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Top 12 Water Park Resorts in the U.S.

Want to plan that perfect vacation spent enjoying fun and relaxation in the water? There are many resorts that offer indoor or outdoor water parks, and sometimes both. Think time spent lazily floating on a winding river and enjoying thrilling rides down waterslides. From Florida to Arizona and the famous water resorts in Wisconsin Dells, you’re sure to find the perfect place to enjoy a water-filled getaway among these properties.

CoCo Key Resort and Water - Orlando, Florida CoCo Key Hotel and Water Park Resort
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CoCo Key Resort and Water - Orlando, Florida

The CoCo Key Resort and Water is sure to please all while being in one of America’s top vacation spots for theme park fun, home to everything from Disney World to Universal Studios. In fact, it even offers shuttle service to them so you enjoy a great mix of both. It has three heated pools, dozens of slides, a poolside tiki bar, and countless other kid-friendly water features. There’s also a large arcade for indoor fun, a spa, and a wide range of restaurants. Rooms are colorful and spacious, sleeping up to four, with amenities like Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. Some come with pool views too.

Key Amenities:

  • Shuttle service to Disney and Universal Studios

  • Three heated pools and dozens of waterslides

  • Wide range of restaurants on-site

Chula Vista Resort - Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Chula Vista Resort
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Chula Vista Resort - Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Chula Vista Resort offers the total water park experience as one of the most popular water park hotels in Wisconsin. Located near downtown, it has a massive indoor and outdoor water park with over two dozen slides, a wave pool, a kiddie river area, Adventure Lagoon, and more. There’s an 18-hole golf course, mini-golf course, and arcade too. Afterward, relax at the decadent spa and enjoy the resort’s restaurants that serve various cuisine that’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Rooms are wide-ranging, too, with everything from guest rooms to villas that sleep up to eight. They’re dog-friendly and come with all the necessary amenities, like flat-screen TVs, microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges.

Key Amenities:

  • Indoor and outdoor water park with over two dozen slides, a wave pool, and a kiddie river

  • Home to an 18-hole golf course, mini-golf course, and arcade

  • Rooms feature microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges

  • Variety of restaurants on-site

Crown Reef Beach Resort & Waterpark - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark
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Crown Reef Beach Resort & Waterpark - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Named by multiple publications as one of the best resorts for water fun in the world, the Crown Reef Beach Resort & Waterpark hosts a year-round water park with an 8-foot-high slide for little ones, a 302-foot single-person slide, and a 278-foot two-person tube slide. There’s a children’s play area with fun ways to splash around, multiple swimming pools, shaded whirlpools, a huge four-story sundeck, and the longest lazy river along the oceanfront in town. Plus, guests can enjoy a coinless arcade with lots of favorites, from air hockey to video games, an ice cream shop, a coffee bar, and an oceanfront eatery. It includes accommodation to suit a wide range of groups and families, including oceanfront suites and efficiencies with private ocean-view balconies, a three-bedroom condo, and a three-bedroom beach house.

Key Amenities:

  • Year-round water park with multiple waterslides, including an 8-foot-high slide for the little ones

  • Multiple swimming pools, whirlpools, and an oceanfront lazy river

  • Coinless arcade with air hockey and video games

  • Accommodations to suit groups and families, including ocean-view balconies

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa - Phoenix, Arizona Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
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Arizona Grand Resort & Spa - Phoenix, Arizona

A popular water park resort in Arizona with everything you need for fun right on the property, the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa hosts the Oasis Water Park, which features the Slide Canyon Tower, a pair of eight-story waterslides that plunge for an astounding 51 feet. There’s a lazy river, a wave pool, and hot tubs too. Guests can also take advantage of the golf course, enjoy decadent treatments at the full-service spa, and plenty of tasty meals on-site. Rooms provide many of the comforts of home, with the guest suites including separate living rooms with a queen sofa bed, spacious bathrooms, minibars, flat-screen TVs, and a private balcony or patio.

