Each year, the summer solstice occurs on June 21, marking the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere. And while many will be spending time grilling and relaxing in the comforts of their own backyards, there isn’t much which defines summer fun more than spending a day at a water park. Yet, why settle for just any water park? You might as well make it a trip to remember by heading to those locations that feature some of the world’s scariest rides. From the United States to the United Arab Emirates, AD rounds up the eight most terrifying water slides that will likely be the defining moment of your summer.
Source Architectural Digest
There’s An Incredible And Super Illegal Waterslide Hidden In Hawaii
As if amazing hikes and superb views weren’t enough, Instagram users have unveiled what lies in the lush valleys of Hawaii... and it’s an actual water slide. The 35-foot conduit below pumps water from Mother Nature herself and is tucked deep in the forest of Waipio Valley on the Big Island. You won’t be able to find it on a map because it’s on government property and is restricted to the public. But that hasn’t stopped people from illegally trespassing to get to it, risking hefty fines and their safety just to get their splash on.
It may be beautiful, but it’s 100 percent off limits.
Similar to the natural (and legal) lazy river on Kauai, this water slide is an old irrigation flume that was designed to transport sugar cane 100 years ago, but is now part of a 25-mile-long irrigation system. Although the slide is hidden, illegal and dangerous (the structure isn’t properly maintained and the short pool at its base is surrounded by concrete walls), many GoPro-strapped hikers have found their way to it. To reach the slide, trespassers have to trek for two hours on a trail known as the White Road Hike ― most of which is on government and private property, and includes walking through dense forest and dark tunnels. When they finally reach the waterslide, hikers have to climb up a thin rope to the top before sliding down. State officials have called this slide a “reckless type of experience,” and they are trying to discourage tourists from finding the trail, according to Hawaii News Now. Since attempting the hike or the slide is dangerous and against the law, you’ll just have to live vicariously through the rule-breakers’ terrifying footage.
Fun Jungle slide
Insano (Beach Park, Brazil)
Located roughly 55 miles south of Fortaleza along Brazil's northeastern coast is Beach Park. It's there that adrenaline junkies can ride Insano, the onetime tallest water slide in the world is roughly 140 feet tall.
Brain Wash (Wet ’n’ Wild Water Park, Florida)
Orlando is not just home to Disney World, but also the Wet ’n’ Wild Water Park. Brain Wash is a funneled ride that includes sound, videos, and lights...as well as a 53-foot vertical drop which will surely leave your heart racing far after you leave the slide.
Aqualoop (Terme 3000 Adventure Pool Complex, Slovenia)
Aqualoop is one of the fastest water slides in the world. This Slovenian water ride also features an exhilarating 360-degree loop that will undoubtably confuse your senses as you race to the bottom.
Faser (Galaxy Erding, Germany)
Erding, a town located just outside of Munich, includes a water park with a ride (Faser) that sends riders up to speeds of roughly 45 m.p.h.
Jumeirah Sceirah (Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai)
In the heat of Dubai is the respite of the Wild Wadi Waterpark. While some areas are designated for those looking to relax, the Jumeirah Sceirah surely is not. Riders will hit speeds of 50 m.p.h. as they zip to the bottom in a matter of seconds.
Summit Plummet (Disney's Blizzard Beach, Florida)
Forget the fact at Disney's Blizzard Beach's Summit Plummet water slide shoots its riders down a free-fall at roughly 60 m.p.h., but thrillseekers can know their exact speed by attaching a speedometer to themselves
The Scorpion’s Tail (Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin)
Located in central Wisconsin, some 55 miles north of Madison, The Scorpion’s Tail at Noah’s Ark Waterpark will whip riders down a 400 foot slide in roughly 5 to 8 seconds.
Leap of Faith (Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas)
From 60 feet in the air, thrillseekers will jet down an open-air slide and through a tube that's surrounded by a shark-filled lagoon