9 Best Indoor Water Parks in Wisconsin (2022)

When the midwest freezes over in the winter, many of us long for the freedom and comfort of warmer days.

There’s no need to hop a flight to a tropical location to catch a break from the cold. Just head to one of these indoor water parks in Wisconsin (and a few in Illinois), where it’s 80+ degrees all year round!


1. Breaker Bay at Blue Harbor Resort

725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan, WI 53081
(920) 452-2900
blueharborresort.com

*** NOTE: Due to resort occupancy and COVID-19 protocols, daily waterpark passes may not be available for purchase by non-resort guests at this time. ***

An hour north of Milwaukee, it’s always a comfortable 84 degrees inside Blue Harbor’s 54,000-square-foot entertainment area and waterpark, located inside of a stately resort along the shores of Lake Michigan.

The little ones can head to the colorful Toddler Tides play structure for an age-appropriate waterslide and fun spray features. Older kids will love the four-story water center with suspension bridges, cargo nets, and four thrilling waterslides. Two of the waterslides are three stories high! The whole family can head to the recreation pool for water basketball and sea creatures you can climb on. There’s also a leisure river and whirlpool when you‘re ready to relax.

Don’t miss the Riptide, the only double surf simulator in eastern Wisconsin. Use their boards to boogie board and surf on the waves here year round.

If you want to feel like a VIP, rent a private cabana for your family right alongside the water park. Lounge on comfortable furniture, and enjoy a flat screen television and mini-fridge stocked with bottled water.

Head to the Pier Fun Zone Arcade to win prizes, or try your hand at glow-in-the-dark miniature golf. The bright neon balls and decorations make for a memorable experience.

During the summer months, guests have access to Lake Michigan and a beautiful view of it from the outdoor pool. There’s also a lovely walking path along the water.


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2. Springs Water Park at The Ingleside Hotel

2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee, WI 53072
(262) 547-0201
theinglesidehotel.com

Photo Credit: Instagram, @springswaterpark

Over 45,000 square feet of water park adventures await you just outside of Milwaukee at Springs Water Park. Your family will love exploring the high-speed raft and body slides, the relaxing lazy river, an activity pool with water basketball and a lily pad rope walk, indoor and outdoor whirlpools, and an interactive arcade.

Don’t miss the the Triple Dog Dare, a 362-foot-long boat slide for up to three people. Little kids can head to Waukesha Waterworks, a zero-depth entry interactive area with a 600-gallon dump bucket, squirting water cannons, small water slides, water geysers, and more.


3. Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

7020 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 249-3400
timberridgelodge.com

Photo Credit: Facebook, @TimberRidgeWaterpark

Moose Mountain Falls is less than an hour’s drive from Milwaukee, and it’s Timber Ridge Lodge’s very own 50,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor waterpark. If you’re up for a thrill, slide down the 35-foot-high, 300-foot twisting slides. If you’d rather take it slow, the 500-foot Lazy River might be for you. Little kids will be entertained at the Tiny Timbers area with swings, slides, spouts, and a mushroom waterfall. For fun for the whole family, head to the activity pool with a rope climb and water basketball court.


4. Great Wolf Lodge (Gurnee)

1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 623-9653
greatwolf.com/illinois

Photo Credit: Instagram, @lindyandthelittles

Tons of water fun awaits just over the Illinois border at this 80,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor

Tons of water fun awaits just over the Illinois border at this 80,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor waterpark. Great Wolf Lodge (formerly Key Lime Cove) opened its Gurnee, Illinois, location in 2018, and its been a hit ever since!

Fort Mackenzie is an interactive four-story water fort full of slides and toys for the littles. Younger children love to wait while the giant bucket at the top fills up with gallons of water and then comes splashing down on them.

Thrill seekers will love the Double Whirlwind, a family raft ride that whirls through two vortexes before splashing down into the landing pool. In Coyote Cannon, drop four stories before spinning down a water jet-fueled vortex.

Other things you won’t want to miss: Alberta Falls (tandem tube ride), River Canyon Run (family raft ride), a water playground with basketball hoops, a wave pool and a lazy river. There is also a kiddie pool with gentle fountains and small water slides.

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5. Tundra Lodge Resort (Green Bay)

865 Lombardi Ave. Green Bay, WI 54304
(920) 405-8700
tundralodge.com

Photo Credit: Facebook, Jim Knorr

The Tundra Lodge waterpark — the largest of its kind in Green Bay — is a 30,0000-square-foot aquatic playground of family fun. Climb three-stories to the top of Moosejaw Mountain, rocket down the Alaskan Pipeline or swoosh along 500 feet of whirling, swirling rapids on the Polar Plunge water slides. Or you can chill out on Elk Island River — Green Bay’s only lazy river.

