The Best Waterparks in America

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.

Knott’s Soak City Waterpark—Buena Park, Ca

Newly expanded for 2017, the OC’s largest outdoor water park debuts seven new slides this year, as well as two new slide towers: Shore Break—seven stories high with six different slides—and The Wedge—an open air family raft ride full of twists, turns and unexpected drops. If you’re up for it, four of the new seven slides start with an Aqua Launch chamber: you wait until the floor drops out from under you to start the slide! If this all sounds too thrilling for your tiny ones, there’s Gremmies Lagoon—a sweet 1 ft. depth splash pad full of interactive play. You can also cool down in the 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay to ride the surf. In addition, the restaurant has undergone a remodel and they’ve added a bunch of cabanas and seating areas to relax in.

Knott’s Soak City at Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, Ca 90620

photo: CopaDave via flickr


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