Block out the cold weather outside and book a few nights at one of these resorts that have balmy indoor waterparks just waiting for you to splash down
There’s something special about resorts with indoor waterparks because you can be guaranteed that the kids will have fun. What is it about zipping down a slide that gives kids of all ages such glee? With so many different locations across the US from huge Great Wolf Lodge properties to smaller resorts with that unique small-town flair, you can definitely find one that fits the bill for your next family vacation.
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Great Wolf Lodge | Niagara Falls, Ontario
The proximity to Niagara Falls downtown, the majesty of the falls on the Canadian side, and the ability to check out some of the best wineries in the Niagara region are a few of the reasons this Great Wolf Lodge is a great spot for the whole family. The lodge itself is just one big playground for kids. At Great Wolf Lodge, the waterpark is just the start.
Fun for kids: This whole place is fun for the kids, no matter their age. Activities include the Forest Friends Show, laser tag, MagiQuest, mini golf, arcade, PJ party, character photos and more. The list really does go on.
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Kalahari Resort | Poconos, PA
Kalahari Resorts takes your regular indoor waterpark and adds some pizzaz! Located in the stunning Pocono Mountains, it's hard to say if parents go here for the kids or themselves. They've found a way to cater to parents, individuals, couples, and kids simultaneously. Whether you are drinking in the way mother nature paints the trees in the fall, enjoying the snowglobe effect or skiing in the winter, or relaxing in the sun in summer, there is something special and unique throughout all the seasons. With 220,000 square feet of fun, the kids will be ready for bed at the end of the day.
Fun for kids: There's something for all age ranges from Rides & Slides, Big Game Room, escape rooms, mini bowling, mini golf, VR, and a 7-D motion theatre. For adults, there is a world-class spa! That's what we call a win-win
Jay Peak Resort | Vermont
Jay Peak might be the ultimate all-season resort; located in Northern Vermont, it's a hot spot for nature lovers year round and a thrill for skiers in the winter. Thanks to a see-through ceiling, the Waterpark is balmy in the winter, making it feel like a day at the beach. If you are going specifically for the waterpark, staying at Hotel Jay is an excellent option as you can access the waterpark without having to go outside in the cooler months.
Fun for kids: There is a wide variety of activities to do, including surfing, climbing gym, movie theatre, and arcade. There's even childcare if you want to check out the spa or have an adult dinner without the kids.
Splash Lagoon | Erie, Pennsylvania
Whether going for an overnight getaway or a day trip, Splash Lagoon packs a punch and offers options that fit every budget. Their main attraction, the Treehouse, got a million-dollar upgrade with new slides, multiple colorful water sprayers, and mini dumping buckets.
Located less than two hours from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo, you won't have to worry about hearing, "are we there yet?" They even have special mommy and me rates offering a free adult ticket with the purchase of a child ticket.
Fun for kids: Virtual reality games, an arcade, and a kids' area top the list.
WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort | Rapid City, South Dakota
WaTiki is the largest Indoor waterpark resort in the Dakotas and is open year-round. You can visit for the day, stay overnight at a nearby hotel, or you can even host a birthday party for a lucky kid. There is something for everyone, with five hotels and several restaurants within the waterpark complex. Choose one of the two hotels that are connected to the waterpark during the winter months for easy access.
Fun for kids: The arcade has over 50 classic and modern games; it's perfect for when you need some dry land activities.
Massanutten Resort | Virginia
Massanutten Resort is another beautifully situated resort in nature, offering all-season resort activities. You can hike, bike, ski, golf, and splash as a family. Choose from condo- or hotel-style accommodations to suit your family's needs. When winter comes, you can combine your waterpark visit with skiing. They have some great learn-to-ski programs for little ones who are new to snow sports.
Fun for kids: Kids will love cooking demonstrations, art classes, and even music classes.
Boyne Mountain Resort | Michigan
At Boyne Mountain Resort, you can choose your adventure whatever the season; skiing in the winter, golf and riding in the summer, and a spa. If your kids are more adventurous, you can check out activities like zipline tours, fat biking, and other seasonal activities. Horseback riding tours are offered all year long. Dive into fun at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark where we know the kids will not want to leave.
Fun for kids: Rides and slides, simulated surfing, glacier hot tubs, a kids' pool, and an arcade are favorites at this spot.
Wilderness at the Smokies, Tennessee
If you are looking for a luxury vacation in Tennesee, Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort and Family Adventure Center is home to Wild WaterDome, Tennessee's largest indoor playground. Even better? They have both indoor and outdoor waterparks just outside your room door. The extended family can join in on the fun with accommodations ranging from hotel rooms to villas that sleep 16.
Fun for kids: Their family adventure center keeps the fun going with a three-story ropes course, multi-level laser tag, mini golf, and a mega arcade.