Planning a vacation in the US, but perhaps the weather report is not enticing? Just because it’s cold or wet outside, doesn’t mean you need to stop the waterpark fun. Here are 14 great family hotels with indoor water parks in the US.
Some of the hotels allow day passes to their indoor waterparks, but others are exclusively for hotel guests only. Several have other onsite activities too from bike trails, canoeing, hiking, and an outdoor water park for those hot sunny day too. For more hotels with waterparks across the globe see here
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Information to Help You Plan a Water Park Vacation
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- Great Wolf Lodge
With locations throughout North America, Great Wolf is the biggest chain of water park hotels.
- Orlando The Ultimate Guide to Orlando Hotels with Lazy Rivers
The weather is always warm, meaning a wider choice of outdoor water parks in Florida.
Kalahari Resorts – Wisconsin
Stay at one of America’s largest indoor water park resorts! Attractions at the waterpark include waterslides, water coasters, tube rides, surf simulators, a wave pool, lazy river and whirlpools. With 2 bedroom suites and 3 and 5 bedrooms suites and villas, there are plenty of accommodation options for families, and rooms have a microwave and fridge. All registered guests get FREE Waterpark admission included with their stay! Day passes are available for non-guests. Guests can enjoy the indoor or outdoor water parks, escape rooms, mini golf, games room and more. Little ones may enjoy becoming a mermaid and relaxing on the lazy river if the weather is warm!
After you have checked out, if you have the time, you can enjoy the waterpark until 3pm many other amenities and services available.
SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland Resort – Nashville, TN
If you are looking for an upscale indoor water park resort, you have to check out SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. SoundWaves is a 4 acre, 3-level upscale indoor and outdoor water attraction with dedicated recreation areas for both adults and children. The indoor portion of the water park operates year-round.
The only guaranteed access to the water attraction is reserving the SoundWaves Water Experience package. Indoor and seasonal outdoor cabanas are available to rent daily by hotel guests who have pre-purchased the package. Day passes may be offered based on availability to other overnight hotel guests on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. Although the resort fee does not include guaranteed access to the water park, it includes other amenities such as access to Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Wildhorse Saloon cover charge for up to 4 guests, and a daily scheduled shuttle service to Grand Ole Opry House, Opry Mills, General Jackson Showboat & The Inn at Opryland.
Castaway Bay – Sandusky, Ohio
Explore a tropical Caribbean themed indoor water park at Castaway Bay in Sandusky, Ohio! Guests get to experience a year-round tropical paradise with this lush indoor water park resort featuring a vaulted wood ceiling that covers a natural setting and wild water adventures brought on by the Tropical Tube Slides and Pineapple Pipeline. There’s the Grotto Spa for the adults and the Lookout lagoon and the Toddler’s Tide Pool for younger children to enjoy.
A room reservation at Castaway Bay gives you free access to the water park and for non-guests, a limited number of pre-sale day passes are sold for each operating day. The rooms and suites feature a flat screen TV, free internet, mini-refrigerator and coffee maker. Most of the rooms have a private deck or balcony, and some have access to adjoining rooms. Family activities include arts and crafts, Caribbean photo coloring, t-shirt or backpack designing, and a chance to meet Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.
Great Wolf Lodge – Concord, North Carolina
There are about 18 Great Wolf Lodges across the U.S. and even one in Canada. This one has 11 water slides, and four pools under one roof. When you book your stay here, you have access to the park. You can book a standard or a premium suite, or make your stay more magical for the kids and book one of the lodge’s themed suites. Also included with your stay are kids’ activities, story-time, a fitness center, and unlimited Wi-Fi, ropes course, immersive theater, miniature golf, and on-site dining options, wave pools, lazy rivers, waterslides of varying heights and speeds, raft rides, whirlpools, kiddie pools and more.
