Editor's Note: Is there anyone more qualified to rank the best water parks in California than Rick West, a dude who's been writing about theme parks for 20+ years? No. No there is not, which is why we asked him to do exactly that.
Much like the members of the Avengers, not all California water parks are created equal (seriously, Hawkeye’s power is... really good aim??), which is why we put together this list of the best ones, and then unapologetically ranked the heck out of them, from 10 to 1.
(Oh, and if you're worried about the drought, well, so are we: read this and feel better that 1) they’re recycling the same water over and over for the most part, and 2) some cities are actually recommending you go to water parks instead of filling your pool, which you definitely have, cause you’re so rich and stuff.)
Best attraction: GhostSlider, a high-energy slide that sends guests zipping down a flume into a large “super bowl” before you drop through the center into a pool below.
The location is, uh, challenging, but Wild Water Adventure is a favorite of Central California/Fresno locals thanks to everything from speed slides to rapids adventures. The park also keeps the action going into the night with movie screenings and other special events. The introduction of “Slideboarding” later this summer -- which is sorta like a cross between a water slide and a video game -- could move it up this list if it delivers as promised.