Although there’s nothing wrong with lazing on the couch and watching an episode (or ten) of your new favorite Netflix show, we all need an adventure every now and then. Some people seek this adventure in the form of a different grocery store or a new type of fizz to go with their evening meal, but there are others who seek out this adventure in the form of hair-raising activities. Thankfully, there are countless theme parks around the world that are more than willing to open up their gates to those who want to get the adrenaline pumping through their veins.
The best thing about theme parks is that they come in all shapes and sizes – and so do the rides that lie within its boundaries. There are rides for littluns who want to get on the rollercoaster bandwagon but aren’t quite ready to play with the big boys. There are medium-sized rides for those who just want to experience a slight thrill. Then, there are rides that allow you to experience numerous g-forces at once, turn you upside down, and thrust you into the air at ridiculous speeds. Yes, these are the world’s craziest roller coasters.
Sky Scream (Haßloch Holiday Park, Germany)
It’s no secret that the people of Germany love to get their heart’s racing and their adrenaline pumping, and their theme parks have been celebrated across the globe. The Haßloch Holiday Park is a huge hit among natives and tourists alike, and it’s fair to say that the Sky Scream draws in a huge number of riders every single year.
Rolling along at a cool 62mph, this roller coaster features some of the most ridiculous twists and turns you’ve ever seen. Couple this with some rather intense drops and it’s fair to say that you’ve got some disoriented riders that can’t quite tell their up from their down.
Kingda Ka (Six Flags Great Adventure Park, New Jersey)
Everyone knows all about Six Flags, right? It’s one of the most famous theme park companies in the world, and offers 25 parks across America, Canada, and Mexico! If you live near New Jersey, there’s a high chance that you have checked out the Six Flags Great Adventure Park for yourself, and you may have even ridden the Kingda Ka before.
Of course, you might not remember if you have – because you may have tried to erase it from your memory. Kingda Ka is the tallest roller coaster in the world, standing at a whopping 456 feet, but it’s since had to move down to the second position on the world’s fastest roller coaster list. It still hurtles around the Earth at 128mph though…
Dodonpa (Fuji-Q Highland, Japan)
Japanese theme parks really are an ode to modern engineering, and it seems as though they are constantly trying to push boundaries and come up with the coolest new coaster that this world has to offer. That’s no different when it comes to Dodonpa, as this roller coaster at the Fuji-Q Highland theme park really is something special.
Using something as simple-yet-effective as compressed air, this ride gives thrill-seekers the chance to fly through the air from zero to 112mph in just under two seconds – and that’s pretty ridiculous. As if that wasn’t enough, riders also have to face a 90-degree, 170-foot drop that will make them feel as though they are falling off the edge of the earth.
Steel Dragon 2000 (Nagashima Spa Land, Japan)
As you can probably tell by the name, the Steel Dragon 2000 ride at the Nagashima Spa Land theme park in Japan is made from some pretty solid steel. Of course, this should make you feel pretty safe, but that’s only if you don’t mind high speeds and steep heights.
Although it takes a little longer than normal for the old-fashioned lift hill to take you 318-foot into the air, the payoff is worth it if you love hurtling around at a whopping 95mph on a regular basis. In fact, you’ll probably love it so much that you just have to go back and have another go when you’re done. You’ve gotta make use of your time there, after all.
El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure Park, New Jersey)
There’s no doubt about the fact that roller coasters have advanced a huge amount over the years, but that doesn’t mean that classic wooden coasters don’t still exist. If you’ve ever been on a wooden coaster, you’ll know that it’s pretty darn scary. It’s loud, it feels fragile, and it just doesn’t feel quite right.
However, that doesn’t mean you should give El Toro a miss. This roller coaster resides in the Six Flags Great Adventure Park in New Jersey and was built to make you feel as though you’re riding an angry bull who just can’t keep still. You know, if that bull runs at 70mph and falls down a 176-foot cliff at a 76-degree angle.
Formula Rossa (Ferrari World, United Arab Emirates)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years of your life, you’ll know that a new theme park has cropped up in the United Arab Emirates – and it’s definitely enough to get your engines revving. Ferrari World is perfect for those who have a need for speed, and it even offers numerous rides and coasters for people to feel this speed for themselves.
The Formula Rossa is actually the fastest roller coaster in the world and reaches speeds of around 150mph in just under five seconds, which means you might leave your stomach at the starting point. As if that wasn’t enough, riders also experience around 4.8 g-forces during the journey, which is why nobody is allowed on without protective glasses.
Tower of Terror II (Dreamworld, Queensland)
When you think of Australia, you probably don’t think of theme parks. However, it seems as though the people Down Under just love to get the adrenaline pumping around their body, and they have oodles of roller coasters to choose from. If you ever find yourself in Dreamworld in Queensland, then it would be rude not to have a go on the Tower of Terror II.
Hurtling down towards the earth at 100mph, it’s fair to say that you’ll feel a little windswept as you step off the tracks. However, it doesn’t end there. Tower of Terror takes its riders up a whopping 38 stories before allowing gravity to bring them back down again, and this will force 4 g-forces to act upon your body.
