It used to be that kids looking for some aquatic fun in a pool-less backyard had to make do with a garden hose or, if they were lucky, a slip ‘n slide. No longer. Enormous inflatable water toys made from heavy-duty vinyl are raising the bar for summer fun at home. Basically hybrid bouncy castles/slip ‘n slides/kiddie pools, they deliver big fun for little kids. And don’t worry about bursting your lungs inflating them up: all of these slides come with blowers that pump them quickly and keep them inflated as long as you need. Here are five well-reviewed giant inflatable waterslides and water parks for kids that can turn your backyard into the best water park in the neighborhood.
Blast Zone Tropical Splash Compact Backyard Water Slide
This is a super basic slide that’s a great fit for younger kids. It’s only five and a half feet tall and 12 feet long, making it the smallest on this list. There’s a nice cresting wave design at the top of the slide along and a support that goes across the top of the slide so kids can swing and bounce themselves down the slide and into the pool at the bottom. It’s recommended for kids up to 75 pounds and, after 91 reviews, has an average rating of 4.4 stars.
Blast Zone Crocodile Isle Inflatable Water Park with Dual Slides
Kids can play in the wading pool before climbing up this eight foot tall crocodile and sliding down either his tail or his snout. Sprayers on top of each slide ensure a smooth ride down both slides. The entire inflatable croc is 14 feet long and 22 feet wide and can fit up to five kids at a time who weigh no more than 100 pounds. It currently has 191 reviews and an average of 4.7 stars.
Banzai Plummet Falls Adventure Slide
The most fun part of this slide, which is about 14.5 feet long and 9.5 feet wide, is the “fill ‘n spill” water bucket. Instead of spraying kids continuously, a nozzle at the end of the slide gradually fills a bucket until it becomes too heavy and flips over. Odds are that your kids — and, face it, you — will be hanging out waiting for the deluge from the bucket. It has a standing rating of 4.2 stars.
Blast Zone Pirate Blaster Inflatable Water Park
Standing 20 feet long and 12 feet wide, this mini playground set features one main pool and a squared off, mesh-enclosed in which kids can bounce around. That area can be accessed through a tunnel that runs under the slide. Dual sprayers allow kids to spray each other as they play, and will add an extra dimension to water fights as they break out. Out of 96 reviews, it has 4.8 stars.
Banzai Hydro Blast Water Park
This is the most elaborate — and one of the most expensive — inflatable water parks currently available on Amazon. It is 16 feet on each side and, at 10 feet high, the tallest apparatus here. It features two straight slides—perfect for side-by-side race as well as one longer curved slide. There are sprayers positioned at the bottom of each slide and — because why not? — there’s a built-in inflatable basketball hoop as well. Out of 23 reviews, it has 4.2 stars.