One adventure that is guaranteed to be fun for the entire family, no matter their age, is a visit to an indoor waterpark. Almost all of the greatest indoor waterparks in the United States have amenities such as a wave pool, water slides, lazy rivers, cannonball slides, and water towers. Visitors can also take advantage of the indoor cabanas, kiddies’ corners, swim-up bars, and cafes that usually accompany the waterpark.
1. Aquatopia at Camelback Lodge
© Aquatopia at Camelback Lodge
The Aquatopia indoor water park at Camelback Lodge offers an 84-degree Caribbean-like environment for the entire family to enjoy. From kiddie slides for the youngest thrill-seekers to heated pools and swim-up bars for the rejuvenating adult, the water park has it all.
The main features are of course the innovative water slides that are perfect for body sliding, tube sliding, mat sliding, and bowl sliding. Other than the indoor water park, there's also plenty of indoor fun such as a climbing adventure, rock climbing, mini golf, laser tag, bowling, a pottery studio, and an arcade.
193 Resort Drive, Tannerville, PA 18372, Phone: 855-515-1283
© Avalanche Bay
Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park, located at Boyne Mountain Resort, offers 88,000 square feet of crazy family fun. It is the largest indoor water park hotel in all of Michigan and offers a warm, wet, and wild adventure all year long.
Perfect for a day trip or an extended vacation stay, the water park has amazing rides and slides, an activity-filled water tower, a cannonball slide, surf simulator, a lazy river, and a water-based obstacle course. Other amenities include a kiddies’ corner, arcade, and a hot springs-style pool perfect for a warm, relaxing getaway.
1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls, MI 49713, Phone: 855-441-2086
3. Indoor Water Parks: Great Wolf Lodge
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There are sixteen Great Wolf Lodge destinations in the United States, and all of the adventure-filled resorts have a massive indoor water park. The park is filled with thrilling rides, water slides, and many more water activities. It’s always warm and sunny in the water park no matter how cold and horrible the weather may be outside.
Visitors can ride a raft, make their way across exciting obstacles, or enjoy a calm float down the lazy river. There are many attractions, games, and activities outside of the water too, as well as room, dining, and shopping options.
10401 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, KS 66111, Phone: 888-975-9653
4.Indoor Water Parks: Kahuna Laguna
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At New Hampshire’s largest indoor water park, visitors can enjoy a day trip at Kahuna Laguna or an extended overnight stay at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort where the waterpark is located. Open all year round and seven days a week, the waterpark offers rides and thrills for all ages.
There is over 40,000 square feet of water-filled fun, including a three-story slide towers that shoots visitors down into a large pool, body slides, and tube slides. The wave pool has waves that are over three feet high and are fitted with two waterfalls for the ultimate wave-swimming experience. Other aspects include a play tower, pool basketball court, a 25-person hot tub, cafe, arcade, and the Little Kahuna play area for toddlers.
2251 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH 03860, Phone: 603-356-5411
5. Indoor Water Parks: Kalahari Resort
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One of the largest indoor waterparks in the United States, Kalahari Resort has something for everyone. Visitors can rent their very own private indoor cabana, which is fitted with a refrigerator, security safe, tables, and chaise lounges.
Visitors who are not there to relax and rest can spend their day body boarding, surfing, chilling in the wave pool, going on a raft ride, riding the zip coaster, floating down the lazy river, and much more. Adults will love the laid-back swim up bar as well as the indoor spa that offers a number of rejuvenating treatments.
1305 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, Phone: 608-254-5466
© KeyLime Cove
Bringing the sunny Florida environment to the heart of Illinois, the KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort is a tropical getaway that is fun for the entire family. The family-friendly hotel has over 400 resort-style rooms and suites, and access to the Lost Paradise waterpark is free for all guests.
The 65,000 square feet water park is filled with rides, slides, and so much more. Guests of all ages will enjoy floating down the lazy river, splashing into the pool after a thrilling slide, or playing with the little ones in the play pond kiddie pool. USA Today voted it “Best Indoor Waterpark,” and it has one several other awards.
