water parks

There was a time when a backyard sprinkler was all anyone needed for hours of cooling summer entertainment. But that was before water parks showed the world just how much fun could be had by mixing gravity, H2O and some highly creative slide engineers. Across the globe — everywhere from Australia to Yemen, but especially in North America — indoor and outdoor facilities sporting water slides, splash pads, lazy rivers and wave pools have made bathing suits a theme park essential. Click through for our picks of the 10 best water parks out there.