Wave pools, splash pads, waterslides, and waterfalls—these resorts have them all!
Just casually mention “water park” and your otherwise glacially paced kids are dressed in their swimsuits, primped, and ready to race out the door. So why not channel their enthusiasm into a family vacation destination? From giant slides with trap doors to steamy outdoor hot springs, there’s something for every water lover in your family at one of these amazing water resorts, in the U.S. and beyond. Fair warning: you may not be able to get the kids to leave.
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West Coast Resorts with Jaw-Dropping Water Features
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch | Scottsdale, AZ
Guests can enjoy the many recreational amenities this desert oasis has to offer including a 2.5-acre water extravaganza complete with 10 pools including a sand beach, 30-foot 3-story high-speed waterslide, poolside cabanas, and H2Oasis. If that is not enough, guests can play a game of water volleyball or basketball or relax in the Grecian-style water temple—a jetted tub that accommodates 25 people—surrounded by four plunge pools.
Terranea Resort | Rancho Palos Verde, CA
There's so much to love about this gorgeous property on the Palos Verdes Penninsula and one of our favorite amenities is the heated pool. And not just a smidge over the outside air temperature. Legit, heated to 80-degree pools (and handy glass-wall windbreakers). But that’s not all. There is a 140-foot waterslide at the pool and a splash pad for little ones. And hot tubs. And cabanas you can rent! And lawn games like ping pong, Connect Four, and foosball! The list goes on and on.
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Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa | Rancho Mirage, CA
This Palm Springs resort is known for its world-class spa, but with 240 acres to wander, you’ll soon find the grounds feature a whole lot more. There are three pools including Splashtopia—a two-acre water playground that includes a lazy river, two giant water slides, a cliff-side Jacuzzi, a sandy beach, and a splash pad full of fountains and sprinklers. The resort also features a 27-hole golf course and five different restaurants so you really don’t need to leave.
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach | Newport Beach, CA
With three pools, two spas, a splash pad, a waterslide, shuffleboard, ping-pong, and a giant chess board, you won’t want to leave the pool area once you check in. Guess what? You don’t really have to: there’s a poolside restaurant, too. The pool stays open until 10 p.m. which means you’ve got plenty of time to stay soaked. And did we mention this place offers day passes? So, if you happen to be just passing through...
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells | Indian Wells, CA
In Indian Wells, the highly anticipated waterpark opening at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, now offers guests a 450-ft. lazy river, dueling waterslides, and seven expansive new swimming pools. The four-star resort, set against the backdrop of palm trees and scenic mountain views, now features outdoor fun, under 300 days of sunshine for all the family at the waterpark including HyTides Plunge Waterpark, Desert Twist Lazy River, and a family splash area with interactive water features and a smaller slide for young children.
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa | Phoenix, AZ
Your kids will probably spend most of the day trying to duck, dodge and ride the waves at the Oasis Water Park’s wave pool, but we think the eight-story-tall tower water slides are more your speed. Or would lounging side by side down the rolling Zuni River be your trip? Either way, families will find plenty of ways to get and stay wet in the sunshine at the Arizona Grand. Even the tots can get in on the action with their very own splash pad, Wild Cat Springs. Add in a poolside cabana, so the kids stay shaded, and everyone knows where to meet for lunch, and you’ve got an easy summer vaycay planned.
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort | Phoenix, AZ
Take refuge from the desert heat at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. The hotel offers seven sparkling pools, including a reimagined Paradise Pool with the new 65-foot triple “The Twist” water slide and fun children’s splash pad, as well as 15 luxury, air-conditioned private cabanas. The resort offers daily family yoga, lawn games, live music, and more.
Suncadia Resort | Cle Elum, WA
The secret is out for Pacific Northwest families' favorite resort: Suncadia. Their indoor pool boasts two, two-story-high water slides so rain or shine, the fun is on! The outdoor pool’s backdrop is hard to beat: mountain views and poolside activities including arts and crafts and snacks from the resort’s own food truck. For water play of a different kind, rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard to try out on the on-site alpine lake. It’s perfect for kids and newbies thanks to the calm waters. You’ll also find adventure packages, outdoor hikes, evening s’mores, and much more. Click here to read our family guide to all they offer.
