As a Texan, waterslides are important to me as it gets very hot in the summer and a good waterslide is a great way to cool off. However, just like coasters, not all waterslides are created equal. These are the waterslides that stand above the rest. These are the top ten waterslides. Now this is all my opinion and I haven’t been on too many waterslides so you are free to disagree, but let’s just agree to disagree for now. Anyway. Here goes.
#10: Whirlpool @ SFFT’s Whitewater Bay in San Antonio, TX
Whirlpool is a very awesome slide at Whitewater Bay and definitely one of the better slides out there. It’s not very unique and it’s pretty short but it features one of the most awesome drops ever followed by a giant helix. This wouldn’t be that unique but if you get your momentum right, you can actually go down the last drop backwards which is awesome. It’s also cool as it goes down the side of a hill. Go check it out. It’s very fun.
#9: Dragon Slide @ Downata Hot Springs in Downey, ID
Downata is just about the last place you’d expect to see any kind of top ten anything. In fact, I don’t think many enthusiasts have even heard of the place. It’s a tiny little place in the middle of nowhere, but it’s incredibly fun. The water is warm year-round as it’s right over a hot spring, so even in colder months the park can be open. Now onto Dragon Slide. This thing is very long and very fast. If you give yourself a good push you can really fly through those turns and get some awesome banking action, not to mention the pop of airtime at the end is very fun, and like Whirlpool it goes down the side of a hill. So yeah. Go check out Downata and the Dragon Slide if you’re ever in the area. Which you probably won’t be.
#8: Black Knight @ Schlitterbahn New Braunfels in New Braunfels, TX
Unlike Downata, pretty much everyone has heard of Schlitterbahn. It’s one of the most famous waterparks and it’s for a reason. This place has some awesome attractions, including Black Knight. This slide is very fun as it’s very fast and pitch black. If you’re lucky you can go really high on some of those turns and it’s overall just a blast. Be sure to check out Schlitterbahn and Black Knight if you ever get the chance.
#7: The Viper’s Tail @ ZDT’s Amusement Park in Seguin, TX
ZDT’s is similar to Downata in the fact that it’s not very well known, but unlike Downata has a roller coaster (which is currently a top ten coaster!). This slide may not look like much but it is insane. The airtime you get on this is nothing like the lame double down racers at most water parks. It’s powerful! Seriously. If you don’t believe me then go check for yourself. It’s amazing.
#6: Six Chuter @ SFFT’s Whitewater Bay in San Antonio, TX
When I was at Whitewater Bay I didn’t have any expectations for Six Chuter. I was more focused on other stuff like Whirlpool, Big Bender, and Twister. However, none of those even come close to the awesomeness and intensity that is Six Chuter. I was with my friend when we rode this and neither of us are big at all, but some of those turns sent us flying 90 degrees. It’s fast, intense, and a whole load of fun.
#5: Mammoth @ Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, IN
Mammoth is definitely not a hidden gem. It’s the longest waterslide in the world and even people who aren’t big waterpark fans will ride it while at Holiday World. This water slide is awesome for many reasons, but one of them is definitely how wet you get. Seriously. It tries to blind you with water. You’ll come out drenched, and you’ll love it. The other cool things about this slide are the airtime (it’s everywhere) and the tunnels which are very fun. Just about everything about this slide is incredibly fun and worth checking out while at Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari.
#4: Dragon’s Revenge @ Schlitterbahn New Braunfels in New Braunfels, TX
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is awesome for many reasons, but one is their awesome slide collection. If you’ve been paying attention you noticed that this is their second slide on this list. So yeah. It’s great. Now onto Dragon’s Revenge. Dragon’s Revenge is one of those slides where if someone asks you what you like about it, the answer is probably going to be, “EVERYTHING!” It does everything well. It goes fast, it has incredible theming, it has tunnels, it has airtime, and overall it’s just a ton of fun. It’s one of the first “Master Blaster” slides and definitely one of the best slides ever. Don’t miss it if you’re ever at Schlitterbahn.
#3: The Viper @ ZDT’s Amusement Park in Seguin, TX
Like Schlitterbahn, ZDT’s has also managed to get multiple slides on this list which is even cooler considering that they only have three water rides at all whereas Schlitterbahn has a ton and there’s a lot of junk to sift through. And The Viper definitely delivers. It doesn’t look like much but looks are deceiving. This is one of the most crazy waterslides ever. The banking on some of the turns is crazy and it just never lets up. The airtime is ridiculous, and they even let you do it on a mat if you want. The Viper is awesome and they need to make more slides like this.
#2: Mine Shaft @ SFFT’s Whitewater Bay
Located in the same complex as Six Chuter, Mine Shaft is also one of SFFT’s more underrated slides. You know how I said in Viper’s description that we need more slides like this? This ride is basically a longer and more intense version of Viper. The sensation of speed is insane, the banking is ridiculous, and the airtime is just amazing. Definitely the best slide at Whitewater Bay and one of the best slides in the world. Go check it out if you get the chance.
#1: Wildebeest @ Splashin’ Safari
Like Schlitterbahn and ZDT’s, Splashin Safari also has a fantastic collection of waterslides and Wildebeest is definitely the crown jewel. This thing is fantastic. It’s incredibly fun, fast, has loads of airtime, and it goes on forever. It’s also built halfway in the woods so you go through quite a few trees and it really enhances that sensation of speed. If you’re at Splashin Safari and skip Wildebeest then shame on you.