The Gravity Max (Lihpao Land Discovery World, Taiwan)
One of the main things that puts people off roller coasters is the fact that they’re so far off the ground and so incredibly high up. If you’re one of those people that suffer from vertigo, then you probably won’t want to wait in line for this ride at Lihpao Land Discovery World in Taiwan.
While a large portion of this 56mph roller coaster is rather uneventful, there’s one particular aspect that’s enough to make your stomach turn. After ascending a whopping 114 feet, the track seems to break mid-air and flings the riders off the edge as if they’re teetering off the edge of the cliff! After a 90-degree turn, the track soon attaches to another piece of track and drops the riders once more.
Montu (Busch Gardens, Florida)
There are so many theme parks in Florida, and there’s no doubt about the fact that Busch Gardens is one of the most popular. But did you know that one of the most popular coasters at this theme park was designed to disorientate the riders? Yes, Montu was created to make people feel as though they are completely on the edge of their control.
With deep trenches and quick twists and turns, there’s absolutely no way that riders can see where they are going next. It just feels as though you’re hurtling into nothingness – and that’s both scary and exciting at the same time. After all, it’s not everyday you travel 60mph without knowing where you’re going in the process.
Smiler (Alton Towers, United Kingdom)
Although many theme parks try to break the record for the tallest or fastest coaster in the world, it seems as though the Smiler architect wanted to go for something different. Since its creation, the Smiler at Alton Towers has made riders pretty dizzy, considering it gives them the chance to experience 14 loops in under three minutes.
Even at 53mph that’s pretty ridiculous and makes people feel as though they are spinning out of control. Couple that with the fact that there are strange hypnotizing noises and visual effects, and you’ve got a ride that will make you feel as though you’ve entered a new realm. It really does need to be tried to be believed.
Full Throttle (Six Flags Magic Mountain, California)
It seems as though the creative geniuses behind the Six Flags brand are always on the lookout to create new and crazy roller coasters. That was definitely the case when they came up with the designs for Full Throttle, as there’s no doubt about the fact that it makes our toes curl just thinking about it.
Although much of the 66mph roller coaster is pretty average, this roller coaster is far from normal. That’s because it also boasts the world’s tallest vertical loop, which propels its cart a whopping 160-feet into the air. That means that in a split second you’re hanging upside down extremely high up with absolutely nothing below you.
Top Thrill Dragster (Cedar Point, Ohio)
If you’re all about speed, then you’ll be happy to know that Cedar Point has numerous coasters that will pander to your thrill-seeking needs. Their Top Thrill Dragster ride comes complete with a quirky car theme, which means that the speed aspect really comes into play.
Of course, if you’re not a fan of flying through the air at a whopping 120mph, then this ride might not be for you. However, if you are the kind of person that wants to feel as though their face is going to blow off, then you should definitely head down to Ohio. Just remember that there is some serious hydraulics in action here, so it’s best to tighten your shoelaces.
Alpine Coaster (Glacier 300, Switzerland)
When you think of roller coasters, you probably don’t think of the Alps. However, it seems as though these two things are a match made in heaven, as the Alpine Coaster really is what dreams are made of. Located in the Glacier 3000 region, this coaster snakes its way down through the snow on a toboggan, but the best thing is that you are totally in control!
With a brake in hand, you can determine how fast or slow you want to make your way around the twisting turns and slippery slopes. It’s made a name for itself as the highest alpine coaster in the world, so it would be rude not to give it a go, right? We definitely think so.
Takabisha (Fuji-Q Highland, Japan)
You’ll be happy to know that roller coasters are pretty safe nowadays, and the chances of you getting injured or suffering a fatality on these things is pretty slim. While there haven’t been any accidents on the Takabisha roller coaster at the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Japan, they actually designed the coaster to make it feel as though you are on the brink of existence.
How nice of them. The creators of this coaster did so with the end of your life in mind, and incorporated unpredictable movements and turns that make you feel as though you’re going to fall off. With dark tunnels, 121-degree drops, corkscrew rolls, and speeds of up to 62mph, it’s best not to eat beforehand.
Wonder Woman Golden Lasso (Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Texas)
There’s only one thing we love almost as much as roller coasters, and comic book characters are one of them. If you’ve ever been to Six Flags Fiesta in Texas, you may have come across the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso ride. While there’s no doubt about the fact that Wonder Woman is on the good side of the fence, it’s also fair to say that this ride is pretty sketchy.
That has something to do with the fact that it’s a single-rail coaster that looks as though it couldn’t support an ant – let alone a cart of thrill-seekers. Traveling at 52mph, this ride pulls riders up a whopping 113ft into their air and then proceeds to drop them 100ft down. Just another day at the office, right?
Fury 325 (Carowinds, North Carolina)
We have to question the people who design roller coasters, but we definitely have to question the people who designed the Fury 325 coaster at Carowinds in North Carolina. According to reports, the designer actually created this coaster as a psychological experiment. Because the coaster wraps around the whole park – including the main gate – it’s supposed to get people pumped with anticipation as soon as they set foot in Carowinds.
