During every hot summer holiday, what’s more refreshing and fun than to head for a waterpark with the whole family? Fun waterparks can be found across the globe, with some of the largest ones based in the US and China. We’re counting down the biggest water parks in the world.

The Global Attractions Attendance Report 2017 stated that the 20 most-visited waterparks in the world received over 30 million visitors that year, and the 8 most-visited parks made up for exactly half of that number.

This article will give an overview of the largest waterparks in the world and the age groups they’re suitable for. Some of the waterparks have action-packed features, requiring more experienced swimmers, while others have a more laidback vibe suited for the little travelers in your family.

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8. Aquaventure Atlantis, Dubai – 17 hectares

View of Aquaventure Antlantis in Dubai, one of the largest waterparks in the worldThe Aquaventure Atlantis, Dubai is located on the outer circle of the famous The Palm Jumeirah, this breathtaking waterpark offers over 30 rides and an extensive private beach to soak up the sun. Some of the highlights conclude the translucent slide through the astonishing aquarium and the family tubes riding down extra wide slides. For the smallest travelers, the Splasher’s Children’s Play Area is excellent fun. From the littlest kids to adults, the entire family can amuse themselves at this park.

Recommended hotels:

C Central Resort The Palm – mid-range

This hotel is less than 10 minutes away from the waterpark by car. The main features are an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and splendid rooms with private beach access.

Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah – luxury

This iconic hotel enchants its guests with its chic interior, tastefully decorated family apartments, and selection of bars and restaurants.

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai – luxury

This neighboring resort is literally located beside Aquaventure Atlantis, making it a superb choice. Guests are even given a free ticket to the waterpark, which can save you quite a lot of money.


7. Siam Park, Tenerife, Spain – 18 hectares

View of lazy river in Siam Park on the Costa Adeje in Tenerife, Spain - one of the largest waterparks in the worldSiam Park on the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands took number 16 on the 2017 list of most visited waterparks worldwide, with an extraordinary 1,209,000 people joining in the fun. This exciting aquatic park, designed with a Thailand theme in mind, has been declared the most popular waterpark on the planet numerous times. Attractions here are listed in the categories ‘relax’, ‘family’, and ‘adrenalin’, making it an all-around waterpark for families with toddlers and adolescents alike.

Recommended hotels:

Vina del Mar – budget

At 20 minutes of walking distance from Siam Park, this resort is close to the action. You’ll also have easy access to the sea and the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool.

Iberostar Bouganville Playa – mid-range

Compelling family rooms with epic views, plus a game room for children with arcade games and an air hockey table. A 2-minute drive or 20-minute walk brings you to Siam Park.

Hotel Jardin Tropical – luxury

Recommended for a comfortable holiday in a luxurious setting. Tastefully designed rooms, an outdoor lounge and bar with sea views, and a stunning outdoor pool complex make this resort a desirable spot.


6. Therme Erding, Germany – 19 hectares

Night view of open air pool at Therme Erding in Garching near Munich, Germany, the largest waterpark in EuropeNot only is Therme Erding the most significant waterpark in Germany, it’s also a massive spa complex. Delve into 27 slides in 3 difficulty categories, jump into the wave pool in a jungle setting, or feel rejuvenated at the Spa Area & Saunas, which is accessible from 16 years of age. Therme Erding even has a cool virtual reality slide, which catapults you to space and the tropical rainforest. It’s best to travel here with teenagers and young adults. 

Recommended hotels:

Hotel Apfelbaum – budget

Modern hotel with snuggly triple rooms, within 15 minutes walking distance from Therme Erding. Rooms have a flatscreen TV, an en-suite bathroom, and a desk.

Aparthotel Sebastian – budget

Although located on the other side of Erding, this accommodation has several draws: a balcony, a cot (upon request), and a kitchen with a dishwasher.

Hotel Victory Therme Erding – luxury

This hotel is based within the waterpark and is the ideal pick if you wish for convenience and elegant rooms with pool views.


5. Thermas dos Laranjais, Brazil – 26 hectares

Outdoor pool view of Thermas dos Laranjais in Brazil, the biggest water park in South AmericaThermas dos Laranjais is the largest and most impressive waterpark on the South American continent and the 3rd most visited waterpark worldwide, with 2,007,000 visitors in 2017. With over 50 attractions and slides up to 30 meters, this waterpark is genuinely impressive. The range from turbulent slides to calm playgrounds make this park suitable for kids of all ages. 

Recommended hotels:

JS Thermas Hotel – budget

Less than a mile from Thermas dos Laranjais, this hotel is a compelling option if you’re traveling on a budget.

Celebration Resort Olimpia – mid-range

Indulge in the on-site restaurant and bar, benefit from free parking, and a nearly perfect location for visiting the park.

