No family holiday would be truly complete without a day trip to a waterpark. With hundreds to choose from across the globe, here at icelolly.com, we decided to take a look at some of the biggest and the best to suit all tastes!
Voted as one of the top waterparks in the world, Siam Park in the Costa Adeje region of Tenerife really is an absolute delight. With a Thai theme running throughout, find yourself transported to the South Seas in the heart of the Canary Islands! Set in tranquil gardens and featuring a manmade beach with stunning views of Mount Teide alongside hair-raising water rides, Siam Park has something for everyone and is an absolute must-see attraction in Tenerife.
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The multi-award winning Waterworld Waterpark in Ayia Napa is the largest, themed waterpark in Europe. With over 21 rides and slides, all styled around ancient Greek mythology, Waterworld is Cyprus’ most popular tourist attraction pulling in 3 million visitors each year. But if you don’t want to miss out, the park is home to some fantastic one-of-a-kind rides. The “Drop to Atlantis” ride is not to be missed, featuring pioneering light and sound effects as you rocket towards the landing pool in a ‘bullet’ dinghy with 2 of your friends.
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Located in the Izmir region of Turkey, Adaland resort boasts over 30 water rides and attractions, including the disorientating “Yellow Python”, which rotates as you are plunged through the dark tubes of its coils! But if that’s not enough, Adaland is also home to a dolphin and sea park where you can get up close and personal with bottle-nosed dolphins, seals, sting-rays and even sharks!
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Aqualandia accomodates for every level of water confidence. For the daredevils there is a choice of 3 kamikaze style slides at varying heights of dizziness, or for the less adventurous, there is the giant wave pool and the ‘Zig-Zag’, which descends more gently to the pools below. Between adrenaline surges you can relax in the giant heated Jacuzzi or cool off in the waterfalls and caves of the ‘Niagara’ pool.
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Boasting speed slides, group rides, a 17, 000² wave pool and a huge family water playground full of interactive play features, Wet ‘n Wild is the biggest waterpark in Florida! Featuring something to excite water babies at all levels, there is also the opportunity to have a go at wake skating, knee skiing and paddle boarding!
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With over 20 million gallons of water, Aquaventure at the Atlantis resort in the beautiful Bahamas is one of the largest waterparks in the world. The main attraction is the towering Mayan Temple, home to “The Leap of Faith” ride, which plummets you down 120ft, straight through a transparent tube submerged in a shark tank! But if that doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping… twist and turn down the corkscrew coils of “The Serpent” or take a tumble through “The Falls”, a jet propelled water rollercoaster, or simply relax in the lazy river and make use of the on-site spa facilities.
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Opened in 2012, Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Emirati inspired waterpark. Featuring high intensity water rides, theme park attractions and interactive water gaming facilities, this ultra-modern east meets west waterpark aims to please everybody. For extreme thrills why not try “Liwa’s Loop”? The first multi-looping water slide of its kind!
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