Making Waves with Your Kids

Indoor waterparks top the list when it comes to tropical-style family adventures during the coldest months of the year. The best of these indoor adventure spots provide easy solutions for families short on time but ready to make waves. The fun quotient is high because at a waterpark flip-flops are essential; no sunscreen is needed; splashing is allowed; silliness encouraged, and laughter prevails.

Wilderness at the Smokies Wild Waterdome Wave Pool

The surf is always up at the wave pool under the Wild Waterdome dome at Wilderness at the Smokies in Tennessee.

There is really nothing to compare to the cacophony of sounds, almost 90 % humidity (no chance of rain) and bodies of all ages dressed in beach wear under a dome with chilly skies above. At indoor waterparks it isn’t always size that matters but the quality of the space which allows children of different ages to have fun without conflict.

The added value for families is that waterparks in the US and Canada offer families not just water thrills and an array of interactive ways to enjoy water play but also climbing walls, ziplines, laser tag theaters, black light mini golf, mini bowling, and glow-in-the-dark gaming arcades. Some of the best waterparks include:

Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tennessee.  The queen of American waterparks, the Wild Water Dome Indoor Waterpark spans seven acres and includes a Surf Rider wave pool, countless waterslides, tubing rides, tipping water bucket and wading pools.

Kalahari Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The family-friendly water complex contains offers Flowrider waves for surfing, lazy river floats, a water rollercoaster, lily pad jumps, and a spiral pipe flume ride.

World Waterpark in Edmonton Mall, Alberta.  The five-acre waterpark complex includes a beach supporting world’s largest wave pool so the surf is always up. There are more than 20 waterslides including super-fast body slides with free fall elements.

Sahara Sam’s in West Berlin, New Jersey. The largest indoor waterpark in the state includes Flowrider indoor surfing, family rafting, lazy river floating, super-fast, extra-long body slide, a water obstacle course, and toddler lagoon.

Splash Lagoon Erie, Pennsylvania.  One of the largest indoor wave pools in the Eastern US, an exhilarating aqua tumbler, a fast body slide, a thrilling tunnel slide, water basketball games, double-spinning rafts, lazy river, and laser tag.

Have fun making waves where ever you are.

Nancy Nelson-Duac

Family Travel Files


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