Hope Lake Lodge – Cortland, New York
Hope Lake Lodge is a luxurious hotel in the Finger Lakes Region with hotel with an waterpark inside its complex. The grand timber-framed lodge features 106 luxury condominium-style suites with panoramic views in every direction. The hotel offers traditional hotel-style rooms with a bedroom and bath, and full suites with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area, fireplace, and flat-screen TVs. A room reservation gives you the ultimate convenience of having access to restaurants, resort spa, fitness center and to Cascades Indoor Waterpark, the first indoor water park in the Finger Lakes Region, New York. The water park provides activities for all ages and swimming abilities and features 3 swimming pools – Wave Pool, Outdoor Pool, and the Kiddie Pool. The indoor water park also has its own cafe that offers an array of delicious meals and snacks and there are lockers available for rent.
If you want to take a break from the water activities, you can head out to Starlight Arcade and play any of the 38 games including skeeball, Dance Dance Revolution, Basketball, Deal or No Deal, The Claw and more.
The Hotel ML – Mount Laurel, New Jersey
The Hotel ML is located in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and a great place to stay for water park access. You can relax in the comfortable hotel suites and rooms and have your best family vacation yet at the water park next door – CoCo Key Water Resort. The Hotel ML offers deals and packages to help guests save and enjoy the resort and its variety of water activities.
Purchasing one of the water resort packages provides a complimentary towel along with the wristband for entry to the water park. You can play water basketball in Coral Reef Cavern or just chill down the Coconut Grove Adventure River on tubes. The adults can relax on the Palm Grotto Spa while the kids enjoy the Parrot’s Perch playground and smaller slides. There is also a dedicated splash pad for younger children. After a whole day of playing and swimming, the whole family can enjoy the Key Quest Arcade.
Kings Pointe Water Park Resort – Storm Lake, IA
Kings Pointe Water Park Resort is a unique getaway in Storm Lake, Iowa that offers both an indoor and outdoor water park. The indoor water park is especially ideal for little ones, with a zero-depth entry pool and floating lily pads. Big kids will get a kick out of the Electric Eel, a slide on which riders design their own virtual experience! Riders will see and hear storms they created, as well as bears, sea creatures and sharks, on the way down.
If you prefer a more quiet attraction, there is the Sunrise Pointe Golf Course and also the Pirate’s Pointe Mini Golf for hours of exciting and challenging fun with the whole family. There’s also a wide range of activities to do around Storm Lake like water activities such as pontoon boating and canoeing, or stick to solid ground and enjoy shopping, museums, galleries, and delicious dining at The Regatta Grille.
Bridges Bay Resort – Arnolds Park, IA
If you’re up for a perfect Lake Okoboji vacation, go ahead and book a room at Bridges Bay Resort. After a long day of activities on the lake, you can retreat to a hotel-style room that promotes relaxation with its queen beds, a private deck or patio and views of the beautiful lake. A room reservation comes with high-quality amenities and free passes to Boji Splash Water park, the only indoor water park in the area. The resort’s indoor water park features water slides for all ages, a 500-gallon dump bucket, a water-dropping mushroom and a triple-hoop basketball area. The giant indoor whirlpool is great for adults while the kids can enjoy the Lily pad water walk and Lil’ Squirt play features. Resort guests get daily access to the indoor water park and public day passes are available Sunday to Thursday.
Bridges Bay Resort also features the SkyRyder Zipline and seasonal outdoor pools and a swim-up bar that are open from mid-May to Labor Day. Dining options include stone-cracker flatbread pizzas, fresh seafood, some of the best steaks in the Midwest as well as the popular seasonal Bracco Waterfront Grill & Island Bar.
Wilderness Resort – Wisconsin Dells, WI
Wilderness Resort is America’s largest water park resort offering four outdoor and four indoor water parks.
The first indoor water park is Klondike Kavern – with an area of 65,000 square feet, this water park features daring body slides, a lazy river, and the popular Hurricane and Claim Jumper Challenge. Wild Waterdome Waterpark is home to the Great Wave – America’s largest indoor wave pool, and the entire park is covered by a see-through roof that welcomes natural light so don’t forget to bring your sunscreen! The Wild West indoor water park is popular for its thrill rides like the Fantastic Voyage and Black Hole. The kids will surely enjoy Wild West’s Ransack Ridge and Bumper Boats, and there is an indoor/outdoor hot spa for the adults. Lastly, Cubby Cove’s shallow and quieter waters are perfect for the little ones. This indoor water park also offers a sports pool with basketball hoops and a lily-pad rope challenge, and a zero-depth spray and play feature with slides, geysers and water blasters.
