Ohio’s Indoor Waterparks offer great family getaways any time of year
By Meg Schultz

Ohio’s Indoor Waterparks offer great family getaways any time of year

Whether the weather outside is frightful or delightful, it’s a balmy 84 degrees in Ohio’s exciting indoor waterparks! With eight parks throughout Ohio offering unique combinations of waterslides, water rides, pools, full-service spas and more, kids will have a blast splashing, playing and laughing the day away while parents can kick-back, relax and unwind poolside or jump right in and experience the excitement for themselves.

Best of all, family-sized, comfortable hotel rooms are just steps away, making for a no-stress family getaway!

Castaway Bay at Cedar Point

Sandusky

With its tropical theme, guests at Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay feel like they have just landed on an island paradise upon entering this lush indoor waterpark resort. Take a spin on one of the three Tropical Tube Slides, or go for an adventure on Rendezvous Run, a 35-foot-high, 520-foot long, water ride that propels riders uphill using water jets, then twists riders through a maze of slides in the water park.

Castaway Bay features 237 hotel rooms and suites including family-oriented units, a 38,000-square-foot indoor waterpark loaded with water activities for all ages, a day spa, fitness center, 6,000-square-foot arcade, a craft and child activity center and three restaurants.

Great Wolf Lodge

Sandusky

This enormous north woods-themed waterpark includes eight water slides, five pools – indoor recreation pool, zero-depth entry children’s pool, giant water fort and a leisure river; and two whirlpools — family and adult.

The Soak’n Oak Springs 16-foot soft play tree house is a favorite for children and those young at heart. Stay in one of the Great Wolf Lodge’s 271 family-sized suites that capture the atmosphere and adventure of the north woods. Other amenities include two casual, themed family restaurants, a spacious arcade, a fitness center and a gift emporium.

Great Wolf Lodge

Mason (Near Cincinnati, next to Kings Island)

A sister resort to the Great Wolf Lodge property in Sandusky, Great Wolf Lodge in Mason features a 79,000-square-foot indoor water park, with the only water roller coaster in the country. Situated next to Kings Island, the lodge boasts twelve waterslides, seven pools, and a four-story treehouse water fort. Go for a spin on Coyote Cannon, where you twist, turn and loop back and forth along the 436-foot enclosed slide. Great Wolf Lodge in Mason is a north woods-themed family resort with 401 all-suite guest rooms, a full-service spa, fitness center, themed restaurants and a 7,000 square-foot arcade.

Kalahari Resort

Sandusky

Kalahari Resort in Sandusky is America’s largest indoor waterpark, boasting 80,000-square-feet of African-inspired excitement. Stand up and surf or boogie board on the five-foot ocean-like waves of FlowRider®, ride the Zip Coaster uphill roller coaster slide or just chill out on the lazy river or at the spa. The little ones will love the Leopard’s Lair and Crocodile Cove play areas. The resort features nearly 900 African-themed guest rooms and suites, a fitness center, spa, shopping and dining. For extra comfort, opt to rent your own private indoor cabana!

Splash Harbor

Bellville (south of Mansfield on I-71)

Splash Harbor’s 6,000-square-foot tropical-themed atrium, with a retractable roof, lets the sunshine stream in and keeps the cold out during the winter months. There are plenty of water activities to enjoy including a 49-foot looping water slide that shoots more than 600 gallons of water per minute; a floating raft; a hot tub area for adults; a family hot tub area; a water spray area with shooting geysers, spraying palm trees and water-dumping buckets; a large swimming pool with two basketball hoops; and a kiddie pool area that is gated off from the main pool.

Rainwater Park 

Sandusky

Rain indoor waterpark offers thrill slides and water play, featuring a 50-foot tower with two giant slides (each more than 250 feet long). There is a play structure with additional water activities and an outdoor pool. As the name indicates, waterpark guests are frequently showered with rain.

CoCo Key Water Resort – Crowne Plaza Cincinnati North

Cincinnati

This 50,000-square-foot indoor water park features four-story water slides, lazy river, buckets that dump several gallons of water every few seconds and more fun-filled water activities. There also are exciting arcade games, birthday party rooms and more.

For more family fun getaways, visit ohio.org.

About the Author

Meg is the Public Relations Coordinator for TourismOhio and works on consumer-facing content for print and digital publications. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in her hometown of Columbus.

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