1 . Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark

Branson, Missouri

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 545 - 8156

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Splash down at Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark, conveniently located in Branson, Missouri!

The indoor waterpark at Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark offers you the perfect vacation whenever you visit. Always 84 degrees, rain or shine, this weather-proof vacation destination offers fun for the whole family. They offer two different three story thrill water slides, two 500 gallon dump buckets, Multiple Indoor and Outdoor activity pools, lazy river and more! When you need a break from all that waterpark fun, stop by the on-site Tower Grill for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with classically American options like catfish nuggets and foot long corn dogs. And, at the end of the day, your room is waiting with cozy beds and plenty of comfort.

Address

3001 Green Mountain Drive Branson MO 65616

Number of runs/trails/roads/etc.

Castle Rock offers you two different three story thrill water slides.

Related activities

Castle Rock's location in Branson, Missouri, offers you the perfect opportunity to see live shows like New Shanghai Circus's Acrobats of China.

2 . Double JJ Resort

New Era, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 734 - 4573

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We know what you’re thinking – a ranch means horseback riding, and you generally don’t find horses anywhere near a waterpark. At Double JJ Ranch, that’s part of the magic on your Rothford, Michigan family vacation.

If you want to get technical, the Double JJ has horseback riding, a 60,000-sq.-ft. indoor waterpark and an 18-hole championship golf course. But clearly, the waterpark is a main attraction with its crazy/lazy river, water basketball, water fort and the tallest indoor waterslide in western Michigan. That’s especially true in the winter, when it’s tough to golf but still just as much of a thrill to get wet. That’s not to overlook the ranch, either. The Double JJ offers horseback riding year round, with trail rides for all ages and levels of experience. And the accommodations are just as varied as the activities, including the Lofts Hotel with Deluxe, Jacuzzi and Studio rooms and suites, family cabins and log homes, plus condominium lodging. What more could you ask for?

Highlights

Experience a real-life cattle drive at the Double JJ as you move the cattle from pen to pasture! These two-hour adventures are available spring, summer and fall.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Thoroughbred Golf Club at the Double JJ Ranch features an Arthur Hills designed 18-hole championship course with bent grass tees, fairways and greens – the only golf course in Michigan where horses have the right away on cart paths!

Getting there

From Chicago, take I-94 East to Benton Harbor, MI. Travel N north on US-31 to Mile Marker 136, and take the Winston Rd./Rothbury Exit. Turn right onto Winston Road. Approximately 1/2 mile later, turn left onto Water Road. You have now entered Double JJ Country!

3 . Chula Vista Resort

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 388 - 4782

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For quite some time now, Chula Vista Resort has been inviting you to “Vacation Better” in Wisconsin Dells. And we can certainly see why. Many people recognize the destination as the waterpark capital of the world, and Chula Vista is certainly a big reason why.

Start with Lost Rios – the 80,000-sq.-ft. indoor waterpark. This alone, with features like the Flyan Mayan roller coaster, Mount Montezuma’s Mayan Temple and the Rio Rapido Action River, is a Wisconsin Dells vacation. But there’s also the breathtaking 120,000-sq.-ft. Adventure Lagoon outdoor waterpark here, which features an incredible assortment of thrills and relaxation. The Wavepool is one; the Sport Pool and the Kiddie River area ensure that everyone of every age can have a blast at Chula Vista. A major difference between Chula Vista and any other Dells waterpark is its location. Instead of in town, where the parks are often across the street from one another, Chula Vista is located a discrete distance to the east, along the Wisconsin River and surrounded by nature instead of bustle. Vacation better, indeed.

Address

Highway 13 North, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Highlights

Jungle Adventure, within the Lost Rios indoor waterpark, lets you swirl and twirl inside a giant bowl ride to your choice of three light and music shows!

Related Onsite Offerings

Superstition Springs Miniature Golf Course is a lot like real golf: it’s a challenging course among ponds, rivers and even waterfalls. Tons of fun!

4 . Zehnder’s Splash Village

Frankenmuth, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 863 - 7999

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Our No. 4 pick is the result of a long family history in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The Zehnders have been operating hotels and inns here since 1927, and every bit of their Bavarian history shows through – even at the modern waterpark at today’s Zehnder’s Splash Village.

