Visiting a water park in the summertime is always fun, but unfortunately, it never lasts long enough for the kids. Unless, of course, we’re talking about a water park in your own backyard. Then the kids can knock themselves out, splashing and sliding to their hearts’ content until the weather turns cold.
While the idea of a backyard water park might seem extravagant, inflatable water parks are actually quite affordable – especially compared to above ground pools and the like. Sure, they may not offer the same experience as an actual water park, but they’re definitely in a different class than any kiddie pool you can find. And, perhaps best of all, they’re generally a snap to set up.
A lot of products have the words “inflatable water park” on the box, but only a handful have the dimensions and features to truly live up to the name. If you’re looking for something extra-special for your backyard this summer, here are 10 of the best inflatable water parks that even the biggest of big kids can enjoy:
Note that while all of the products on this list get solid reviews, it’s normal (and in fact, unavoidable) for a small percentage of people to have a bad experience. This is true of any inflatable, for reasons we outline in this article. Generally speaking, as long as you don’t expect these water parks to last forever, you should walk away satisfied.
Obviously, large inflatable water parks like these can be pretty expensive – especially if you’re buying it for a birthday party or some other event. In that case, you may want to look into rental options in your area. Other low-cost alternatives include inflatable kiddie pools and easy set (aka ring) pools.