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Get Your Thrills and Chills With Our Top 10 Wild Water Park Attractions in the U.S.

BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- May 20, 2015 -- The upcoming Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off the highly anticipated summer season. And that means it's just a matter of time until the sweltering temperatures move in. The fun-loving travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, say bring it on! When the heat builds this summer, cool down by getting your thrill on at these Top 10 Wild Water Park Attractions in the U.S. featuring wet 'n' wild adventures ideal for both the young and young at heart... especially if they are adrenaline junkies.

Have fun in the sun while staying cool at these five wild water park attractions from our list that will whet your appetite for summer and adventure:

  • Verrückt, Schlitterbahn, Kansas City, Kansas - Not for the faint of heart, or those afraid of heights, Verrückt holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for tallest water slide in the world. There are two other Schlitterbahn Water Parks, both in Texas, but it's Kansas that is home to this record-breaking juggernaut (proving not everything is bigger in Texas!). Its name means "crazy" in German, but it also sounds like a word you may be screaming as you plummet 168 feet at a near vertical decline. And if for some verrückt reason the height doesn't intimidate, its speed might -- the ride can reach up to 70 miles per hour. Due to high demand, you should make a day-of reservation for Verrückt...if you dare.

  • Slideboarding, Wet 'n' Wild, Las Vegas, Nevada - While Las Vegas is typically associated with its Sin City reputation, there are other ways to get wild without the gamble. The only way to lose your shirt at Wet 'n' Wild is if you take it off before hitting one of the park's unique attractions, such as Zipp Zapp Zoom. While the ride has been a park staple since it opened in 2013, it received a techy update in 2015 with the addition of Slideboarding. Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas is the first water park to debut Slideboarding (which opens Memorial Day weekend), but this interactive gaming experience is sure to catch on. Raft handles double as video-game controllers and progress is tracked wirelessly, allowing riders to compete against each other in a Guitar Hero-esque battle of speed and accuracy. The park plans to hold tournaments at some point in the future. It is still Las Vegas, after all!

  • Boeing 747, Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark, McMinnville, Oregon - If you're looking for a little education with your recreation, Oregon's Evergreen Wings & Waves is ready to school you on multiple levels. This all-season attraction, located at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, boasts waterslides that originate inside a real Boeing 747. In fact, four of the park's attractions start inside the plane, offering opportunities for all comfort levels. For the biggest thrills, try the Mach 1 slide, the only one of the four that you ride without a tube. With high speeds, tight turns and stomach-churning drops, this slide is not for the weak-willed.

  • Discovery Plunge, King's Pointe, Storm Lake, Iowa - Water park enthusiasts won't want to miss Discovery Plunge at Iowa water park King's Pointe. It's part raft ride, part virtual reality experience. A unique attraction that gives control to the rider by letting you personalize your experience. Darkened enclosed tunnels become whatever you decide. Riders can choose their own adventure from eight virtual reality themes, with lights and images making the waterslide a multi-sensory experience. From storms and sharks to less aggressive sea creatures, one ride is never enough. Of course, this illusion of control only applies to your visual surroundings. The fast-paced raft ride with a 420-foot descent makes exhilarating fun an adrenaline-pumping non-negotiable.

  • Mile High Flyer, Water World, Denver, Colorado - While Denver, Colo. may be the Mile-High City because of its elevation, altitude will be the furthest thing from your mind at Water World. In fact, the city's nickname may take on new meaning after you have a go on the Mile High Flyer. Don't let the old school click-clack sounds of a traditional roller coaster fool you as you ascend the ride's five hills -- they are purely for effect. The water coaster uses hydromagnetic technology and is the first of its kind in the Rockies. Traveling four-miles with speeds reaching up to 20-miles per hour, this fast-paced water ride is not for the faint of heart (or stomach!).

Rounding out the list of wet 'n' wild water park attractions across the U.S. are: Black Anaconda, Noah's Ark, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; Bomb Bay, Wet 'n' Wild, Orlando, Florida; Colossal Curl, Water Country USA, Williamsburg, Virginia; Da' Flowrider, Wet 'n' Wild, Kapolei, Hawaii; and Mammoth, Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana. To read the thrilling details on these attractions and see Cheapflights.com's complete Top 10 Wild Water Park Attractions in the U.S. visit www.cheapflights.com/news/top-10-wild-water-park-attractions-in-the-u-s.

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