It must have been kind of strange for people in 2004 to see part of the 137-room Bavarian Haus being demolished, but they were amazed afterwards. Zehnder’s Splash Village is now a 152-room hotel with a 30,000-sq.-ft. waterpark. We’ll leave it up to the wildest imaginations to figure out how they got the 400-gallon dumping bucket in there, or who designed the four-story tube slides and named them the “Perilous Plunge.” But even in minds like this, there was obviously room for more. There’s also an arcade, and refreshments at Elf Hollow Café. For good measure, check out the tree in the hotel lobby – complete with a gas fireplace built into the trunk. Actually, elves and such seem to be a recurring theme at Zehnder’s Splash Village. All part of the fun!

Fun facts

Zehnder's is the second-largest independent restaurant in the U.S., and America's largest family restaurant.

Related activities

The Fortress at Zehnder’s is a Scottish-style 18-hole par 72 golf course that’s both challenging and breathtakingly beautiful.

Related Onsite Offerings

Zehnder's Splash Village offers 146 deluxe accommodations, including family suites with fireplaces, sitting areas and flat screen TVs.

5 . Kalahari Resort

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 525 - 2427

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Africa is calling you. And if you choose to answer, you’ll be surprised to learn that it’s actually in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. That would be the Zambezi outdoor waterpark at Kalahari Resort, one of the crowning glories in the waterpark capital of the world.

It’s not just the themed twist you’ll find here, with attractions including the Splashdown Safari interactive play area and imaginative waterslides like Swahili Swirl, Zimbabwe Zipper and the Wild Wildebeest. The African fun continues at Kalahari’s indoor theme park – featuring an African-themed carousel and a six-story glass-enclosed Ferris wheel. Together with mini-golf, a sprawling arcade and a 24-lane bowling alley, this is the kind of environment that has put Kalahari on the tip of many people’s tongues for waterpark vacations. The theme even continues into the spacious rooms and suites. You’ll never doubt where you are in a Nomad or Desert Room, not to mention the African Queen or Safari Suites. Actually, you may not doubt that you’re in Africa. But the whole time you’ll be in Wisconsin Dells on an unforgettable waterpark vacation!

Related activities

You can also find a Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH. An additional location is scheduled to open in Fredericksburg, VA.

Fun facts

Kalahari staff travels annually to African markets and hand selects the authentic art and artifacts on display at Kalahari Resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells offers 100,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space including an elite executive boardroom and multiple ballrooms.

6 . Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

Dubuque, Illinois

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 690 - 4006

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Planning a family vacation to Iowa? Then make it a vacation to remember at Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark, located in Dubuque, Iowa.

At Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark you'll find 25,000 square feet of Mississippi-themed water fun. Your kids will love the thrilling watersides, the exhilerating inside/outside tube ride, rope ladders, waterspouts, water chutes, squirt guns and powerful water cannons. Parents, you will enjoy chillaxin' on the Lazy River or in one of the waterpark's two giant hot tub whirlpools. And after a day of splashtastic fun, you can eat at The River's Edge Cafe then simply walk back to your comfortable hotel room. Rooms at Grand Harbor Resort have magnificent views of historic downtown Dubuque and the sparkling Mississippi River. You'll also find they offer spacious suites that are perfect for families!

Highlights

Grand Harbor Resort is home to the WaterSquirts Kids Club and The Cave Arcade so you can have fun even when you're not at the Waterpark!

Related activities

Dubuque, Iowa is a great family-friendly destination. Attractions include the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, river cruises on the Spirit of Dubuque paddlewheel replica, and The Riverwalk.

Related Onsite Offerings

Be sure to stop by the Waterpark's fun Gift Shop!

7 . Great Wolf Lodge

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 559 - 9653

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Great Wolf Lodge is our No. 1 choice for Midwest waterparks for a variety of reasons, but one of them is certainly its admirable coverage of the Midwest. Of its 12 waterpark resorts, three are in the central U.S. including the Wisconsin Dells, Traverse City, MI and Sheboygan, WI.

Another good reason is that Great Wolf Lodge has defined and redefined the concept of a family waterpark vacation. Along with its immense indoor waterparks – the Traverse City location alone has a 51,000-sq.-ft. entertainment center with six swimming and activity pools, eight waterslides, a 100-game arcade and more – each Great Wolf Lodge offers full-service spas for adults and tweens, a variety of onsite restaurants and whimsically themed suites. It’s a total vacation, without ever leaving the resort. If you’re looking for Great Wolf Lodge in Sheboygan, you’ll find it under the name of Blue Harbor Resort. While the other Great Wolf locales feature a grand yet charming Northwoods theme, the Blue Harbor experience is slightly upscale and definitively nautical – a fitting casual elegance on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Highlights

Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells now features MagiQuest, a four-story, live-action adventure game with an enchanted kingdom, puzzles, hidden treasures, dragons and more. It’s a combination of video gaming, role-playing and story-telling!