During the warmer months, you can splash in the sun in the outdoor splash pad and Jacuzzi (which stays open as long as the “feels like temperature” is at least 10 degrees above zero). Even the smallest of swimmers will have fun splashing through Tenderfoot Falls. Once you need a break from the water, slide over to the Gold Rush Arcade, where you’ll find more than 70 arcade games.


6. Wilderness Resort

511 E Adams St, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
wildernessresort.com

Located in the water park capital of the world, Wilderness Resorts is the largest of the resorts, home to four massive indoor waterparks and four outdoor waterparks.

With more than a dozen other attractions, three arcades, an 18-hole championship golf course, an outdoor hot tub, a spa, and onsite dining options, it has something to offer the entire family.


7. Kalahari Resort

1305 Kalahari Dr, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
kalahariresorts.com

Kids of all ages will love the Kalahari, one of the most popular indoor water parks in the Dells.

There’s Crocodile Cove, a 3,000 square foot swimming pool with water activities, Elephant’s Trunk, a tandem tube slide that’s almost 300 feet long, a five foot wave simulator for older children to practice their surfing skills, a 920 foot lazy/torrent river, an indoor/outdoor spa, a swim-up bar, and more. 

The Master Blaster is a 570 foot waterslide meets rollercoaster, and Leopard’s Lair is a multi-level water tree fort that’s great for kids of all ages. It has a zero-depth entry pool, slides, water cannons, and more. 

Waterpark admission is included with your stay, as is free wi-fi, fitness center access, and tickets to Tommy Bartlett Exploratory, an interactive science center with over 175 exhibits.


8. Mount Olympus

655 N Frontage Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
mtolympuspark.com

Also located in the waterpark capital of the world is Mount Olympus, with an indoor and outdoor theme park, an indoor and outdoor water park, and home to “Medusa’s Slidewheel” (coming in 2022).

There are five roller coasts, including Hades 360 with an upside-down 360-degree roll and a 65-degree drop, 7 go-kart tracks, dozens of slides, Poseidon’s Rage Surf Pool – with waves up to 9 feet tall, kiddie play areas, and more.


9. Chula Vista Resort

1000 Chula Vista Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
chulavistaresort.com

Chula Vista in the Wisconsin Dells has 200,000 square feet of waterparks, a world class spa, an award-winning chophouse, and relaxing views of the Wisconsin River. It’s just a short drive from all that the Dells have to offer – roller coasters, boat rides, natural beauty, shopping, and dining.


10. Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

2643 IL-178, North Utica, IL 61373
grandbearresort.com

Grand Bear Resort is the perfect place for a fun family getaway, located in the beautiful setting of Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois. It offers an indoor water park, a miniature golf course, an arcade, crafts, family movie nights, outdoor bar, and more.

Grand Bear Falls is the 24,000 square foot indoor waterpark featuring several play zones, a variety of slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, and 15 person hot tub. The arcade also has 60 interactive games that all ages will love.


11. Pirate’s Cay

2558 N 3653rd Rd, Sheridan, IL 60551
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Pirate’s Cay at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan has winding tubes, a lazy river, dump buckets, shooting water guns, and Parrot’s Perch, a pirate ship playscape for tiny tots. There are tubes, pool toys, swim accessories, and life jackets throughout the park, as well as an arcade nearby for post-swimming fun.


12. The Water Works Indoor Water Park

505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg
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This community indoor water park has three water slides, a rapid water channel, sprayground, dining pool, lap pool, zero depth entry pool, a whirlpool, plus a family changing room and nursery. It’s located inside the Community Recreation Center in Schaumburg.


13. Crawdaddy Cove

1109 Fourier Dr, Madison, WI 53717
Website

Located inside the Holiday Inn, Crawdaddy Cove is the only indoor water park in Madison. It’s great for little kids with a zero-depth entry pool, mini-fountains, small slides, an open body water slide, a large whirlpool, and a pool bar.

A water park vacation is a sure-fire hit for kids of all ages, and it’s a great way to make memories and bond on your family trip. The indoor parks on this list will give you that tropical vibe you’re looking for in the depths of winter without breaking the bank on a faraway beach vacation.


We hope this list helps you as your plan for your next family vacation or getaway. We recommend visiting the designation’s website to ensure that you can access to most up-do-date information, special, and protocols.


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