One of the best ways to spend a hot summer day is by participating in some sort of outdoor recreation, and few outdoor activities carry with it the refreshing bonus of cool water like a waterpark. Sliding down a water filled tube and plunging into a cool refreshing pool can turn the hottest of days into a bearable day of family fun. What are the options though when water recreation is sought, but there are clouds in the sky or worse, rain or snow falling on the ground. While waterparks first gained popularity in the 1970s, little could be done when the weather took a turn for the worse. A rather recent development in entertainment centers are indoor waterparks. While most don’t offer the benefit of the warm sun during the hot summer, they do offer a great escape from from cold, windy and even snowy days.
For those looking for that kind of entertainment, here are five indoor waterparks that should not be missed.
1. Castaway Bay
Located in Sandusky, Ohio and located very near the Cedar Point amusement park facility, Castaway Bay is one of the first places that most people think of when they think of indoor waterparks, and with good reason. Castaway Bay offers the ability to stay overnight in accommodations that are adjacent to the waterpark. If the waterpark isn’t enough fun for any of the visitors, a short drive to Cedar Point allows them to take part in one of the largest amusement parks in the world featuring some of the tallest and fastest roller coasters around.
2. Great Wolf Lodge
There are a number of Great Wolf Lodge facilities around the United States, and they are quite possibly the most famous indoor waterpark chain as well. One of their facilities that stands out above all the others is the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a 66,000 square foot facility that is loaded with some of the newest and best attractions available in the world of indoor waterparks. The best part about this and other Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterparks is that they are geared so perfectly at not only older youths and families, but the kiddie age group as well.
3. Kalahari Resort
With over 125,000 square feet of space, the Kalahari Resort indoor waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin is the second largest indoor waterpark in the world (right behind another Kalahari property in Sandusky, Ohio). One of the most popular attractions in indoor waterpark history has been the Master Blaster, which is an uphill waterslide. The first of these ever put into use was in the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. This resort is also home to many other rides including a lazy river ride, a family raft slide and an indoor surf pool.
4. World Waterpark
Located in the world famous West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, the World Waterpark is a must visit place for anyone who makes the trip to this shopping mecca. The park covers more than five acres and is open every day that the mall is, no matter what time of year it is. One of the facts that makes this park so popular with parents is that part of the family can be entertained sliding down the waterslides, while one or both parents can complete some much needed shopping or partaking of the many other services available in the mall. The indoor waterpark itself has many of the popular attractions you will see at many other parks, but the size of the park and its inclusion in the West Edmonton Mall are definitely the factors that make this one stand out from the crowd.
5. Treasure Island
Treasure Island has long been a favorite for indoor waterpark enthusiasts, but since it joined with neighbor Mount Olympus amusement park to become Treasure Island at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park it has been elevated to new heights. Many of the best indoor waterpark rides reside at Treasure Island and it now has the ability to also offer access to a true first class amusement park with the types of roller coasters that thrill seekers trek to in large numbers every season. There is also an outdoor waterpark as part of the Mt. Olympus facility which means travelers that head this way get the best of both worlds.
While they may not offer the kind of sunny day filled recreation or relief that outdoor waterparks do, indoor waterparks actually offer greater consistency because they are always open and they are usually packed with some of the nicest and most exciting water recreation features around. Indoor waterparks are a unique and fun filled way of getting the family together to spend some quality time with each other while also pursuing an active lifestyle. Swimming is one of the best exercises for people of all ages and participating in such an activity at an indoor water park allows for a good amount of exercise to be had, and most people hardly even notice that they are exercising because of all the fun they are having. Visiting one of these indoor waterparks, or many of the others available in different parts of the country, is a great way for a family spend the day together.