1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee, IL 60031, Phone: 224-717-3311
7.Indoor Water Parks: Massanutten Resort
© Massanutten Resort
Children and adults will love Massanutten Resort and Waterpark and all the fun things it offers to see and do. It’s always summer inside Massanutten, and the water fortress, sliders, pools, and lazy rivers are open to guests all year long. Visitors can give surfing a try on the water park’s FlowRider Endless Wave machine or just de-stress in the hot tub.
The Massanutten Meltdown is the central feature of the indoor park and has everything from waterfalls and water cannons to a giant tipping bucket. Other than the many attractions, visitors can also shop and dine during their visit to Massanutten Resort.
1822 Resort Drive, McGaheysville, VA 22840, Phone: 540-289-9441
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8.Indoor Water Parks: Sahara Sam's
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Whether visitors want to surf, slide, or swim, Sahara Sam’s has it covered. The indoor waterpark has many fun attractions, old and new. Some of the most popular are the leisure pool, which is perfect for all ages, and the headfirst mat racing that throws guests down a tunnel slide into the pool.
Those looking to relax can lounge down the lazy river while adventurous visitors head over to the surfing simulator to catch some waves. The indoor waterpark leads out to the Beach Club Outdoor Waterpark, which is only open during the summer months. Other amenities and attractions include an arcade, toddler area, pool basketball court, and numerous dining options.
535 NJ-73, West Berlin, NJ 08091, Phone: 856-767-7580
9. Best Indoor Water Parks: Splash Lagoon
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Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark Resort is one of the largest waterpark resorts in the country and has been open since 2003. The 97,700 square feet indoor park is always a warm, summery 80 degrees.
Other than a 200,000 gallon wave pool, there’s also a pool basketball court, a five-story tiki tree house, numerous waterslides, and a lazy river to flow through. Monkey Shines Island is a part of the waterpark dedicated to little ones, and it includes miniature slides, baby swings, and a shallow pool. Other activities and attractions include the Tree Tops Ropes Course, lazer tag, and an arcade.
8091 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16509, Phone: 814-217-1111
10.Wilderness at the Smokies
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Wilderness at the Smokies is a luxurious waterpark resort and adventure center that is fun for the entire family. Right in the heart of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, the Wild Waterdome indoor waterpark is exclusive to resort guests, and access to the waterpark is included with no additional fee.
Perfect all year round, the 66,000 square foot indoor waterpark is filled with thrilling rides, exhilarating waterslides, and tunnels that drop guests at zero gravity into a pool below. Everyone, from toddlers to the elderly, heads straight to the wave pool for some fun or the hot spa to relax.
1424 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville, TN 37876, Phone: 877-325-9453
11.Indoor Water Parks: Wilderness Resort
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A few miles away from Mirror State Lake Park, Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort is a 600-acre property housing America’s largest waterpark. There are five parts to the indoor waterpark: Klondike Kavern, Wild WaterDome, Margarita’s Swim-Up Bar, Wild West, and Cubby’s Cove.
Together, they host thrilling rides, water slides, a lazy river, hot spa, slide boarding, and much more. Guests can relax in the tropical atmosphere or take a dip in America’s largest wave pool. The swim up bar is a great place for guests 21 years and older, while Cubby’s Cove is perfect for toddlers and young children.
511 E Adams Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, Phone: 800-867-9453
11 Best Indoor Water Parks in the United States
- Aquatopia at Camelback Lodge, Photo: Aquatopia at Camelback Lodge
- Avalanche Bay, Photo: Avalanche Bay
- Indoor Water Parks: Great Wolf Lodge, Photo: Great Wolf Lodge
- Indoor Water Parks: Kahuna Laguna, Photo: Kahuna Laguna
- Indoor Water Parks: Kalahari Resort, Photo: Kalahari Resort
- KeyLime Cove, Photo: KeyLime Cove
- Indoor Water Parks: Massanutten Resort, Photo: Massanutten Resort
- Indoor Water Parks: Sahara Sam's, Photo: Sahara Sam's
- Best Indoor Water Parks: Splash Lagoon, Photo: Splash Lagoon
- Wilderness at the Smokies, Photo: Wilderness at the Smokies
- Indoor Water Parks: Wilderness Resort, Photo: Wilderness Resort
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