There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than by spending an afternoon at a water park. While planning a vacation you may have asked yourself “What are the best water parks near me?”

Here is a list of the best water parks across the country and great family-friendly campgrounds close to them. A great vacation does not have to cost a fortune.

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Noah’s Ark – Wisconsin Dells

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Alabama- Alabama Splash Adventure

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There are so many opportunities for adventure in this huge water and theme park. It will be a whole day of fun for the entire family!

Start with the Kahuna Waves, a large pool with four-foot waves. The Rampage roller coaster will take you 120 feet up and send you down at 56 MPH. Splashdown will throw you 50 feet through a dark tunnel before throwing you into a wild whirlpool. Also, try the Wipeout Adventure obstacle course, ride the Centi-Speed, the Wacky Worm Coaster, or brave Mistical Maze, where you have to find your way out through water spouts, downpours, and showers.

Best Campground Nearby: Blue Creek Campground

Alaska – H2Oasis Indoor Water Park

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H2Oasis is Alaska’s largest indoor water park and calls itself “a tropical island in the Last Frontier.” It provides a traditional water park experience in Alaska.

The Lazy river is almost 600′ long and circles the entire park. In addition, the Master Blaster Water Coaster is 43 feet high and 505 feet long. H2Oasis also offers a Wave Pool, Water Drop Fountain, Beached Boat, Children’s Lagoon and Pirate Ship, four Water Cannons and two slides. The slides range from 150 to 368 feet.

Best Campground Nearby: Ship Creek RV Park

Arizona – Hurricane Harbor

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With wild, wet rides, crystal clear pools, lazy river, and a host of other activities, Hurricane Harbor is sure to keep you cooled down this summer. If you’re looking for adrenaline pounding thrills, take on the Raging River. The white water rafting ride for the whole family takes you down six hundred feet of wild twists and turns.

Mammoth Falls will have your hair standing on end. The white water raft ride features a fifty-seven foot drop, vertical climbs, and weightless experiences.

Grab a mat and race head first down the six lanes of the Desert Racers. Ride single or double down the Phoenix Flyers, ride down the huge funnel on the Tornado, race your friends on the Maximum Velocity Dueling H2O Coaster, or brave the coiling Superentines, complete with superbowl.

The park also features a Soak’em Playground for the park’s youngest guests, and Wet ‘n’ Wild Jr for children of all ages featuring slides and tons of interactive activities. The Crazy Cactus Roaring River is now new and improved, and the park’s wave pool will keep you cooled down and entertained for hours.

Best Campground Nearby: Desert Sands RV Park and Campground

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Arkansis – Magic Springs Water Park

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Splash Island, the new attraction is more than four stories tall and features 10 water slides, a bucket that dumps 1,000 gallons of water every 10 minutes and dozens of ways to get wet and stay cool. It also features bubbler jets, water wheels, tipping buckets, water curtains, net climbs, pools and waterfalls.  There is also spacious, covered seating around the attraction.

The water park also features the exciting surf simulator Boogie Blast, Kodiak Canyon Adventure River, Seven Falls body and tube slide tower, a 350,000-gallon wave pool and much more. Smaller children will enjoy Bear Cub Bend, and Grizzly Creek Splash Zone.   

For the ultimate VIP experience at the water park, visitors can rent their own private cabana, a private personal space with a variety of amenities. 

Best Campground Nearby: Hot Springs National Park

California – Raging Waters San Dimas

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Raging Waters in San Dimas is the largest waterpark in all of California. The famous waterpark stretches out over 50 acres with more than a dozen rides.

Catch a gnarly wave in the Wave Cove, or race for the win on the super fast Ragin’ Racer. Although the park features a ton of crazy rides, the live musical events set it apart from the rest.

Younger children will have a blast splashing around at Kid’s Kingdom and Splash Island, while thrill seekers and mild riders will enjoy twisting and turning down some of the Southland’s most thrilling slides.

Best Campground Nearby: East Shore RV 

Colorado – Water World

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People of all ages will find that Water World, with all its thrilling rides, cool pools, and unique kiddie areas, is a park they’ll want to visit again and again.

