Extend the summer at these award-winning indoor water parks
While you can’t avoid the end of summer, you can get more of the warm weather at indoor water parks across the United States. So whether you’re looking for a quick getaway with the family, celebrating a special occasion, or escaping the cold temperatures, plan a day trip or vacation to one of these indoor water parks.
No matter the season outside, it’s always a balmy 85 degrees inside.
Great Wolf Lodge
With 19 locations, Great Wolf Lodge is the largest family of indoor water parks in North America.
“For more than two decades, Great Wolf Lodge has provided a close and convenient getaway for families to come together to laugh, play and strengthen their family bonds,” shared Brooke Patterson, Senior Vice President of Brand Experiences for Great Wolf Lodge.
Privately owned by the Nelson family, they are one of the largest indoor water parks in the country. With four locations, Kalahari Resorts includes rooms, a full-service spa, a family entertainment center, restaurants and shops.
Over the years, they’ve won many awards, including Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 World’s Coolest Indoor Water Parks, Certified Sensory Friendly, Parents Magazine’s Kids’ Travel Award, and Travelers’ Choice Awards. from TripAdvisor.
Aquatopia at Camelback Resort – Pennsylvania
Camelback is a 560-acre four-season resort located less than 2 hours from New York and Philadelphia. This Poconos resort includes Aquatopia, voted America’s Best Indoor Water Park, and the largest outdoor water park in the state, Cambelbeach Mountain Waterpark.
The water park features exhilarating slides, thrill rides, an AquaPlay structure, seven pools, a FlowRider, and the ever-popular super-sized wave pool. Older kids will love staying in the park late, when the rides are lit up in neon. Don’t miss out on the new Mountain Mayhem, a high-tech interactive adventure where riders can choose one of four stages.
Dreamworks Water Park – New Jersey
The world’s first Dreamworks Animation water park, the newest on this list, is also the largest in North America. Located in the new American Dream Mall, this state-of-the-art water park is where the worlds of DreamWorks Animation’s most beloved characters and shows come to life.
Traverse an ogre’s swamp in Shrek’s Sinkhole Slammer, find your inner champion with dragon warrior Po in Kung Fu Panda’s Temple of Awesomeness, or be one of the first to hang from the world’s largest indoor wave pool, from 1.5 acres.
Wilderness at the Smokies – Tennessee
Sevierville, Tennessee, at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, is home to the region’s largest water park complex and family adventure center. A relatively quick drive from most metropolitan areas east of the Mississippi, more than 50% of the American population can drive here in a day or less.
The resort includes a year-round indoor water park, two seasonal outdoor water parks, an indoor family adventure center, restaurants, shops, and a 36-hole championship golf course. Recognized as one of USA Today’s “10 Best Readers’ Choice,” this park includes a giant wave pool, a thrilling four-person tube slide with a 50-foot drop, and the area’s only SurfRider.
Located in Wisconsin Dells, known as the water park capital of the world, it is the largest water park complex in the United States. This mega-property includes four indoor and four outdoor water parks, a dozen non-water attractions, three arcades and an 18-hole golf course spread over a mind-boggling 2,000 acres.
Wild West Indoor Water Park is a 70,000 square foot water park and features the area’s only indoor bumper boats and The Fantastic Voyage, the Dells’ only five-person raft ride.
Klondike Kavern Indoor Water Park features a massive play structure, Bonanza Bluff, perfect for younger kids, and The Hurricane, the tallest four-person indoor raft ride in The Dells.
Or try the Wild Waterdome’s huge indoor wave pool, with waves up to 5 feet high, or the kid-friendly 2,200-square-foot zero-depth play lagoon.
Massanutten Resort – Virginia
Massanutten, the quintessential four-season family resort, is just around the corner from Shenandoah National Park’s Swift Run Gap entrance and only 120 miles from Washington, DC The list of awards for the premier Atlantic resort is almost as long as its extensive list of services. From the best family-friendly ski resort in the southeast to the best indoor water park, this RCI Gold Crown resort boasts more than 100 daily activities on its 6,000 acres of land.
Massanutten WaterPark was voted “America’s 2nd Indoor Water Park” by USA Today’s “10 Best Readers’ Choice” poll. Enjoy the water fort, inflatable adventures, slides, pools, lazy river floats, hot tubs, or challenge the FlowRider infinity wave.
In a destination known as the City of Music, you can experience a one-of-a-kind musical and aquatic experience at Sound Waves. The resort combines a 4-acre, 3-level indoor/outdoor water park with the luxurious touches guests have come to expect from its parent company, Gaylord Resorts. From thrilling rides to relaxing sundecks and an adults-only pool, all accompanied by music from country to pop.
Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark – New York
Opened in 2019, the Kartrite is in the lower Catskills, less than 100 miles from New York City, neighbor of Resort World Casino, and 15 minutes from Legoland New York.
“Inspired by the architecture of European indoor water parks, the Kartrite’s column-free construction features a stunning barrel-shaped transparent Texlon roof that will bathe visitors in natural light all year round. Additionally, it allows tropical plants to grow inside the water park, giving it a tropical island feel in the mountains of New York,” said Ken Ellis, co-owner of The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark and CEO of Aquatic Development Group. .
New York State’s largest indoor water park offers day passes and stay-and-play packages, including discounted tickets to nearby Legoland amusement park.
Timber Ridge Lodge and Water Park – Wisconsin
It is situated between Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago and is part of the AAA Four-Diamond award-winning resort complex, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Named one of America’s Best Indoor Water Parks, Moose Mountain Falls features 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor water park fun, with 35-foot slides, a lazy river and miniature golf.
The resort includes 1,300 wooded acres on Lake Geneva and some of the best facilities, accommodations and dining experiences in the Midwest. Plus, the iconic resort offers outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, horseback riding, and championship golf courses.
Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park – Michigan
This family-friendly resort includes Michigan’s largest indoor water park, Avalanche Bay, the luxurious 19,500-square-foot Spa at Boyne Mountain, and a long list of year-round activities.
Choose from the thrilling zip-line adventure tour, two golf courses, an 18-hole mountain disc golf course, mountain biking, nightly entertainment, and fun on the shores of Deer Lake. In winter, try your hand at snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, snow biking with oversized tires, and then thaw out in the indoor water park, always heated to a balmy 85 degrees.