Some of the biggest splashes in Missouri don’t take place on the beach or during a canoe ride.
Attractions like the Challenger Flumes at Big Surf Waterpark and the adrenaline-pumping KaPau Plummet at White Water are just two of the many reasons you should explore and experience Missouri’s outdoor water parks.
Big Surf, located outside of Camdenton, is one of the top attractions in the Lake of the Ozarks area and a great place for the family to enjoy the water without a boat or a beach.
The aforementioned Challenger Flumes offer a thrill ride and the option of racing a friend, family member or fellow slide enthusiast 300 feet to the bottom. Oh, and one of you is going down in darkness, courtesy of the covered blue flume.
Other popular spots at Big Surf include the wave pool, where the action cranks up every 10 minutes, and Zambezi Falls, a thrilling half-pipe ride that features a three-story drop.
At White Water, thrill-seekers flock to the Kalani Towers Drop Slides, where you reach speeds up to 40 mph while dropping some 75 feet over the duration of the 300-foot slides.
If you’re a real speed demon, check out KaPau Plummet, a side-by-side ride that drops you down 245-foot slides at a 70-degree pitch.
For an epic adventure that combines roller coasters and watery fun, visit Six Flags St. Louis and Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, both of which are co-located with water parks and offer joint admission prices.
Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags has some of the fastest slides in the Midwest, the aptly named Speed Slides, along with the Bonzai Pipeline, where the floor literally falls from beneath you and leads to a 290-foot slide.
Inside Oceans of Fun in Kansas City, you’ll find a super-soaking adventure when you step on the Monsoon. The passenger-boat ride takes you up a 50-plus-foot incline before you plunge down and create a wave of water that’s more soaking than a Missouri rain storm.
Not far from the Mark Twain Lake near Monroe City, Splash Landing water park at Mark Twain Landing has a variety of ways to beat the heat. From water slides and a giant wave pool to the Space Bowl and a lazy river, you can spend hours at this family-friendly venue.
In Missouri, you also find water park fun at:
• Adventure Oasis
• Chilli Bay
• Farmington Water Park
• The Bay
• Cape Splash
• Splash Zone
Along with thrill rides, Missouri’s outdoor water parks also have areas designed to appeal to younger visitors, along with slower-paced attractions for those who seek peace and relaxation.
Enjoy a day in the sun and make a splash at a water park the next time you visit Missouri, where fun is always in season.