Not Going Anywhere for President’s Day? No Problem! Escape the Winter Doldrums at these Indoor Water Parks
It’s always a tropical mid-80s inside at these indoor water parks, even in the middle of winter. Can’t head to the islands? You can still have fun with the family this President’s Day.
1. Dunes Village Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC (http://www.dunesvillage.com/) The most complex indoor water park on the area’s wide, beautiful beaches, the Dunes Village Resort keeps grownups and kids happy. Adult-sized indoor water slides, an expansive pool and lots of places for kids to play keep you entertained during the day. A spa and on-site restaurants give you a chance to relax outside of the water.
2. Castaway Bay, Sandusky, OH (http://www.castawaybay.com/) It gets cold up north during the winter. Luckily, Castaway Bay keeps you on your game all winter. The wave pool and interactive area let you play all day, but you’ll get the most thrills going down the indoor water coaster again and again.
3. Water Park of America, Bloomington, MN (https://www.waterparkofamerica.com/) The biggest indoor water park in the country, Water Park of America has 70,000 square feet of action. Boogie board on the surfing simulator or ride a raft down the family raft ride. You’re sure to sleep well after a long day’s winter adventure.
4. Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort and Family Adventure Center, Sevierville, TN http://www.wildernessatthesmokies.com/) If you’d rather catch some rays than catch a ride down the nearest ski mountain, head to Pigeon Forge. The indoor water park gives you a chance to lounge poolside with the sun on your face. Pull on your rashguard and 50+ UV protection to cover up and keep everything in place as you explore the tube slides, wave pool and giant hot tub.
5. Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove, CA (https://www.greatwolf.com/southern-california/waterpark-attractions/activities) Although you can find this resort chain across the United States, the newest iteration just landed in southern California. Spend a rainy day indoors at the Great Wolf Lodge. So much is geared toward the kids that they’ll thank you for years after you leave. Hopefully you’ll also be able to sneak away to the spa to get a little rejuvenation for yourself.
Even though you’re not outside, you’ll need to cover up at the indoor water park, because UVA rays can make it through those beautiful glass ceilings that keep the area warm and sunny. Sun protective clothing lets you run around with the kids as you protect your skin from the winter sunshine.