Family Favorite: Indoor Waterparks
Do you ever wonder why indoor waterparks are so popular? For one, it's a nice break from the cold winter weather, where you can head inside to a balmy 86 degrees.
Indoor waterparks also offer a range of entertainment for all ages - from shallow water toddler play areas to exhilarating slides, from arcades to spas. You'll often see groups of teens learning to surf - but also teens helping younger siblings on the lazy river, or families shooting baskets in the basketball area. You'll find everyone playing in the wave pool.
Each waterpark resort has many activities for kids - painting, coloring, treasure hunts, story times, and crafts. Of course, all the waterparks boast restaurants, gift shops, and bars.
In warmer weather guests can play in outdoor pool areas, with ziplines, spray pools, play pools, slides, and other attractions.
Here are the top three indoor waterpark resorts in the Midwest:
Kalahari Indoor Waterpark Resort
Kalahari has two locations - Sandusky, Ohio (near Cedar Point), and in the Wisconsin Dells. The owners of Kalahari started with a Pizza Pub Restaurant in the Dells - and noticed a demand for year-round vacations. They opened the Raintree Resort in 1997, and opened the Kalahari in 2000. The Wisconsin Dells property has an indoor theme park, as well, which includes a 6 story Ferris wheel, ropes course, climbing wall, go-carts, laser tag, and more. Both locations have indoor and outdoor waterparks (outdoor open in warm weather). The rooms (and hallways) are African themed, with many textiles and wood carvings from Africa.
Key Lime Cove
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Located in Gurnee, Illinois (close to all that shopping!), Key Lime Cove is definitely a themed park. The indoor waterpark area is the smallest of the three here, but there is plenty to do. There's an indoor shopping arcade, Key West-themed. The rooms are whitewashed walls with tropical color accents. While at Key Lime Cove, you'll definitely feel as if you are visiting an indoor Key Lime, Florida.