If you love the beach, you probably like water parks too. Although they aren’t as incredibly wonderful as the beach, I think they’re a good substitute when being at the beach isn’t possible. An indoor water park is especially appreciated in the depths of winter when you live in a cold climate.
Most Popular Outdoor Water Parks in the US (2016)
1. Typhoon Lagoon at Disney World in Orlando, FL
2. Blizzard Beach at Disney World in Orlando, FL
3. Aquatica at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL
4. Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, TX
5. Water Country USA in Williamsburg, VA
6. Adventure Island in Tampa, FL
7. Schlitterbahn in Galveston, TX
8. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Austell, GA near Atlanta
If you’re looking for an outdoor water park, and none of these are convenient, do a Google search for “outdoor water parks near me”.
Indoor Water Parks
While I enjoy outdoor water parks as much as the next person, it’s an indoor water park that I crave during the long, dark, cold days of winter. The water! The warmth! The humidity! Yes! It’s a mini vacation close to home.
Great Wolf Resorts is the largest chain of indoor water parks in the North America with Great Wolf Lodges – the name of their indoor waterpark resorts – in…
- Fitchburg, MA near Boston
- The Poconos Mountains, PA
- LaGrange, GA near Atlanta
- Concord, NC near Charlotte
- Grapevine, TX
- Williamsburg, VA
- Bloomington, MN
- Mason, OH near Cincinnati
- Kansas City, KS
- Sandusky, OH
- Traverse City, MI
- Wisconsin Dells, WI
- Garden Grove, CA near Anaheim
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Grand Mound, WA
- Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Six Flags Water Parks is another large chain of water park operators, but most of their parks are outdoors. The exception is Six Flags Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury, NY. Queensbury is in the Adirondacks.
Schlitterbahn in Galveston, TX has both indoor and outdoor sections.
Splash Lagoon in Erie, PA. It’s a Polynesian –themed 80,000 sq. ft. water park in a family vacation resort with three connected hotels.
Aquatopia at Camelback Resort in Tannersville, PA. It’s the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast featuring 125,000 sq. ft. of fun. Tannersville, PA is in the Poconos.
Cascades Indoor Waterpark at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland, NY. Cortland is in New York’s Finger Lakes region in central NY state.
Massanutten Water Park is part of Massanutten Resort in McGaheysville, VA. It includes indoor and outdoor water parks. McGaheysville, VA is near Shenandoah National Park.
Big Splash Adventure in French Lick, IN. French Lick is in southern Indiana.
Splash Water Park in Cincinnati, OH
If you’re looking for an indoor water park, and none of the above are conveniently located, do a Google search for “indoor water parks near me”.
Or, if you don’t want to limit your choices, do your search with the search parameters “water parks near me.”
Other Effective Water Park Searches
If you’re still looking for water parks near you, you might want to try one or more of the following searches:
Poconos resorts water parks
Wisconsin Dells indoor water parks
Indoor water parks in PA
Indoor water parks in MA
Indoor water parks in NY
Indoor water parks in VA
Indoor water parks in Texas
Note: I included these regions and states because they have the highest concentration of indoor water parks.
If you’re on this website, you probably feel like I do. The beach is the best place to be. However, as the Rolling Stones famously sang “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well, you might find, you get what you need.” That’s where water parks come in. Now, if only they’d add sand, we’d have indoor beaches! A girl can dream.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin