If your children are anything like ours, there is nothing better than the hotel swimming pool, no matter the destination. Our kids actually said they loved the hotel pool more than they loved the theme parks we took them to one year! Many hotel swimming pools have become the main vacation destination these days, complete with wave pools, lazy rivers, water slides and splash buckets. Here are 10 of our favorite hotel swimming pools across the country.
The resort with plenty of room options for families of all sizes is also the home of America’s largest indoor water park — 173,000 square feet in size, to be exact. A transparent roof overhead will make you forget you’re indoors (unless, of course, it’s snowing) while the kids ride the waves in the 12,000-square-foot wave pool. A lazy river, pools, water slides, uphill water rollercoaster and raft rides, including a swirling bowl raft ride, complete the park. Need more? In the summer, enjoy the outdoor water park with activity pools and hot tubs.
Your kids already get laughs from the family-friendly TV shows on Nickelodeon, so you know they’ll get a few more when staying at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort. Decorated in a myriad of colors with characters providing entertainment throughout the day, it’s the water park that will win your kids over. The zero-entry Lagoon pool features seven waterslides and flumes and a splash playground with water jets, climbing nets and–what else–slime dump from the 400-gallon dump tank. Not enough? Head over to the more intimate Oasis Pool for more waterslides and flumes and a preschooler-friendly splash zone.
You’ve guessed right: This hotel is part of Six Flags Great Escape and offers the thrills and fun of a Six Flags theme park, but all within the grounds of the resort. Cross the street to enjoy the land-based coasters and rides at Six Flags before returning to the lodge and enjoying its water park. The 38,000-square-foot indoor White Water Bay water park includes the Avalanche family raft ride, a kiddie pool, Tak-it-Eesi-Creek lazy river, Lott-A-Watta-Bay and the Tall Timbers Treehouse play structure with water slides. For an additional fee, kids can surf (or learn how to!) at Boogie Bear Surf.
The sprawling resort complex features 11 pools, including the Grotto Pool with its cascading waterfalls, the zero-entry River Pool that connects to a lazy river and kiddie pools like Splashers Water Playground, a Mayan-themed water play area with slides, rope and net bridges and plenty of ways to get wet. But that’s not all! Atlantis’ pools are just one component of Aquaventure, its 141-acre water park that is free to all guests. From slow-moving or fast-churning river rides to waterslides of all heights, it’s easy to forget there is a beautiful blue ocean just steps away.
With a name like Disney, you know you’re going to be in for a treat at one of its hotels, and the Grand Californian near Disneyland doesn’t disappoint. The Redwood Pool, centered around a Redwood Tree-themed and shaped waterslide is almost good enough to make the kids say “Mickey, who?” It’s also just one stop in the resort’s water complex, which also features the Fountain Pool and its artisan turtle fountain, and the Mariposa Pool and its private cabanas and hot tub.
Sure, you could enjoy the massive surf along Wailea Beach, but why would you need to with the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool? The 25,700-square-foot, 2,000-foot-long pool complex is made up of nine pools connected by a river that varies from lazy to rapids. Four jungle pools, a Tarzan rope swing pool, six waterfalls, an infant pool, five waterslides, three hot tubs and the world’s only water elevator round out the fun.
In the self-proclaimed “Water Park Capital of the World,” the Wisconsin Dells’ multiple water parks are enough to turn your kids into prunes. Still, the Great Wolf Lodge, located in the heart of the Dells, provides a place to rest weary wet heads after a day splashing indoors or out in its water parks. Fort Mackenzie is a four-story, super-soaker, treehouse-themed indoor water park with rope bridges, soaker buckets and water slides. In Coyote Canyon, ride the enclosed 436-foot water slide before landing in its splash pool, or hit Crooked Creek for a lazy river ride. During the summer months, families can play at the outdoor Thunder Bay water park.
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