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort | Glenwood, CO
For something a little different, check into the Glenwood Hot Springs Resort. Located between Aspen and Vail, Colorado, people have been flocking to this hot spot since 1888 to soak in the fifteen mineral springs and take in the view of the surrounding mountains. Home to the World’s Largest Hot Springs Pool, you’ll find the pool open year-round and into the night so you can soak under the stars. There’s also a kiddie pool and two waterslides, a poolside grill, a renowned spa, and comfy rooms, although day passes are an option if you just want to head into the pool.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa | Maui, HI
Guests staying at Hyatt Regency Maui can embrace the stunning location and enjoy the resort’s six free-form pool areas with waterfalls, all surrounded by lush tropical plants at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The resort’s water oasis includes a 150' lava tube waterslide, a whirlpool, a rope bridge, and an interactive children’s pool.
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa | Koloa, HI
It’s not surprising that this resort in Kauai made the list: lush gardens and hidden grottos are abundant in this 50-acre beachfront property. There’s a 150-ft water slide, a salt-water lagoon (that is shark and riptide free), and a lazy river that you will probably never want to leave. If you ever do manage to get the fam out of the water, there’s no shortage of activities including hula lessons, lei making, twilight ocean-view yoga, a kid’s club, a massive spa, and more.
Midwest Resorts with Jaw-Dropping Water Features
Kalahari Resorts | Multiple U.S. Locations
Whether you live in the Midwest or traveling there is on your summer adventure list, staying at a Kalahari Resort (in the Wisconsin Dells; Sandusky, Ohio, or Pocono Mountains) makes it worth the trip! Each resort is African Safari themed, and in addition to eye-popping water features like Crocodile Cove’s water walk or the trap door that leads riders down the Extreme Rush water slide, there’s too much additional fun to be had. We’re talking escape rooms, virtual reality experiences, and traditional kid-tastic sports like bowling and mini golf. So whether your crew wants to don their swim gear and find adventure poolside or towel off and thunder through the resort, they’ll stay busy all week long.
Wilderness Resort | Wisconsin Dells, WI
With four indoor and just as many outdoor water parks, you need a whole week to pack it all in at the Wilderness Resort. The only question is where to start? If adventure is what the kids are looking for, try Klondike Kavern where thrill slides like the Hurricane and Mine Shaft Drop will get their adrenaline pumping. For baby beach bums and their parents, the country’s largest indoor wave pool, Wild WaterDome is the place to plant your beach towel. And everyone in the fam will find ways to get wet at Cubby’s Cove and the Wild West water parks that combine sports, rides and typical splash pad fun for the whole fam. Don't forget the tube slides, body slides and banana slides at Lake Wilderness and the five story Lunar Loop at Lost World, which are both outdoors. Swim, splash, repeat is the way vacation rolls here!
Psst … Don’t forget to check out some of the area’s other cool attractions, like unbelievable water slides.
Southern Resorts with Jaw-Dropping Water Features
Gaylord Opryland Resort Nashville, TN
An exciting water experience awaits at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Music City. SoundWaves offers four acres of combined indoor and outdoor attractions and activities, so you can go from inside to outside and back again all day long. In addition to 11 water slides for all ages, indoor surfing, and an activity pool with rock climbing and basketball, there are rapid and lazy rivers depending on your mood. There's live music from country, pop, and classic rock artists too. Every. Single. Day.
Related: An Insider’s Guide to Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort & SoundWaves
Hilton Anatole | Dallas. TX
After spending a day exploring Dallas Museum of Art or the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, head back to Hilton Anatole, an expansive urban resort located in the vibrant Design District. Hilton Anatole features the JadeWaters resort pool complex with two 180-foot water slides, a lazy river, a 23-seat swim-up bar, private cabanas, a kids' splash zone, and family-friendly activities.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort | New Braunfels, TX
Situated in the heart of Texas, Schlitterbahn’s New Braunfels location (the original!) sits on the banks of the Comal River, and now has over 51 attractions on 70 acres that include the original section’s famous black tubes (powered by the Comal’s current), as well as the Boogie Bahn and Sky Coaster, thrill rides guests can find in the Blastenhoff and Surfenburg sections. But you don’t have to be a daredevil to have fun here. The pace is just right for pint-sized pool goers too when you hit Kinderhaven, with its soft play structures and gentle waves or Han’s Hideout that turn your neighborhood spray park into a five-story funhouse experience.
