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The Best Backyard Water Slides for Kids

Save yourself a drive to the water park.

If you want to win summer, you need to spring for a gargantuan backyard kids’ water slide. A great inflatable slide combines all the pizzazz 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

Normally, this beast of a slide would set you back $642. And if it's not clear from the photo, this is one hell of a slide. It's got a climbing wall, an overhanging wave and a water-spraying hose, a spacious slide, and a splash pool. The weight limit is 150 pounds.

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.

It's a bounce house coupled with all the joys of aqua: The bouncer has mesh safety walls, the water slide is short and wide for younger kids, and there's a splash pool and sprinkler, too. The weight limit is 121 pounds.

You want to tire your kids out? Have them use the climbing wall to get to the top of the slide, and then race each other on the way down. Over and over and over again. There's a splash pool at the bottom, and the combined weight limit is 350 pounds.

If you have smaller kids who are perhaps leery of careening down a long slide, this is the answer. This fun water play set has a short slide, ideal for preschoolers, plus an inflatable arch, a flamingo, a monkey, a ring toss, and two pools for splashing around. Because this is meant for younger kids, the total weight limit is 178 pounds.

A sweet and affordable entry into the water slide oeuvre: You get an inflatable pool has a strawberry water slide complete with a landing mat for gentle entry into the four inches of water. There's also a ring-toss game. The weight limit is 180 pounds.

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 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.

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.

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