If you were to play a word association game, ‘summer’ would go well with ‘sun’, ‘fun’ and ‘water’. And what combines all three of those better than any other summertime activity? Water parks, and more specifically, water rides.
While there are more than enough family-friendly water parks and rides to choose from around the world, why be safe if you can test the waters, so to speak, with some of the biggest and fastest water rides in the world?
Insano – Beach Park – Brazil
The Insano has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest water slide. Do you even need to know more? In case you do, it stands 14 stories high with an almost vertical drop. Those brave enough to get on will complete the ride in about 5 seconds – at 65 miles an hour. We suggest taking an extra pair of swimming wear, just in case…
Summit Plummet – Blizzard Beach – Florida
The Summit Plummet is not quite as high or fast as the Insano, but it comes pretty close. This ride features a 120 foot slope and riders travel at about 50 to 60 miles an hour. If you’re the competitive type, you can compare times with your friends, courtesy of the digital readout at the end of the ride. If you’ve lost, you’ll just have to go again.
Leap of Faith – Atlantis Paradise Island – Bahamas
The Leap of Faith in the Atlantis Paradise Island water park starts at the top of a Mayan temple. The drop at the start comes alarmingly close to being 90°, and it propels riders through a clear tunnel towards the end of the ride. Don’t blink, or you’ll miss the sharks on the way – the tunnel is submerged in a shark-filled lagoon.
Scorpion’s Tail – Noah’s Ark Waterpark – Wisconsin
Instead of launching yourself into the Scorpion’s Tail, you get into its capsule-like entrance, close the door and wait. Just as you start to feel safe, the floor will open and you’ll be dropped 10 stories to start your ride down this 400 feet slide. The initial drop happens at 50 feet per second, and you’ll complete the ride in all of 7 seconds. Some have done it in 5 seconds.
Waterslides Toboggan – Città del Mare – Italy
This one wins for views and general ‘wow’ factor. The three pools and slides that make up this ride runs from the top of the hill by the Città del Mare resort straight into the Mediterranean Sea. No information on how you’re supposed to get back to the hotel is available but we’re sure you’ll find a way just to do it all again.
If you read this list while clutching your keyboard and hyperventilating, then perhaps it would be safer to leave the water adventures to others. You can still have a memorable holiday laughing at the fear on others faces while having your towel, sunscreen and bottled water delivered to your deck chair.
Terrence is a long-time writer and reader. He’s never tried any of these water rides himself, and can’t say with confidence that he ever will. He finds life on the ground much safer.