Who doesn't love a good water park? They're a fun way to beat the summer heat with family and friends. Some people love to relax on a lazy river or pretend they're at a beach in the wave pool. But what if you're looking for a little more of a thrill? I've got a list of the 20 tallest water slides in the USA and they're bound to help you get wet and wild!
If you're afraid of heights, you might want to turn back now. These crazy water slides are all well over 6 stories high. Some are twice that height! From water coasters to tube slides to free fall attractions, this list has a slide for everyone. The best part is you can find these super tall water slides all over the country from California to Wisconsin to Florida. If you love to scream your head off at a water park, why not plan a road trip to hit up all of these scary fun rides?
Climb to the top, take a deep breath, and let yourself plummet down some of the world's most exciting water park attractions. Keep reading to learn more about all 20 of these terrifying slides!
20 Bahama Blaster
First up on this list is the Bahama Blaster. Located at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, TX, this is technically the slide with the shortest drop on this list but it's far from boring. At a towering 60 ft, this attraction drops riders from launch capsules, allowing you to gain speeds up to 40 mph! It is also the steepest water slide in the world, so it's definitely not for the faint of heart! After free-falling 6 stories, you'll twist and turn through clear tubes alongside other riders before you end up in a wave pool shaped like Texas.
19 Python Plummet
Are you super into thrill rides? Then the Python Plummet at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom located in Allentown, PA is perfect for you. This daring attraction, made up of three unique body slides, rises 65 feet above the ground, but it will only take you a few seconds to reach the bottom. Riders stand in a chamber and after a countdown, the floor drops out below you! Then comes a series of curves and loops through a clear tunnel where you'll gain speeds of up to 26 feet per second. When you reach the bottom, you will hardly know which way is up!
18 Vanish Point
Did you love that drop slide in Dorney Park? Now you can do it bigger and better on Vanish Point. This ride, located at Adventure Island in Tampa, FL is not for the faint of heart. Stand in one of the two colorful launching boxes, cross your arms and legs, and get ready to free fall 70 feet! Then you'll course through 425 feet of exciting twists and turns, ending up in a long splash run at the end of your journey. The best part of Vanish Point is the souvenir photo. Beat the Florida heat and get your heart pumping on this amazing slide!
17 Black Snake Summit
For many of us, even the thought of snakes makes our hearts beat a little faster. This slide named after them does the same thing. Black Snake Summit at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor features 4 unique slides, all terrifying. Towering at 75 feet above the ground, these rides are the tallest enclosed slides in California. Not only are they tall, but the slides are completely dark inside, making each twist and turn a total surprise. You'll be racing along without a clue what's coming next. As if they weren't scary enough! Head to Valencia, CA to face your fears on this attraction!
16 Ihu's Breakaway Falls
Thrill seekers can get their fill of screams on Ihu's Breakaway Falls. Located at SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica water park in Orlando, FL this ride consists of three free fall drop slides. After the floor drops out from under you in the launch capsule, you'll tumble 80 ft down into the slide's exciting curves. In fact, this ride is the steepest multi-drop water slide in Orlando. What makes it unique is that you never know which capsule will release first, making it extra fun to ride with friends! This attraction might be named after one of the park's cute mascots, but it's anything but tame.
It's one thing to free fall in a tunnel slide, but it's even more terrifying to do it on an open water slide! You can do just that on the Cliffhanger slides located at Schlitterbahn Park in Galveston, TX. Climb the many stairs to the top of this slide and get ready to plummet 81 ft into a splash run below. With a super steep angle, you'll feel like you're going straight down! It's no wonder why these insane slides were featured on the Travel Channel show Xtreme Waterparks! Are you brave enough to face this ride?
14 MASSIV Monster Blaster
Also located at the Schlitterbahn Park in Galveston, TX, the MASSIV Monster Blaster is a slide that certainly fits its name. At 81ft tall, this ride is the tallest water coaster on the planet. You'll get blasted up and down hills and around curves, all while enjoying a dizzying light show inside the slide tunnel before splashing down in a triple drop finale into the pool. This is the perfect ride for those thrill seekers who are bored with the same old water slides. Grab a friend as brave as you and ride it if you dare!
13 Breakers Plunge
When you think of places to go for the best water slides, Shakopee, MN is not the first place that comes to mind. But head to Valleyfair, an amusement and water park, and get ready to splash down. Breakers Plunge is a set of two twin open slides that drop you 90 ft almost straight down. There's no comforting tunnel to this ride . . . just the sky above you! Be brave and try this ride yourself or challenge a pal to a race to the bottom. It won't take long when you're free falling!
12 Slush Gusher
Walt Disney World is one of the most iconic vacation destinations on earth. But did you know that they also have their own water parks? Located in Orlando, FL, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is home to amazing theming and even better attractions. The Slush Gusher, a 90 ft tall body slide, sends you zooming over rolling hills for high-speed fun and major air time. Unlike the drop slides, this is perfect for a longer amount of watery excitement Where else but a ski resort-themed park can you ride a water slide with snow all around you?
