1. Airport Slide – Singapore
Singapore’s Changi Airport was recently voted best in the world, and I’m pretty sure it has a lot to do with this 40-foot indoor slide (the country’s tallest) that gives passengers traveling from gate to gate an awesome alternative to the escalator. Watch this video to experience a trip down the slide at T3!
2. Giant Tube Slide – Technical University of Munich
One might expect the Faculty Building for Math and Computer Science at the Technical University of Munich to be a very serious place, but the reality suggests even the scholars who walk its halls still remember the joys of being a kid. The atrium of the building contains twin 4-story slides, a much faster way to get from the top floor to the bottom. Experience the slide with this video.
3. Sliding Rock – North Carolina
Sliding Rock is a 50 foot natural water slide that ends in a 7 foot deep pool of water. There are 2 observation platforms, and lifeguards on duty during the season. You just climb the in-river stair case, plop down on your butt, and slide. I can tell you from personal experience that it’s a thrill, and one of the best affordable day trip ideas in the Southeast.
4. SkyHouse – Lower Manhattan, NY
Designed by architect David Hotson, the SkyHouse occupies the top four floors of a skyscraper in Lower Manhattan. It sports a 50-foot climbing wall in the living room, and an 80-foot metal slide that snakes its way from the attic to the ground floor!
5. Monster Slide – City Museum, St. Louis
Comprised of wrought iron slinkies, fire trucks, stone turrets, airplane fuselages, multi-story slides of all sizes and shapes, and a pair of ball pits modeled after the Thunderdome, MonstroCity makes me want to plan a trip to this museum post-haste. See what it’s like to ride these slides in this video.
6. Hill of Slides – Governor’s Island, New York
When completed, Slide Hill will feature four slides of various heights, making it a center for activity and play. The longest slide, for those seeking a thrill, will be 48-feet-long. There are also plans to build wider and shorter slides for families and young children.
7. Blaxland Riverside Park – Sydney Australia
Officially opened in 2012, Blaxland Common Regional Playspace is one of a number of parks that make up Sydney Olympic Parklands. Custom designed installations at the park include a double flying fox, tunnel slides, ground mounted slides, a giant swing, climbing walls, a suspended climbing net, a water park and a 12m high tree house.