Hot Beach Resort – mid-range

Opt for the full-board arrangement, and let your worries about food options be taken away.


4. Noah’s Ark Water Park, USA – 28 hectares

Ride in Noahs Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, USA, the biggest waterpark in the USNoah’s Ark is the largest waterpark in the US and has more than 50 rides, slides, and other attractions for families to enjoy. Daredevils will happily ride the Scorpion’s Tale – a near-vertical drop – and the Black Anaconda slide in a boat. At the same time, the less adventurous souls can experience tubing on the relaxing Adventure River or Tadpole Bay. The different zones and rides cause this park to be appropriate for all family members. 

Recommended hotels:

AmericInn By Wyndham Wisconsin Dells – budget

By car, this hotel is 8 minutes away from Noah’s Ark Water Park. Motel-style accommodation surrounded by greenery offers a breakfast included in the price and an on-site restaurant.

Hilton Garden Inn Wisconsin Dells – mid-range

Simple rooms for 4 with conveniences like a fridge, microwave, and tea and coffee making facilities. Unbeatable for its location, as it’s just a short walk away from Noah’s Ark Water Park.

Caribbean Club Resort – mid-range

Beautifully located on the shores of Lake Delton, this resort provides a fantastic tranquil environment.


3. Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia – 36 hectares

Aerial view of Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia, the largest water park in Southeast Asia, and one of the largest in the worldSunway Lagoon – the largest waterpark in Southeast Asia – is based in Subang Jaya, a city just southwest of the capital Kuala Lumpur. In 2017, it was the 13th most visited waterpark globally, with 1,3 million people entering the gates. Sunway Lagoon has slides, water playgrounds, a surf beach with bodyboarding and beach volleyball, and even a 5D Cinema where you’ll even get wetter. This park is suitable for children of all ages, from preschoolers to teenagers. 

Recommended hotels:

33 Boutique Hotel Bandar Sunway – budget

This hotel is a no-frills option, but it’s only 1 kilometer away from the park entrance and has family rooms. Fitted with airconditioning and a private bathroom with free toiletries.

Suite @ Sunway Pyramid Mall – budget

Neat family suites with space for 5 guests, including a balcony and TV with streaming services. The location right next to the Sunway Lagoon couldn’t be better.

Sunway Pyramid Hotel – luxury

Easy walk from this resort to the park’s gates. Enjoy the on-site restaurant, a complimentary breakfast, and the comfy lounge area in the family suites.


2. Aquaventure Atlantis, Bahamas – 57 hectares

Thrilling slide at Aquaventure Atlantis in the Bahamas, the second largest water park in the world, and the biggest in the CaribbeanThis is the largest waterpark in the Caribbean, and it was the 5th most visited waterpark in the world in 2017. When it comes to slides, the Aquaventure Atlantis complex has some of the most spectacular attractions: the Mayan temple slide, the Abyss, and the Serpent Slide are truly hairraising. This park is a suitable pick if you’re traveling with teenagers, as most of the attractions are too intense for toddlers and younger kids.

Recommended hotels:

Dawson’s Hideaway – mid-range

Simple but well-equipped apartments with kitchen, laundry facilities, airconditioning, and private bathroom. Dawson’s Hideaway is only a 15-minute drive away from Aquaventure Atlantis.

Comfort Suites Paradise Island – mid-range

Resort with outdoor pool and complimentary breakfast. Offers family rooms, making it a perfect place to book for your aquatic adventure.

The Cove at Atlantis – luxury

The large suites have a balcony that overlooks the sea, a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom, and comfy bathrobes. The park’s entrance is just footsteps away from this hotel.


1. Chimelong Water Park, China – 182 hectares

Colorful view of Chimelong Water Park in China, the largest and biggest waterpark in the worldThis is by far the largest water park to date, and you can’t think of enough superlatives to describe this entertainment area. Chimelong Water Park has the largest wave pool and the longest lazy river. It may not be surprising that this waterpark was the most visited in the world during 2017 when 2,690,000 people entered the park. Don’t hesitate to bring the smallest children here, as there is an extensive kid’s playing area with shallow pools.

Recommended hotels:

Lavender Apartment Branch – mid-range

Spacious, well-furnished apartments with popping colors in the interior. The duplex suites sleep 6 people comfortably, and you’re within walking distance from the park entrance.

Guangzhou Mui Ne Art Apartment – luxury

These colorful and ritzy apartments can host up to 7 people, ideal if you’re going to the waterpark with a large group. If you can’t get enough of the water, this complex has its own outdoor pool.

The Garden Hotel Guangzhou – luxury

Large luxury hotel with easy access to Taojin metro station, seasonal swimming pool with a view, and nice Carousel restaurant on the 30th floor. Several other restaurants and cafes are on-site. Family rooms are available.

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