Climb the steep walls and brave a huge plunge on the Zoomerang. Don’t miss the exciting new interactive Warp Speed slide. Brave the white waters of the Cimarron River. There’s even a mini lazy river just for kids, the Clown Around Creek. Turtle Bay was made just for toddlers. Cool down in the lazy river or make a splash in the cool waters of the pools.

Best Nearby Campground: Cherry Creek Campground

Connecticut – Lake Compounce Water Park

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With over 402 acres of fun, Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America

Lake Compounce combines unique and exciting thrill rides and coasters for all ages with a full-sized water park—all for one low price. As the park continues to delight families from all around the New England area and beyond, the balance of evolution and tradition continues to play an important role at the nation’s first amusement park.

Best Nearby Campground: Bear Creek Campground

Delaware – Jungle Jim’s – River Safari Water Park

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Jungle Jim’s features Delaware’s largest waterpark, and additional fun with bumper boatsmini-golf, batting cages and more. Jungle Jim’s remains your one-stop shop for  fantastic family fun in southern Delaware!

Each portion of the park is jam packed with Jungle awesomeness. 

Best Campground Nearby: Jellystone Park and Campground

Florida – Aquatica Orlando

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Aquatica in Orlando is a unique water park unlike you will find anywhere else. Aquatica provides more than just traditional water slides and lazy rivers, by pushing the boundaries with their unique and fun attractions.

The Dolphin Plunge gives visitors a chance to speed through clear enclosed tubes next to real life dolphins, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls tests your bravery with a free-fall drop slide, and Roa’s Rapids is an adventure packed with high tides and geysers down a fast current river.

Best Campground Nearby: Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Georga – Helen Tubing and Waterpark


This waterpark offers a ton of different ways to cool down and have a blast. The newest feature to the park is a twenty five foot high, four lane climbing wall. The waterpark offers slides and kiddie areas great for all ages.

The real adventure awaits you on the Chattahoochee River. For an experience like no other, venture up the river and drop in for an adventure filled scenic ride.

Best Campground Nearby : Unicoi Springs Campground

Hawaii – Wet N Wild

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Wet’n’Wild Hawaii has many great attractions that are suited for adults, teens, kids, and families of all ages.

The park features more than 25 exhilarating attractions. Nestled on 29-acres in lush tropical landscaping and natural cliffs, you will find a different adventure in each corner ideal for families and thrill seekers alike.

Best Campground Nearby: Camp Palehua

Idaho – Silverwood

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Taking advantage of the natural resources that the Gem State has to offer is one of the best things about living there— so it makes sense that Idahoans would put an adventurous twist on the water park concept.

Avalanche Mountain is designed to take full advantage of the North Idaho terrain as it cascades down the side of a mountain to simulate the thrill of rafting down one of our local rivers. Your friends and family will love the ride down and want to immediately do it again.

Best Campground Nearby: Silverwood RV Park and Campground

Iowa – Lost Island Water Park

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Between the tunnel-shaped Molokini Crater raft ride to the towering Lost Soul Falls free-fall slide, you’ll find thrills at every turn at Lost Island. The park also offers a number of kid-friendly attractions.

Starfish Cove is a shallow island complete with clownfish, spouting whales, miniature slides, and some funny spitting fish! Surrounded by deck chairs, shade shells and umbrellas, the Cove is a perfect place for a nap in the sun. It’s an underwater world, topside!

Enter the calm, pristine waters of our wave pool. Zero depth entry allows for easy access for all ages including wheelchairs and strollers. When the waves are rolling, hold on to your tube!

The Molokini Crater is an extreme water thrill ride, resembling a 60-foot funnel. Guests board a 4 person, cloverleaf-shaped raft or a 2 person raft 75 feet in the air. Shoot down a long tunnel, fly into the 60 foot funnel going back and forth, side to side, before gliding through a waterfall and splash down in the pool below!

Best Campground Nearby: LOST ISLAND WATERPARK KOA

Minnesota- Great Wolf Lodge

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Twist and dip on, River Canyon Run with Splash Cinema, one of our long slides. Children of all ages will have a blast at the Fort Mackenzie area which boasts a huge water playground and activities as well as zero-depth entry. Test your surfing abilities at the Wolf Rider Wipeout. The activity pool packs a ton of fun with features like water basketball and the Big Foot crossing.

