At some point in your childhood, you probably dragged your plastic slide over and stuck the end of it in your wading pool. Something similar gave rise to the water parks that are so popular around the world today.
It All Started with Slides
Water slides in lakes and pools have been in commercial use since the 1940s, but the attractions available today began in the 1970s. Although they began with slides, today’s water parks depend upon many types of pumps, such as an air power booster, to create the many water and innovative attractions. From body surfing in a wave pool to standing under a fountain while water splashes on your head, water parks are popular attractions found all over the world, and they provide hours of splashy and relaxing fun.
Outdoor Water Playgrounds
The first water parks were located outside in municipal pools or lakes, but it didn’t take long for amusement corporations to get on board. Wet n’ Wild in Orlando, Florida, is recognized as the first commercial water park. Today’s parks offer an array of “rides,” such as slides, wave pools, lazy rivers for tubing, whirlpools, hot tubs and more. Outdoor waterparks draw millions of visitors to warm-weather destinations, but what if it gets cold where you live?
Indoor Water Fun
Companies began to build indoor water parks in the 1990s. They are often connected to a hotel or convention center and offer the same kinds of attractions as the outdoor parks, and you don’t have to worry about sun protection. Some indoor parks also offer ice skating as another option, although you would probably want to change out of your bathing suit for that one.
Water parks are a fun and popular attraction that draw many visitors year-round. It’s a great way to relax and spend time with family and friends, indoors or out.