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Best Indoor Water Park (2021)

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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. 

  • DreamWorks Water Park

    DreamWorks Water Park
    East Rutherford, New Jersey

    DreamWorks Water Park is part of the American Dream shopping and entertainment complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and is the "largest indoor water park in North America." Attractions include a hydro-magnetic roller coaster, a wave pool, a lazy river, and an eight-lane racing slide.
    Photo courtesy of DreamWorks Water Park

  • Kalahari Resorts

    Kalahari Resorts
    Multiple Locations

    Kalahari Resorts is an African-themed water park resort chain with four locations throughout the United States. The resorts' water parks include uphill water coasters, surfing simulators, water slides, seasonal outdoor water features, and an underwater virtual reality attraction.
    Photo courtesy of Kalahari Resorts

  • Massanutten 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

  • Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark

    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 Resorts

    Great Wolf Lodge Resorts
    Multiple Locations

    Great Wolf Resorts (formerly known as Great Wolf Lodge) is a chain of eighteen indoor water park resorts located in the United States and Canada. The resorts' water parks include indoor and seasonal outdoor activities such as tube rides, wave pools, water slides, hot tubs, and surfing simulators.
    Photo courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge Resort

  • Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

    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

  • Sahara Sam's

    Sahara Sam's
    West Berlin, NJ

    Sahara Sam's Oasis indoor water park is located in West Berlin, New Jersey - a short drive outside Philadelphia, and offers year-round water park fun. Some of their most popular attractions include head-first mat racing slides, a "lazy river" tube ride, a body surf simulator, and a family raft ride.
    Photo courtesy of kali9 // Getty Images

  • Splash Lagoon

    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 restaurants/bars and shops.
    Photo courtesy of Splash Lagoon

  • Kahuna Laguna

    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

  • Wings & Waves

    Wings & Waves
    Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

    Wings & Waves Waterpark is a short drive south of Portland in McMinnville, Oregon. Guests can enjoy water slides for all ages, a "vortex pool", and a high-velocity body slide. Located at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, many of the activities are themed around air and space travel.
    Photo courtesy of Imgorthand // Getty Images

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

  1. DreamWorks Water Park - East Rutherford, New Jersey
  2. Kalahari Resorts - Multiple Locations
  3. Massanutten Resort - Massanutten, Va.
  4. Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark - Tannersville, Penn.
  5. Great Wolf Lodge Resorts - Multiple Locations
  6. Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark - Lake Geneva, Wis.
  7. Sahara Sam's - West Berlin, NJ
  8. Splash Lagoon - Erie, Penn.
  9. Kahuna Laguna - North Conway, N.H.
  10. Wings & Waves - Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

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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