The Crooked Creek lazy river and Slap Tail wave pool are sure to make for hours of relaxing, splashing entertainment. For heart-pounding adventure, visit the many rides. Grab the family and raft down the twists and turns of the Otter Run. Tube down the Alberta Falls 4th story tandem slide or adventure down the body slides. 

Best Campground Nearby: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Mississippi – Geyser Falls

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This is a 23 acre family amusement center featuring 12 major waterslides, an enormous wave pool, a lazy river and activity areas for children and teens adorned by waterfalls and crystal clear swimming pools. Within the 23 acres is 8 acres of white sandy beaches, palm trees, and glistening water.

The features include cabanas for daily rental, the birthday hut for rental, a retail shop, food court, ice cream parlor, snack bar and an outdoor stage for entertainment. Adjacent to Geyser Falls Water Theme Park is the Beach Club Restaurant. It is a full-service restaurant that offers a casual dining experience in an open air and outdoor beach environment.

Best Campground Nearby: Frog Level RV Park and Campground

Missouri – White Water Branson

Guests enjoy KaPau Plummet at White Water.

This wet and wonderful Branson water park features 2 million gallons of fun and 13 acres of water rides and attractions, from riveting to relaxing. The whole family can enjoy the tides of the 500,000-gallon Surf’s Up Wave Pool, the gentle flow of the Aloha River or the family-friendly fun atSplashaway Cay and Coconut Cove.

Braver visitors can test themselves on the other White Water park rides, such as the speed slides of Kalani Towers or KaPau Plummet, a heart-pounding thrill slide with a 240-foot, 70-degree plunge followed by a spiraling loop to splashdown! Plan your White Water adventure today!

Best Campground Nearby: Silver Dollar City Campground

Montana – Splash Montana

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Bring the whole family and enjoy all the features the water park has to offer. From its three waterslides to the lazy river float, there are numerous ways for the entire family to enjoy a day at Splash Montana.

Best Campground Nearby: Missoula KOA

Nebraska – Island Oasis WaterPark

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Island Oasis offers over six acres of refreshing Family Fun! Guests can brave the waves in the 350 thousand-gallon wave pool or relax and unwind in our 750-foot lazy river.

More adventurous thrill seekers will experience the force of gravity first hand when they ride one of two six-story high-speed slides! Adventurers can also attempt to tackle four giant 150-foot slides. Children will love zero depth acres that include spraying fountains and a wacky wet otter slide. Plus they can build sand castles in the sand, stroll across the lily pads, or test their skills on the log walk. 

Best Campground Nearby: Hall County Park

North Dakota – Raging Rivers

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Raging Rivers Waterpark features tube slides, speed slides, a lazy river and a brand new Aqua Play area. It is four acres of wet and wild fun!

Standing 66 feet above the park, the two speed slides provide the ultimate thrill for park guests to enjoy. Take the plunge, as you start off in total darkness and when you see daylight, you drop straight down in what feels like total free fall. You will scream as you speed down the double drop speed slide; each drop gives you the thrill of being airborne.

Climb aboard a single or double inner tube and rocket down the 45-foot high Black Hole Tube Slide. Twist and turn, splash and slide in total darkness.  You will emerge into daylight as you enter the catch pool. The ride is sheer exhilaration.

Best Campground Nearby: Colonial RV Park and Campground

South Carolina – Myrtle Waves Water Park

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Myrtle Waves Water Park is a must-see destination. Adventure awaits on the multitude of rides. Zoom down the crazy Turbo Twisters, make a splash off the Super Chute, race down the Thunderbolt Speed Slides or Snake Mountain. Brave the exhilarating rush of the Riptide Rockets or the darkness of the Night Flight. Whirl around and around the huge bowl slide, Arooba Tooba. Challenge the huge halfpipe slide Rockin’ Ray. The Tsunami FlowRider lets you experience surfing.

Children will love the Bubble Bay as well as the giant Saturation Station which comes complete with a huge aqua play structure and dumping bucket. The park has a lazy river and a Racin’ River as well as a wave pool for hours of cool, splashing fun.

