We’ve reached the “dog days of summer” (hottest) in the Northern Hemisphere, and you know what that means, time for a nice trip (or several) to your favorite waterparks. We’ve rounded up five of the coolest ever for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see them all.

5. Noah’s Ark (Wisconsin, USA)

It is one of the largest water parks in the U.S., spans some 70 acres and contains more than 60 water slides. It has two wave pools; four children’s play areas, two rivers and a lagoon pool. Time Warp is the most popular water slide at the park, features a drop of 70 feet.

4. Wet ‘N’ Wild (Australia)

Part of the Wet ‘n Wild family, this is the largest water park in Australia. Unlike many parks, it is open all year. The newest addition to the park was constructed just for those who like something exciting and even a bit thrilling. Among the most exciting rides are the Tornado, a four person funnel slide, and the Blackhole.

3. Sandcastle Waterpark (Blackpool, UK)

When you are in the UK, you will probably want to see a few castles. Sandcastle is the largest indoor waterpark in the UK. Choose from various water slides as well as a kid’s play area, a lazy river and even a wave machine. The Masterblaster water coaster is considered to be the largest water coaster in the world. The Caribbean Storm Treehouse offers a safe and relaxing place for the kids to play to their heart’s content.

2. Schlitterbahn (Texas, USA)

Schlitterbahn is the largest water park in Texas and that is saying something. In German, the word Schlitterbahn means slippery road. The number of rather interesting water slides at Schlitterbahn certainly live up to that reputation. Wherever you happen to be in Texas, you will likely find a Schlitterbahn near you.

1. Water Country (Virginia, USA)

This gorgeous water park features a fun 1950’s theme that will bring back memories of the Beach Boys. There are also many new and innovative features in this popular park. From river rafting adventures to thrilling flume rides, you will find plenty to keep you cool at Water Country.

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