Looking for the ultimate water park holiday for 2019? These are the best water parks in Europe, with plenty of thrills for kids of all ages (that includes you, parents). Bonus: Many of these water parks are open year-round.
1. Lalandia – Billund, Denmark
In the mood for some Nordic adventure? Check out Lalandia, the biggest water park in Scandinavia, which features a selection of family-friendly slides such as Twister or Octopus, plus heated wave pools and a lazy stream. Kids will adore the Cave Pool, where they can observe coral reefs and exotic fish. Parents craving relaxation can breathe easy in the aromatherapy saunas, while children up to age 12 can visit the Aqua Splash water playground, the Monky Tonky indoor playland or go bowling. There are also five smaller water slides for little water lovers. Bonus: Lalandia is located in Billund, where LEGOLAND is another huge family draw!
Recommended Hotel: Hotel LEGOLAND
2. Tropical Islands’ AMAZONIA – Brandenburg, Germany
Located about an hour’s drive from Berlin, Tropical Islands’ AMAZONIA is a sprawling 35,000-square-meter water paradise. This four-season indoor-outdoor South Pacific-themed attraction features a 27-meter-high waterslide tower, an indoor ocean, a heated lagoon, and a kiddie pool with a water play table. After splashing around, play a round of mini-golf or take an air balloon ride. Nature-loving families will enjoy the park’s indoor rainforest, which features 50,000 plants from around the world. Parents will love the bubble loungers and massage pools.
Recommended Hotel: Tropical Islands
3. Aquaworld – Budapest, Hungary
One of the biggest indoor water parks in Europe, Aquaworld in northern Budapest features a modern water temple inspired by the Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia. Featuring 11 huge waterslides with fun names like Flying Carpet and Kamakaze, and 19 pools including wave and surf pools, this water park was designed with families in mind. Parents will love the saunas and thermal baths, while children will enjoy the suspended bridges and large variety of kids’ programs that take place every weekend and during school holidays.
Recommended Hotel: Aquaworld Resort Budapest
4. AquaPark – Druskininkai, Lithuania
Situated in Druskininkai in southern Lithuania, AquaPark offers 30,000 square meters of water fun, plus tons of other entertaiment including bowling and a 5-D cinema (open to kids 5 and up). Under its massive dome, families can relax along the lazy river while surrounded by lush palm trees, bob in the wave pool, or plunge down the waterslides. There’s a chilren’s play area with a sandy beach for the little ones. Parents will enjoy relaxing in one of the 20 family-friendly bathhouses and saunas, unwinding at the spa, or soaking in Durskininkai’s famous healing mineral waters.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel AQUA
5. Aqua Dome – Längenfeld, Austria
Families seeking a spectacular location along with tons of water fun will never want to leave Aqua Dome in Austria’s Alpine valley town of Längenfeld. Thanks to its soaring glass windows, guests can take in the jaw-dropping Tyrolean landscape surrounding the Noah’s Ark of the Alps water park, which is set on the deck of a ship. The program caters to children with its full staff, a cinema and climbing wall. Parents will revel in the resort’s thermal baths situated outside in high-tech heated basin pools that have gorgeous mountain views.
Recommended Hotel: Aqua Dome Hotel
6. AquaCity – Poprad, Slovakia
With 350 water attractions, the AquaCity water park literally has something for everyone in your gang, whether it’s a pirate ship anchored in the middle of a salt water pool on Treasure island, whirlpools and water slides, a terrarium full of iguanas, ziplines, or an evening laser show on the Blue Sapphire wave pool. There’s also a kids’ fun zone with inflatable slides and a kids’ fun zone with inflatable slides and toboggan runs. Powered by geothermal water and solar energy, AquaCity is one of the world’s only fully ecological water parks.Wellness lovers will thrive in the healing mineral waters and steam saunas.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel AquaCity Mountain View
7. Therme Erding’s Galaxy Water Slide World – Erding, Germany
If your tweens and teens are adrenaline junkies, they’ll go nuts for Europe’s longest water slide—the 365-meter-long Magic Eye—at Therme Erding’s Galaxy Water Slide World, located under a retractable dome about 30 miles from Munich. The 27 slides include the Space Glider, complete with VR glasses, plus the X-Treme Faster high-speed slide that reaches speeds up to 44 mph. Younger kids and the less-adventurous will love floating along the Crazy River, splashing in the heated wave lagoon, or experiencing the tamer slides geared towards children 3 and up.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Victory Therme Erding
8. Adaland Water Park – Aydin, Turkey
Who can say no to a giant water coaster? Experience it along with dozens of other wet attractions at Adaland, including both a crazy and a lazy river, a wave pool, and the Amazon Family Slide, where boats holding up to six people journey towards the Gulf of Kusadas. Thrill-seekers will love the whitewater rafting simulator and slides like Red Phantom, which features speeds up to 37 mph, and White Tiger, where four family members can race side by side. There’s also a kiddie pool featuring a pirate ship, a mushroom shower, floating toys, sea creatures and mini water slides for the little ones.
Recommended Hotel: Labranda Ephesus Princess
Montreal-based Wendy Helfenbaum is a journalist, content strategist and TV producer who writes for dozens of digital and print magazines, as well as many brands. Wendy loves cruising, adventure travel and venturing off the beaten path with her husband and teenage son, and she can pack a carry-on bag like nobody’s business. Follow her @WendyHelfenbaum.