Seven Must-Visit Water Parks in the Midwest

When the summer temperatures begin heating up in the Midwest, many people seek out the cool and comfort of the nearest swimming pool. Still, while the local pool may be fine for a cooling down, nothing quite compares to the fun and excitement offered by a water park. Luckily, the Midwest is home to a wide range of outstanding water parks that are sure to thrill and here are some of our picks for the best that are definitely worth checking out.

Noah's Ark Water Park—Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Noah's Ark Water Park bills itself as the largest water park in the United States and this massive complex truly offers something for everyone. Those looking for something a bit more relaxed will enjoy the multiple river rides, while those in search of excitement and adventure have their choice of numerous slides and rides. Highlights of the park include Black Thunder, a completely enclosed slide where riders zoom through twists in turns in the pitch dark, and the 400-foot-tall Scorpion's Tail slide that sends riders down at over 50-feet-per-second.

Water Park of America—Bloomington, Minnesota

Situated just across from the Mall of America, Bloomington's Water Park of America is the perfect place to liven up your day after shopping. Open all year round, this indoor water park boasts a range of rides and activities suitable for all ages. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the Cascade Falls Flowrider, where guests can enjoy the sensation of surfing on a huge sheet of water.

Kalahari Resort—Sandusky, Ohio; Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Kalahari Resort is a full-service resort and indoor water park with several locations across the Midwest. However, the Sandusky location is generally considered to be the best and is home to an exciting Flowrider surfing attraction amongst many other features. In addition, the location is home to the Safari Adventures Animal Park if you need further enticement.

Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park—Boyne Falls, Michigan

Designed to look like a village in the Alps, this fantastic indoor water park includes a number of unique attractions that set it apart. One such attraction is the Splasherhorn where guests stand beneath a mountain as an 800-gallon water avalanche pours down from above.

Splashin' Safari—Santa Claus, Indiana

Splashin' Safari is part of Holiday World amusement park, where guests can enjoy a range of exciting rollercoasters. Although it might not be able to compare to some of the other parks in terms of number of attractions, it is still home to some spectacular choices, including Zoombabwe, a 900-foot-long slide that ranks as the world's longest enclosed waterslide.

Silver Dollar City White Water Park—Branson, Missouri

Although some people tend to think Branson is mostly for older generations, Silver Dollar City White Water Park proves that the city has tons of fun to offer people of all ages. The 500,000 gallon wave pool and 800 foot Aloha River are definitely great attractions, but the star of the show is still the KaPau Plummet—a set of two 245-foot slides that launch riders through a trap door down a 70-degree slope.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark—Kansas City, Kansas

If you happen to be in Kansas City, Schlitterbahn Waterpark is definitely not to be missed. Although it is home to many different exciting rides, the park is most famous for having the tallest water slide in the world. Known as Verrückt, this 17-story four-person raft slide promises to be a truly thrilling experience.

Although all of the above Midwest water parks are outstanding options, the region is home to a range of others not featured on this list. Therefore, don’t be afraid to get out there and start exploring all of the fantastic water parks the Midwest has to offer. Who knows? Your favorite one might not even be on this list.