If you want to win summer, you need to spring for a gargantuan backyard kids’ water slide. A great inflatable slide combines all the greatness of a bounce house with the cooling power of a water park. Even the good old slick lawn slide transforms a humble, demure lawn and into a magical place of water-park thrills — for a fraction of what you’d pay to hit an actual one. And of course, throw in a quality water blaster and sprinkler for good measure because there’s no such thing as getting too wet.
As any enterprising parent with a tarp and a sprinkler knows, you don’t need a beach, stock tank, or pool built out of a shipping container to keep the kids cool and entertained. You just need a patch of grass and some running water for the aforementioned slides. You want to find water slides that are durable, and easy to inflate, deflate, and store. Make sure you pay attention to weight and size limits, and if possible, opt for ones on the higher end so they last longer. And it goes without saying that young(er) kids need to be supervised while climbing and sliding.
The Best Backyard Water Slides
This slide has it all and then some. Let's start with its hefty weight limit of 350 pounds. That's a whole lot of kids. They climb an inflatable rock wall that leads to a slide with a curve at the end; and of course, there's a splash pool. There's also a basketball hoop in the pool area. There's a step-down in side wall for easy entrances and exits.
Perfectly sized for smaller kids, this water slide has a short climbing wall, a wider slide, and a shallow splash zone. The max weight is 200 pounds. Naturally there is a built-in water cannon.
This water slide is 25 feet long. Seriously. But more than just a mere slip and slide, it also has sprinklers on the side to make sure all participants get fully soaked. The sprinkler has a zig-zag spray pattern. You connect it directly to the water hose; it comes with two mega sleds to make the ride even more slippery.
If you really want to amp things up, get this water slide, which has 2 slides, a climbing wall, and a splash pool. There's a water cannon that sprays kids because of course there is. And youngsters can slide down simultaneously, for the double the fun. The max weight limit is 440 pounds.
A climbing wall. A slide. A lagoon. This thing is an all-in-one entertainment powerhouse. Tall mesh walls surround the jumping area, which should give parents some peace of mind. The weight limit is 300 pounds.
A climbing wall. A tunnel. A shark. A water slide. A splash pool. This gem has a maximum weight of 200 pounds.
This water slide comes with a cannon that blasts our water. That's all you need to know. Kids climb the rock wall to get the top, and race down the slide before ending up in a lagoon-style splash pool. And they shoot each other with water cannons. There's also a built-in basketball hoop and inflatable ball. The weight limit is 150 pounds.
This is essentially a waterpark in slide form. You can use it as dry bouncer with a basketball hoop and tunnel, but if you add water, it morphs into a giant slippery slide, water spraying tunnel, and a very cool splash pool. The max weight limit is 350 pounds.
Perfect for kids just learning about the magic of slip and slides, this one is 18 feet long and has two parallel sliding lanes. It comes with inflatable boogie boards for extra sliding fun.
Twenty-five feet long, and 6 feet wide, everything about this backyard water slide is a little amped up — the slide is made of extra-slick, heavy-duty PVC, so you won't feel every errant twig and pebble as you fly. Each slide comes with a connector, so you can keep adding on the feet, till you get to 100.
Clearly this isn't a slide. But it's a pretty deluxe inflatable 312 gallon family pool, if that's more your thing. It inflates in minutes, and has two valves for quick drainage. It easily fits two adults and two kids. And it's way cheaper than an in-ground pool, it goes without saying.
Another pool option, this 312 gallon one is roomy enough for two adults and two kids. It inflates quickly using an electric pump, and you can empty it out thanks to its two valves.
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