Then, when they actually sit down on the roller coaster and travel 95mph through the air, they have to deal with beams that barely go over their heads and other obstacles that make them feel in danger. What a lovely man.
Baron 1898 (Efteling Theme Park Resort, The Netherlands)
If you’re a fan of roller coasters, you’ll know that the experience is made even better when the ride itself has a theme and a story. Well, the Baron 1898 ride at the Efteling Theme Park Resort definitely has this by the bucket full.
Featuring a mining story that puts riders right into the midst of the action, it’s your job to descend into the underground mines to find the notorious Gustave Hoogmood and his gold. Of course, you don’t have much of a choice in the matter, because this coaster will plunge down into the ground at a whopping 56 mph whether you like it or not. Just look at that drop!
Intimidator (Kings Dominion, Virginia)
If you want to feel intimidated by a network of track and metal, then you should definitely head to Kings Dominion in Virginia. Of course, the only way to get over your intimidation is to get on top of the intimidation, which is what countless riders do every single year.
Traveling at a sickening 90mph, this roller coaster features some of the highest drops, the fastest speeds, and the intense g-forces as it makes its way around the track, and it’s enough to make riders feel a little dizzy. That’s the aim of the ride, though, so if you do feel a little out of sorts, you can give the ride a little pat on the back for doing its job.
Hyperion (Energylandia, Poland)
Heading to Poland soon? Well, make sure to add a trip to Energylandia to your itinerary. Of course, no trip to Energylandia would be complete without a ride (or twenty) on the Hyperion roller coaster – because who doesn’t want to hurtle through an abandoned space research station? Known as a mega coaster, this ride has been finished to provide riders with all kinds of bells and whistles.
There are special effects, there are double turns, there’s an 84-degree drop, and there are even a few moments of zero gravity. To top it all off, you’ll reach speeds of a ridiculous 88mph, which is definitely enough to get your adrenaline pumping.
Superman: Escape from Krypton (Six Flags Magic Mountain, California)
Everyone loves a themed roller coaster, right? Well, if you head to Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, all you have to do is step on up, get in line, and make your way onto the Superman: Escape from Krypton roller coaster.
Featuring a double whamming in terms of carts, two groups of adventure lovers can go on this ride at once, and experience what it’s like to fall from a height of 415-feet and at almost 100mph. Of course, this made people feel pretty dizzy and sick, but it’s still pretty awesome. We definitely want to have a go, so a trip to California must be on the cards.
Wicked Twister (Cedar Point, Ohio)
Cedar Point is one of the most famous theme parks in the US, and we can imagine that the people of Ohio are pretty proud to have this gem on their doorstep. They must also be feeling a whirlwind of emotions when it comes to the Wicked Twister because it’s fair to say that this roller coaster is pretty unique.
Of course, you’ll be happy to know that this ride has been celebrated for its weirdness. It’s still known as the world’s largest suspended impulse coaster and features two twisted ends on each side. This means that you travel 72mph up giant, twisted tracks, before doing the exact same thing in reverse. Your stomach will also probably be twisted by the end of it.
Expedition GeForce (Haßloch Holiday Park, Germany)
The name of each roller coaster normally gives you a little clue as to what you can expect, so it will probably come as no surprise to learn that Expedition GeForce at the Haßloch Holiday Park in Germany is all about putting you through as many g-forces as humanly possible.
In fact, you can reach a whopping 4.5 g-force as you hurtle 74mph through the trees, and you’ll also experience a whole seven seconds of complete weightlessness. Aside from the side effects on your bowels, most people love this ride because it’s longer than most others and won’t be over in just a few seconds. It’s always good when that happens.
Leviathan (Canada’s Wonderland, Ontario)
Canada is a hugely popular destination for people across the globe, so why not say hello to Canada by riding their fastest and tallest roller coaster? The Leviathan can be found in Canada’s Wonderland theme park and allows riders the chance to hurtle through the air at a whopping 90mph.
With 80-degree drops from a height of 306-feet, it’s fair to say that you’ll probably feel a little sick as you make your way around the track. However, it’s totally worth it, right? You have to go hard or go home, which means that you just have to tackle the Leviathan before you get back on your flight.
Colossus (Thorpe Park, United Kingdom)
Although most people think of adorable fields, the Queen, and the rainy weather when they think of the UK, it’s fair to say that there are also some awesome roller coasters in this country. One of those roller coasters is Colossus, which resides in the Thorpe Park theme park.
With ten inversions throughout this whole coaster, you’ll feel as though you won’t stop spinning around the whole way around. Of course, these twists and turns don’t happen at a slow speed. If you’re ready to go upside down and around and around at a whopping 57mph, then this might be the ride for you. However, it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Fahrenheit (Hersheypark, Pennsylvania)
Have you ever been to Hersheypark in Pennsylvania? If you haven’t, you might want to add it to your to-do list. That’s because this park is full of amazing rides and attractions that will definitely get your heart pumping and the blood rushing through your body. In fact, you might feel as though you’re getting a little hot under the collar.
That might have something to do with the Fahrenheit roller coaster. Over the course of 85 seconds, riders are thrust 58mph into the air – but that’s after a rather slow 121-foot climb to the top of the world. Then, you’re faced with a 97-degree drop that will make you feel as though you have no stomach left.
