It certainly can get mighty toasty and humid in North Carolina. The state's water parks are great places to find some relief from the heat, as well as have some fun. It can also get a bit frosty at certain times of the year. Even in the summer, the weather does not always cooperate for a day out at a waterpark. But a day in at a water park: That's something that folks in North Carolina can do year-round, regardless of the weather.
Let's run down the state's outdoor and indoor water parks. They are listed alphabetically.
Carolina Harbor at Carowinds
Charlotte (on the border with S. Carolina)
This is one of the state's largest outdoor water parks. It got a major expansion and name change in 2016. (It was previously known as Boomerang Bay.) Attractions include Blackbeard's Revenge, which offers near vertical drop slides with launch capsules and Seaside Splashworks, a huge interactive water play structure with a tipping water bucket. Entrance to the water park is included with admission to Carowinds theme park.
Fantasy Lake Water Park
Relatively small outdoor water park with slides that deposit riders into the lake. Attractions include enclosed tube slides, mat slides, "Tarzan" swings, water volleyball, and pedal boats.
Great Wolf Lodge Concord
Part of a chain of Indoor water park resorts, Great Wolf Lodge offers weather proof fun.
The park is only open to registered guests of the hotel.
Family fun park with a wave pool, lazy river, childrens' activity area, half-pipe slide, body slides, and tube slides plus go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, an arcade, and other "dry" activities.
Lions Water Adventure
Small municipal outdoor water park includes water slides, a lazy river, and a kiddie area.
Ray's Splash Planet
Small municipal indoor water park with water slides, a lazy river, zero-entry pool, an interactive water play station, and other attractions.
Sun Crest Water Park
Small outdoor water park with water slides, swinging rope, features for young children, swimming, and picnicking.
West Water Park
Small outdoor water park with water slides, swimming, beach volleyball.
Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe
Major outdoor water park with lots of slides and rides, including Dragon's Den, a themed bowl ride, and Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, a themed funnel ride.