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Best indoor water park? Readers vote Aquatopia

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Winning water park features a transparent roof for sun all year long

Whether it's cold outside or you just need a break from the summer sun, indoor water parks offer an opportunity for watery fun no matter the season. 

  • Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark
    Tannersville, Penn.

    Aquatopia at Camelback Resort in the Poconos boasts 125,000 square feet of water-filled fun, featuring seven pools (including a wave pool), 13 slides, an adventure river and a water play structure with nearly 100 gadgets and interactive elements and a 1,000-gallon dumping bucket. A highlight for thrill-seekers is Storm Chaser, one of the longest indoor, uphill water coasters in the USA. Visitors looking to relax can work on their tan year-round thanks to Aquatopia's transparent roof.
    Photo courtesy of Camelback Resort

  • Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells
    Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

    There's a little something for everyone at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells, the self-proclaimed Water Park Capital of the World. Little ones can splish and splash in Fort Mackenzie or Cub Paw Pool, while adrenaline junkies can choose between numerous slides, including mat racing and a flume. Relaxation takes the form of a lazy river and hot springs.
    Photo courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

  • Wilderness at the Smokies
    Sevierville, Tenn.

    Located just outside of family-friendly Pigeon Forge, Wilderness at the Smokies is home to Wild WaterDome, Tennessee's largest indoor water park. Exclusive to resort guests, the park features a transparent roof for year-round tanning, a 10,000-square-foot wave pool, a 1,000-square-foot hot tub, three-story ropes course, five-story family raft ride, waterslides, an aquatic play structure and a surf simulator.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / FamVeld

  • Wilderness Resort
    Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

    Wilderness Resort at Wisconsin Dells features eight (yes, eight) different indoor and outdoor water parks all on site. Among the indoor parks, the 65,000 Klondike Kavern boasts thrill rides and a tall play feature; the 70,000-square-foot Wild WaterDome with its transparent roof actually allows guests to tan in the sunlight; the Wild West is the biggest indoor water park, with tubes, slides and bumper boats; and Cubby’s Cove has basketball hoops, geysers and a hot tub that looks out of the lake.
    Photo courtesy of Wilderness Resort

  • Massanutten Resort
    Massanutten, Va.

    Guests of Massanutten in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley have eight waterslides, a leisure river, hot tubs and the state's first and biggest FlowRider surf simulator to choose from. Kid-friendly Frog Pond offers pint-sized thrills, while the whole family will enjoy the water cannons and gadgets of the Massanutten Meltdown play structure. An indoor/outdoor hot tub sets the scene for year-round relaxation.
    Photo courtesy of Massanutten Resort

  • Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark
    Lake Geneva, Wis.

    Timber Ridge Lodge in Lake Geneva, Wis. is home to a 50,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor waterpark, where visitors can zip down 35-foot slides, drift along a calm 500-foot lazy river, get moving in an activity pool or kick back and relax in an indoor/outdoor hot tub.
    Photo courtesy of Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

  • Kahuna Laguna
    North Conway, N.H.

    New Hampshire's 40,000-square-foot Kahuna Laguna indoor water park was the first of its kind in northern New England. Located on the grounds of Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, the park offers a bit of splashy fun for everyone, including high-speed tube slides and a wave pool for adrenaline junkies, water basketball for competitive sorts and a play tower complete with water cannons and a 175-gallon tipping bucket.
    Photo courtesy of Kahuna Laguna

  • Splash Lagoon
    Erie, Penn.

    The Polynesian-themed Splash Lagoon is home to the biggest indoor wave pool in the Eastern United States, as well as other unique water-centric attractions. Guests can test themselves on the ropes course high above the water or float along the lazy river. For adrenaline-seekers, the Black Hole water slide submerges riders into total darkness. In total, the park features nine different waterslides – one tube reaches 40 miles per hour – as well as five on-site restaurant/bars and shops.
    Photo courtesy of Splash Lagoon

  • Great Wolf Lodge Mason
    Mason, Ohio

    This Great Wolf Lodge near Cincinnati packs a big punch of fun, with water coasters, raft rides, body slides, a wave pool, water fort tree house, lazy river and activity pool. Two giant hot tubs sooth cares away, while private cabanas give families a place to unwind.
    Photo courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

  • Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark
    Galveston

    Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, the third water park resort in the Schlitterbahn franchise, features 26 acres of aquatic action, including three indoor areas: Blastenhoff, Surfenburg and Wasserfest. This means no matter the season, guests can bob in a wave pool, face off on dueling uphill water coasters, shoot down waterslides, splash in a kids' activity area or hang ten on the Boogie Bahn surf ride.
    Photo courtesy of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts

The top 10 winners in the category Best Indoor Water Park are as follows:

  1. Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark - Tannersville, Penn.
  2. Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells - Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
  3. Wilderness at the Smokies - Sevierville, Tenn.
  4. Wilderness Resort - Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
  5. Massanutten Resort - Massanutten, Va.
  6. Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark - Lake Geneva, Wis.
  7. Kahuna Laguna - North Conway, N.H.
  8. Splash Lagoon - Erie, Penn.
  9. Great Wolf Lodge Mason - Mason, Ohio
  10. Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark - Galveston

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning water parks!

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