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Where to Cool Off This Summer
When summer gets underway and temperatures rise, families start looking for fun places to cool off. Luckily, water parks in the West keep getting better with new attractions delivering bigger splashes, more thrilling drops, and crazier raft rides.
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Alaska's Biggest and Best Water ParksContinue to 3 of 13 below.
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Arizona's Biggest and Best Water ParksContinue to 4 of 13 below.
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California's Biggest and Best Water Parks
Legends of Chima Water Park at Legoland California Resort, Carlsbad: This 3-acre water park is a mecca for the 10-and-under set. It features the Lion Temple Wave Pool with Mount Cavora, a 30-foot-tall tower that dumps water into the area below. For little kids, there's Orange Rush, a family tube slide; Craggers Swamp, a hands-on water play area featuring slides and water cannons; and Eglor’s Build-A-Boat, where kids can build boats and race them against fellow guests.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Valencia: From large pools and lazy rivers to multi-passenger rafting rides and speed slides, you'll find rides and experiences for everyone in the family. Highlights include the free-fall Bonzai Pipelines slide complex and family-friendly dive-in movies in the Forgotten Sea Wave Pool.
Aquatica San Diego, Chula Vista: Like the two other Aquatica parks (in Orlando and San Antonio) this one offers a great mix of water park rides and live animal exhibits. Standout attractions include the... 375-foot Taumata Racer mat slide; Big Surf Shores, a huge wave pool; HooRoo Run, two enclosed and two open tube slides; a lazy river, a family raft ride, and Walkabout Waters, an interactive water sprayground with a tipping bucket.
Raging Waters, San Dimas: This 50-acre SoCal family favorite offers over three dozen slides and water attractions. Highlights include the Dragon's Den, a tube ride that sends guests circling around a 35-foot bowl; Dropout, a seven-story vertical drop slide; Neptune's Fury, a four-person dark raft ride; and Thunder Rapids, a family raft ride. Another standout feature is the 30,000-square-foot Kids Kingdom with rides and attractions dedicated to little ones.
Water Play Oasis at Gilroy Gardens, Watsonville: Gilroy Gardens opened this new, little-kid-friendly $2-million water park in 2014. The play space includes a flower-themed splash pad and two-foot-deep pool for young children.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Colorado's Biggest and Best Water Parks
Water World: This 64-acre water park near Denver features nearly 50 rides, including thrill rides like Voyage to the Center of the Earth, a dark raft ride; Revolution, a six-story dark slide that drops riders into a massive bowl; and the Mile High Flyer, a water coaster that sends riders up and down using hydromagnetic technology.
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Hawaii's Biggest and Best Water Parks
Wet 'n Wild, Kapolei, Oahu: This lushly landscaped 29-acre water park offers 25 attractions, including an interactive Keiki Kove with a mini water-spouting volcano and water cannons for kids. Highlights include the Flyin' Hawaiian, which catapults you into the air and into a 12-foot-deep pool and the Hawaiian Waters wave pool.Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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Idaho's Biggest and Best Water Parks
Roaring Springs Water Park, Boise: This 15-acre park offers a wave pool, lazy river, kids' play area. body slides, mat slides, raft slides, and tube slides. Highlights include Corkscrew Cavern, where riders drop into a narrow, 32-inch enclosed tunnel and instantly accelerate to a top speed of 38 feet per second before passing through a 360-degree loop. Younger kids will love the Little Splash Mountain Kiddie Play Area which includes the Kiddie Kowabunga slide, Leisure Lagoon, and the lazy Endless River.Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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Montana's Biggest and Best Water ParksContinue to 9 of 13 below.
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Nevada's Biggest and Best Water Parks
Cowabunga Bay, near Las Vegas: This $23-million water park opened in 2014 with 30 attractions, including the 35,000-square-foot Surf-A-Rama Wave Pool, the Zuma Zooma thrilling water slide, and the Cowabunga Kids Cove, a waterplay area designed especially for kids.
Wild Island Family Adventure Park, Sparks: The youngest splashers can cool off in Little Lagoon or go sliding down one of three mini slides. For big kids of all ages, there are water slides, 18-hole mini golf course, and Go-Karts.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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New Mexico's Biggest and Best Water Parks
WaterMania! at Cliff's Amusement Park, Albuquerque: Highlights include Li'l Squirts, for little ones, and Mega Water Monkeys, a family-friendly monster water ride.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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Oregon's Biggest and Best Water ParksContinue to 12 of 13 below.
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Utah's Biggest and Best Water ParksContinue to 13 of 13 below.
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Washington's Biggest and Best Water Parks