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Winter Water Park Destinations for the Family

Winter Water Park Destinations for the Family

Winter Water Park Destinations for the Family

When winter just won’t quit, indoor water parks can be just the thing you need to recharge and help you make it through a couple more months. The truth is, indoor waterparks make a great destination at any time of year because you’ll never get rained out, it’ll never be too hot or too sunny and you are always guaranteed a huge amount of fun. If you are looking for a great destination for the family, each of these has one or more indoor water parks that can help you put together a great family vacation in the winter, and maybe even outdoors for a little winter weather fun. Here are our picks for winter water park destinations for the family.


Branson, Missouri is an all around family friendly destination, with parks, family theaters, music venues, the classic destination attractions and small town charm too. Two indoor parks, Castle Rock Resort and Grand Country are open through the winter months for anyone needing to feel like they are back in summer. The best part, the entire town transforms around Christmas time, so you can plan for holiday fun and get a little wet and wild.


Wisconsin Dells claims to be the waterpark capital of the world, and indeed there are more waterparks here than you could easily count in one drive through town. Set pretty far north, many waterpark owners saw the benefits of creating indoor or both indoor and outdoor parks, to bring more guests in year round. Among the biggest water parks to enjoy during the winter months are Mt. Olympus, Wilderness Lodge and Kalahari. In addition to the water parks,

Wisconsin Dells offers days worth of additional family friendly entertainment and dining options.


If you want to get away from the cold weather, and experience a little bit of summer, Orlando, Florida is the destination for you. Disney World operates two outdoor water parks- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. Both are right in the middle of what is likely the family entertainment capital of the country, and not just on account of Disney, there are several other entertainment attractions nearby and hotel accommodations in just about every budget range. Disney water parks are open year round and charge about the same amount as water parks in other destinations do.


Traverse City, Michigan is a great winter and summer destination, and Avalanche Bay is an interesting Bavarian themed water park spread out over 80,000 square feet that features a lazy river, a water roller coaster and tamer family and children areas for little ones. There are several nearby resort lodgings and budget hotels, as well as the outdoor recreation and ski options for families wanting to fit it all in on a single vacation.


Alaska might not sound like the place to go in the middle of winter, or a water park destination, but anyone that is already headed for an Alaskan vacation and residents of Alaska wanting a warm water break. In Anchorage, H2Oasis is part of a small entertainment zone, where hotels, family fun centers, live music venues and restaurants are clustered. While temperatures outside are pretty frigid, nearby Denali National Park is an entirely different place than it is during the summer and spring months, and season celebrations are thrown to celebrate the culture, area and time of year.

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