5 Best Indoor Water Parks Near Milwaukee (2024)

Looking for a fun winter escape close to Milwaukee? You’re in luck! This guide highlights the best indoor water parks within driving distance, offering warm, tropical-like fun even in the coldest months.

Here’s a quick snapshot:

  1. Breaker Bay at Blue Harbor Resort, Sheboygan: A cozy 84 degrees water park with thrilling slides and a Toddler Tides area for the little ones.
  2. Springs Water Park at The Ingleside Hotel, Pewaukee: Over 45,000 square feet of water-filled fun, including high-speed slides and a relaxing lazy river.
  3. Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, Lake Geneva: Home to Moose Mountain Falls with exciting slides and a family-friendly activity pool.
  4. Great Wolf Lodge, Gurnee, IL: An 80,000-square-foot water park featuring a range of attractions for all ages.
  5. Tundra Lodge Resort, Green Bay: Green Bay’s largest waterpark, offering thrilling slides and a lazy river.

Dive into the details below to plan your perfect winter getaway!

Indoor Water Parks Near Milwaukee

1. Breaker Bay at Blue Harbor Resort

725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan, WI 53081

An hour north of Milwaukee, it’s always a comfortable 84 degrees inside the water park at Blue Harbor Resort.

Blue Harbor Resort water park in Sheboygan

You’ll find a 54,000-square-foot entertainment area and waterpark, located inside of a stately resort along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Note: Water Park day passes are available based on occupancy on Sunday only, and no advanced purchases are allowed.

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.

Children's theme hotel room at Blue harbor resort in Sheboygan with fish on the walls

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.

Boogie boarding and surfing at blue harbor resort in sheboygan

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.

Reader Reviews:

“Just spent the weekend at Blue Harbor and it was amazing!”
-Instagram follower, March 2023

“Blue Harbor is clean and fun. The lifeguarding is intense and appreciated.”
-Instagram follower, March 2023

Book your stay at Blue Harbor Resort >>

2. Springs Water Park at The Ingleside Hotel

2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee, WI 53072

Over 45,000 square feet of water park adventures await you at Springs Water Park just outside of Milwaukee.

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.

There’s also an arcade, indoor swimming pool, on-site restaurant, pub, and lounge, and banquet halls for events.

Book your stay at Springs Water Park >>

3. Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

7020 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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.

Photo Credit: Facebook, @TimberRidgeWaterpark

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.

To find fun for the whole family, head to the activity pool with a rope climb and water basketball court, lily pad stepping stones, and more.

Reader Reviews:

“The water is always sooooo warm”
-Review from Instagram follower, March 2023

“Timber Ridge is close and they don’t sell day passes so it’s never super busy.”
-Review from Instagram follower, March 2023

Book your stay at Timber Ridge Lodge >>

4. Great Wolf Lodge (Gurnee)

1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee, IL 60031

Tons of water fun awaits you just over the Illinois border at Great Wolf Lodge, where you’ll find an 80,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor waterpark.

Great Wolf Lodge opened its Gurnee, Illinois, location in 2018, and it’s been a hit ever since.

Our family has visited twice in last year and both times we were impressed with the facilities, staff, and overall cleanliness.

In the water park, Fort Mackenzie is an interactive four-story water fort full of slides and toys for the littles.

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 exciting rides include Alberta Falls (a tandem tube ride) and River Canyon Run (a family raft ride).

There’s also a lazy river to float around in, a fun water playground with basketball hoops, and a wave pool.

Outside of the water park is a Children’s Area with a mini-golf course, ropes course, and arcade.

Plus, it’s located near Six Flag Great America!

Book your stay at Great Wolf Lodge >>

5. Tundra Lodge Resort (Green Bay)

865 Lombardi Ave. Green Bay, WI 54304

The Tundra Lodge waterpark — the largest of its kind in Green Bay — is a 30,0000-square-foot aquatic playground.

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.

Book your stay at the Tundra Lodge in Green Bay >>

Indoor Pools in Milwaukee

Not only does Milwaukee offer fantastic indoor water parks, but our city also boasts several heated indoor pools perfect for family fun, private parties, or just a leisurely swim.

Let’s take a closer look at two popular options:

Pulaski Pool

  • Location: 2701 S. 16th St., Milwaukee
  • Contact: (414) 645-2328 | 24-hour Hotline: (414) 257-8098
  • Features: Pulaski Pool is a cozy, heated indoor facility ideal for private rentals and birthday parties. With depths ranging from 3 to 12 feet and equipped with diving boards, it offers a great environment for both casual and adventurous swimmers.

Noyes Pool

  • Location: 8235 W. Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee
  • Contact: (414) 353-2433 | 24-hour Hotline: (414) 257-8098
  • Features: Noyes Pool, another heated indoor option, is available for private bookings, including birthday celebrations. It features a diverse depth range from 3 to 12 feet and diving boards, making it a fantastic choice for a range of swimming activities.

Goldfish Swim School

Goldfish School Brookfield Wisconsin Family Swim
  • Locations: Brookfield and Glendale
  • Features: Goldfish Swim School occasionally opens its doors for family swims in their heated pool. It’s a great chance for the whole family to enjoy the water together in a friendly, welcoming setting.

Splash Swim and Wellness

  • Policies for Family Swim:
    • Membership Requirement: Open only to members (immediate family, no guests).
    • Access: First come, first serve basis without needing reservations through the parent portal.
    • Frequency Limit: Families are encouraged to visit once per week to allow as many families as possible to enjoy the facility.

In addition to these community pools, you can also enjoy indoor swimming facilities with a membership at various local health clubs. Elite, Milwaukee Athletic Club, Wisconsin Athletic Club, Jewish Community Center, and others offer well-maintained indoor pools that are perfect for year-round swimming.

Whether you’re looking to lap swim, take a water aerobics class, or just splash around with the kids, these clubs provide excellent options.

More Indoor Water Parks in Wisconsin

Wilderness Resort

511 E Adams St, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Located in the water park capital of the world, the Wisconsin Dells, 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.

They recently underwent a renovation of their rooms, Wild West Waterpark, and more. Plus, they offer shows at the Take Flight Theater.

MKE With Kids team member Jessie visited with her family to experience all they have to offer and take current photos of the amenities.

Read about it here.

Book your stay at the Wilderness Resort >>

Kalahari Resort

1305 Kalahari Dr, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

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. 

Our kids loved practicing their surfing skills in the indoor water park! We also had a blast in the game room climbing on the ropes course together, playing laser tag, and earning tickets in the arcade.

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.

Mount Olympus

655 N Frontage Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

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”.

Mt. Olympus Resort Rooms are located on the famous Wisconsin Dells Strip.

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.

The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a TV. All rooms include a private bathroom with free toiletries. Rooms will provide guests with a microwave. All rooms include WiFi.

Book you stay at Mount Olympus >>

Chula Vista Resort

1000 Chula Vista Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

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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.

Book your stay at Chula Vista >>

Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

2643 IL-178, North Utica, IL 61373

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.

Book your stay at Grand Bear Resort >>

Pirate’s Cay Indoor Water Park

2558 N 3653 Rd, Sheridan, IL 60551

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.

Book your stay at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan >>

The Water Works Indoor Water Park

505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg

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.

Crawdaddy Cove

1109 Fourier Dr, Madison, WI 53717

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.

And there you have it!

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 destination’s website to ensure that you can access to most up-do-date information, special, and protocols.

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