Water parks combine the watery spectacle of a controlled demolition of a dam with the family-friendly fun of a controlled demolition of a dam. Let the good times come in waves with this Groupon.
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- $12 for a pass for one ($25 value)
- $24 for a pass for two ($50 value)
- $44 for a pass for four ($100 value)
- $60 for a season pass for one ($120 value)
Slippery Slopes: Principles of Water-Slide Design
Each passing summer seems to see water slides climb to terrifying new heights. Check out Groupon’s overview of what flows through these thrill rides’ massive veins.
As of 2013, the tallest water slide in the world rises 197 feet from the ground. The fastest sends riders traveling at speeds of more than 65 miles per hour. And one slide—the Serpent Slide at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas—shoots riders through a translucent tube immersed in a pool of live sharks. But even with such imaginative flourishes, water-slide designs must always adhere to the laws of physics, taking into account the effects that forces such as gravity, friction, and air resistance have on the human body.
Unlike a roller coaster, which delivers an almost identical trip each time, a water slide is at the mercy of the mercurial substance that propels it. As water zooms down the tube, it's susceptible to the slide's shape, slope, and surface, all of which can be controlled by the slide designer. However, an almost endless array of variables—such as a rider's bathing-suit material, body weight, and any blades of grass glued to their skin—can cause eddies in the water, making the rider’s exact path hard to predict. As a result, engineers run countless digital models, as well as real-world tests on eager human guinea pigs, before the ride can open. They also implement standard safeguards, such as tall, inward-curving sides that keep passengers from flying off open-air slides.
Indian Point Hydro-Slides
They may not have to take big chances or make the tough decisions of adulthood just yet, but kids visiting Indian Point Hydro-Slides still get to experience the thrill that comes with taking a giant leap. That's because the park boasts a 357-foot water slide, upon which swimsuit-clad kids and adults can zoom down before splashing into the pool below. As an added bonus, the massive slide is situated near Indian Point's lush zipline course, where people can be seen soaring above the high trees.