Whether you’re trying to cool off or just looking for a thrill, the Pacific Northwest has parks for everyone.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Tuesday is National Roller Coaster Day and while Oregon and Washington don’t exactly have a surplus of thrill rides, there are still several theme parks and water parks up north -west where people can get their adrenaline pumping.
From fantasy tales to classic roller coasters to a water park built near hot springs, the Pacific Northwest has a bit of everything.
Here is a list of 12 theme parks and water parks to enjoy the next chance you get.
Enchanted Forest – Located south of Salem, the Enchanted Forest has been a family destination for over 50 years. The family theme park is located on a hill in the forest. The park took seven years to build before the first section, Storybook Lane, opened in 1971. Other features of the park include the western town of Tofteville, the Old European Village, a water light show, a haunted house , a comedy theater and rides for adults and children. The park is open seasonally from late March to late September.
Wings & Waves Water Park – Wings & Waves Water Park helps families spend an entire weekend visiting the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville. The park includes five slides, three aquatic spaces and an Aquaplay structure. On Tuesdays, the park plays family-friendly movies on its giant video wall above the wave pool.
Oaks Amusement Park – It’s known as the place “where the fun never ends”. Oaks Park has been in operation since 1905 and is one of the oldest operating amusement parks in America. Oaks Park is located in Portland and offers several rides, including the Adrenaline Peak roller coaster, AtmosFEAR, a carousel, the Ferris wheel, and the Oaks Park train. The amusement park also has a popular roller skating rink and a mini-golf course.
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Wild Waves Theme Park and Water Park – This theme park is located at Federal Way and features roller coasters, a boat ride, and “Brain Drain” – a ride that drops riders 85 feet in the air. It also offers family rides and rides for children, such as a carousel, The Wagon Train, and hovering and spinning planes. The water park has several slides, a wave pool and a lazy river.
Slidewaters Water Park – Slidewaters in Chelan says it has something for everyone. It features easy floats around the lazy river and competitive racing on the Downhill Racer. Customers can also ride multiple slides or slides. The 12-acre water park was founded in 1983 and features the largest standing wave in the world. You can book 30-minute surf sessions to ride the wave on your own.
Birch Bay Water Slides – High up in northwest Washington are the Birch Bay waterslides. The small water park has been in operation for more than 35 years and includes eight fast slides, a children’s pool, a hot tub, and a gift shop.
Surf ‘N Slide Water Park – This water park is operated by the Town of Moses Lake and is designed for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The city says it’s ideal for vacationers, serious and recreational swimmers, and families. The park includes an artificial surf simulator, a lazy river, a wading pool and two 200-foot water slides.
Great Wolf Lodge Water Park – Beat the heat and enjoy the indoor slides at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park in Grand Mound. The water is kept warm at 84 degrees all year round. The indoor water park includes a water play area, a waterslide with “gentle curves” and one that descends four stories.
Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park – Drive north from Coeur d’Alene on Highway 95 and it’s impossible to miss the giant wooden roller coaster at Silverwood Theme Park. The park is known for having some of the best wooden roller coasters in the United States. The park also offers many other rides and is connected to the Boulder Beach Water Park. The water park features a lazy river, wave pool, and multiple water slides.
RRowing Springs Water Park – Located in Meridian, Roaring Springs Water Park is another great summer attraction for families. It features steep slides, spinning slides, and slides that twist back and forth. Guests can relax in the wave pool or ride the halfpipe-like attraction called “The Avalanche.”
Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort – Idaho has its own indoor water park in Kellogg. Located at Silver Mountain Resort, Silver Rapids Indoor Water Park features a continuous wave for surfing, a lazy river, water slides and a rope crossing.
Lava hot springs – As the name suggests, Lava Hot Springs offers hot water. Its geothermal hot springs range from 102 to 112 degrees. It is located south of Pocatello and is a place for serious swimmers and people looking to have fun. The park has an Olympic-size outdoor pool, diving boards and water slides. There is also an indoor swimming pool and a water climbing area.