09, May 2018 | Playtime
Summer is coming up and with it comes the same old problem: what will the kids do with all their free time? It can be very hard to maintain them entertained, and, in the meantime, have fun too. While we plan our summer family trip, there’s one thing we can pay close attention to: waterparks. Waterparks are the ultimate fun program for adults and kids, as all of them have specific rides for each age gap. Today, we’re giving you some precious family trip ideas, with the best waterparks in the world.
Siam Park is a Thai-themed water park on the island of Tenerife. The park’s most popular ride is the 91-foot-high (27 meters) Tower of Power, on which riders plunge down a vertical drop before shooting through an aquarium filled with stingrays and sharks. A lazy river and surf lessons in the park’s wave pool offer slightly more sedate activities.
As of 2013, this Middle East water park is home to the world’s widest water slide, the Middle East’s longest river ride (2.3 kilometres in length) and the Middle East’s longest zip line. The park’s other attractions include several water coasters, a 2,296-foot-long (700 meters) private beach and the Shark Lagoon, where visitors can hand-feed rays.
Housed inside the largest free-standing hall in the world — the structure was originally built as a hangar for dirigibles — Tropical Islands can accommodate 6,000 visitors a day and has one of the world’s largest indoor pools, measuring 656 feet (200 meters) in length. Away from the water, there’s a rainforest with 50,000 plants, a hotel and a nightclub. It’s even possible to go for a balloon ride — all without stepping outside.
Beach Park’s most famous ride is Insano, which ranks as the world’s tallest (135 feet/41 meters) and fastest (65 mph/104 kph) water slide. Equally petrifying is Kalafrio, a giant half-pipe slide. Younger visitors can check out an enormous big top-themed play area or the Aqua Show, with water cannons, synchronized water jets and eight water slides just for kids.
All of the rides at Watercube Waterpark were designed overseas and shipped in. Highlights include the funnel-shaped Tornado ride, Aqualoop slide and Bulletbowl, where riders shoot down an enclosed slide into a huge bowl. Visitors should keep an eye out for the enormous jellyfish and clouds of bubbles suspended from the ceiling.
Located inside Alberta’s West Edmonton Mall, this is the world’s second-largest indoor water park and has the world’s largest indoor wave pool, with 2.7 million gallons of water. Attractions include a looping water slide and Blue Thunder, a bungee jump tower suspended over the wave pool.
One enormous wave pool obviously wasn’t enough for the team behind Aquatica, so they built two, side by side. Elsewhere, the Dolphin Plunge water slide takes passengers on a white-knuckle ride through a dolphin-filled aquarium and riders brave enough to take on the Omaka Rocka blast down a series of flumes and funnels. There’s a sandy beach covered with 1,360 tons of soft, white sand and South Seas-inspired gardens with more than 60,000 species of plants.