10 Great Midwestern Waterparks to Get Your Wet On

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Looking for a way for your group to cool off in the summer heat? These waterparks are the perfect way to beat the heat and have fun while doing it.

1. Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

It is fitting that the largest waterpark in the United States, Noah’s Ark, is located in Wisconsin Dells, the “Waterpark Capital of the World”. Enjoy thrill rides such as Surfing Safari, a body surfing adventure. If you need a buddy, then group rides like Sting Ray are for you. For those who want to relax, Bahama Falls lazy river is a top option.

2. Hurricane Harbor, Gurnee, Illinois

After checking out some rollercoasters at Six Flags Great America, head to the park’s Hurricane Harbor for some fun in the sun. This waterpark is home to rides like the Mega Wedgie waterslide. Sun bathers can lounge in Monsoon Lagoon. Castaway Creek lazy river is the perfect spot for those looking to relax.

Bozai Pipeline Tubes

Bozai Pipeline Tubes

3. Hurricane Harbor, Eureka, Missouri

Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags St. Louis houses an assortment of water rides. Pick from multiple tube slides and rafting rides. For the adventurous, ride Bonzai Pipeline, where passengers wait in a launch tube for a trapdoor to open and start on a 40-mph journey. Hurricane Bay is a wave pool whose currents are made at the base of a volcano.

4. Soak City, Sandusky, Ohio

Located at Cedar Point Amusement Park, Soak City supplies fun for groups of all ages. Take a walk on lily pads, float in Adventure Cove or body surf in Breakers Bay wave pool. Check out Raging River Breakers Bay wave pool. Check out Raging River Refreshments to fuel up for more swimming. Adults in the group can take a swim to Bubbles’ Swim-Up Bar.

KaPau Capsule White Water

KaPau Capsule White Water

5. White Water, Branson, Missouri

This two-million-gallon waterpark hosts many relaxing and exciting attractions for your group. KaPau Plummet takes riders on a 240-foot, 70- degree plunge. During the summer, Night Water events with drive-in movies extend the aquatic fun after sundown.

6. Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana

Splashin’ Safari at Holiday World theme park is home to Mammoth, the world’s longest water coaster. Mammoth is seven stories tall and spans more than three acres. Groups also like Jungle Racer, where you can compete against nine other racers.

Magic Waters © Rockford Park District - Photo by Jake Swenson

Magic Waters © Rockford Park District – Photo by Jake Swenson

7. Magic Waters, Rockford, Illinois

Ride the steepest speed slide in northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin, the Double Dare Drop, which drops passengers 75 feet. After that you may need to take a calming ride in Splash Magic River.

8. Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort, Monticello, Indiana

Get the real feel of a day at the beach at the Ideal Beach Waterpark at Indiana Beach Amuse- ment Resort. Build sand castles, sunbathe in the sand and take a swim in the one-of-a-kind pool. Groups can also enjoy many exciting water rides.

9. Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon, Michigan

Michigan’s largest amusement park and waterpark offers everything from wave pools and water slides to spray guns and lazy rivers. Your group can rent a cabana for an exclusive experience.

10. Oceans of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri

Groups can kayak in Buccaneer Bay, take an exciting boat ride and plummet at Predators’ Plunge. Enjoy some refreshing beverages at the swim-up cabana at Castaway Cove.

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