Related: Water Park Thrills Meet Nostalgic Fun in Texas Hill Country
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa | San Antonio, TX
If everything’s bigger in Texas, this resort is no exception, and we promise you won’t mind that one bit. Not only will you find a 36-hole golf course and an adults-only infinity pool, but you can also go wild with the kiddos at the on-site nine-acre water park that includes an 1100-foot long lazy river, water slides, a 650-foot rapid river ride, a children’s pool with toddler-sized slides, fountains, and splashy fun, a beach-entry swimming pool which includes a sandy spot to build sandcastles and play. When you’re tired out from playing all day, fill up on some Texas BBQ and make s’mores at the fire pit before passing out in your deluxe room and then waking up to do it all over again.
Lakeway Resort & Spa | Austin, TX
This family-friendly and picturesque summer oasis is the only property nestled on the banks of Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country. The kids-only pool, home to the Adventure Water Slide and splash pad, is the perfect spot for kids to cool off and splash around with friends prior to grabbing a poolside bite from the Sunset Pool Grill & Bar kids’ menu. The entire family can also enjoy the Courtyard Family Pool, complete with a volleyball court ideal for some healthy sibling competition.
Grande Cayman Resort | Myrtle Beach, SC
Formerly named Long Bay Resort, the oceanfront Grande Cayman Resort located on the north end of Myrtle Beach was totally renovated in 2020. Because of its location, it has a much less crowded and wider beach than most hotels on the Grand Strand, yet still just a short drive away from the iconic attractions. With over 10 pools, an arcade, and 4 on-site restaurants and bars (including a tiki hut), there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy at the Grande Cayman Resort. Accommodations offered include 1-3 bedroom condos.
Squeals of laughter can be heard from the Silly Sub Water Park, as buckets randomly splash water onto tiny heads, a serpent hisses an endless spray to the enchantment of the young ones, and they can twist and turn down the three-story water slide. Climbing in and out of the submarine will provide hours of amusement for the children, as parents can choose to bask in the sun or recline from the shade while watching kids play.
Orlando World Center Marriott
Voted one of the "World's Coolest Hotel Pools" by Forbes, you may have a hard time peeling yourself away from it long enough to enjoy the 575-foot lazy river, private cabanas and daybeds, and all the other poolside fun the Orlando World Center Marriott has to offer. The kid-friendly resort features a dedicated Kids' Splash Zone with fun aquatic pieces and a slide sized just for them. If there are any thrill seekers in your family (adults and kids who are at least 48” tall barefoot), you can enjoy 6 unique waterslides that range from "that was fun!" to "OH MY!"
But the water features aren't the only thing that makes the World Center Marriott great for families. The first floor of the hotel houses an arcade, a Starbucks, a cafe-style restaurant, and plenty of shopping to keep everyone happy. The second-floor lobby has several amazing restaurants to choose from, including a breakfast spot where adults can enjoy an incredible buffet and kids can enjoy all the donuts they can eat presented on the coolest "donut tree" you've ever seen.
Online: Orlando World Center Marriott
TradeWinds Island Resorts | St. Pete, FL
You want something beachy, but they never want to get out of the pool. TradeWinds Island Resorts, located on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico side, is calling your name. The property is actually 25 acres, with two resorts connected by the fine white sand of St. Pete Beach. Not only do you get pools with sweet features like Dive-In Movie Nights and a smaller pool just for smaller kids, but you’ll also have a chance to take on the High Tide Slide: a three-story inflatable waterslide. There’s an entire floating water park, too, with floating trampolines and climbing structures, a jungle gym, splash mats, runways, balance beams, and even floating cabanas for the parents to chill while the kids are all thrill. And if you happen to tire of this, you’ll find paddle boarding, diving, kayaking, pirate play, and more.
Northeast Resorts with Jaw-Dropping Water Features
The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark | Monticello, New York
An easy drive from several major cities in the Northeast and minutes from the ski slopes, this indoor water park offers non-stop fun come rain, shine, or snow. The water park is covered by a transparent roof for year-round tanning, and the temperature stays at a balmy 84 degrees, so it feels more like the Caribbean than the Catskills. After you've zoomed down the Krakken or Nor'Easter, sit back, relax, and enjoy a ride along the lazy river. There's also a FlowRider surf simulator, toddler-friendly pools, several hot tubs, and a spa. If your crew has got any energy left, there are plenty of other exciting entertainment options at the Kartrite Resort including an arcade, bowling alley, and ropes course.
Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark | Tannersville, PA
There’s a reason why Camelback Resort made our list of best water parks in America—it’s built for families who love to play! Because its two water parks, plus a whole lot more, will guarantee your kids go to bed worn out each and every day you stay. Withthe 52 water slides, 12 pools, and two flow riders, they can enjoy water play all day long indoors (or out when the sun is shining). Then if they need a break from the water, simply book time on the zip lines, aerial obstacle course, or pottery painting studio. If that's not exciting enough, head to the Arcadia Arcade, which has an escape room and 7D sensory immersive ride. And did we mention this resort offers year-round indoor/outdoor activity? So if you want to add skiing, snowboarding, and tubing to your water-drenched adventures, think winter vaycay spot.
Great Wolf Lodge | Multiple U.S. Locations
From wild rides like the Howlin’ Tornado and the epic Coyote Cannon water slide to toddler splash zones and lazy rivers, the Great Wolf Lodge offers something for everyone at their indoor water park. With over a dozen locations throughout the country including Boston, Atlanta, Kansas City, Wisconsin Dells, Colorado Springs, and Anaheim, the chances are there’s one driving distance from you. The resorts offer themed rooms like Wolf Dens and Kid’s Cabin Suites featuring a log-cabin-like sleep area just for your half-pints and upgraded deluxe rooms with fireplaces.
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Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa | Puerto Rico
Located just 30 miles outside of San Juan, the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect home base for your visit to Puerto Rico. The property is massive and you’ll pretty much have to force yourself to leave the property once you’ve arrived. Three pools are available for guests and you know the kids will want to check out the water slide and in-pool volleyball court while they are there. The resort offers daily activities for families from dance parties with their favorite characters like Buzz Lightyear and Woody, to the daily iguana feeding (yes, the wild iguanas on the property know when feeding time is!). Dive-in movies are another family favorite.
Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort Spa & Casino | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
With seven freshwater pools to choose from, you're definitely going to want to plan for lots of water play time at Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort Spa & Casino. Situated along the award-winning white sand Bávaro Beach, the five-star all-inclusive resort offers families a luxurious vacation stay. In addition to a kids' pool with mini slides and sprayers, you can head to the property's onsite Splash Island waterpark, which touts multiple waterslides for kids and adults alike. Online: lopesan.com
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino | Palm Beach, Aruba
Located in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, Aruba may not have the name recognition the area’s more popular islands do, but there’s a reason Aruba boasts the most return visitors of any Caribbean destination. Known as One Happy Island, it’s the ideal vacation spot for families looking to escape the busy pace of life.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino is the perfect getaway for a family of all ages with amenities including a spectacular outdoor three-level pool complex with an exciting 8,000-square-foot recreational escape with a swim-up bar and grill, waterslide, waterfalls, pool volleyball, and private cabanas.
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Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas | Cabo San Lucas, MX
Rancho San Lucas is set on 834 serene acres at the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula, just 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas. The community includes the Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas hotel with ocean views from every room. Standout amenities include multiple restaurants, a luxury seaside spa with private beachfront cabanas, infinity pools, 15 miles of jogging and mountain bike trails, a Kids Club, and a Greg Norman Signature golf course that has been proclaimed one of the best courses in Mexico.
Families can make a splash in three pools, five Jacuzzis, and a saltwater lagoon with paddle boarding and kayaking. The resort also features a kids’ pool including a mini waterpark with two waterslides and a rope swing.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas | St. Thomas, USVI
Embark on an idyllic retreat at this jewel among hotels in the US Virgin Islands, where you will discover endless views over Great Bay, and a variety of new and enhanced water features like, a remodeled infinity pool positioned to look as if it is flowing directly into the ocean, a new pool with a water slide for families and fun splash pad area, a luxury catamaran for sunset cruises, snorkeling tours and private events, and a Seaside Spa Cabana for those parents seeking outdoor pampering.
