Posted: July 17, 2014

Top US water parks to visit on your family vacation
Here are some of the top water parks in the U.S.

Summer is the season of hot temperatures, sunny skies, running through sprinklers, eating ice cream cones and relaxation. It's also prime time for families to take a vacation. With the kids out of school and the excellent weather conditions, summer makes for an ideal time to visit anywhere around the U.S.

Give your family a change of scenery and a chance to get away from your everyday life for little while. And if you and your children enjoy spending time in the water, planning a summer vacation near a water park is a must. Water parks provide a little something for everyone, from lazy rivers where mom and dad can relax to thrilling water slides for daredevils and wading pools for the younger ones.

With so many options to choose from in each state, it can be a challenge to narrow them down. It's helpful to determine where in the U.S. you want to go. Do you want to head south if you live in the north? Do you want to check out someplace your family hasn't been before? Once you settle on a family travel destination, you can find the best water park in the area.

To help you out, here are some of the best water parks around the U.S.:

Water Country USA:

This water park can be found in Williamsburg, Virginia, and is very family friendly. The historical town serves as the backdrop, and according to CNN, it was the sixth most visited park in the U.S. in 2013. Water Country USA is home to Virginia's largest wave pool where 4-foot waves crash every 10 minutes. Thrill seekers can check out Vanish Point, which starts with a surprising drop-out floor, or the Nitro Racer with its six sliders racing each other to an aquatic finish line. There are 25 total rides here including the kid-friendly ones like H20 UFO, Cow-A-Bunga and Kritter Korral.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort

New Braunfels, Texas, is home to Schlitterbahn, which impressively drew in almost 1 million visitors in 2013. Adrenaline junkies: This is definitely the spot for you as this water park is home to the world's tallest waterslide: Verrückt, which rises a frightening 168 feet into the air. For calmer visitors there's Storm Blaster, Torrent Beach, Kinderhaven, Twister, Kristal River and Henry's Hideout.

Wet 'n Wild

It's not surprising that Florida offers excellent water park options, and Orlando's Wet 'n Wild is no exception. The Surf Lagoon delivers 4-foot waves you can try and hop over, or you can brace the Bomb Bay, which delivers an almost vertical 76-foot gully and starts with a surprise trap door opening. CNN noted that this was the fourth most visited park in 2013, and since it's opening in 1977 it's continued to offer aquatic fun for the whole family.

Water World

Denver, Colorado, may bring up more images of skiing than swimming, but this water park proves that Denver is a great spot to visit during the summer season as well. A favorite ride here is the Turbo Racer where you ride belly-down, headfirst along an eight-lane racetrack. Other popular rides include Voyage to the Center of the Earth, the Screamin' Mimi and more. Families can enjoy raft journeys and take in robotic theatrics or simply relax and watch the fun unfurl.

Noah's Ark

The Wisconsin Dells is the water park capital of the U.S., according to many, and Noah's Park proves this to be true. It's one of the country's biggest, boasting 70 acres of fun space. The whole family can ride along the Time Warp in a cloverleaf raft down a 70-foot drop, or you can brave the Black Anaconda that's a quarter-mile long and reaches speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. There are a total of 51 water slides featured here, so there's certainly something for everyone.

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