Red Force (PortAventura Park, Salou)
If you’ve been to PortAventura Park in Salou since 2017, you’ll know that a whole new world has opened up – much to the excitement of those who are speed demons. This theme park is now home to the new Ferrari Land, and this has gifted the world with the Red Force coaster. Of course, this isn’t just any ol’ roller coaster.
It’s actually the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the whole of Europe, due to the fact that it stands a whopping 367-foot tall and sends riders hurtling through the air from zero to 112mph in just five seconds. That’s pretty impressive and terrifying at the same time. You’ll need a strong stomach to make it through this one.
The Demon (Tivoli Gardens, Denmark)
If you know anything about Denmark, you’ll know that the Tivoli Garden is one of the most famous and popular attractions within the whole country. After all, it’s pretty epic. In the winter this place transforms into a winter wonderland, but a few amazing rides stay there all-year-around.
If you’re the kind of person who seeks out adventure and adrenaline, then The Demon coaster will probably float your boat. Featuring some pretty curly and twirly loops, a new addition has actually allowed riders an even cooler opportunity. If you wear virtual reality glasses as you ride this roller coaster, you’ll be riding a fiery dragon at the same time…
Wicker Man (Alton Towers, United Kingdom)
Alton Towers is one of the most popular theme parks in the United Kingdom, and there’s no doubt about the fact that the Wicker Man ride is perhaps one of the most terrifying rides to exist in this mark. I mean, just look at it! There are flames, there’s smoke, and there’s a whole lot of wood.
You probably don’t need to be a genius to know that this is not a good combination, but it still makes an epic ride. This wooden roller coaster is full of amazing twists and turns, as well as scary drops and an equally frightening storyline of the iconic British horror movie. Do you have what it takes to ride this coaster?
Expedition Everest (Walt Disney World, Florida)
It’s a well-known fact that Walt Disney World in Florida is one of the most popular theme parks in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. There are so many amazing rides and attractions, and you need at least three weeks to see them all. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, why not take part in an expedition to the top of Mount Everest?
This ride gives people the chance to head to the top of the snow-capped mountain and then pass through the center of it thanks to dark drops and hell-raising twists. However, the craziest moment of this whole expedition is the one where you’re greeted with a broken track and have to head backward down the mountain…
Millennium Force (Cedar Point, Ohio)
Ohio is pretty great, right? Many people head to this area of the US to check out the amazing lakes on offer, and one of the best ways to do this is to make your way to Cedar Point. This theme park isn’t located too far away from Lake Erie, and the Millennium Force roller coaster gives you awesome views of this body of water as you ascend to the top of the structure.
Of course, this beauty and calm don’t last too long, as you’re quickly dropped almost 300-feet down the track. The Millennium Force will force you along the ride at an incredible 93mph, which will make you feel as though you’ve been through a wind tunnel by the end of it.
Oziris (Parc Astérix, France)
Everyone knows that France is home to Disneyland Paris, but it’s fair to say that this family-friendly park isn’t the only attraction that welcomes thrill-seekers through its gates. Parc Astérix is located in northern France, and we can’t help but think that it shouldn’t be standing in the shadow of ol’ Mickey and Minnie.
That’s because this theme park has so many amazing roller coasters on offer, and the Oziris ride is perhaps the craziest of them all. Build around an Ancient Egyptian theme, this ride will thrust you along the track at a whopping 55mph – but it doesn’t end there. You’ll be forced through tunnels, pushed through hairpin turns, and looping around so much you won’t know which way is up.
Big Shot (Stratosphere, Las Vegas)
Las Vegas is one of those destinations that should be on everyone’s bucket list because who doesn’t want to take a trip to Sin City? Although there’s so much to do in the city that never sleeps, it’s fair to say that you can’t go to Las Vegas without checking out the famous Stratosphere. This tower stands at a whopping 1,149-foot above the ground and features three epic thrill rides at the top.
One of them is the Big Shot, a fairly small and quick rollercoaster that sits atop the tower. Of course, just because it’s small in size doesn’t mean that it doesn’t pack a punch. Considering it flies you even further into the air at a whopping 45mph and forces you to feel both positive and negative g-forces, you’ll definitely feel the effects.
Hair Raiser (Ocean Park, Hong Kong)
With a name like Hair Raiser, you probably don’t need to be a genius to know that it’s not worth getting a blow-out before heading to Ocean Park in Hong Kong. Located above the South China Sea, what’s completely ridiculous about this roller coaster is that it’s essentially built on the edge of a cliff.
This doesn’t fill most people with joy, but there’s a high chance that you’ll forget about this little nugget of information when you’re hurtling 55mph in the air. With countless loops and turns, it would be a great way to see the Hong Kong from above, but it’s safe to say that you’re going a little too fast to get a good look.
Wildfire (Kolmården Wildlife Park, Sweden)
If you’re planning a trip to Sweden, why not head to the Kolmården Wildlife Park before you leave? Not only will you get to see some of the cutest animals that this world has to offer, but you’ll also get to check out the Swedish wooden roller coaster that has taken tourists from around the world by storm.
