Summer is finally here! That means it’s time to break out the swim gear and no matter where you are in the world, there’s a waterslide to be found and conquered. Here are 30 waterslides that can be found in places from India to Florida to Canada. Though they may be far apart in distance, they share the common trait of being epic and incredibly terrifying.
30. Leap of Faith
Leap of Faith – Paradise Island, Bahamas
You will need faith in waterslide engineering as you launch from the top of the Mayan Temple pyramid, shoot down 60 feet, and zoom through a transparent tunnel under a pool filled with sharks.
29. The Verrückt
The Verrückt – Schlitterbahn, Kansas City
This epic waterslide stands at a 168ft 7 inches tall. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes this as the tallest waterslide in the world and most videos taken from the top of this slide have gone viral.
28. The Scorpion’s Tail
The Scorpion’s Tail – Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin
Scorpion’s Tail takes about 5-7 seconds to complete a ten-story, 400ft loop and plummet. The floor vanishes underneath you inside the safety of a clear capsule as you whirl through this thrilling ride.
Insano – Beach Park – Brazil
This epic slide often has riders reach 65 MPH as they drop at the equivalent height of a 14-story building. It was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest water slide before the Verrückt took the crown. This terrifying slide only takes a few seconds to complete.
Kilimanjaro – Aldeia das Águas Park Resort – Brazil
Kilimanjaro is located just outside of Rio. The slide is built into the hillside to allow room for its 164ft drop. It’s reported that one in twenty riders usually chicken out at the top.
25. Summit Plummet
Summit Plummet – Blizzard Beach – Florida
This slide stands at the equivalent of a 12-story building. Scale the 12-story, lofty peak of Mount Gushmore and take on Blizzard Beach’s plummet. You start at 120 feet from the ground on one of the world’s tallest and fastest free falling body slides. The flume extends 260 feet, with riders often reaching 50 to 60 MPH.
24. The Mammoth
The Mammoth – Splashin’ Safari – Indiana
The Mammoth is classed as a Hydro Magnetic Water Coaster. It is the longest of its kind in the world. It covers 1,763 feet as it progresses through a total of seven drops, the highest drop reaching 69 feet.
23. Jumeirah Sceirah
Jumeirah Sceirah – Wild Wadi Waterpark – Dubai
Race down these two tandem slides standing at 390 feet. The Jumeirah Sceirah takes only a few seconds to complete and offers some great views of the water park from the tower. If you dare take on this slide you can reach up to 50MPH during your descent, which starts in a tube where the floor disappears beneath your feet.
Aqualoop – Terme 3000 Adventure Pool Complex – Slovenia
The Terme 3000 Adventure Pool Complex was actually the first in the world to feature a 360-degree loop in one of its slides. This epic slide is the fourth fastest waterslide in Europe, and one of many slides in the Adventure Complex that can take an average of seven seconds to complete.
21. Brain Wash
Brain Wash – Wet n’ Wild Water Park – Florida
If you take on the Brain Wash you can expect a 53ft vertical drop into a massive 65ft domed funnel. In the funnel, lights, sounds, and video swirl around as the four-person tube rushed down six stories.
20. The Black Hole
The Black Hole – Bad 1 – Germany
This trippy slide might be as close to acid in a water park you can get without actually taking acid. Riders race down this enclosed slide lit up with an epic light show.
19. Città del Mare
Città del Mare – Terrasini – Italy
This is one of the less terrifying slides on the list. This exciting slide offers a more sedate and scenic adventure. The Toboggan, a run of four slides and three pools at the Città del Mare Hotel Village, end in the Mediterranean.
18. Master Blaster
Master Blaster – Palm Resort – Dubai
The four water coasters at the Palm resort in Dubai is very unique. It offers riders the ability to slide up. Using jets and trickery, this slide actually makes you slide up, a bold challenge to gravity and sanity itself.
17. Boeing 747
Boeing 747 – Oregon Aviation Museum
Only in Oregon can you find a waterpark inside a museum. They jazzed this museum up by adding a waterpark, which includes a slide that shoots through the belly of a real Boeing 747 parked on the roof.