Key Amenities:

  • Water park with lazy river, wave pool, and pair of 8-story waterslides

  • Home to a golf course, full-service spa, and multiple restaurants

  • Rooms feature a private balcony or patio and separate living room areas with a queen sofa bed

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Kalahari Resorts
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Kalahari Resorts & Conventions – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Located in Wisconsin Dells, a place renowned for its impressive water parks, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions includes an indoor water park with tube slides, a wave simulator, a flow-rider with lessons included, a lazy river, and an outdoor water park. There’s a ton of entertainment here, including a more than six-story Ferris wheel, games like Atomic Rush and Arizona Sunshine, and an indulgent indoor/outdoor spa. Halotherapy sessions are even available when you’re in need of rejuvenation and an immune system boost. Rooms are safari-themed and include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves. Many come with balconies too. There are also upgraded options like suites with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and kitchens.

Key Amenities:

  • Indoor and outdoor waterpark with tube slides, a wave simulator, a flow-rider, and a lazy river

  • Home to a six-story Ferris wheel and arcade games

  • Indoor/outdoor spa with halotherapy sessions

  • Safari-themed rooms with mini-fridges and microwaves, some with balconies

Great Wolf Lodge - Concord, North Carolina The wave pool at Great Wolf Lodge
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Great Wolf Lodge - Concord, North Carolina

Great Wolf Lodge is renowned for its family-friendly fun with properties across the country. It’s known as one of the best for those who want to enjoy one of North Carolina’s best water parks right on the property, with four pools and nearly a dozen water slides. As it’s indoors, kept at a constant 84 degrees year-round, it can be enjoyed anytime. There are also activities for the kids, like live-action adventure games, storytime for little ones, mini-golf, a ropes course, immersive theater, and a wide range of dining options. Lodge-style suites include standard amenities like mini-fridges, microwaves, and TVs. Some have whirlpool tubs too. There are also options that are sure to please the kids, like cave-themed sleeping areas, mini-log cabins, and tents.

Key Amenities:

  • Indoor waterpark with four pools kept at 84 degrees year-round and nearly a dozen waterslides

  • Live-action adventure games and storytime for the little ones

  • Home to a ropes course, immersive theatre, and mini-golf course

  • Lodge-style suites with amenities like mini-fridges and microwaves, some with whirlpool tubs

Arizona Biltmore - Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Biltmore
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Arizona Biltmore - Phoenix, Arizona

The gorgeous Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, offers plenty of luxuries and is one of Phoenix’s top water park resorts with a 92-foot-tall waterslide, eight swimming pools, poolside cabanas, and a poolside restaurant. There are several other eateries too, along with two golf courses, a fitness center, and a lavish spa. Accommodations include everything from luxe guest rooms and suites to villas, all with flat-screen TVs, minibars, private balconies or patios, as well as big windows showcasing views of the resort and pool. Some even have their own fire pits, so you can relax outdoors by the warmth on chillier winter evenings.

Key Amenities:

  • Waterpark with slides, eight swimming pools, poolside cabanas, and a pool front restaurant

  • Home to two golf courses, a fitness center, and a lavish spa

  • Accommodation in rooms, suites, and villas with minibars and private balconies or patios, some with fire pits

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Orlando, Florida Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites
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Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Orlando, Florida

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites is just a mile from the Disney theme parks while offering a more affordable stay that includes the chance to enjoy one of Orlando’s top water park resorts in between the other amusements. It also hosts a 4D Theater Experience, arcade, and Batman Laser Challenge when you need a break from all the sunshine outdoors. There are weekly activities like family trivia, movie nights, and game shows, along with poolside eats and Marketplace Dining. Accommodation is in colorful one- or two-bedroom suites with kitchens and dining tables, separate living areas, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Some have bunk beds too.

