8 Water Slides You Need to Experience This Summer

Including a 1,763 feet long "water coaster" and a slide that shoots riders straight down a 125-foot drop.

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Water parks can get a bad rap. Too often, they are labeled as theme parks’ ugly step-sibling. Too dirty and unexciting to be worth the trip. But don’t be fooled. When a water slide is really done right, it’s every bit as thrilling as even the most intense roller coaster. The huge drops and unexpected turns make for an awesome rush of adrenaline and fun that people of all ages are guaranteed to love. So if you are looking for an awesome family-friendly adventure for the summer, here are eight epic water slides you absolutely can’t afford to miss.

The Wahoo Racer

 

Location: Six Flags White Water in Atlanta, Georgia

Height Requirement: 42 inches

Want to see which member of your family is most aerodynamic? Head to this one-of-a-kind slide that lets six riders race on specially designed water tobaggans in separate side-by-side lanes. Riders star 60-feet high and are then spit out at speeds up to 40 feet per second. The slides end with a water-skid landing, so, while you might make it down faster, your skids will likely skid further.

The Ko’okiri Body Plunge

Location: Volcano Bay in Orlando, Florida

Height Requirement: 48 inches

Take the name seriously, because this slide at Universal’s newest water park is definitely not for the faint of heart. Riders begin by standing in an enclosed pod that looks like the cryogenic sleep chamber from Alien. An attendant then presses a button which releases a drop door and sends riders shooting down a 125-foot drop. No twists. No turns. No inflatable animals follow. Just a water-filled descent into mania and fun.

Mammoth

Location: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana

Height Requirement: 42 inches

Officially the world’s longest water slide, this behemoth stretches an unbelievable 1,763 feet long. Mammoth isn’t just a water slide. It’s an ultra-ride water coaster. With up to six riders per raft, you may find yourself facing forwards, backward, or sideways as you head into every turn and any of the five tunnels. It’s a fun-filled adventure that can even send riders uphill thanks to something called Linear Induction Motor (LIM) technology.

Black Anaconda

Location: Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Dells, Wisconsin

Height Requirement: 40 inches

There’s a bit of a debate online over whether or not this ride is meant to simulate the process of being digested by an actual anaconda. Admittedly, the ride is a black tunnel that ends with riders emerging from a snake’s head, so it’s bit strange. But what’s not up for debate is that this slide serves up some serious aquatic adenture. It slide-coaster combo gets riders up to speeds of 30 mph for over a quarter-mile, including one massive drop.

Dolphin Plunge

Location: Aquatica Seaworld’s Waterpark in Orlando, Florida

Height Requirement: 48 inches

Dolphin Plunge is not the most extreme ride on the list but it is absolutely the most magical. Riders aren’t sent down one of two side-by-side enclosed tubes that end up passing through a pool containing a pod of Commerson’s dolphins. That’s right, this slide lets you briefly fulfill that lifelong dream of swimming with dolphins. What else do you need to know?

Colossal Curl

 

Location: Water Country USA in Williamsburg, Virginia

Height Requirement: 48 inches

It can be hard to do justice to Colossal Curl with just words because it is such a uniquely awesome ride. The slide begins with a 24-foot funnel before sending the 4-rider raft into a twirling tunnel that leads straight into a wave pool. Waterfalls along the way drench riders just to make sure the entire ride is as extreme as possible.

Zero-G

 

Location: Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey

Height Requirement: 42 inches

This slide stands 100-feet above the ground that features a great view of New York that spans more than 50 miles. But even without the view, this slide is pretty spectacular. After an exhilarating drop, riders go through the world’s tallest and craziest double looping slide. It’s called Zero-G because it lets the riders feel like they are briefly experiencing zero gravity.

Summit Plummet

Location: Blizzard Beach in Orlando, Florida

Height Requirement: 48 inches

A Disney park drop so crazy that it might just put Splash Mountain to shame. Summit Plummet sends riders down an insane 12-story plunge that ends with a massive spray that resembles a tidal wave. It’s fast. It’s fun. And it perfectly encapsulates everything that makes water slides so damn incredible.

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