Let’s take a closer look at the best log flumes, river rapids rafts, shoot-the-chutes and boat rides at theme parks across the United States.
Frozen Ever After replaces the Maelstrom dark ride in the Norway pavilion at Florida’s Epcot.
Storybook Land Canal Boats is a leisurely paced boat ride that sails past miniature scenes from Disney’s animated films in the Fantasyland section of Disneyland.
Built in 1927, the Boat Chute was the first ride built at Georgia’s Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park, commonly known as Lake Winnie.
The Aquazone Wave Racers at Legoland parks in California and Florida cleverly combine a water carousel with a stand-up jet ski that skips over waves on a man-made lagoon.
Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges is a nicely themed river rapids ride at Florida’s Islands of Adventure theme park that’s guaranteed to get you wet.
Escape from Pompeii is a fairly straightforward shoot the chute with a short dark ride segment in the Italy area of Virginia’s Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
(Busch Gardens Williamsburg)
The Tsunami Soakers at Six Flags St. Louis and California’s Six Flags Discovery Kingdom combine a classic teacup ride with lots of water.
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls is a nicely themed Islands of Adventure water ride that combines a log flume with a roller coaster track.
Kali River Rapids at Florida’s Animal Kingdom theme park was Disney’s first attempt at a river rapids ride.
The Mark Twain riverboat and the Columbia sailing ship travel the same route around Disneyland’s Rivers of America.
The River Battle interactive raft ride at Tennessee’s Dollywood theme park lets riders armed with soaker guns engage in raft-to-raft and raft-to-shore skirmishes.
The Monster Mansion at Six Flags Over Georgia is a relatively rare mill chute ride featuring nine scenes with more than 100 animatronic monsters.
The Journey to Atlantis water coasters at the SeaWorld parks in California and Florida combine roller coaster and water ride experiences.
Billed as the longest, tallest and fastest river rapids ride in the world, Grizzly River Run winds around a bear-shaped mountain that serves as the centerpiece of Disney California Adventure.
The “Avatar"-themed boat ride coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida will take riders on a river journey through the illuminated forest of Pandora.
Ye Old Mill at New York’s Playland travels past sometimes klutzy gnomes, a fierce dragon and evil trolls armed with water cannons.
The Pittsburg Plunge shoot the chutes is the centerpiece of a series of throwback rides in the Lost Kennywood area of the Pennsylvania amusement park.
The Mountain Sidewinder water toboggan snakes through Dollywood’s hilly terrain amid the Smoky Mountains surroundings.
The 1969 Timber Mountain Log Ride at California’s Knott’s Berry Farm takes riders past scenes depicting a 19th-century lumber camp.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland takes passengers through craggy caverns and past colorful coral brimming with more than 100 animatronics interspersed with cleverly disguised projection screens.
The Splash Mountain log flumes at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom take riders through scenes inspired by the 1946 Disney film “Song of the South.”
It’s a Small World at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom takes riders on an international journey past 300 audio-animatronics figures representing singing children from around the world.
The Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios theme parks in California and Florida travels past animatronic dinosaurs in a jungle setting.
The Pirates of the Caribbean water-based dark ride at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom tracks the exploits and foibles of a band of pirates.
The Jungle Cruise in the Adventureland areas of Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom journeys past audio-animatronic tigers, elephants and hippos via tramp steamers along the rivers of Asia, Africa and South America.