Water, Water Everywhere

Whether you want a wet and wild adventure or you just want to chill, waterparks and splash play areas offer a tremendous range of opportunities for fun, action, adventure and relaxation on, in or near the water. And with this tremendous range of variability—in rides and attractions, in ways of managing water, in programming and marketing opportunities—come the usual challenges and innovations around keeping things running successfully.

That's where we come in.

Welcome to our annual Guide to Waterparks & Splash Play Areas, where we cover the latest trends in waterpark rides and attractions, the latest ideas and innovations in splash play, and offer up expert advice on keeping patrons safe in and around the water.

Whether you're operating a private, stand-alone waterpark, a municipal pool that's added some waterpark-like attractions, or a simple splash play area, you'll find plenty of ideas on these pages to help you keep things running smoothly and to spark new ideas that you can bring home to your own facility. Splash play design that provides opportunities for kids and parents of all ages? Check! New ideas in waterpark design and rides, from surf simulators to creative wave pools and more? Check!

We hope that you find something useful to take away from this new guide, and encourage you to reach out and let us know what else you'd like to see more of!

Have Fun!

Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management

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