Indulge your inner child with heart-pounding rides and attractions at Europe's seven best water parks.
Adrenaline-pumping rides, winding lazy rivers and gigantic wave pools aside, the best thing about a water park is that it's perfectly acceptable to act like a kid for the entire day. Keeping entertained on holiday should be child's play so we've complied a list of the best water parks in Europe to leave you less homework to do and more time for splashing about.
1. Siam Park, Tenerife
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Considered one of the world's best water parks, Siam Park is located in the popular tourist destination of Costa Adeje and has become one of Tenerife's biggest attractions since opening in 2008. Set in a tropical paradise, its pulsating rides include Tower of Power, which shoots you through an aquarium full of sharks at 80kmph, as well as the new Singha where you can fly along a water roller coaster. Whether you want an injection of adrenaline or a relaxing lazy river, Siam Park has it all.
2. Fasouri Watermania, Limassol
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With over 30 attractions and one of the biggest wave pools in Europe, Fasouri Watermania is a great day out for all ages. There's an adults only pool for those who want to avoid the screaming kids and a Tarzan Swing for those who fancy themselves as jungle types. And don't even think about leaving before you race your friends on the Six Lane Mat Racer.
3. Tropical Islands, Berlin
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Situated around 60km from Berlin, Tropical Islands is different from most water parks as it sits inside a disused airplane hangar which constitutes one of the largest buildings in the world. This water park is also Europe's largest tropical world and because of its indoor location, you can always expect the perfect water park climate.
4. Alpamare, Zurich
Despite the enormous size of Tropical Islands, Zurich's Alpamare is actually the largest covered water park in Europe. Located just over half an hour's drive from Zurich's city centre, it boasts both indoor and outdoor swimming, a selection of hair-raising rides and a 295-foot lazy river. Make sure you check out the Alpa-Therme where you can listen to underwater music if you slip below the surface.
5. Aqualandia, Venice Province
There's just as much fun to be had in Italy as there is romance. Especially at the country's number one water park, located around one hour's drive from the city of Venice. Jesolo's Aqualandia has a chilled Caribbean vibe with seven themed areas boasting an array of thrilling rides and attractions. It's home to Captain Spacemaker, the highest slide in the world at 42 metres, and an abundance of activities such as the highest fixed bungee jumping tower in Europe.
6. Waterworld, Ayia Napa
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A short drive from Larnaca, Ayia Napa's water park has an amazing Greek theme reflected in the names of attractions such as Drop to Atlantis and The Fall of Icarus. Float peacefully around River Odyssey before you're ready to brave Lightning, the kamikaze slide with an almost vertical drop.
7. Star Beach, Crete
As well as a beautiful coastline, vibrant bars and a range of good restaurants, the Cretan town of Hersonissos also features a fantastic water park that's perfect for cooling off on those hot summer days. You'll find a number of attractions as well as a lively party area where from 4 p.m., bikini competitions, foam parties and various games create a buzzing vibe popular with the party crowd.