Bulletbowl – Water Cube Complex – Beijing
Beijing came up with this complex after the two-week frenzy of the Olympics came to a close. They filled this iconic Water Cube Pool complex with water-themed rides like the Bulletbowl, which drops you down a tube and sends you whipping around a series of tight corkscrews.
15. Area 47
Area 47 – Innsbruck – Austria
Austria couldn’t limit itself to ski season and their rocky Alps and gravity-fueled extreme sports. They needed something in the warmer months, so they created a waterpark to enjoy looping slides, high-dive platforms, and some kind of inflatable water catapult practice known as “blobbing.”
14. Head First Racer
Head First Racer – China
Take on your rivals in China’s Head First Racer Slide. This fun slide offers 8 different tubes so that sliders can compete to see who’s the fastest.
13. The Cyclone
The Cyclone – World Waterpark – Canada
In this waterslide, you first climb down into a capsule when they suddenly yank the floor out from beneath you, sending you plunging straight down before shooting you through a loop.
12. Big Thunder
Big Thunder – Rapids Waterpark – Florida
Most waterslides are solo experiences. In this epic slide you and three of your closest friends are in a clover-shaped raft before you are sent down a rumbling, dark tunnel that shoots the raft out and up the sides of a broad funnel.
11. Giant Slide
Giant Slide – China
This slide offers a surprise as your unsuspecting family clambers into the right-shaped raft. All is well as you go through a normal winding tube slide until your raft accelerates through a drop and bursts into the open to slide up a curving slope.
10. Twister and Speedy
Twister and Speedy – Sonnetherme Lutzmannsburg Thermal Spa – Austria
This Austrian park offers options. The park offers two subtly different experiences to aficionados. You can take the speedy exhilarating option, with a 75ft drop to bring you up to speed, while the 663ft twister is one of Europe’s longest enclosed slides.
9. Epic Plunge
Epic Plunge – Norwegian Cruise Line
Although the location of the Epic Plunge is unknown at the moment, we know it’s somewhere in the Mediterranean. This cruise ship offers a 200ft waterslide, which is the only bowl slide at sea.
8. King Cobra
King Cobra – New Jersey
The King Cobra is a coiled, serpent-themed waterslide. The slide is painted in brilliant red, white, and black, that shoots you into a bowl shaped like a cobra’s hood.
7. Summit Tower
Summit Tower – Calypso Park – Canada
Summit tower is another slide that allows options. The tower has ten different slides, from the high and fast to the low and slow, depart from different levels of this Ottawa behemoth.
6. Tantrum Alley
Tantrum Alley – Dubai
In this epic slide there’s a tornado that sloshes your four – person raft around and around as you gather speed. Once you’ve gained the speed, a down drop takes you, then another tornado, then another downhill. Capped off by another tornado.
Wildebeest – Indiana
If you take people of the fine state of Indiana for hicks, you’re wrong. This waterslide uses Hydro Magnetic linear induction technology to accelerate fast uphill through the longest multi-person water slide in the world! Indiana pursues cutting-edge innovation in the service of your vacation.
Faser – Galazy Ending – Germany
This slide is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Faser is German engineering at its best. Riders can regularly achieve speeds in excess of 45MPH.
3. The Abyss
The Abyss – Bali Water Park – China
The Abyss is a 29-meter high enormous bowl that makes one of the world’s most exciting water park attractions. They strategically added flat panels on three sides of the funnel so the passengers in rafts rise higher up the sidewalls making the Abyss more thrilling than the standard con-shape slides.
Aquaconda – Aquaventure Waterpark – Dubai
The Aquaconda is the world’s first slide within a slide. It is comprised of an enclosed tube slide that weaves in and out of the framework of a flume-style ride. It’s made of transparent fiberglass, which lets in more light and creates beautiful prismatic effects, while also putting on a great show for both spectators and people waiting in line.
1. Behemoth Bowl
Behemoth Bowl – Chimelong Water Park – China
The Behemoth Bowl has revolutionized water slides with its water injection system. The system patented corkscrew exit and central drop chute. This bowl is the largest bowl water ride in the world with a massive 18-meter diameter. The size and shape allows passengers to speed around the perimeter and make multiple revolutions with maximum centrifugal force.