The 14 Best Indoor Water Park Resorts in the U.S.

SoundWaves Water Park at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN
Photo: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Indoor water park resorts aren’t just perfect for a fun weekend escape. The best water park resorts offer so much to do that they’re even great for a fall or winter family vacation.

At our favorite indoor water park resorts in the U.S., you’ll find all the usual water slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools. But that’s just the tip of the proverbial dumping bucket. You’ll also find other family-friendly activities like bowling and indoor mini-golf, plus onsite dining and comfy accommodations.

Here are our picks for the best indoor water park resorts in the U.S.  

1. Great Wolf Lodge – Multiple Locations 

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Great Wolf Lodge is easily accessible for many families, with 17 Great Wolf Lodge locations across the U.S. and one in Niagara Falls, Canada. All properties feature indoor water parks with slides, spraygrounds, lazy rivers, and wave pools. But the water park is just part of the fun at Great Wolf Lodge.

Other offerings include nightly story time, ropes courses, glow-in-the-dark golf, bowling, and even a spa for the kiddos. All of the resorts offer multiple dining options and, perhaps our favorite feature, spacious themed hotel rooms that include the KidCabin Suite, where little ones get to camp out in their own enclosed space. 

2. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions – Multiple Locations 

Another crowd favorite with several properties, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions has resorts in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; Sandusky, Ohio; Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania; and Round Rock, Texas. All locations offer both indoor and outdoor water parks, plus outdoor adventure parks with ziplining, ropes courses, mini-golf, rock climbing, and more. These safari-themed water park resorts also have shopping, spas, signature restaurants, and accommodations for families of all sizes, including three- to 10-bedroom villas. 

3. Wilderness Resort – Wisconsin Dells, WI 

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Did you know Wisconsin Dells is the Water Park Capital of the World? It’s home to 20 water parks (and counting), including Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, and one of our all-time favorites, Wilderness Resort. This mega resort features four indoor water parks and four outdoor water parks with something for all ages, from kiddie pools to thrill rides.  There are five options for accommodations, multiple restaurants, a spa, and more. 

4. Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark – Monticello, NY

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Opened in 2019, the Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark is one of the newest indoor water park resorts in the U.S. But it’s quickly become one of the best thanks to two acres of thrills that include seven water slides, a sprayground for little ones, a lazy river, FlowRider surf simulator, and a heated indoor/outdoor pool. Located in the Catskills, this indoor water park resort also offers rock climbing, ropes courses, an arcade, bowling alley, daily scheduled activities, and eight onsite dining options. Accommodations include rooms with bunk beds and multi-bedroom suites. 

5. Wilderness at the Smokies – Sevierville, TN

Located in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Wilderness at the Smokies is actually three water parks: one indoor water park called Wild Waterdome, and two outdoor water parks called Lake Wilderness and Salamander Springs. As if that’s not enough, there’s another water park (Soaky Mountain Waterpark) across the street, too! This mega resort offers three different hotels, with accommodations ranging from standard guestrooms to multi-bedroom villas; nearly a dozen dining options, including the new Candy Cabin; retail shops; and a family entertainment center with laser tag, ropes courses, and more.

6. Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark – Lake Geneva, WI

Photo: Timber Ridge Lodge & Indoor Waterpark

Located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Timber Ridge Lodge is within close proximity to water fun on Geneva Lake, and within even closer proximity to an indoor/outdoor water park right onsite! Moose Mountain Waterpark—heated to 86 degrees Fahrenheit year-round—offers a heated pool, lazy river, and tame water slides, making it one of our favorite indoor water park resorts for families with young kids. Water pater admission is included with your stay; the number of free passes you receive depends on your accommodations. 

7. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center – Nashville, TN

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In 2018, the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, opened its best addition yet: SoundWaves, an indoor water park, which was later expanded to include an outdoor water park, too. Heated to a balmy 84 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, the water park features music-themed attractions including the Down Tempo Lazy River with LED lighting and music, and Rapid Remix, an adrenaline-inducing water slide with tunes blasting from 12 speakers. Outside of the water park, the Gaylord Opryland is a destination in itself, with restaurants, a spa, shopping, seasonal events (like I Love Christmas Movies), and more.

8. King’s Pointe Water Park Resort – Storm Lake, IA 

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About 2.5 hours from Des Moines, Iowa, King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort wows kids with an indoor/outdoor water park located on Storm Lake. Favorite water slides include The Howling Hurricane, an open-flume body slide; The Mighty Mustang and Racing Panther, dual speed slides; and Discovery Plunge, a two-person raft ride. There’s also a lily pad walk, zero-entry depth pool, lazy river, and splash pad for youngsters. Book a guestroom or suite with a view of the lake and the outdoor water park, or cozy up in one of the Sunrise Cottages, which sleep up to eight guests. 

9. Bridges Bay Resort – Arnolds Park, IA

Located on Lake Okoboji, a popular summertime destination for Iowans and Midwesterners, Bridges Bay Resort offers easy access to activities on the lake and amusements at Arnolds Park, spacious condos with fully equipped kitchens, and the Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark. Best for young kids, the water park has water slides, a lazy river, lily pad water walk, basketball area, water-dropping mushroom, splash pad with a 500-gallon dump bucket (always the highlight), and more. There’s a swimming pool outside, as well as ziplining. 

10. Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark – Tannersville, PA 

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Located in the Pocono Mountains, Camelback has it all: skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing at Camelback Mountain Ski Resort; outdoor water fun at Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark; zip lining, ropes courses, and a mountain coaster at Mountain Adventure Park; and indoor water thrills at Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, available year-round.

Aquatopia features 16 attractions, half of which are water slides! There’s also a FlowRider surfing simulator, lazy river, wave pool, spray ground for youngsters, and a “spa lagoon” where everyone can relax. When it’s time for a break from the water park, head back to your suite or one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment to freshen up before a spa treatment or dinner at one of the onsite restaurants.

11. Massanutten Resort – McGaheysville, VA 

Located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Massanutten Resort Water Park rewards guests with an incredible mountain location and both indoor and outdoor water parks. The indoor water park offers a lazy river, spray ground, tube and body slides, FlowRider surfing simulator, and hot tubs. You can also ski, golf, enjoy a spa treatment, explore the Massanutten Family Adventure Park, go mountain biking, and more at this destination resort.

12. Red Jacket Mountain View Resort – North Conway, NH

Two words: Kahuna Laguna. That’s the star attraction at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, a family resort in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The largest water park in New Hampshire, Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park offers a three-story water slide tower, wave pool, hot tubs, spray ground, splash pad with erupting geysers, water basketball, and the Aquabrella, a giant umbrella with cascading water. When it’s time for a break, head to Keeko’s Hideout, named for the water park’s monkey mascot (who you’re likely to spot while there), the Tiki Tide Cafe for a bite to eat, or the Aloha Arcade.

13. Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center – Cortland, NY 

Located at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in the Finger Lakes, Hope Lake Lodge offers convenient and cozy accommodations for skiers and snowboarders. Even better than that? It also has an onsite water park! Cascades Indoor Waterpark has water slides, a kiddie pool, standard indoor pool, hot tubs, and more for guests to enjoy. There’s also onsite dining and an arcade.

14. Jay Peak Resort – Jay, VT 

Whether you’ve spent a day on the slopes at Jay Peak Resort or not, the hot tubs at the onsite Pump House Indoor Waterpark—which include a 20-person outdoor hot tub—are a welcome respite on a cold winter’s day. This indoor water park resort also has a FlowRider surfing simulator, activity pool, splash pad, and four waterslides. La Chute is most definitely the highlight, featuring a near-vertical drop and full 360-degree rotation at 45 mph. 

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Amanda Norcross
Amanda Norcross is a travel journalist and spokesperson. Her expertise has been featured in major media outlets including Bloomberg, Cheddar, Family Vacation Critic, NBC News, Red Tricycle, SmarterTravel, The New York Times, USA Today and The Weather Channel. Amanda enjoys traveling with her baby boy, Isaac, and seeing the world through his eyes.

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