When Wisconsin 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, where it’s 80+ degrees all year round!
1. Breaker Bay at Blue Harbor Resort
725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan, WI 53081
*** 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.
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 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
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
Tons of water fun awaits just over the Illinois border at this 80,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor waterpark. Great Wolf Lodge 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. 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.
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.
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