There are many local waterparks and aquatic centers around Indy. But if you’re up for traveling a bit and making a weekend out of it, you’ll find lots of waterparks to explore around the Midwest. From water slides to lazy rivers, check out these Midwest waterparks where you can have fun in the sun!
Our picks for the top 10 Water Parks in the Midwest:
Noah’s Ark Waterpark
1410 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy., Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
The largest outdoor waterpark in the United States, Noah’s Ark Waterpark boasts 25 attractions and includes wild rides like the Black Anaconda (think snaky twists and turns) and Scorpions Tail. The Time Warp is the world’s first behemoth bowl ride and the fun keeps going for all ages. Little ones will enjoy Tadpole Bay, with fountains, slides and an 8 foot dump bucket.
Raging Waves Waterpark
4000 N. Bridge St., Yorkville, Illinois
There are several waterparks in the Chicago area, but Raging Waves is the largest in the state. Their claim to fame is The Boomerang, a 40-foot drop followed by twists and turns. Check out Wild Wallabies, a race down two slides to see who gets to the bottom first. The entire family can enjoy the lazy river and wave pool, along with acres of sand and beach-like atmosphere.
4750 Whitehall Rd., Muskegon, Michigan
Wildwater Adventure is included with admission to Michigan’s Adventure amusement park, and guests can enjoy the Funnel of Fear, a two-person inner-tube that drops into a large funnel and slide around and around until finally dropping through the narrow bottom. Lots of waterslides, a kiddie area and wave pools will have the family entertained for hours.
Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags
7820 Cherryvale N Blvd, Cherry Valley, IL
At Hurricane Harbor Rockford, there’s a lot to ‘WOW!’ about. Like, pulse-pounding water slides, relaxing lazy river, and family-friendly play areas – to name a few! Read on to get the inside scoop on information around the park for your next family visit, right at your fingertips.
7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky, OH
An all-in-one location, Kalahari Resort features an indoor water park with rides like Cheetah Race, sliding down a mat on your stomach in a race to beat three of your friends. The Coral Cove is a perfect location for the youngest of your group and you can even take shark, mermaid and surf lessons. When you’re taking a break from the water, the resort offers mini-golf, laser tag, a game room and more. Of course, it’s just a short distance from Cedar Point Amusement Park, as well.
Pine Lake Water Park
Pine Lake Waterpark is the perfect summer day trip for families looking to spend the day at the beach. Pine Lake Waterpark, located about 2-hours north of Indianapolis, has been a family-run business since 1922. Guests can soak up the sun each summer at this unique beach/waterpark.
Silver Dollar City White Water
3505 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, MO
This Branson water park features 2 million gallons of fun and 13 acres of water rides, slides and waves. Enjoy the high tide of the 500,000-gallon Surf’s Up Wave Pool, float your cares away on the Aloha River or splash with little ones in Coconut Cove. For high thrills take a 70 degree, 40 foot plunge at a screaming 26 feet per second on KaPau Plummet or brave the side by side freefall drop slides at Kalani Towers.
Castaway Bay at Cedar Point
2001 Cleveland Rd. West, Sandusky, Ohio
Located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, this tropical themed, 38,000-square-foot indoor waterpark is loaded with water activities for all ages, including a 100,000 gallon wave pool, 10 water slides, is heated to 82 degrees year-round.
Big Splash Adventure
8505 IN-56, French Lick, Indiana
Big Splash Adventure in French Lick doesn’t have as many large slides and attractions, however, if you’re looking for something closer to home, it’s certainly a fun time for all. The Jolly Roger Jetty slide features seven curves and turns for a thrilling ride. The Scallywag Scuttle and Pirate’s Plunder are both fully enclosed body slides, complete with twists and turns before landing in the splash pool. Buccaneer Bay is a three-story structure for the entire family with ten platforms and nearly 50 interactive play features.
Address: 452 E Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus
This southern Indiana spot was recently named one of the top water parks in the United States by TripAdvisor and with good reason: Because it is! Not only are tickets good for both Splashin Safari and its adjacent theme park, Holiday World, there’s oodles of fun from slides to rides to wave pools. Bonus: They provide free soft drinks in Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari (which include lemonade, Gatorade, iced teas, and water, in addition to carbonated beverages).
- Hours/Cost: 11am-7pm on weekdays/Sundays; 11am-8pm on Saturdays. General Admission: They offer pick your price online e-ticket options. Daily admission differs daily so be sure to check HERE to save and get your tickets before you go. Another bonus: NO extra fees!