11 Action Park Zero-G
If you want a truly unique water slide experience, you've got to head to Vernon Township, NJ. Mountain Creek water park is home to ZERO-G, a 99 ft tall drop slide that gives you the closest sensation you can get to zero gravity while riding a water slide. This attraction is the tallest double looping water slide in the world, so it's only for the bravest of the brave! Between the free fall drop, high speeds, and beautiful view from the top of the slide, this is one thrill seekers will want to ride over and over again.
Also located at the Mountain Creek water park, H2-Oh-No! is a crazy tall slide you won't want to miss. This 99 ft tall body slide is perfect for those with a need for speed. It's all the g-forces of a roller coaster but on water! This slide will send you soaring nearly straight down, creating that drop in your stomach that is equal parts scary and thrilling. The open slide allows you to take in views of the beautiful mountain resort. That is, if you can bear to open your eyes during this terrifying ride!
9 Scorpion's Tail
Waterpark junkies need to make an immediate pilgrimage to Wisconsin Dells, WI. At Noah's Ark Waterpark, you will find this insane slide that is nothing like you have ever experienced before. Its death-defying 100 ft is scary enough, but that's not what thrill seekers flock to this slide to try. After the initial drop, the Scorpion's Tail sends you into a nearly vertical loop. Plus you'll hit speeds of over 50 feet per second! This water slide was the first ride of its kind in the country, so check it out if you dare!
8 Point of No Return
After you've conquered the Scorpion's Tail, stay at Noah's Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, WI for this next terrifying ride. The Point of No Return has a spooky name and thrills to match. This slide 100 ft tall open body slide sends you hurtling down an almost vertical drop into the splash run below. By the time you scootch out onto the edge of the slide and see the terror you're in for, it's too late to turn back! This is a slide for people who really want to take the plunge on terror!
7 Turbo Twisters
Ready for some fun in the sun? Head to Myrtle Waves Water Park in Myrtle Beach, SC. Their Turbo Twisters tube slides combine height, insane speeds, and pitch black darkness for a water slide experience you won't soon forget! First, climb the 100 ft to the top of the slides and get ready to plunge down the height of a 10 story building in just seconds. Riders will hit speeds of 50 feet per second and because you won't be able to see where you're going, it will feel even faster! This dark enclosed body slide is one you don't want to miss.
6 Dive Bomber
If you have conquered the other free fall drop slides on this list, head to Six Flags White Water in Marietta, GA for an even bigger thrill. The Dive Bomber, a 100 ft tall trap door drop slide, sends you plummeting down at dizzying speeds. This is the tallest water slide ever built at this park, so you definitely need to check it out! The Dive Bomber also won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for Best New Water Ride in 2015. These awards are given out to theme parks around the world, so you know this slide is legit!
Most of the water slides on this list are solo body slides. But if you are looking for an attraction you can ride with friends, try the ZOOMbabwe at Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, IN. Hop aboard a raft and get ready to drop 102 ft on the world's largest enclosed waterslide. You'll experience 900 feet of twists, drops, and turns, all in complete darkness. This ride is so wild that you won't know whether to laugh or cry . . . but you will definitely want to ride it again!
4 Summit Plummet
Now let's head back to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park in Orlando, FL. Most people think Disney parks are just for little kids, but this crazy water slide proves otherwise. At an enormous 120 ft, Summit Plummet can be seen from all around the Walt Disney World resort. Modeled after a ski slope, this drop on this slide is so steep, you can't see where you're going until you are on your way there! This ride is one of the tallest and fastest free-fall body slides in the world, and it's open so you can soak up the Florida sun.
3 Deep Water Dive
Now that we've reached drops of over 100 feet, we're into the water slides that are only for serious adrenaline junkies. For a truly terrifying experience, make a trip to Louisville, KY. Deep Water Dive, located at the Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, is a trap door drop slide, but don't think you've done anything like it before. One look at this slide has many riders turning around. At an astonishing 121 ft tall with a 70-degree drop, you won't know what hit you. The entire ride takes only a few seconds, but it's something you'll remember for the rest of your life!
2 Kala and Tai Nui
If you've been to Orlando, FL you have probably seen the iconic volcano towering above Universal's Volcano Bay water park. This mountain is home to the two tallest water slides in the USA! This duo of 124 ft tall serpentine body slides is not for the faint of heart. Hop into one of the launch capsules and wait for the trap door to release you into one of the slides before you splash down into the pool. This is the perfect attraction to ride with a friend, as you'll riding neck-and-neck on the intertwined slides.
1 Ko'okiri Body Plunge
At 125 ft tall, the Ko'okiri Body Plunge in Orlando, FL is the tallest water slide in the country. Located at Universal's Volcano Bay, this insane trap door drop slide has you free falling for what feels like forever. And did I mention that the drop is a super steep 70 degrees? You'll reach dizzying speeds . . . that is if you are even brave enough to be launched into the waters below in the first place. Universal dares you to "Brave the Volcano" with this attraction. It's the ultimate challenge for water slide lovers, so give it a go!