Thrilling slides, relaxing lagoons, exciting attractions… a day trip to a water park is the perfect addition to your holiday.
Whether you’re jetting off on a family holiday, or holidaying as a couple or group of friends, make sure you put a waterpark to the top of your ‘to do’ list.
The first park on our list has to be the world-famous Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai.
This park is located in the vicinity of a lavish five star resort, and is right next to the instantly recognisable Burj Al Arab, one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
There are so many attractions here it’s difficult to choose the ones that stand out. The new Jumeirah Sceirah is 32 metres high and features a capsule with a trap door. Once that trap door opens, you’ll plummet down the slide at 80 kph!
There is a 110cm minimum height requirement for the bigger rides. However, smaller kids can still have a blast on the lazy river or on the water play area.
Not only does Aqualand in Tenerife feature some pretty amazing water slides, there’s also an award-winning dolphin show for you to enjoy.
The bottlenose dolphins featured at the park recently won the Best Show in the World award from the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association.
If dolphin displays aren’t enough, guests also get the opportunity to interact with them in the water. What an experience!
For adrenaline junkies, the Kamikazes are perfect. These high-speed water slides feature a levels change and a pronounced drop, with many guests enjoying them again and again.
Located in the Costa Adeji part of the island, Siam Park has a Siamese theme running through it, and was opened in 2008 by the Princess of Thailand.
If you have a need for speed, you have to try Kinnaree. This thrilling water slide is only safe if you’re strapped into an inflatable raft, and features stunning vegetation – not that you’ll be going slow enough to really enjoy the surrounding scenery!
Located in the infamous party town of Magaluf in Majorca, The Western Water Park is full of exhilarating rides and relaxing chillout zones.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you have to try the The Beast. With an almost vertical drop of over 30 metres, this slide is not for the faint hearted.
For a more relaxing experience, try the Wild River. Here you’ll be able to bob along the water in an inflatable and watch the world go by.
Set in the vicinity of the lavish Atlantis The Palm hotel, on the man-made island, Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, Aquaventure has everything that you would expect from a water park on the doorstep of one of the most iconic hotels in the world.
Not only will you be able to plunge down a seven-story slide on the Tower of Neptune, you’ll also be whizzed through a thrilling shark infested tank with cownose rays!
Fancy having a bit of chill out time before you leave? No problem – with your ticket to Aquaventure, you’ll get access to the hotel’s very own private beach, so you can wind down and soak up the glorious Middle Eastern sunshine in style.
Located in Portugal’s beautiful Algarve region, Slide & Splash features some thrilling rides and is the perfect place to have lots of fun in the sun!
If you’re looking for an adrenaline filled experience, try the Black Hole inflatable slide. Here you’ll whizz down into the unknown at some incredible speeds. If you want to go even faster, try the Kamikaze.
Based around the ancient Greek legend of the same name, Troy Aqua Park is fun for the whole family.
If you love thrilling water slides, you have to try the Master Blaster. Here you’ll experience water injection technology that will fire you down the slide, creating a unique roller coaster effect.
For a more relaxing experience, you can simply bob along the Adventure River. This river is 310 metres in length and covers the whole park too, so it’s a great way to see the rides and decide which ones you want to experience.
Located in the popular Benidorm area of Spain, Aqualandia is one of the most popular attractions in the area.
It’s home to the highest capsule slide in the world – Vertigo. Riders of this slide can reach speeds of 100 kph, and at 33 metres high, the slide also offers fantastic views of Benidorm.
Aqualandia has been created to work in harmony with nature. That’s why there’s lots of lush green lawns to relax on, as well as subtropical palm trees and beautiful flowers.