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July 13, 2011 10:05 ET

Cheapflights.com Splashes Its Way Through Summer

Cool Off With Our Top 10 Water Parks Worldwide

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jul 13, 2011) - Cheapflights.com, the online leader in publishing travel deals, helps you cool off this summer with its list of Top 10 Water Parks Worldwide. With the summer holidays well under way, many are looking for fun ways to enjoy the season and cool down from the summer swelter. So, as an alternative to the overcrowded neighborhood or backyard pool, Cheapflights.com suggests checking out one of the world's best water parks. Amusement parks both stateside and abroad are raising the bar each season, rolling out in-your-face wave pools, funnel slides and water coasters that'll test the bravery of even the strongest souls.

Below are five of Cheapflights.com's Top 10 Water Parks that are located in North America and definitely hot spots to cool off this summer. These adventure water parks are ideal for families or for those young at heart looking for a wet'n wild adventure.

  • Noah's Ark Water Park -- Wisconsin, United States -- The United States' largest water park is an oasis for Midwesterners, eager for a summer dip with no ocean in sight. Noah's Ark Water Park pulls out all the stops across 70 acres. Bragging rights begin with two wave pools, two rivers, a lagoon pool, four children's play areas and more than 60 delightfully impressive slides. The Scorpion's Tail, voted the No. 1 Thrill Ride for 2010 by the Travel Channel, is a 10-story, nearly vertical slide that drops you more than 50 feet per second. Need we say more? Search and compare cheap flights to Milwaukee.

  • Las Cascada Water Park -- Puerto Rico -- Not that you need another excuse to visit Puerto Rico -- the turquoise seas and dynamic culture should be enough of a draw. But Las Cascada Water Park in Aguadilla is not to be missed. The largest water park in the Caribbean, Las Cascada offers attractions for adventurists of all ages. Bring the entire family to explore the Crazy River, a manmade whitewater challenge, the Speed Slides, the Twister or -- for family members with heart conditions -- the Tropical Lazy River. Search and compare cheap flights to San Juan.

  • World Waterpark -- Alberta, Canada -- Water enthusiasts have frolicked in faux waves at World Waterpark in Edmonton, Alberta, for more than 20 years -- though the park's age doesn't show. The world's largest indoor water park welcomes swimmers year-round to zip down more than 17 chutes as high as 83 feet and tackle swells in the world's biggest indoor wave pool. The best part of this tropical paradise: It's situated inside West Edmonton Mall, a behemoth mall, wonderfully stocked with a golf course, ropes course, theaters and -- obviously -- retail stores. Search and compare cheap flights to Edmonton.

  • Water Country USA -- Virginia, United States -- Malibu Pipeline. Rock 'n' Roll Island. Hubba Hubba Highway. The 1950s-themed water park in Williamsburg, Virginia, doesn't hold back when it comes to naming its surf-esque attractions. Nor when it comes to building water slides, either. In 2011, Water Country USA premiered Vanish Point, an adrenaline rush-of-a-ride that's not at all for the faint of heart. Riders are given two options: either step into a box where the floor physically drops out from under you, or start horizontally and drop immediately down after take-off. Either way, you're plummeting 75 feet at nearly 40 miles per hour. Cowabunga, indeed. Search and compare cheap flights to Virginia.

  • Schlitterbahn -- Texas, United States -- Schlitterbahn is synonymous with water parks for many Americans, especially those in the good ol' South. "America's first water park" opened in 1979 in New Braunfels as an escape for locals looking to beat the heat during stifling Texas summers. Over the past 30 years, the resort has expanded and now operates in three other locations: South Padre and Galveston, Texas, and Kansas City, Kansas. The well-kept chain offers miles of uphill water coasters, slides and wave rivers -- perfect for grandparents and grandkids alike. Search and compare cheap flights to Austin.

Rounding out the list are five water parks located a further afield but definitely worth the trip. These include Chimelong Water Park in China; Sandcastle Waterpark in the United Kingdom; Sunway Lagoon in Malaysia; Wet 'n' Wild Water World in Australia and Wet 'n Wild in Mexico. To read all the fun splashy details on these and Cheapflights.com's complete list of Top 10 Water Parks Worldwide, visit http://news.cheapflights.com/2011/07/top-10-water-parks-worldwide/.

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