10 Best Water Parks to Visit in 2017

Water Country USA

Where: Williamsburg, Virginia

Water Park Colossal Girl

Water Country USA continues to reign as the mid Atlantic's largest waterpark with more than 40 water slides. It garners the most attention and praise as it enters its fourth season. The parks Colossal Girl was a first slide of its kind in the country when built in 2014. The slide packs two heart racing elements on its 552 foot long track, starting with the 24 foot Tornado whirlpool before picking up speed into the Tornado Wave, where the slides for person clover rafts scale the wall, hang weightless, then drop into a narrow exit.

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park

Where: Tyrone, Pennsylvania

Central Pennsylvania Water Park

This is a family owned and operated amusement park in Central Pennsylvania. This park offers amenities like a wave pool and lazy river, while an Italian themed park as a bit of flair with a Leaning Tower of Pisa water feature. The park is named for a family known for their pasta sauce since 1914 and is a standout for its Italian fare and offers incredible food venues on site.

Holiday World and Splashing Safari

Water Coasters Mammoth Santa Claus, Indiana

Where: Santa Claus, Indiana

This is home to two of the world's longest water coasters, Mammoth and Wildebeest. This is a feat no other waterpark in the country can claim. Mammoth stands out for its unique six-person raft that climbs a seven-story Hill before racing down a course of seven drops. Wildebeest is more traditional New Age water coaster, featuring a winding track of underground tunnels and drops that push the four-person dinghy to speeds upwards of 36 ft. per second. If you still need an adrenaline rush try Zinga, the eight-story Tornado slide, where a four-person inner tube scales the curved walls of the purple and blue mega structure.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Where: Kansas City Kansas

Schlitterbahn Waterpark - Kansas City

Most of their water parks are in Texas, but this park in Kansas has drawn the most attention by far and for good reason. Behold Verruckt, officially the world's tallest water slide, reaching 168 feet and 7 inches into the clouds. It is unlike anything else in the world, a custom-built reference for plummets the brave down 15 stories, reaching speeds of over 70 mph. A park that caters to a family crowd and those who prefer to stay closer to the ground will appreciate the low-key thrills of King Kaw Rapids River, a 3000 foot downhill float that encounters a few waterfalls and lakes before picking up speed through white-water rapids.

Mountain Creek Waterpark

Where: Vernon-New Jersey

Mountain Creek Waterpark - Vernon-New Jersey

All eyes will be on Mountain Creek Waterpark this summer as the famed Park rekindles its physics defying past. A legendary spot that once reigned as the world's most dangerous amusement park, a return in 2014 under new management. The revival of the park's most controversial slide, 1985's Cannonball Loop and Sky Caliber, the world's first freefall and first true vertically looping waterslide will attract thrill seekers. Erected at 90 feet with a 45-foot freefall into a 30-foot loop in darkness, writers are enclosed in a high-tech wrapped vehicle that features roller coaster style shoulder restraints and an aluminum alloy frame.

Carolina Harbor Waterpark

Where: Charlotte, North Carolina

Carolina Harbor Waterpark

Riding high from the success of record-breaking roller coaster Fury 325, Carowinds prepares for another banner year with this waterpark. Boomerang Bay offers double the waterslides and highlights include Pirates Plank, a nearly vertical freefall with a floor drop feature and Seaside Splash works, a children's water playground that will feature a massive 423-gallon tipping bucket.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Where: Orlando, Florida

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

This is the world's most visited water parks second only to the Chimelong Waterpark in Guangzhou, China. This waterpark welcomes more than 2 million visitors annually, year-round. One of the two water parks at Disney World, the second being Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon demands a day of its own on any trip to Orlando. It is themed as the aftermath of a fictional typhoon, the park centerpiece is Miss Tilly, a shrimp boat impaled on a mountaintop that erupts with the geyser every half hour. Standouts in the park include the one of the world biggest wave pools and Shark Reef, the rare opportunity to snorkel a man-made reef teeming with live sharks.

Ouassy Amusement and Waterpark

Where: Middlebury, Connecticut

Ouassy Amusement and Waterpark

The smaller park that wins guests over with his low-key charm and affordable fun. This park returns in 2017 with Slide City. It's expanded its offerings for the younger set and introduces five starter slides for those 48 inches or shorter. For older guests, the Parks Bullet Bowl is a must and features a thrilling two-person raft slide that plunges into a huge blue and purple bowl, scaling the walls of the structure like a roulette ball.

Legoland Florida Water Park

Where: Winter Haven, Florida

Legoland Florida Water Park

Guests at LEGOLAND can explore 5 acres of water features and attractions. You can get those creative juices flowing at Creative Cove where kids can build and race Lego boats along the fast flowing river or Build Raft River where families construct their own vessels for a lazy river style float. Thrill seekers can choose between high-octane attractions like Splash Out, Twin Chasers, or the Lego Wave Pool.