Washington State Theme Parks, Amusement Parks, and Water Parks

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Washington State Fair in Puyallup
••• Washington State Fair

There aren't any major theme parks in the state of Washington. For that, you'd have to head elsewhere, such as California to visit parks such as  Universal Studios Hollywood. There aren't any huge amusement parks either. (In case you're wondering there is a difference between theme parks and amusement parks.) Again, you could head down to California to enjoy major thrill parks such as Six Flags Magic Mountain.

There are, however, some places in the state of Washington where you could find rides and other fun. There are a few places to cool down and enjoy water slides and other water park fun as well.

There used to be more amusement parks in the state. Luna Park, which was located in Seattle, for example, used to feature the Great Figure 8, a wooden coaster. It closed in 1913. Another early 20th century park, White City in Bellingham, also offered a wooden coaster. Fun Forest, which was located at the base of the Space Needle in Seattle, had coasters and other rides for...MORE many years but closed in 2011.

Before we get to the parks in Washington, here are some resources to find nearby fun places and make travel plans:

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    Birch Bay Waterslides

    Birch Bay Waterslides Washingtn
    ••• Birch Bay Waterslides

    Blaine
    Outdoor water park

    A relatively small water park, Birch Bay doesn't have marquee attractions such as water coasters, surfing simulators, a bowl ride, or a funnel ride. But it does include a collection of slides and attractions for various ages and thrill tolerance levels. Highlights include the Black Hole enclosed tube slide and the harrowing Hydrodrop speed slide. Younger kids will enjoy the activity pool and the kiddie pool.

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    Great Wolf Lodge

    Great Wolf Lodge Washington
    ••• Great Wolf Lodge

    Chehalis Reservation in Grand Mound
    Indoor water park resort

    Good-sized water park that is part of the Great Wolf Water Park Resorts chain. Attractions include  body slides, kiddie slides, tube slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, a funnel ride, whirlpool spas, and an interactive play structure with tipping bucket. Park admission is included in the hotel rate and is open to registered guests only.

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    Carnation
    Outdoor amusement park

    It started as a farm and fruit stand, but has grown to include a market, restaurant, and a small family fun amusement park. Rides include a small roller coaster, a steam train, and a Ferris wheel.

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    Riverfront Park Spokane
    ••• City of Spokane

    Spokane
    Outdoor amusement park

    Publicly run amusement park, on the banks of the Spokane River (and the site of Expo '74), includes an IMAX large-screen theater, a carousel, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, a Dragon roller coaster, and a few other rides.

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    Seattle Great Wheel
    ••• Seattle Great Wheel

    Seattle
    Outdoor and indoor amusements

    Located at Pier 57, the observation wheel is a standalone attraction. Each cabin seats eight passengers, and the ride includes three revolutions and lasts about 15 minutes. Other things to do at the pier include Wings Over Washington, a "flying theater" ride that simulates hang gliding above the state, as well as restaurants and shops.

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    Slidewaters Washington water park
    ••• Slidewaters

    Chelan
    Outdoor water park

    Medium-sized park. Attractions include a mat racing slide, a lazy river, body and tube slides, and a 60-person hot tub.

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    Splash Down water park Washington
    ••• Splash Down

    Spokane Valley
    Outdoor water park

    Small park with a bowl ride, a speed slide, body slides, a Water Wars game, and a kids play area.
     

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    Surf 'n Slide Water Park
    ••• Moses Lake, WA

    Moses Lake
    Outdoor water park

    Medium-sized municipal water park with a Flowrider surfing simulator, a lazy river, water slides, an interactive water play structure, slides and play areas for young children, sand volleyball, and a large swimming pool.
     

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    Washington State Fair in Puyallup
    ••• Washington State Fair

    Puyallup
    Outdoor amusement park

    It's only open a few days in the fall and again in the spring. The popular fair has permanent rides (as opposed to the traveling carnival rides found at most fairs) that include the Classic Coaster, a woodie that dates back to 1935, and the Rainier Rush, a steel coaster that includes a loop. There is also an antique carousel, the Extreme Scream drop tower, a bunch of flat rides, and Sillyville, an area for small children.

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    Wild Waves Washington
    ••• Wild Waves & Enchanted Village

    Federal Way
    Outdoor amusement park and water park

    Medium-size amusement park with a large water park. It used to be run by Six Flags. Among the featured rides is Timberhawk, a wooden coaster. On the water park side, Wild Waves offers the Zooma Falls family raft ride and and Hook's Lagoon, an interactive water play center, among other attractions. Tickets are available for the theme park only or for both the water park and the theme park combined. Single-day tickets for just the water park are not available.