North America’s Top 10 Waterparks
3. Disney’s Blizzard Beach – Orlando, FL
Disney’s Blizzard Beach opened on April 1, 1995 and was the third WDW water park after River Country and Typhoon Lagoon. The theme of the park is the “Disney legend” of a freak snowstorm in the area, leading to the construction of Florida’s first ski resort. Naturally, the snow didn’t last long, leaving behind a collection of waterlogged but snow-less ski jumps and chair lifts. The failed resort was in the process of closing for good when an alligator was seen sliding down a flume and splashing into a pool of water, screaming “Yahoo!!!!” Thus the “ski resort” was reborn as a water park.
4. Raging Waters – San Jose, CA
Raging Waters, Northern California ‘s Largest Waterpark, offers 23-acres and millions of gallons of family fun and attractions, including the newest ride Dragon’s Den. Raging Waters features thrilling high-speed slides, and family attractions like the 350,000-gallon Wave Pool and The Pirate’s Cove- an interactive themed water fort. Raging Waters is located off Tully Road on the grounds of beautiful Lake Cunningham Regional Park in San Jose and is easily accessible from major highways.
5. Wet ‘n Wild – Greensboro, North Carolina
Founded by SeaWorld creator George Millay in Orlando, Florida in 1977, the company also has a park in Greensboro, North Carolina (Wet N’ Wild Emerald Pointe). It is considered the first major water park in the United States, and Millay was given the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Waterpark Association who named him the official “Father of the Waterpark.”
6. Noah’s Ark – Wisconsin’s Dells
America’s Largest Water Park. Residing on 70 acres in the heart of Wisconsin Dells, Noah’s Ark, America’s Largest Waterpark, boasts 41 waterslides, 2 huge wave pools, 2 endless rivers, 4 childrens water play areas, Paradise Lagoon activity pool, 2 group amusement rides, 18-hole mini golf, 3 arcades, shopping, gourmet desserts and much more! Noah’s Ark is continually evolving, offering the most variety of water rides anywhere in the nation. This summer is no exception with the introduction of “Time Warp” the world’s largest family bowl ride.
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