Water parks, swimming pools, are other aquatic-themed attractions are meant be fun for people of all ages, a place to let your hair down, relax, and just have a good time under the sun. Unfortunately, not all of these places are created equally, as the following list of the most terrifying water attractions in the world can attest. It's one thing to visit a water attraction to swim some laps or kick back, or, in the case of a water park, to go for a thrill-ride on some aquatic amusement. But it's quite another to have the bejesus scared out of you because the attraction is so poorly designed or constructed.
Not surprisingly, some of these aquatic nightmares have been shut down because of safety issues. Still, bafflingly, others remain in full operation. Which is either a testament to some very lucky property owners and marketing whizzes…or to the public's dubious need to scare themselves sh*tless any chance they get.
Let's take a deep dive and look at some of the most frightening water attractions on the planet.
The Golden Nugget Pool - Golden Nugget Las Vegas
At first glance, the pool at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas looks fairly normal, if not a little luxurious. The pool itself is round, and in the center is a large aquarium filled with ocean life. So, you can swim with the fishes without all that nasty touching of the fishes. But the main feature of the pool is its water slide, which turns into a glass tube that shoots straight through the center of the aquarium. Sounds innocent and fun enough, right? Well, consider this: The aquarium is actually filled with sharks.
Cage Of Death - Crocosaurus Cove
At Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia, you have the opportunity to spend 15 minutes in an attraction they've becomingly called the Cage of Death. Fortunately, it's not really a cage; it's more of a glass enclosure. You start out dangling above the crocodile pen before being lowered into the water for an up-close-and-personal encounter with the crocs. Oh, and the crocs are usually fed while you're in there so they are as "active" as possible for your visit. Lucky you.
SkyPark - Marina Bay Sands
Skypark in Marina Bay, Singapore, is a ginormous platform that rests across the tops of three different skyscrapers and offers a bird's eye view of the entire city. Its claim to fame is the infinity pool cantilevered out from the northernmost tower by about 220 feet, 57 stories above the ground. Obviously, the pool is just an illusion; you can't really swim over the edge because there's a ledge just below the water's surface on the other side. Still, if heights or water (or both) aren't your thing, you'd best be advised to avoid what would surely be an anxiety-inducing dip in the SkyPark's pool.
Insano - Beach Park
Insano at Beach Park near Fortaleza, Brazil, once earned itself a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the tallest water slide in the world. At 14 stories high, riders can reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour as they fall the entire length of the slide in just a few seconds. This is one of those drops in which you leave your stomach at the start of the ride and it only catches up to you after you've splashed to a stop in the pool below.