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The Top 4 Water Parks You Must Visit

Aug 12, 2008
Since the first water park was introduced to the public in the late 1940's, its popularity has surged and become a mandatory destination during the hot summer months. Water parks offer the thrill and excitement of a regular theme park with the element of water involved. This will discuss four very popular water parks that you and your friends or family members can visit.

Schlitterbahn
Schlitterbahn Waterpark has three locations: New Braunfel, Galveston Island, and South Padre Island in Texas; and Kansas City, Kansas. Schlitterbahn has been picked numerous times as the best water park in the United States and among the best in the world. The Dragon Blaster was opened up in 1994 and debuted as the very first uphill water ride.

Shortly thereafter, other uphill rides, such as the Master Blaster and the Family Blaster were created. Aside from the thrilling rides that set Schlitterbahn apart from the competition, they also allow guests to bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks. In the world of amusement parks, this is unheard of. Of the four parks, the New Braunfel location was the latest to open in 2001.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, this water park boasts a 10,000 cubic meter wave pool and an imitation beach. Perhaps an attraction Disney dared to do that no other water park wanted to is allow guests to swim with sharks in the Shark Reef.

Of course children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. A traditional trait among Disneyland theme parks is the presence of characters, and this water park is no different. Typhoon Lagoon's very own mascot is named Lagoona Gator and is related to Disney's other theme park, Blizzard Beach's, mascot Ice Gator.

Disney's Blizzard Beach
According to Disney folklore, a freak storm passed through the area and created Florida's first ski resort. Florida's weather didn't help, however, because the snow started to melt and left behind a new creation: a water park. Mount Gushmore is the prominent landmark in this park and has three different slopes with different rides. The Green Slope allows riders to go it alone on single track slides. The Red Slope only has one ride called the Runoff Rapids, and the Purple Slope's attractions feature at least two tracks per ride which allows riders to race with others.

Raging Waters
Raging Waters is owned by Palace Entertainment, which also owns Wet n Wild located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Raging Waters currently has three locations in California: San Jose, Sacramento, and San Dimas. Each location boasts over 10 daring rides for the thrill seekers and at least two areas aimed specifically for the younger members of the family.
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