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Wild Water Adventure Park
Best attraction: GhostSlider, a high-energy slide that sends guests zipping down a flume into a large “super bowl” before you drop through the center into a pool below.
The location is, stimulating, but Wild Water Adventure is a favorite of Central California/Fresno locals thanks to everything from speed slides to rapids adventures. The park also keeps the action going into the night with movie broadcasts and other special events. The introduction of “Slideboarding” later this summer — which is sorta like a cross between a water slide and a video game could move it up this list if it delivers as promised.
Raging Waters San Jose
Best attraction: Sidewinder, a twisting, is a racing slide that pits four riders against each other at a time as they careen head-first down a heart-pounding speed course. Not as packed with attractions as it’s So Cal complement, Nor Cal’s Raging Waters parks still have the Bay Area on lockdown, thanks to a bevy of high-intensity slides and cool-off zones great for triple-digit days.
Raging Waters Sacramento
Best attraction: Dragon’s Den, which sends two riders on a double tube down five stories of twisting turns, sending them through a “bowl” feature and then down another drop, through a water curtain into the run-out zone.
Another member of the Raging Waters family, this park offers an imaginary amnesty for locals dealing with the brutal summer heat in our state’s capital and not locals who want to check out the new Oakland. The park offers an extensive range of attractions, from slides to an 800ft-long lazy river to a heart-arresting four-story half-pipe you can free fall down via tube.
Best attraction: Break Point Plunge, a trap door thrill slide that sends riders speeding through a 270ft-long looping course.
Expect wave pools, a wide collection of creative slide attractions (Break Point Plunge, FTW), and not nearly as many Kevin Costner sightings as you’d expect from the name.
Boomerang Bay is one of those park-within-a-park situations where guests wanting to access the water park must buy a ticket to California’s Great America, a seasonal thrill park next to San Jose. While the water material itself is good, it gets a mid-list bump for its proximity to roller coasters.
Aquatica San Diego
Best attraction: Taumata Racer, a 375ft-long racing slide that pits guests against each other down its slope and through a 180-degree banking turn before zipping across the finish line.
It may be payable as “SeaWorld’s Water Park,” but that’s as disingenuous as anything you learned from Blackfish: Aquatica’s actually several miles gone, in Chula Vista. That said, it’s got some slayer slides: the above-mentioned Taumata Racer’s a heart-pumper, and the three-slides-in-one Kiwi Curl’s got a totally-in-the-dark option.
Knott’s Soak City
Best attraction: Pacific Spin, a multi-person raft ride that features a 132ft-long tunnel and 75ft drop into a six-story funnel.
LEGOLAND California Resort
Legends of CHIMA. Okay, this takes some explaining: The LEGOLAND Water Park is fairly unique in that it is a huge facility built within the existing LEGOLAND California theme park — and Legends of CHIMA is a mini park WITHIN the park that has a ton of hands-on LEGO-terrific attractions, all as part of it (build a boat with LEGOs and float it!!!).
It’s smoother than some of the above (and below) options, though if you’re looking for thrills, Pirate Reef is a high-octane flume ride, and there are dueling-racer slides as well. Also, Pirate Reef LOOKS LIKE IT’S MADE OF GIANT PIRATE LEGOS!!!
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Top attraction: Bonzai Pipelines, an intense thrill experience where guests have dropped 50ft through a trap door into the rest of the 200ft slide course.
Hurricane Harbour has long been one of LA’s best water parks, with sufficiently of thrill slides, dive-in movies (where you float in a giant pool and watch a movie), and three raft slides that will shoot you out of the mouths of huge Tiki statues. Added bonus: once you’re done, you can throw on some clothes and go get your hair blow-dried on a coaster at Magic Mountain — the best roller coaster park in SoCal (YEAH, WE SAID IT, DISNEYLAND) — right next door.
Raging Waters San Dimas
Top attraction: Aqua Rocket, a hydromagnetic slide that sends four people at a time on a roller coaster-like ride with hills and drops at 30mph.
Not only does it get, like, all the points for repetition as Waterloo in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but Raging Waters San Dimas is also the most-packed water park in the state, with 12 high-energy slide attractions and even more obstacle courses, wave pools, and opportunities to embarrassingly losing a swimsuit.
Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove
The Great Wolf Lodge near Anaheim is more than a lodge. It’s also home to an energetic indoor water park. A water park is a great option for big relations with various age groups. Some family members may want to retreat in the cool bathhouse while others will want to be more daring by riding the Howling.
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