If you live someplace cold, or hot, or dry, or even wet, you probably enjoy a good waterpark. What’s not to love about a day in the sun splashing around beautiful pools and riding the waves down tall and curving slides? While waterparks everywhere definitely have their allure, there are some around the world that put in the effort and clearly rise above the rest. Here’s our list of the world’s best waterparks.
Fallsview Indoor Waterpark in Niagara Falls
Of course we think our park is better than the rest — it’s hard not to be biased — but there are plenty of real, objective reasons why Fallsview is a great waterpark destination. The fact that our park is indoors means we never close due to weather or temperatures, so you can access world-class wet and wild fun any time of year. Our indoor climate is perfectly controlled to make the air and water in the park the ideal temperature for all-day fun, and unless you venture out onto the patio to swim in the Sunnyside pool, you don’t risk sunburn. Plus, we have tons of unparalleled attractions in the park, including racing slides and a thousand-gallon tipping bucket to get your whole family drenched. Rated as Canada’s best waterpark, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is one you just can’t miss.
Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai
Just completed in 2013, this park has broken plenty of records. With the widest slide, the longest river, and the longest zip line in all of the Middle East, Aquaventure probably sees plenty of travelers dumbfounded by the sheer size of the park. Other attractions include a handful of slides and water coasters as well as a nearly 3,000-foot-long private beach. Plus, if you want to take a break from splashing around with other people, the park has a small aquarium where you can hand-feed and play with rays.
Area 47 in Innsbruck
Chilly and mountainous Austria is probably the last place you’d think to have a world-class waterpark, but this outdoor park definitely has some impressive features. Constructed around and in a lake in the Alps, the scenery of this park is hard to beat. In the lake, visitors can ride the hydro-speed slide or jump off a tall diving platform, among other water attractions and rides. Next to the lake, there are even more opportunities for fun on dry land, like a high-ropes course and a climbing wall. But, if you want to visit, schedule a trip between April and September; the park doesn’t hold up well in snowy Austrian winters.
Siam Park in Tenerife
When you think of Thai waterparks, your mind should probably shoot to Thailand itself; however, you’d be missing out on this gem located right in the middle of Tenerife, Spain. Siam Park is filled with Thai themes, especially in its decor and food, which gives the park and interesting edge. Still, what brings people coming back is the 91-foot-tall slide appropriately named the Tower of Power, which sees riders down a perfectly vertical drop before shooting them through an aquarium filled with sharks and rays.