This ride is longer than the average coaster and will provide you with two minutes of unadulterated exhilaration – plus a few heart palpitations in the process. Wildfire pushes you through the air at a whopping 71mph and features countless drops and turns. As if that wasn’t enough, this coaster will also allow you to experience a few moments of weightlessness.
Icon (Blackpool Pleasure Beach, United Kingdom)
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is an icon in terms of British traditions, and although there are still donkey rides and puppet shows on offer, they have since upped their game. In 2018, they decided to welcome a £16million ($19.5 million at the time of writing) roller coaster to their beach, and there’s no doubt about the fact that it’s pretty intimidating.
This coaster actually snakes all the way through the other coasters that surround it, and twist and turns around the whole Pleasure Beach. Special effects such as fog and sound effects make the ride even more exhilarating, and the 53mph speed certainly helps riders scream at the top of their lungs.
Scariest Waterslides: The Scorpion’s Tail (Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin)
Planning a trip to Wisconsin anytime soon? Make sure you head to Noah’s Ark Waterpark for a little water slide action. Of course, you should definitely go on each water slide twice to make sure that you’re continuing the vibe. As you can probably tell by the name of this ride, The Scorpion’s Tail isn’t your average drop water slide.
While it does stand 10 stories high and give you the chance to make your way down 400-feet of tubing, some of it involves a giant looping arc. With so much momentum thrusting you from side to side, you’re bound to feel a little dizzy when you get to the bottom.
Brain Wash (Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park, Florida)
Florida is known for being the home of countless theme parks and water parks, but there’s no doubt about the fact that the Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park is considered one of the most iconic. After all, it’s got the perfect name! If you are feeling a bit wild when you get there, we can almost guarantee that the Brain Wash water slide definitely won’t put you back on the straight and narrow.
That’s because this funneled ride will have you tossing and turning, and falling a whopping 53-foot in a near-vertical direction just because people love to get their hearts racing. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the Brain Wash slide also features music, lights, and even videos inside the tubes.
Cannonball (Area 47, Austria)
Most water slides in this world feature huge tubes and long chutes that allow people to travel in until they get to the large pool at the bottom. However, the people at Area 47 didn’t want to just follow the crowd. They wanted to stray away from pack mentality and create their own, unique water slide that was just a little different.
So, here we have the Cannonball. If you have ever jumped into a pool and yelled “Cannonball!” at the top of your lungs, then this basically works on the same principle. You speed down a short slide before being thrust into the air and into the lake. Of course, if you don’t scream the magic words, you have to do it again…
Faser (Galaxy Erding, Germany)
The people of Germany just love heading to the water park and getting their hearts pumping, so it should come as no surprise to learn that this country is home to some of the coolest water parks this world has to offer. Wanna know something? The Galaxy Erding water park is one of them.
While this place has enough water slides to keep you entertained for the whole day, there’s no doubt about the fact that you’ll want to ride the Faser over and over again. That’s because the slide is both terrifying and exciting at the same time. It’s not every day you get thrust through a watery tube at 45mph, but that’s exactly what Faser has to offer.
Tantrum Alley (Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai)
We can only assume that the creators behind the Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai named their water slide Tantrum Alley because most people have a tantrum before they get on it. After all, it’s definitely one of the scariest and most intimidating rides we’ve ever seen.
Unlike many other rides in this world, Tantrum Alley won’t just provide you with a singular descent that’s over in seconds. Instead, you’ll go down these tunnels in a four-person raft, endure two giant drops, and then make your way through makeshift “tornadoes” where you might just feel as though you’re skin is going to peel off. It seems both fun and terrifying at the same time.
Insano (Beach Park, Brazil)
When you think of Brazil, there’s a high chance that you immediately think of Christ the Redeemer, the famous carnival celebrations, and the beautiful Copacabana Beach. But what if we told you that there was much more to Brazil than these three things? Well, Brazil is also home to the Beach Park water park, and this water park is home to the Insano water slide.
You probably don’t need to be a genius to know that it’s called this for a reason, and that reason is because it was once known as the tallest waterslide in the world. Standing at a staggering 135-foot-tall, it’s your job to get down to the bottom without leaving your stomach at the top…
Dolphin Plunge (Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando, Florida)
Dolphins are pretty cute, right? They’re so much cooler (and nicer) than sharks, and many people choose to swim with them every single year. Yet, how would you like to descend at high speeds into a pool of dolphins? That actually makes us a little scared.
If this does sound like fun to you, you might want to head to Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando to check out the Dolphin Plunge water slide. Not only will you get to force the adrenaline around your body, but you’ll also get to see dolphins up close and personal like you’ve never seen them before. Sure, you’ll whizz past them in seconds, but it’s definitely better than nothing.
Divertical (Mirabilandia, Italy)
Most water slides are simply water slides that involve tubes and water, but Divertical is a little different. That’s because this Italian water park actually combines two of our favorite things in the world. This water coaster is an epic mix of a water slide and roller coaster, and you make your way around the ride in a speed-boat-like cart on a track.
