Total attendance at waterparks in the U.S. 2018

In 2018, Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando, Florida had the highest attendance with 2.27 million visitors. The water park with the second highest attendance during that year was Blizzard Beach, also located in Orlando Florida, with the lesser sum of 2 million visitors.

Waterparks throughout the U.S.

There are currently over one thousand waterparks within the U.S., most of which identify as stand-alone outdoor waterparks. Some waterparks are part of a larger resort and vary in whether they are indoor or outdoor. Additionally, there can be regional variation in the distribution of waterparks in the U.S. - as of 2018 the Midwest contained the largest number of indoor water parks in the United States. However, the West contained the largest number of stand-alone indoor waterparks in the U.S. at that time.

Other U.S. amusement parks

Within the U.S. there are many kinds of amusement parks. As of 2018, the most visited amusement park in the U.S. was Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, followed by Disneyland in Anaheim, California. However, from year-to-year different amusement parks gain and lose popularity. Among all amusement parks in the U.S. SeaWorld in California, followed by SeaWorld in Florida, has seen the largest increase in attendance between 2017 and 2018.

Waterparks in the United States by total attendance in 2018 (in millions)*

Attendance in millions
Typhoon Lagoon, Orlando2.27
Blizzard Beach, Orlando2
Universal's Volcano Bay1.73
Aquatica, Orlando1.56
Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels1.02
Water Country USA, Williamsburg0.73
Adventure Island, Tampa0.67
Aquatica, San Antonio0.65
Schlitterbahn, Galveston0.56
Splish-Splash, Calverton0.54
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Arlington0.53
Six Flags White Water, Marietta0.53
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Jackson0.48
Typhoon, Texas0.45
Zoombezi Bay, Powell0.44
Camelbeach, Tannersville0.44
Dollywood's Splash Country, Pigeon Ford0.44
Cedar Point Shores, Sandusky0.42
Knott's Soak City, Buena Park0.41
Wet'n'Wild Emerald Point, Greensboro0.4
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Sources

Release date

May 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

*All facilities are gated (entry ticket required). A waterpark is an amusement park that features waterplay areas, such as water slides, splash pads, spraygrounds (water playgrounds), lazy rivers, or other recreational bathing, swimming, and barefooting environments. Waterparks in more current states of development may also be equipped with some type of artificial surfing or bodyboarding environment such as a wave pool or a FlowRider.
Figures have been rounded.

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