Fun facts

Great Wolf Lodge is known as "America’s Largest Family of Indoor Waterpark Resorts."

Related Onsite Offerings

The Wolf Den Suite is just one of the themed family suites you’ll find at Great Wolf Lodge, featuring an in-suite cave-themed area with a bunk bed, movies, Nintendo and a TV just for the kids!

8 . Key Lime Cove

Gurnee, Illinois

CALL DIRECT: +1 (224) 656 - 8685

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If you live in the Midwest and you’re craving a Florida Keys-style getaway, here are the directions. From Chicago, take Interstate 94 northwest for 42 miles. You’re there! Well, you’re not actually in the Keys. But at Key Lime Cove, you might as well be.

This is a tropical island-themed getaway under one roof, and the roof happens to be in Gurnee, IL. The waterpark is known as Lost Paradise, but it’s hard to believe it’s all that lost considering its proximity to Chicago, Milwaukee and Rockford. The only time you won’t feel positively Floridian is when you’re spinning through the Hurricane Vortex or flying down the gigantic Wahoo and Screaming Banshee tube slides. Which means plenty of tropical fun in the wave pool, on the lazy river or somewhere within Toukie’s Big Deluge play structure. Being a boring adult is great, too. Shopping and live entertainment abound at Key Lime Cove, and the full-service Paradise Mist Spa has a full menu of services for women, men, groups and even teens and tweens. That doesn’t include the face painting, stilt walkers, fortune tellers…the list goes on and on.

Address

1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee, IL 60031

Related Onsite Offerings

KeyLime Cove is a kid-friendly hotel featuring 414 resort-style guest suites and staterooms in nine different configurations.

Highlights

Splash Down and Slip-Slidin’ Away are two giant body slides, each more than 500 feet long – no tubes or rafts required!

9 . Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

Boyne Falls, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 462 - 6963

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Boyne, MI is known for many things – chief among them downhill skiing, snowmobiling and golf. That balance is about to change, given the presence of Avalanche Bay. At a whopping 88,000 sq. ft., it’s the biggest indoor waterpark in Michigan.

What do you put inside a structure so large? In this case, it’s a Swiss-Austrian village. In the winter. With lots of snow. The only disruption to this atmosphere is the fact that it’s always 84 degrees at Avalanche Bay, perfect for year-round Michigan family fun. And if you’re wondering why it’s called Avalanche Bay, you’ll soon find out as you climb the Splasherhorn, hear the horn blow and get doused by 800 gallons of water cascading down the mountainside. There’s also the Vertigo tube slide – the name speaks for itself – along with a vertical climbing wall, floating icebergs, a Super G slide and Rip Zone, and a surf simulator. Surfing in Switzerland? You bet! There’s also a wide range of more relaxing pursuits, wet and dry, and after a full day, your lodging awaits in the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa connected to the waterpark. Could you ask for more?

Highlights

The Haute Route Water Crossing lets you test your balance as you grab a rope net from above and step across floating icebergs – hopefully without falling into the pool!

Related activities

The Avalanche Bay Arcade has more than 100 of the most modern arcade games.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Avalanche Bay Arcade has more than 100 of the most modern arcade games.

10 . Wilderness Territory

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (608) 253 - 9729

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If Wilderness Territory were located anywhere other than Wisconsin Dells, no one would know quite what to think. Rather than being the largest indoor waterpark in a given state, Wilderness Territory claims the title of America’s Largest Waterpark Resort.

If you’re wondering what America’s largest waterpark resort looks like, think four outdoor waterparks, four indoor waterparks, seven indoor attractions including the new Tombstone Town and Haunted Hotel, six restaurants and two bars and lounges. That’s for starters. The accommodations range from standard hotel rooms to five-bedroom cabins, which pretty much ensures you’ll get the right surroundings for your Dells waterpark vacation. Of course the wilderness is a prevalent theme at Wilderness Territory, but you’re far from roughing it – besides the 3.2-acre Lost World outdoor waterpark, the 70,000-sq.-ft. Wild West indoor waterpark, the indoor arcade and two indoor mini golf courses, Wilderness Territory features the Wild Rock 18-hole championship golf course. Year-round Dells vacation, anyone?

Address

511 East Adams Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Fun facts

The square footage of all eight waterparks at Wilderness Territory is equal to 12 football fields.

Related Onsite Offerings

Wilderness Territory partners with Experience Based Learning (EBL) to offer five zip lines across six platform towers, the first treetop zip lining adventure in Wisconsin.

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