When the heat of summer descends, millions of visitors head to America's water parks to cool off. We asked our readers to vote for their favorite outdoor water parks, and these are the winners.
Schlitterbahn sets itself apart with three uphill water slides, as well as The Falls — a 3,600-foot-long lazy river and the world's longest water park ride.
Volcano Bay debuted with 18 new attractions and a wearable that lets visitors hold a place in ride lines with no more than a wave of their wrist.
In Tampa, thrill seekers can tackle Colossal Curl, a thrill slide at Adventure Island bringing up to four riders high above the action for a weightless experience.
Carolina Harbor is home to a wave pool capable of producing waves up to 6 feet tall, as well as a six-story water slide complex and a 2-acre family area.
Cowabunga Bay is the best place to cool off in Las Vegas, with 23 acres of fun featuring more than 20 slides, pools and attractions, including the world’s largest man-made wave.
At Water Country, little ones enjoy interactive water playgrounds while the big kids (adults included) feed their need for speed on serious drop slides like Vanish Point.
Dolly’s Smoky Mountain oasis offers up more than 24 slides and thrill rides for all ages at Splash Country.
SeaWorld’s first and most popular water park, Aquatica Orlando, draws 1.5 million visitors per year while seamlessly integrating sea life into rides.
It may be in Santa Claus, Indiana, but Splashin’ Safari’s about as far from the North Pole as you can get, offering myriad thrills to cool off in the summer heat.
Park-goers can take the plunge at Lost Soul Falls, catch a wave in Tsunami Bay, float the Kailahi River or ride one of the world's only hydromagnetic water coasters.