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At The Bay Water Park, owned by the city of Kansas City, Missouri, patrons can go surfing in the Midwest. Or at least simulate the experience. Dubbed the BayRider, the park's surfing simulator allows park visitors to try their hand at surfing or boogie-boarding while standing atop a thin sheet of water instead of a board. There's only one requirement: they must be at least 48 inches tall with a signed waiver.
There's plenty of classic water park fun to complement the simulator, too. The park boasts three pools, and one, the Leisure Pool, works like a huge, lazy river, complete with rippling waves. That's where swimsuit-clad visitors zoom down two massive, tube-shaped slides. Alternatively, there's a play pool where visitors can swim or play pickup water basketball, and a family pool that offers a watery playground complete with a giant dumping bucket.