good time at Happy Harbor and Splash Island, while thrill-seekers opt for the Daredevil Drop, the Skycoaster, and the Edge – an intimidating half-pipe tube ride and one of the newest additions to the park.

8. Raging Waters

Where: Three Locations in California

Float down the Endless River or plunge down the Serpentine Slides. Dare to enter the Dragon’s Den or laugh and splash around with the kiddos at Wacky Water Works! California’s three Raging Waters parks are the largest in the state and can be easily enjoyed with California rentals in and around San Jose, Sacramento, and San Dimas.   

9. Splish Splash

Where: Long Island, New York

A water park in the northeast seems out of place, but once you’ve taken on the invigorating Hollywood Stunt Rider tube ride or shot down the 8-story high Cliff Diver slide, you’ll be a believer. There’s plenty of fun for the children, too, like the Elephant Slide and Octopus Pool. Plus the whole family will fall in love with the stars of “Close Encounter of the Bird Kind,” who happen to be four funny parrots.

10. Splashin Safari

Where: Santa Claus, Indiana

The new Kima Bay features a monkey theme, several water slides, and hundreds of other water-activated fun for the whole family. And rides like the Jungle Rider and Watubee make sure your Splashin Safari experience is adventurous, too.