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
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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