If you live in a place where it doesn’t really get cold in the winter, you are one of the happy people who can go to the pool or to the seaside any time of the year. But if you happen to live in a temperate climate, you will have to abandon your outdoorsy swimming habits until summer comes. Luckily, indoor pools are nothing new anymore, and you can always retreat to the safe air-conditioned environment of the indoor waterpark and swim or splash to your heart’s content. Here’s a list of the top 5 indoor waterparks in the US.
Wilderness Territory Waterpark Resort, Wisconsin Dells
This whopping 600 acre resort has four different parks (!) that stay at more or less the same pleasant temperature of 88 degrees. The winter might not be enough time to try out all the rides in these parks, but what you should definitely not miss is the Hurricane, a family rafting experience that will drop you over 50 feet, and then put you into a funnel and finally into something mimicking a hurricane. And for the truly adventurous, there’s the The Great Wave, a 15,450-square-foot wave pool that pits swimmers against five-foot swells.
Splash Lagoon, Erie, Pennsylvania
The Splash Lagoon is quite new as far as water parks go, which is fine, seeing as they got to use all the newest and best technologies. One of the greatest attractions of the park is the Tiki Treehouse, a kiddie ride that is a cross between a fortress and an obstacle course, with lots of bridges and the permanent danger of buckets of water falling on you. The two water slides of the park, Shark Attack and Black Hole, are fats and full of twists and turns.
Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Falls, Michigan
Boyne is known primarily as a ski resort, and after a good round of skiing, many tourists come to the 88,000-square-foot Avalanche Bay park to relax. If you want some adrenaline in your system, try the South Wall, a 25-foot-high climbing wall that pours torrents of water on the climbers, or the only surf simulator in Michigan, the fabulous Rip Zone.
Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, Ohio
Kalahari is the largest water park in the US under a single roof, so as you can imagine, the choice of rides is very extensive. Most of the rides are designed to extract a thrill or two out of you, especially the Zip Coaster, a 30 second blur of madness that launches swimmers through free-fall drops, on-a-dime turns, and tunnels.
Water Park of America, Bloomington, Minnesota
This 70,000 square foot park is right next to the humongous Mall of America, so tired shoppers can wet their feet and relax here. The highlight of all the rides is the 10-story-tall tower waterslide for raft riders that curves so much that the tube makes a loop outside the building. The surf simulator is also quite amazing, delivering waves at a speed of 25 to 30 mph.