COMO Parrot Cay | Turks and Caicos
COMO Parrot Cay caters to solitude seekers and is perfect for families or groups of friends looking to reconnect. Light blues from the Caribbean Sea seamlessly bleed into the infinity-edged main pool, measuring some 5,490 square feet. Flanked by cream teak sun loungers and two Indonesian- style thatched bales at each extremity, COMO Parrot Cay's main pool embraces the natural scenery of the tropical private island.
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar | Nassau, The Bahamas
This 1,000-acre family-friendly oceanfront oasis, featuring 1,800 spacious rooms and 40+ international dining options, also has a wide range of water-centric amenities for families, including seven elaborate pools tailored to every interest—from waterfalls and cliff jumps to a little poolside rain—to snorkeling with marine life at the on-site Beach Sanctuary. You'll love the family-friendly luxury waterpark, Baha Bay, situated on 15 acres along the beachfront and offering families unlimited complimentary access to enjoy 24 water slides, interactive rides, and a variety of al fresco culinary experiences.
Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico | Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is one of the most accessible destinations for travelers from the U.S. right now with the convenience of travel without a passport. Famed against the backdrop of the nation’s only tropical rainforest, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is THE dreamy destination to stay in Puerto Rico with all-suite, bungalow-style accommodations including newly launched Regency Suites, ideal for larger families, which include private plunge pools, outdoor showers, an outdoor dining area and direct access to the beach.
The property is home to Puerto Rico’s largest lagoon-style pool offering plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family. Additional on-property amenities include a full-service spa; five on-site culinary eateries and an 18-hole world-class Tom Kite-designed golf course. Off-property travelers can explore the waterfalls in El Yunque National Rainforest, kayak in one of the three bioluminescent bays on the island, or see American history firsthand by touring the 18th-century fortress Castillo San Cristóbal in nearby San Juan.
Related: Puerto Rico Is Calling & Here’s Why You Should Take the Kids
Atlantis Paradise Island | Nassau, Bahamas
Be prepared to be blown away at Aquaventure, a 141-acre water park that takes awesomeness to a new level. Twenty million gallons of water, extreme water slides, a mile-long river ride with swirling rapids, 11 swimming pools including three kids' pools, a kids' water-play fort and 20 swimming areas are just some of the incredible attractions that will provide non-stop fun for all ages. If that's not enough excitement, you'll find the largest open-air marine habitat in the world and there's also close encounters with dolphins, sea lions and even sharks. When you want some "me time", sign the kids into the kids' club and head to the spa for some pampering. There's so much to keep tots, tweens, teens and even grownups grinning from ear to ear, you won't want to leave.
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Nickelodeon Hotel and Resorts Punta Cana | Dominican Republic
If you're looking for an all-inclusive resort that will wow even the most hard-to-please youngsters, Nickelodeon Hotel and Resorts Punta Cana is a dream come true. Along with swim-up suites and luxe villas inspired by Bikini Bottom, Spongebob's pineapple-shaped home, plus a rather gorgeous infinity pool, it has its very own water park, Aqua Nick offering all-out fun for all ages. Here you'll find winding slides, splash pads, and a lazy river. Add to this mass slimings, carnivals, a kids' club, and being able to hang out with Dora the Explorer or Paw Patrol, and your tribe will think they're in heaven. When you feel like ditching them for some adult-only time at the spa or maybe the bar, there's a huge kids' club with an impressive activity program.
Related: Sun, Sand & Slime: Everything We Love About Nickelodeon Resorts Punta Cana
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda | Miches, Dominican Republic
The first and only resort in the secluded region of Michès is located along a 2,000-foot stretch of untouched white sand beach, offering families the opportunity to take a leisurely dip in the Atlantic or partake in the resort’s array of complimentary water activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling. Families can also enjoy the luxury all-inclusive resort’s ocean-facing walk-in pool in the heart of the property. While kids enjoy time in the kids' clubs, adults can enjoy some alone time in the naturally-filtered adults-only Zen pool while indulging in fresh smoothies, detox juices, and imaginative cocktails at the swim-up bar. The resort also features four boutique “villages” with distinct concepts (wellness, adventure, kid-friendly, and adult-exclusive) for every type of traveler—and the family-friendly La Perla section, an exclusive area with 16 oceanfront family suites and four oceanfront family penthouses—offers families access to a private pool and cabanas on a dedicated section of the beach footsteps away.
—additional reporting by Janine Clements, Allison Sutcliffe & Amber Guetebier