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Best Water Slides for the Backyard

All you need is a hose to start creating memories

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October 14, 2021
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Everyone loves the waterpark attractions, from the slides with the daring drops to the gentle flow of the lazy river, to the bucket that drenches you from above. You can’t always have a day in the park, but you can still have a wet and wild time setting up one of these water slides in your own backyard. Great for parties or just hours of slippery entertainment, bring the fun to your own home anytime with an inflatable water slide.

Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer Multicolor, 161.00''L x 169.00''W x 103.00''H — Weight: 50.00lbs.

Create your own water park

There are ample footholds to navigate their way up the climbing wall, and a bucket that continuously fills with water, only to dump on the climbers as they conquer the Rocky Mountain. Little Tikes

The Little Tikes inflatable water slide and bounce house is like its own contained mini water park. At an impressive 12 feet tall, your children can spend hours climbing to the top of the center wall and racing each other down the two slides – on one side – then landing in the splash pool awaiting them at the bottom. Holds four kids or 350 pounds. This well-designed water slide is colorful and durable for maximum amounts of aquatic fun. Includes a GFCI blower that runs continuously during use, as well as a repair kit in the event of punctures. Anchors securely with the included stakes.

Buy: Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer

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TEAM MAGNUS 31ft Water Slide - Central Sprinkler and XL Crash pad for Backyard Races

Splashdown

Two people can skim across together or race each other. And it’s easy to set up. TEAM MAGNUS

The Team Magnus 31-foot water slide sets up in less than a minute but will be enjoyed again and again. A central sprinkler panel ensures both sides remain wet and slippery. For ages 5-12, kids can launch themselves down the path on flotation devices or just lay under the sprinklers and enjoy keeping cool. The entire slide is made of .22mm PVC that is 38% thicker than the industry standard, so you can enjoy the activity for many seasons. The 6-point pegging system keeps the slide securely in place as your kids slip the hot afternoons away. The easy setup uses U.S. hose adapters for female and male ends and includes six feet of waterproof duct tape for instant repairs.

Buy: TEAM MAGNUS 31ft Water Slide

ACTION AIR Inflatable Waterslide, Shark Bounce House with Slide for Wet and Dry, Playground Sets for Backyards, Water Gun & Splash Pool, Durable Sewn with Extra Thick Material, Idea for Kids (9417N)

The complete works

Includes slide attraction, air blower, water tube, repair patches, lawn stakes, blower stakes, and a portable carrying bag. Action air

Only three minutes to a complete water playground with this waterslide and bounce house combo. What’s more fun than climbing through the mouth of a friendly shark? This play area is 8 feet tall and 15 feet long, and the smiling shark at the top has a wide-open mouth leading to a quick, cool escape where kids can slide down after every climb. The shark won’t bite, but beware of the water gun at the bottom – it may get you before you reach the end of the slide. A GFCI blower is included for quick assembly and continual inflation while in use. The splash pool at the bottom is extra thick and designed for plenty of bouncing – a great place to keep cool while resting between attempts to conquer the shark. Takes down quickly to store away until their next adventure.

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Buy: ACTION AIR Inflatable Waterslide

Wow World of Watersports Super Slide

Inflatable sleds included

The customized connection system allows multiple units to be combined together, to create up to a 100-foot long slide if you desire. WOW Sports

The Wow World of Watersports model brings the popularity of the water slide into your own back yard. The 25-foot slide is a full six feet wide with a zig-zagging water pattern that keeps the entire surface wet and slippery all the while you’re enjoying it. Constructed of extra-thick, heavy-duty PVC that is more than twice as thick as most lawn slides, this slide is durable, and it’s embossed to keep the pathway super-slippery. The 8-inch high sidewall pontoons make sure the water and the sliders stay on the slide. We like how it includes two 36″ X 24″ sleds to soften the impact as your kids dive to the ground time and again and slide to the finish line. Connects to a standard yard hose and provides 100 percent coverage with no dry spots.

Buy: Wow World of Watersports Super Slide

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JOYIN 20ft x 62in Slip and Slide Water Slide with 2 Bodyboards, Summer Toy with Build in Sprinkler for Backyard and Outdoor Water Toys Play

On your marks, get set…

This double-wide double slide is made of thick, heavy-duty PVC for long-lasting entertainment. JOYIN

The JOYIN Slip and Slide Water Slide is our most affordable top pick. At 20 feet long and 62 inches wide, it includes two bodyboards to cushion the hours of sliding down the cool, wet raceway. Just inflate the end stop and included bodyboards, connect to your sprinkler, and you are ready to go. The built-in sprinkler runs the entire length of the slide and keeps the surface slippery and well-watered. Remember running through the sprinkler as a kid? If they need a rest from racing, the kids can cool off underneath the sprinkler fountains that line the length of the slide. Bright, bold colors divide the wide sliding surface for clearly delineated lanes.

Buy: JOYIN 20ft x 62in Slip and Slide Water Slide

Keith Long is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Keith loves sailing and exploring the islands of the Caribbean.

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