Key Amenities:

  • Home to a 4D Theater, arcade, and Batman Laser Challenge

  • Weekly activities like family trivia, movie nights, and game shows

  • Accommodation in one- or two-bedroom suites with kitchen, dining room, and separate living areas

Moody Gardens - Galveston, Texas Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
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Moody Gardens - Galveston, Texas

Moody Gardens has lots to offer for families and other guests with a wide range of amenities that include a seasonal water park with a lazy river, water slides, a wave pool, and a splash pad. It’s the total entertainment complex. There’s also a rainforest zoo, an aquarium with everything from seals and sharks to stingrays, a 3D IMAX theater, and a thrilling zip line. A live music series is hosted too. Multiple dining options are on-site, and there’s also a spa and an 18-hole golf course. Rooms offer panoramic views of the bay, marinas, and more, with amenities like free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, bathrobes, and comfy beds.

Key Amenities:

  • Seasonal water park with a lazy river, waterslides, wave pool, and splash pad

  • Home to a rainforest zoo, aquarium, 3D IMAX theater, 18-hole golf course, and zip line

  • Multiple dining options on-site

Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort - Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin The Wild WaterDome at the Wilderness Resort
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Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort - Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

The Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort is the country’s largest water park resort and one of the best resorts in the Wisconsin Dells, making it a no-brainer for families and others who want to enjoy a wide range of amenities that include four indoor and four outdoor water parks. They are so vast that they cover what would equal more than 12 football fields. Enjoy relaxing in the Wild West Indoor Cabanas, floating on the lazy river, and enjoying the thrills on the body slides. The swim-up bar is a great place to unwind with a cocktail, and if you’re looking for a fitness challenge, there’s a rope course too. Other activities include rock climbing, laser tag, go-karts, and 3D mini-golf. You’ll find a wide array of options for accommodation, too, with rooms, condos, cabins, and villas. Standard amenities include free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with some of the higher-end options, including fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, or even kitchens.

Key Amenities:

  • Four indoor and four outdoor water parks with a lazy river, body slides, and a swim-up bar

  • Access to activities like a ropes course, laser tag, rock climbing, go-karts, and 3D mini-golf

  • Accommodation in rooms, condos, cabins, and villas, some with fireplaces, kitchens, and whirlpool tubs

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark – Monticello, New York The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark
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The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark – Monticello, New York

Located in the Catskills, The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark is one of the country’s newest indoor water park resorts. It offers two acres of thrills, including a lazy river, FlowRider surf simulator, seven water slides, a sprayground for tiny tots, and a heated indoor/outdoor pool. Other activities include a bowling alley, rock climbing, ropes courses, and an arcade. Daily scheduled activities are offered too and you’ll find a variety of different dining options. Accommodation is ideal for families, including options for multi-bedroom suites and rooms with bunk beds.

Key Amenities:

  • Indoor water park with a lazy river, FlowRider surf simulator, water slides, and a sprayground

  • Home to a bowling alley, rock climbing wall, a ropes course, and an arcade

  • Daily scheduled activities

  • Family-friendly multi-bedroom rooms and suites with bunk beds

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center - Grapevine, Texas Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
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Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center - Grapevine, Texas

One of the Lone Star State’s top water park resorts, the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center sits along the shores of Lake Grapevine and hosts a great waterpark, open between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Spread over 10 acres, the Paradise Springs Water Park includes a 6,000-square-foot family lagoon with a long lazy river, a huge multi-level water playhouse, and four winding water slides. Guests will have easy access to water sports on the lake too. The property also includes gorgeous indoor garden atriums, a lavish spa offering skin therapies, body treatments, and more, and outstanding bars and restaurants. Those who book a regular room will get four complimentary passes to the water park, while suite guests get six. All have standard amenities like flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers. Suites include separate living areas and dining tables.

Key Amenities:

  • 6000-square-foot family lagoon with a lazy river, multi-level water playhouse, and water slides

  • Access to water sports on the lake

  • Home to an indoor garden atrium, lavish spa, and multiple bars and restaurants

  • Complimentary passes to the water park

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