The resort offers four different lodging accommodations, from a traditional hotel to private cabins, all able to accommodate large families. There are also five onsite dining options.
Camelback Resort Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark – Tannersville, PA
Located at Camelback Lodge in the Poconos, Aquatopia is the indoor water park to visit with kids—whether it’s when you need a break from the ski slopes or you’re just looking for a mini-vacation in the spring! The mega water park features 13 waterslides, seven pools and the longest indoor water coaster in the U.S.! Little ones can head to Penguin Play Bay for thrills designed just for them. When you’ve had your day’s fill of Aquatopia, visit Arcadia for classic games and prizes; try rock climbing; play a round of mini-golf; let the kids’ get a spa treatment and more!
The resort offers a wide range of accommodations, from a 1 bedroom suite to a 3 bedroom grand loft, and Aquatopia is completely free with your stay. There is also a variety of culinary options, from a quick snack to a top-tier dining experience.
Wilderness at the Smokies – Sevierville, TN
If you are looking for hotels with indoor water parks, how about a resort with three? Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort and Family Adventure Center features three water parks in total, including Tennessee’s largest indoor water park – Wild Water Dome. Boasting an area of 66,000 square feet, the massive building is covered by a Foil Tech glass roof so the weather is never a factor since it is always warm and perfect for water play! There is a wave pool, surf rider, thrill rides, indoor tube slides and an indoor/outdoor hot tub. Families will also love Treehouse Springs, a themed, outdoor area for little ones.
Dining options vary from grab and go snack shops to sit down restaurants. For the accommodations, there is the River Lodge Suites, the Sanctuary Villas and the hotel rooms in Stone Hill Lodge, and the water parks are included with your stay.
The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark – Monticello, NY
The Kartrite Resort is home to New York’s biggest indoor water park. The park is covered entirely with texlon transparent roofs and provides 84 degrees of summer perfection any time of the year. It features 11 different attractions, including a surfing simulator, the giant Nor’Easter waterslide, and spray grounds for the tiniest tots.
The one, two and three bedrooms suites feature luxurious amenities and waterpark passes. Day passes are available for families within easy driving distance of the water park. There is also an option of renting a cabana for a full day and enjoy the amenities including fresh towels, 32-inch HD TVs and drink services.
Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark – Lake Geneva, WI
This indoor water park resort features something for all ages: Tiny Timbers is a play area just for little ones; the activity pool is great for kids between age 7 and 10; Timber Rapids and Avalanche Falls offer thrills for tweens and teens; and the Canyon River lazy river and hot tubs offer fun for the whole family. If you are visiting in the summer, go horseback riding or play a round of mini-golf.
After a long day of activities, you can relax in any of the 225 guest suites featuring a full kitchen, whirlpool tub, in-room fireplace, and complimentary housekeeping. Along with the amenities, your reservation includes access to the indoor Moose Mountain Falls Water Park, to Grand Golf at The Brute and The Highlands, to Grand Geneva’s WELL Spa & Salon as well as access to Grand Geneva’s Adventure Center.
Jay Peak Resort – Jay, VT
Jay Peak is a four-season resort in Northern Vermont featuring an ice arena, a brand new rec center, a championship golf course, skiing and snowboarding and a year-round indoor waterpark. The Jay Peak Pump House indoor waterpark features La Chute (Looping Slide), FlowRider surfing simulator, the Deep Water Activity Pool (climbing wall and basketball area), Millpond Kids’ play area, and the ever-important lazy river. There are indoor and outdoor hot tubs tuned between 100 and 104 degrees and each can hold up to 20 people. Visiting on a lodging package guarantees access too the indoor water park and day passes are available through advance online booking.
Accommodations vary from single-family homes to a full range of condominiums or townhouses and are located near the golf course and within walking distance of the Pump House Indoor Waterpark and Ice Haus Indoor Arena. Childcare is also available at the two JayCare locations on the property.
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