That kiddie pool in your backyard is nice for cooling your feet but this summer it’s time to up the water-play game, big time. The US has no shortage of amazing water parks—from just-opened volcano-themed to revamped old classics—but we’ve picked out favorites from among the many. Click through the slideshow to see our top 14 and find out if your best-loved made the list.

Pirate’s Cove—Hope, Nj

Yarrrr never gonna find a better water park for pirate lovers than Pirate’s Cove. Launch yourself from Pirate’s Peak or Pirate’s Plunge body slide, take an action packed river ride (do not be fooled into thinking this is a lazy river) or just splash around in the 18-inch deep wading pool designed with the littlest buccaneers in mind. If you can every lure the kids away from Blackbeard’s Pirate Fort, a giant ship full of interactive water play and a dumping bucket, you can head to the sister property: The Land of Make Believe. Here you’ll find a county fair vibe with classic rides. It’s low-key in the best way possible.

Pirate’s Cove at The Land of Make Believe
354 Great Meadows Rd., Rt. 611
Hope, Nj

photo courtesy Pirate's Cove

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