The best water parks in Europe are the perfect places to to beat the heat, swim off that hangover and get your pulse racing. From the sunny shores of Barcelona to the bustling metropolises of London, Berlin and Paris, you'll find world-class parks near popular destinations across the continent. Whether you're after adrenaline-pumping slides or something a bit more relaxing, you're sure to find one that you'll want to add to your bucket list this year.
Illa Fantasia | Barcelona
Nestled amongst the breathtaking natural beauty of Catalonia, Illa Fantasia offers an unforgettable water park experience. This Mediterranean oasis boasts a massive range of water attractions, and is only 50 minutes away from the centre of the city. From heart-racing slides like the Kamikaze and the Rapids to the refreshing Wave Pool and tranquil Jacuzzi, Illa Fantasia is the perfect escape from the city's hustle and bustle.
Tickets are available here from €28.50.
Thorpe Park Aqua Park | London
Just a stone's throw from London, Thorpe Park Aqua Park is one of the UK's largest inflatable aqua attractions. It's easily combined with a trip to Thorpe Park, and is a great place to cool off after you've got a sweat on trying out some big rides. It can be reached in just over an hour from central London on the train or bus.
Tickets are available to buy here for £20 per person.
Tropical Islands | Berlin
Just over an hour's drive from Berlin, this indoor venue is undoubtedly one of the best water parks in Europe. With it's tropical rainforest setting and world-class slides (including the longest double-racer in the world), this park is as popular with Berlin locals as it is with tourists. You can even stay over night in the park in a tent, hut or log cabin!
Day tickets start at €35.90 and can be bought online here .
Aquaboulevard | Paris
Europe's biggest urban water park, Aquaboulevard features a variety of water slides, a wave pool, and even a sandy beach to emulate a day by the sea. If you're in search of relaxation, the sauna and spa area provide the perfect retreat. The park is open all year round, so you can get your kicks in whenever you like (just make sure you take a coat for the 'beach' in winter!).
You can buy advance tickets here for €39.
Aquapalace | Prague
Aquapalace Prague in the Czech Republic brings aquatic fun to the heart of Europe. This sprawling complex offers an assortment of water slides, an artificial wave pool, and a relaxing lazy river. Don't miss the Adventure River, where you can embark on a captivating journey through an underground cave system. This funky venue even features a bar in a pool and seasonal events!
Tickets are available here from CZK1049 per day.