After a few twists and turns up in the air – and still bone dry by this point – those in the boats are faced with a giant 197-foot drop in front of them. Of course, this is a water slide we’re talking about, so at the end of this drop is a giant pool of water that will get you absolutely soaked!
Behemoth Bowl (Chimelong Water Park, China)
China is definitely getting on board with the water slide lifestyle, and it’s fair to say that they are well and truly living by the rule that you either “go big or go home.” This is clear to see within their Behemoth Bowl water slide at the Chimelong Water Park. Although it may be brightly colored in beautiful purples and oranges and reds, don’t let this deceive you.
The Behemoth Bowl is actually a true force to contend with, as the giant bowl at the end of the slide will force you down a tiny shute when you’re already feeling pretty dizzy. Thankfully, you’ll have three other people in the raft with you if you run into some trouble.
Wildebeest (Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Indiana)
Let’s be honest; there are two kinds of people in this world. There are those who love to go on water slides with just their own bodies for company, and there are those who love to go on water slides with other people and rafts by their side. If you’re part of the latter category, you’ll probably love – but also still be incredibly scared of – the Wildebeest water slide in Indiana.
As one of the longest rides to exist in this world, the whole ride will take you ⅓ mile in two-and-a-half minutes, and it’s definitely worth it. This ride features a quirky conveyor belt, a scary helix loop, underground tunnels, and a giant drop to contend with.
Kilimanjaro (Aldeia das Águas, Brazil)
You can probably tell by the name that this isn’t going to be your average water slide. After all, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa – which means that it’s pretty darn big. The same can definitely be said for the water slide at the Aldeia das Águas park in Brazil, which means that you might want to wear an extra pair of swim shorts.
Before you even reach the slide, riders have to climb up a whopping 234 steps to the highest peak. The park has confessed that around one in every twenty people make it to the top before heading right back down those stairs again, but those that don’t get to experience the near-vertical drop that’s even taller than the Statue of Liberty.
Leap of Faith (Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas)
I mean, who doesn’t want to take a trip to the Bahamas? This beautiful destination is known for its beaches and its weather, but it’s fair to say that it does get pretty toasty in this country. So, why not cool off at the Atlantis Paradise Island water park? Although there are countless waterslides to choose from, the Leap of Faith is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
You’ll need a whole lot of faith to go through with this one, as it will require you to make your way up an ancient Mayan pyramid, before sliding down a sheer 60-foot drop, all while heading through a tunnel that’s surrounded by sharks! No biggie, of course…
Summit Plummet (Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Florida)
There are so many Disney parks out there, but there’s no doubt about the fact that the Disney water parks definitely float our boat. Blizzard Beach is one of the coolest – quite literally – water parks that the company has to offer, and it features a snow-capped scene that’s full of fun rides for all.
While you can spend your day going on the same slides and having a tiny amount of fun, you could also make your way to Summit Plummet to play with the big boys. Featuring a 120-foot-drop, those who dare to have a go on this water slide will plummet to the summit at around 60mph before they land with a splash at the bottom.
Black Hole (Bad 1, Germany)
The water slides in Germany aren’t just about the water and the slide. Oh, no. They have integrated so much more into their water parks, and the Black Hole ride is a true testament to that. In a trippy series of events that may not be appropriate for some riders, this ride first forces its riders into complete darkness.
You have no idea where you’re going or what kind of steep drops are coming up, and there’s no doubt about the fact that it’s pretty frightening. However, you’re then faced with all kinds of bright colors and music, which makes the whole experience even more bizarre. Does this sound right up your street?
AquaLoop (Calypso Park, Canada)
Anything with the word “Aqua” and “Loop” in its name is instantly a winner with us, because what’s the point in going on a water slide if there aren’t any loops to enjoy? Calypso Park in Canada has gifted us with this magically scary water slide, but there’s no doubt about the fact that you have to have a strong stomach to take the plunge.
That’s because riders are left to free-fall from a trap door when it’s their turn to go, and they are then thrust through the loops and turns while experiencing 2 g-forces at the same time! Although it only takes 7 seconds for rides to make their way to the bottom, those 7 seconds will definitely make your heart skip a beat.
Tsunami Surge (Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta)
If you live in the United States, you’re lucky enough to have more water parks in your country than we could ever count on our fingers. In fact, you could probably check out a new water park every single weekend, and we’re not quite sure what else you need in life. Six Flags is perhaps one of the most famous theme park companies in the world, and their Georgian Hurricane Harbour water park comes complete with the epic Tsunami Surge.
As you can probably tell, this water slide isn’t going to splash you with a little water or push one hair out of place. Instead, it’s going to descend you into zero gravity and leaving you feeling absolutely drenched and windswept.
Jumeirah Sceirah (Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai)
Dubai has recently become one of the hottest new destinations on the block, and it’s not hard to see why. This place has so many amazing features and attractions, and the Wild Wadi Water Park is definitely one of them. The Jumeirah Sceirah is perhaps one of the most popular water slides in this water park, but it’s not for the faint-hearted.
One of the hardest tasks of this whole experience is actually standing on top of the tower and forcing yourself to go down the slide. While there are some pretty epic views of Dubai to check out, those suffering from vertigo should probably give it a miss. Although, it would be a shame to miss out on the 105-foot drop and the 50mph ride.
