15 Terrifying Water Slides in America
The summer is is in full swing and the water parks are open for business. One of the best things to do to beat the heat is to take a ride on a water slide. There are different types of slides that have different features like tunnels, loops or drops. Some water slides are extremely fun to ride while others are completely terrifying. The bigger the slide the scarier it is. Some water slides have been known to be so terrifying that their are strict age and weight requirements to ensure the riders safety. These rides were not created to be kid friendly. Only the bravest of the thrill seekers try these water slides. Here are the most terrifying water slides in America.
Verrückt, Schlitterbahn Located in Kansas City Water Park in Kansas, Verrückt Schlitterbahn is the tallest water slide in the world standing nearly 170-feet-high. It is an extreme thrill ride in every since of the phrase. Verrückt in German means insane. The creators and whoever rides its have to be a little out of their minds. The slide is higher than Niagara Falls and is as long as two football fields. The slide shoots daredevils down massive drops including a 60 degree free fall right out of the gate.
Wildebeest Voted the best water slide in America in 2014, the Wildebeest, is also one of the most terrifying. Located at Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana, it is the park’s first Hydro-Magnetic Rocket coaster. It’s a two-and-a-half minute journey to the bottom. A conveyor belt takes four-person boats to the start of the thrill, which includes a four-story drop, seven hills, two underground tunnels, and a sensory-boggling helix.
Screaming Serpents Formerly known as the F5 Twin Twisters, the Screaming Serpents reopened as the park’s first fully immersive ride experience. Schlitterbahn Water Parks in Galveston, Texas offers a psychedelic experience through the Screaming Serpents special effects like fog, sounds, and rainbow light that assault your senses while you fly through the bellies and 8-foot-high mouths of the Serpents.
Black Anaconda Whenever a water slide is named after a giant snake, you’re in for a thrill. Black Anaconda is a water slide meets roller coaster thrill. Jet technology sends you slithering up and down a snake-like body, which makes up one of the longest water coasters in the world. The stop-and-go method does not slow riders down too much, you drop straight down at 30 mph. The ride can get really bumpy too, but don’t worry the mesh ceilings are there to protect you.
Bomb Bay The Bomb Bay in Orlando warns sliders with its name. Named after the bomb bays on military airplanes which actually release bombs, this slide doesn’t spare its human passengers one bit. Riders step into an airtight chamber before the floor actually drops out from beneath them. Once it does, you drop 76-feet down a near vertical slide. If you have any heart conditions, I suggest you skip this ride.
Scorpion’s Tail Noah’s Ark Water Park in Wisconsin is home of the Scorpion’s Tail. The floor also gives way on this water slide, but this time, riders plunge 10 stories at a whopping 50-feet-per-second before being catapulted through a menacing, high-speed loop. The ride is entirely enclosed to create the look of a tail, and to keep riders from falling completely off the slide. This ride will leave you scatter brained. By the time you have a handle on what’s happening, you’re making a big splash at the bottom.
Big Thunder Big Thunder can be found at Rapids Water Park in Florida. Rafters sail through darkness before they reach the moment of truth. The multi-person tubes are dropped into a gargantuan sized funnel where they helplessly slide from side to side before making their way to the bottom. The 45 degree drop accelerates the tubes so they can reach speeds of 20 mph and even achieve moments of zero gravity.
Zero-G If you ever wondered what it was like to be in space ride the Zero-G at Action Park Mountain Creek in Vernon, New Jersey. It is the world’s tallest double-looping water slide. The fully enclosed capsule ride starts from a trapdoor entrance that is perched on a hill 100-feet-high. The chute sends body sliders through translucent tubing so quickly that they aren’t entirely sure what has happened by the time they hit the bottom. Your heart is sure to be in you stomach by the end of this ride.
King Cobra Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Jackson, New Jersey is one of the most famous water parks in the country. One of the reasons for its notoriety is the King Cobra water slide. The Six Flags version of a King Cobra pits racers against each other during a 56-foot-high, 256-foot-long slide challenge. Racers slide down red and white scaly tubes. Two tracks eventually collide when they shoot riders into a massive cobra hood that is 10 times the size of the human body. Gain bragging rights by garnering enough speed to shoot yourself between the fangs and into the snake’s mouth as your opponent slides aimlessly around the hood.
Aqua Duck I know what you’re thinking. It’s Disney, how terrifying could this ride be? The Aqua Duck can be intense. This slide contains 360 degree glass tubes that are four decks high and peer out above the ocean. Developed by the creative minds of Disney Imagineers, this 765-foot-long acrylic tube journey is truly one-of-a-kind. Rafts are propelled up, down, around, and even outside the ship’s parameters to suspend you over the open ocean. Riders are then dropped into a lazy river to regain their breath.
Mammoth Covering more than three acres, Mammoth is the longest water slide in the world. Indiana’s Hydro-Magnetic coaster uses LIM technology, which is commonly used on roller coasters, to send circular boats of up to six passengers up and down hills and spinning around curves. A conveyor belt escorts rafts to the starting peak. From there, riders have not one, not two, but six drops that they will experience from forward, sideways, and backwards vantage points, as well as in the dark during enclosed portions.
Summit Plummet For the Summit Plummet it is essential that you cross your arms, fold your feet, and lay back for one of the tallest and fastest body slides in the world. Summit Plummet shoots sliders down a towering 120 foot, near-vertical slide for a 360-foot-run, which includes traveling lightning speeds through a dark tunnel. Riders can reach up to 60 mph during their run. Most riders have to pull out a wedgie when the ride is over.
Coiled Cobra and Twisted Fang Remember what we said about water slides being named after snakes? Well here is another one that lives up to its name. At this California Six Flags adventure four rides encompass the Blake Snake Summit area of the water park, but it’s the overlapping Coiled Cobra and Twisted Fang that provide the truest thrills. At 75-feet high, they are the tallest enclosed water slides in Southern California. The curvy serpent slides reach crazy fast speeds, but riders will have a difficult time clocking their mph without any markers. This ride takes place in complete darkness.
Walhalla Wave This raft ride includes an enclosed 720-degree turn that will make you dizzy. The turn is then followed by a seven story drop that will bring up your lunch if you’re not careful, followed by a near-vertical “wave” section that gives riders the sensation of zero-gravity. It’s not often that such thrills, typically found in the domain of roller coasters, can also be paired with splashes.
Sky Caliber Sky Caliber is a 90-foot-tall water slide created by Carthage, Missouri based company Avalanche Water Slides. It features a 45 foot free fall. If the free fall doesn’t get your heart racing, the 30-foot-full-vertical-loop will. You will have to wait to get on this ride because it is not open yet. The slide, which is currently undergoing testing, circumvents issues surrounding bathing suit friction by enclosing the rider inside an aluminum alloy framed capsule. The slide is set to debut in 2016 at Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey.