Great Indoor Water Parks

Find the perfect place to take the grandkids this fall and winter.

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The kids and grandkids are back in school, Labor Day has passed, and soon it will be too cold in most parts of the country to be in the pool. But as we’re about to show you, there are still plenty of places to splash, slide and float down a lazy river!

Kalahari Water Park

Kalahari Water Park
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Taking the title of America's Largest Indoor Water Park is Kalahari Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Just this year the park nearly doubled its size when it expanded to 220,000 square feet. From water slides to a wave pool, it's a wet and wild experience at every turn. One of the biggest attractions is FlowRider, where you can ride a 5-foot wave, thanks to 50,000 gallons of water that flow per minute under you. The resort also has locations in Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

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Splash Lagoon

Splash Lagoon
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Age doesn't matter at Splash Lagoon. From spinning in the new Aqua Tumble to floating down the lazy river, there is plenty to do at this waterpark in Erie, Pa. Splash Lagoon has nine water slides, a wave pool, rope courses and much more. And to prove it's a park for all ages, there’s Paradise Cove, a secluded whirlpool for adults only. 

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge
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With 16 locations in the United States, you're likely within driving distance of a Great Wolf Lodge. No matter what time of year you visit, the temperature is 84 degrees at these water parks. The resort setup makes it a one-stop shop for the weekend. When you're done in the pool, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy and places to eat and drink too. A 17th location could be opening in Florida, as an affiliate of the company recently bought 50 acres of land near Disney World in Orlando.

Avalanche Bay

Avalanche Bay
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When you think Michigan you probably don’t think winter water park, but each year families flock to Avalanche Bay near Petoskey to play in the water! Appropriate for its state's reputation, the park’s winter theme compliments the great Michigan skiing. The park's latest attraction is the Big Couloir. You begin in a launch capsule, then a trap door releases you through a tunnel — instantly accelerating you 38 feet per second.