Wild Vortex (Wilderness at the Smokies, Tennessee)
Most of the water slides in this world require people to sit down with their legs in front of them and wait for the water park worker to give them the all-clear so they can push themselves down. However, the Wild Vortex at the Wilderness at the Smokies water park does things a little differently.
Instead of sitting down and waiting, riders have to stand in a tiny tube that comes complete with its very own trap door. When this trap door is released, you’ll drop down at ridiculous speeds and experience a whopping 2.5 g-force at the same time. By the time you get to the bottom, the whole process will be a complete blur.
Serpentine Speed Slide (Water Cube, China)
If you cast your mind back to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, you might remember a cube-like structure that was used for many of the water events. Instead of just leaving the building to crumble on its own, authorities decided to transform it into something that would be fun for all of the family.
So, the Water Cube water park came to life! The Serpentine Speed Slide is perhaps one of the most famous rides within this park, as it will certainly make you extremely dizzy. With all kinds of twists and turns, you’ll probably be happy when you reach the giant pool at the bottom.
Boeing 747 100 (Wings and Waves Waterpark, Oregon)
Although there are some people who love airplanes and just can’t get enough of these winged vessels, it’s fair to say that most people aren’t too amused. Perhaps that’s why one Oregon aviation museum tried to get even more people involved by transforming their old Boeing planes into a giant water park extravaganza!
The Boeing 747 water slide allows the adrenaline junkie to make their way into the belly of the plane that resides on the roof, before hurtling down small tubes and into a giant pool of water below. It’s not every day you get to do this, although it might be pretty scary for those who have a fear of flying…
King Cobra (Maxx Royal Belek Golf & Spa, Turkey)
Anything to do with snakes is automatically going to be super scary, right? There are actually a few of these King Cobra water slides across the globe, and you may have seen one in the flesh if you’ve ever made your way to Six Flags in New Jersey or the Maxx Royal resort in Turkey.
Not only does this water slide take you through the slippery and curly tail or a cobra, but you then hurtle towards the snake’s giant mouth and sharp fans before plummeting back down to earth. It’s a whole experience that will probably leave you a little shaken, but there’s no doubt about the fact that you’ll soon be going back for more.
Aqualoop (Terme 3000 Adventure Pool Complex, Slovenia)
It seems as though there really is space for two AquaLoops in this world because the Terme 3000 Adventure Pool Complex in Slovenia also features one of these waterslides. Of course, they are a little different.
As the name suggests, this water slide’s sole intention is to make you feel as dizzy as you can possibly be – so watch out when you get to the bottom! Featuring a 360-degree loop-de-loop that will take you down countless stories, and leave you feeling like you’ve been around the twist. Thankfully, you can cool down in one of the many swimming pools in this complex to chill out afterward.
Master Blaster Water Coasters (Atlantis the Palm Resort, Dubai)
Because there are so many waterparks and water slides in Dubai, it can be hard to know which ones to go on. However, we’d say that you can’t head to Dubai without checking out the Master Blaster Water Coasters at the Atlantis the Palm Resort waterpark.
This attraction actually features four different water coasters, which means that you can race your friends or family at the same time! However, you might have to psych yourself up for this one, as these slides seem to defy all laws of gravity and physics. Don’t believe us? How many water coasters have you seen that push you up into the air rather than down to the ground?
Toboggan (Citta del Mare, Italy)
Almost all of the water slides in this world are human-made in equally human-made water parks, but that isn’t the case for all of them. If you ever fancy a trip to Citta del Mare in Italy, then you can head to the coast to check out one of the coolest rides of them all.
Located on the top of a cliff edge, the Toboggan water slide allows adrenaline junkies to plunge three stories down the edge of the world. When you get to the bottom, you’re not greeted with chlorinated water like all of the other water slides out there, but are instead greeted with the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Ocean. I mean, we’re sold.
Verruckt (Schlitterbahn Water Park, Kansas City)
Have you ever been to Kansas City? If you have, you’ll know that there are so many things to see and do during your time there. Of course, no trip to a new place would be complete without checking out the waterpark, and the Schlitterbahn Water Park has got it all. Unfortunately, it no longer has one of the scariest water slides that this world has to offer on its roster.
The Verruckt may have been lacking in vowels, but that didn’t mean that it was lacking the adrenaline rush that many people crave. Featuring a 17-story drop and a 5-story incline, this water coaster offered blood-pumping stuff for those who dared to give it a go. However, a fatal incident in 2016 meant that the ride was closed down permanently.
Crazy Cones (Faliraki Water Park, Rhodes)
Rhodes is a hugely popular tourist destination, and no tourist destination would be complete without a water park or two. The Faliraki Water Park was created to make everyone’s dreams come true, but there are some people who would say that the Crazy Cones ride is more of a nightmare than a dream.
