Calling all fellow adrenaline junkies! There are so many gravity defying rollercoasters and sky high slides to go on in this world. Even if you aren't necessarily a thrill seeker, there are still so many fun and exciting experiences at amusement and water parks. With so many different themes and settings for parks, you can pretty much escape to a different world.
All parks listed are approximately road-trip distance from Vancouver, 1 to 13 hour drives.
If you're looking for an adrenaline rush or to try something new, here are 8 unique and cool theme and water parks worth the drive from Vancouver:
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Silverwood Theme Park // Athol, Idaho
746 km away, 7 h 30 min drive
The largest theme and water park in the Northwest, Silverwood offers over 70 rides, shows, water slides, and attractions. Silverwood is home to 5 thrilling rollercoasters such as 2 wooden rollercoasters and the original Corkscrew, the first ever modern inverting rollercoaster. A fun waterpark, Boulder Beach, is also included with park admission. The rollercoaster Aftershock reaches speeds of 65 mph.
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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom // Vallejo, California
1477 km away, 13 h 45 min drive
California here we come. Six Flags is a west coast theme park staple. Discover Kingdom has 135 acres, over 30 rides, and 8 rollercoasters, This Six Flags also has numerous interactive animal exhibitions. Their newest rollercoaster, The Joker, opens May 29th and features the first ever step-up under flip, inverted roll.
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Cultus Lake Water Park // Chilliwack, British Columbia
100 km away, 1 h 30 min drive
Cultus Lake Waterpark is BC's biggest waterpark with over 15 slides and attractions. Less than 2 hours away, you can easily take a day trip to the park or stay overnight at the beautiful Cultus Lake campgrounds. Opening day is June 4th.
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World Waterpark // Edmonton, Alberta
1153 km away, 10 hr 45 min drive
Get wet and wild at the world's second largest indoor water park. World Waterpark has the world's largest indoor wave pool and more than 17 water-based attractions. There is also a surf stimulator, a bungee jump, climbing wall, and ziplining. Cyclone is considered one of the most extreme waterslides in all of Canada.
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Wild Waves Water Park And Enchanted Village // Federal Way, Washington
269 km away, 3 h drive
Washington's only water and amusement park and the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, Wild Waves boasts 29 rides and attractions. Note that while tickets are available for entrance to the amusement park only, if you are looking to head to the water park only, you still must buy an Enchanted Village ticket too.
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Calaway Park // Calgary, Alberta
950 km away, 9 hour drive
Calaway Park is Western Canada's largest outdoor family amusement park with 32 rides on 90 acres.
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Oaks Amusement Park // Oregon, Portland
515 km away, 5 h 30 min drive
Seen as the Coney Island of the Northwest, Oaks is the oldest operating amusement park in the United States. A relatively smaller theme park but it makes up for with its vintage charm and carnival thrills. Oaks Amusement Park is also home to the largest rollerskating rink in the Pacific Northwest and a mini golf course.
Slidewaters Waterpark // Lake Chelan, Washington
429 km away, 4 h 45 min drive
Ranked one of the top water parks in all of the United States by Trip Advisor, Slidewaters features over 14 attractions. Relax in the 60 person hot tub or float along in a tube on the Lazy River.
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