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South Dakota – WaTiki Indoor Waterpark

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Offering more than 30,000 square feet of indoor water fun, WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort offers excitement for the whole family, 365 days a year. From Koko’s Kingdom water adventures to Maui’s Body Slide or the relaxing Oasis Hot Tub, there’s something for everyone.

The waterpark is part of a large resort complex featuring four hotels and several onsite dining options, as well as a large arcade.

Best Campground Nearby: Lake Park Campground

Tennessee –
Dollywood’s Splash Country

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With huge, thrilling rides and slides as well as cool waters and great kiddie areas, Dollywood’s Splash Country is the place to be. For adrenaline junkies there’s the Fire Tower Falls, the park’s tallest and fastest slide featuring high speed, vertical drops. The Butterfly is anything but meek- these extreme slides are sure to get your heart pounding. Visit the Mountain Scream and take your pick from one of four huge twisting, turning, drop slides. Zoom down the SwiftWater run where you’ll be catapulted into a giant bowl before hitting the waters below.

Families will love the RiverRush water coaster, and the white water raft rides on the Raging River Rapids and the Big Bear Plunge. The park also has mat racers, a huge kiddie area complete with play structure and huge dumping bucket, a fifteen hundred foot long lazy river, tots area, activity pool and a giant wave pool. When you’re ready to dry off, tons of dry land fun await at the theme park. The resort offers great accommodations so be sure to make it a vacation destination.

Best Campground Nearby: Pigeon Forge Campground

Virginia- Water Country USA

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Get your pulse racing as you take on our mega-slide or kick up your feet and relax as you float along our lazy river. There’s tons of fun for your little ones, too, with themed play areas, child-sized water slides and shallow pools.

Whether you’re on summer break or a family vacation, there are tons of things to do at Virginia’s largest water park. With twists and turns and epic drops, our water slides make it the best place to cool off this summer.

Best Campground Nearby: BUSCH GARDENS AREA KOA

Washington – Wild Waves Water Park

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Wild Waves Theme & Water Park is Washington’s ONLY combination Theme and Water Park! Offering 70 expansive acres packed with thrill rides, classic fan-favorite attractions, and the region’s best water park, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy! Park is open seasonally from May through December. 

Best Campground Nearby: Game Farm Wilderness Park

West Virginia – Massanutten Water Park

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Featuring both an indoor water park as well as an epic outdoor water park! Get ready for non-stop thrills at the Massanutten WaterPark. Children of all ages will delight in our water fortress, inflatable adventures, body slides, pools, lazy river floats, and hot tubs. If you want to take your aquatic experience to the next level, learn how to surf on our FlowRider® Endless Wave.

True competitors will have to try the Rockingham Racer head-first, downhill water slide. Or maybe the White Caps Wave Pool is more your style? Whether your family enjoys lounging or action-packed fun, the Outdoor WaterPark at Massanutten has got you covered.

Best Campground Nearby: SHENANDOAH VALLEY CAMPGROUND

Wisconsin – Noah’s Ark Water Park

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Located on 70 sprawling acres in the heart of Wisconsin Dells, the Waterpark Capital of the World, Noah’s Ark is recognized as both America’s Largest Waterpark® and one of the best things to do with kids in Wisconsin Dells.

Featuring two endless rivers, four children’s water play areas, and two giant wave pools, and several attractions that can’t be found anywhere else, including RAJA: the World’s Largest King Cobra. Noah’s Ark is the biggest waterpark in Wisconsin Dells and the best destination in town for family-friendly fun and excitement, whether you come for a special event, our great family dining options or a whole season of fun! 

Best Campground Nearby: Bonanza Campground

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Wyoming – Star Plunge

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Soothe your body and soul at the famous Star Plunge in Hot Springs State Park, warming your bones in the winter and cooling off with summer family fun!

Main attractions include indoor and outdoor pools & hot tubs, exciting water slides, let off some steam in our vapor cave, stay in shape in our fitness & weight room, or explore our gift shop

Best Campground Nearby: Eagle RV Park and Campground

As you can see above there are a lot of great water parks near me and you as well. So pack up the tent or camper and hit the best water parks in your area!

-Bobbie

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