HOTELS WITH WATER PARKS

The Top Hotel Water Parks in the U.S.

Turns out that some of the country's best water parks exist where you'd least expect them—in hotels. At these five properties, you and the kids can splash around in the water park all day and then easily pop right upstairs for the night.

These five resorts combine affordable family lodging options with the thrills of a classic water park, all under one roof. The bonus? You never have to leave the heated hallways of your hotel.

GREAT WOLF LODGE
Concord, N.C.

What you're in for
Consider yourself warned: This 10-month-old park is anchored by a tree house with a 1,000-gallon bucket that douses unsuspecting foes (read: parents) below.

Coolest feature
For kids A 234-foot funnel ride called the Howlin' Tornado.
For adults Hot-stone massages at the Elements Spa and Salon.

Booking details*
About a third of the 402 suites are themed: For an extra $40, kids can sleep in tents, log cabins, or wolves' dens. greatwolf.com/concord, from $189.

"We hit the park while everyone else was going out to eat. It was totally empty!" Marley Braun, 40, Cary, N.C.

BIG SPLASH ADVENTURE
French Lick, Ind.

What you're in for
Thanks to a retractable glass roof, aspiring buccaneers can get their feet wet year-round at this pirate-themed spot.

Coolest feature
For kids The Jolly Roger Jetty, which packs seven swooping turns into a single slide.
For adults Palm Cove, a 25-seat, adults-only hot tub.

Booking details*
Bunk in one of the resort's 154 basic rooms or spring for a private cabin at adjacent sister property the Ranch. bigsplashadventure.com, from $159.

COCO KEY WATER RESORT
Fitchburg, Mass.

What you're in for
In 2008, the CoCo Key chain brought its signature Key West motif to chilly Fitchburg (average February high: 36°F).

Coolest feature
For kids Parrot's Perch, the toddler-friendly play area with a walk-in pool and scaled-down slides.
For adults Palm Grotto Spa, a swim-through, indoor-outdoor Jacuzzi.

Booking details*
The attached 245-room Courtyard Marriott, set on 45 wooded acres, has its own indoor pool and hot tub for after-hours dips. cocokeywaterresort.com, from $129.

"The lazy river here is the laziest." Cameron Masse, 9, Belchertown, Mass.

KALAHARI RESORT
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

What you're in for
Prepare for mayhem. At 125,000 square feet, this is the largest indoor water park in a city dubbed "The Waterpark Capital of the World."

Coolest feature
For kids America's first indoor water coaster, the Master Blaster.
For adults A 920-foot lazy river that connects five whirlpools.

Booking details*
Snag exclusive discounts and suite upgrades with one of the 752-room resort's Beat the Clock specials, which go live Tuesdays at noon. kalahariresorts.com/wi, from $130.

"I like the slides! You go down, and then you're airborne and go 'whoosh!'" Bix Meyer, 7, Savoy, Ill.

SILVER RAPIDS
Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg, Idaho

What you're in for
Slides like the Gold Rush and the Prospector Plunge pay homage to Kellogg's humble 19th-century mining-village beginnings.

Coolest feature
For kids FlowRider, a beginner-level surfing simulator.
For adults Trestles Surfside Grill, where parents can sip drinks in a hot tub overlooking the park.

Booking details*
Ask for a condo with a full kitchen, a dining area, and a fireplace—not all the 184 units are so equipped—for just $20 extra per night. silvermt.com, from $159.

* All prices are based on a family of four and include water park admission unless otherwise noted.

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