Now for your tutorial on waterslides and rides, we offer this list:
Looping Slide - The country’s only and world’s largest loop-de-loop waterslide, Scorpion’s Tail, stands 10-stories tall at Noah’s Ark Waterpark.
Surf Machine and Surf Pool - The Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center is famous for its awesome indoor surf machine called the FlowRider®. Water shoots upwards at 50,000 gallons per minute to create a five-foot wave on this stand-up surf sensation. When it comes to outdoor surf pools, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks tops them all with Poseidon’s Rage, where nine-foot waves are unleashed every 90 seconds.
Water Roller Coasters - At one-quarter mile long, the Black Anaconda at Noah’s Ark Waterpark is America’s longest watercoaster. Indoors at Chula Vista Resort, the Flyan Mayan zip coaster is the fastest and longest indoor version in the world.
Plunge Slides - Some have you going head first, others feet first, and the angle of the drop can be nearly vertical. Best in class are The Point of No Return and The Plunge at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. Also notable is the Durango Drop at Chula Vista Resort and Demon’s Drop at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks.
Funnel Rides - Referred to affectionately by avid waterpark goers as “toilet bowl rides,” check out the Howlin’ Tornado at Great Wolf Lodge and The Hurricane at Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort.
Racing Slides - Competitive personalities can race against the clock and their friends at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks’ six-lane Triton’s Challenge and Great Wolf Lodge’s Mountain Edge Raceway.
Family Tube Rides - The variety in this category is especially appealing, with family tube slides ranging from those with twisty turns like Victoria Falls at the Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center to the two-person-tube, special effects-laden Black Thunder at Noah’s Ark Waterpark.
Wave Pools - Indoors, the Great Wave pool at the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, the largest indoor wave pool in the country, is covered by a special dome that, with a little help from the sun, also allows you to tan year-round. There are plenty of outdoor versions as well.
Lazy Rivers - When you want a little break from the action, lazy rivers are the ticket.
Dump Buckets - The granddaddy of soaker buckets is the 1,000-gallon tipper at Great Wolf Lodge.
Kiddie Waters - Kids can run through dancing springs, giggle under water geysers, slide down sized-right waterslides, aim water cannons at unsuspecting moms and dads, or just splash around in shallow depth pools. Tadpole Bay at Noah’s Ark Waterpark is a fine example.