10 of The Tallest U.S. Waterslides to Try This Summer


Spring’s around the corner and with warmer weather on the horizon, what better way to soak up some sun than at a water park? But if you’re going to invest the time into planning a trip, you want to make sure the thrills are worth it. That’s why we’ve assembled 10 of the most exciting (and maybe a little scary) waterslides in the U.S. Not a single one of these slides is less than 10 stories high, so if you’re faint of heart, you may want to stick to the kiddie pool.

Here are the waterslides you need to put on your bucket list for 2022. 

10. Action Park Zero-G

Location: Mountain Creek water park in Vernon Township, NJ.

You know you’re in for a fast ride when you have to enter a capsule at the top. With a 99-foot drop, the Action Park Zero-G is the tallest double looping waterslide in the world. The ride starts with a trapdoor opening beneath you, giving you the experience of zero gravity, before shooting you into a tunnel slide.

9. Scorpion’s Tail

Location: Noah’s Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI. 

At 400 feet in length, the Scorpion’ Tail starts 10 stories above the ground, dropping you into America’s first nearly vertical waterslide loop-de-loop. You’ll be traveling 50 feet per second as you plummet down this first-of-its-kind slide.

8. Turbo Twisters

Location: Myrtle Waves Water Park in Myrtle Beach, SC.

This enclosed body speed slide sends you spiraling down to the plunge pool at 50 feet per second. The fact that it’s pitch black while you drop from 100 feet makes the ride feel even faster.

7. Point of No Return

Location: Noah’s Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI. 

Noah’s Ark Water Park makes it on the list twice with Point of No Return. At 100 feet tall (or 10 stories high), the slide is the same height as its fellow Wisconsin ride Scorpion’s Tail. What makes this ride unique is that you have to stare down the height before going. In Scorpion’s Tail a trap door opens beneath you, so you don’t get to see how far you’re dropping. With the open body slide of Point Of No Return, you see exactly what the drop looks like before propelling yourself down it.

6. Zoombabwe

Location: Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, IN.

We’ve mentioned a lot of solo rides, but what about one you can do with friends? Up to four riders hop on an inflatable raft dropping 102 feet through the world’s largest enclosed waterslide. With 900 feet of twists and turns through pitch dark, it’ll truly test your friendship.

5. Dive Bomber

Location: Six Flags White Water in Marietta, GA.

In 2015, Dive Bomber was awarded Amusement Today‘s Golden Ticket Award for Best New Water Ride. This is an international award, so you know the waterslide is legit. A trapdoor sends you down a 90 degree drop for 100 feet.

4. Summit Plummet

Location: Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park in Orlando, FL.

Despite being built by Disney, this isn’t a ride for kids. Modeled after a ski hill, the Summit Plummet is one of the tallest structures at the Walt Disney World Resort. You plummet 120 feet in an open slide that’s so steep you can’t see where you’re going.

3. Deep Water Dive

Location: Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay in Louisville, KY.

Deep Water Dive is fast. Really fast. The slide does away with any twists and turns, keeping the design simple: straight down. The entire experience is over in seconds, but in the meantime, you’ll be rocketing down a 121-foot descent with a 70 degree drop.

2. Kala and Tai Nui

Location: Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Park in Orlando, FL.

Kala and Tai Nui is the second tallest waterslide in the U.S. reaching a height of 124 feet. Standing in a capsule, you’re dropped through a trapdoor sending you down a serpentine, enclosed slide. The best part about this waterslide is that there are two intertwining tubes, allowing you to race a friend to the bottom.

1. Ko’okiri Body Plunge

Location: Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Park in Orlando, FL.

Hard to believe but Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Park actually has a taller slide than Kala and Tai Nui. Operated out of the same towering volcano, Ko’okiri is slightly taller at 125 feet. Starting with a trapdoor that plunges you into a 70-degree drop, there’s a reason this is one of the most thrilling rides in the country.  

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