Featuring giant cones and more twists and turns than you can count, this ride allows riders to travel down in a raft with their friends and family for company. However, the holes in the cones are a little deceiving, and enough to make riders feel as though they’re going to fall out of the tubes and down to the ground below. Of course, this doesn’t happen…
Tower of Power (Siam Park, Tenerife)
Tenerife is an extremely popular tourist destination for those across the globe, and although there are countless things to do, it’s fair to say that the water park reigns supreme. Siam Park is a Thai-themed wonderland that offers everything from lazy rivers to wave pools, and the piece-de-resistance of this whole waterpark just has to be the Tower of Power.
As the name suggests, this waterslide isn’t one for those who will simply chicken out when they get to the top of the tower. After all, you have to wait your turn, cross your arms, and then allow your body to slide down the steep decline. Oh, and you might want to watch out for the shark-infested waters that greet you at the bottom.
Super S Slide (Ocean World at Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park, South Korea)
The Ocean World at Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park is famous in South Korea for providing riders with the chance to get a little wet and wild – and who doesn’t love that? Although there are some amazing rides at this water park, there are also some pretty scary ones.
The Super S Slide is one of those, as many riders feel as though they’re going to fall out of their raft as soon as they make their way away from safety. With huge banked twists and turns, some of the tightest corners known to humankind, and a whole load of water involved, it really is a race between life or falling out into the tubes below. Thankfully, it’s been pretty safe so far.
Epic Plunge (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Okay, so this waterslide is a little different because it’s constantly in a new position! Located on numerous Norwegian Cruise Line ships, the Epic Plunge is in a new country and a new destination every single week – and that just makes it even more desirable. After all, everyone loves the chase.
A water slide on a boat does seem a little counterproductive, but you’ll be happy to know that you don’t end up in the middle of the ocean when you get to the end of this Epic Plunge. Instead, you travel down a tube that’s almost half the length of the boat, and then you shoot out into a swimming pool. The swimming pools on cruise ships are notoriously cold though, so make sure you’re prepared…
Aquaconda (Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai)
Atlantis the Palm is arguably the most famous hotel in Dubai, and it’s also one of the most expensive. So, it should come as no surprise to learn that there are some pretty impressive water slides at their water park. The Aquaconda is one of our favorites – but there’s no doubt about the fact that you’ll need to hold on for dear life.
Shaped like a giant snake, this intimidating ride features jagged edges, tiny tubes, huge drops, and twisted tunnels. It’s actually the largest waterslide in the world and has the largest fiberglass tube on the planet, which means that it’s kind of a big deal.
AquaLoop (Everland, South Korea)
When you think of South Korea, there’s a high chance that you don’t immediately think of water parks. However, it might surprise you to know that there are various water parks to choose from in this country – and the Everland Theme Park is one of them. Although there are countless slides and coasters within Everland, there’s nothing quite like the AquaLoop.
The best thing about this slide is that you get to choose which loop you want to go down based on the color and the character. Then, you push yourself down the chutes and around and around (and then around again), until you reach the bottom. You might be a little busy when you get to the bottom.
Smoke that Thunders (Kalahari Resorts, Pennsylvania)
If you’ve ever stayed in a Kalahari Resort, you might know that they pride themselves on their epic indoor water parks. However, it seems as though they are trying something new nowadays, and have expanded their brand to include outdoor water parks too!
Smoke That Thunders features an awesome ride that is perfect for the outdoors, and allows riders to head down tubes and tunnels with three other people in a raft with them. As if that wasn’t cool enough, there are also giant bowls and even a near-vertical drop that will definitely take your breath away. Hopefully, you’ll be able to get it back after this terrifying ordeal.
XXL Monster Ride (Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg, Austria)
The Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg water park in Austria is one of the most famous water parks in the country, and it’s pretty clear to see why. They offer some of the coolest and most hardcore slides in the business, and although we don’t like to have favorites, the XXL Monster Ride definitely takes our fancy.
This ride is perfect for people of all capabilities, as you can simply get in your tube and make your way up the conveyor to the mighty drop above. Although the twists and turns may make you feel a little nauseous, it’s best to try and keep it in until you get to the bathrooms. That’s a clean-up nobody wants to see.
L2 (Wörgler Wasserwelt, Austria)
It might surprise you to know that the people of Austria just love a water slide, and they’ve actually become great innovators in terms of new water slide designs. Don’t believe us? Well, just check out the L2 at Wörgler Wasserwelt. When this slide was first built, it took the crown as the world’s first double-looping water slide, and there’s no doubt about the fact that it made its entrance.
As if flinging yourself down a chute at top speeds wasn’t enough, this slide also forces people around and around in loops before throwing them into a giant pool below. It’s definitely a whirlwind, so you might want to take a moment afterward to give yourself a once-over.
Corkscrew Cavern (Roaring Springs Water Park, Idaho)
Heading to Idaho sometime soon? Well, you just have to make your way to the Roaring Springs Water Park. You’ll regret it if you don’t. However, if you’re the kind of person that isn’t too fond of enclosed spaces, then we would advise against a ride on the Corkscrew Cavern.
That’s because the tubes on this water slide are some of the smallest in the world – but that just makes you go faster! The 32-inch tunnels will push you even further through the turns and the drops, and there’s even a 360-degree loop to contend with. You’ll probably be pretty happy when you get to the bottom, but you might also want to do it all over again…