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9 Top Family-Friendly Hotels With Water Parks
With thrilling slides and kid-friendly pools, these properties keep travelers of all ages entertained.
These resorts pack plenty of thrills with arcades, water slides, miniature golf, lazy rivers and more kid-friendly amusements.(Getty Images)
When the summer heat leaves us steaming, there's no better way to spend a day than splashing around in a wave pool, riding waterslides with the kids or floating down a lazy river. If that sounds enticing, just imagine pairing your trip to your local water park with an on-site hotel. Because many hotels have teamed up with water parks to offer a comprehensive water park vacation experience, it's not hard to find properties that let you splash the day away before retreating to your hotel room or suite. Keep reading to learn more about kid-friendly retreats that offer plenty of water-based activities with the added convenience of an on-site guest room.
Arizona Grand Resort Village & Spa
The Arizona Grand Resort Village & Spa in Phoenix offers the Oasis Water Park, which includes seven acres of aquatic fun for all ages that's available exclusively to resort guests. With private cabanas, a wave pool, slides that span up to eight stories high and a lazy river, you can play the day away before retreating to your private room or catching dinner at the on-site bar and grill. Nightly room rate start at $170 and include entry into the park.
CoCo Key Water Resort
The CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort in Mount Lauren, New Jersey, offers 391 guest rooms, a state-of-the-art arcade and plenty of on-site restaurants. Plus, it boasts a 54,000-square-foot partially outdoor waterpark, making it the perfect one-stop vacation spot for families craving convenient access to kid-friendly attractions. What's more, the hotel caters to budget-conscious families, with nightly room rates starting at $99.
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark
If you're looking for a fun way to entertain the family when not at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom or Epcot, look no further than the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark, which is just a short drive from Disney World. Enjoy an enclosed pool and water park where you can relax as the kids slide and play. When hunger sets in, grab a bite at any one of the on-site restaurants without even getting in your car. Nightly room rates, which include water park access, start at $122.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
This all-suite family resort in Phoenix features more than just accommodations; it also offers a four acre water park with a lazy river, 130-foot waterslide, swimming pools, and miniature golf. Guest of the property can access the water park for free, making this the perfect entertainment-inclusive property. Nightly room rates start at $109.
El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Few resorts in the world offer scenery on par with the natural beauty offered at the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico. The property boasts a variety of room types, from basic lodging to suites, plus its own private island and an on-site waterpark perfect for kids. Enjoy large waterslides, splash pools and more. Rooms start at just $169 per night and discounts may be available for Hilton HHonors loyalty program members.
Great Wolf Lodges
Great Wolf Lodge is North America's largest indoor water park resort company with 13 locations. While each resort is different, they all offer a large water park perfect for kids of all ages, and even adults. In addition to the water parks, Great Wolf Lodge visitors can participate in an array on on-site planned activities including games and contests, and even check out an arcade. Nightly room rates vary depending on location, and start at around $180.
Atlantis Hotel,The Palm
Located at the famous Atlantis Hotel in Dubai sits Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, the premier waterpark destination in the United Arab Emirates. At this world-class resort, you'll find everything from splash pads to the region's largest lazy river to pristine beaches and an array of freefall waterslides, one of which takes you directly through a tank with sharks. Nightly room rates start at around $550.
Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark
The Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark in south Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, offers both a water park and an on-site resort. The entire property was renovated in 2014 to create the on-site waterpark and attractions such as four-story water slides, kiddie slides and kiddie waterpark, along with an array of other slides to meet all tastes and adventure styles. For the adults, you'll also find Jacuzzis and coveted lazy rivers, giving you a chance to unwind and relax. Nightly room rates start at $89, and the resort is open year-round.
Memories Splash Punta Cana
If you're searching for an all-inclusive vacation, consider Memories Splash Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Here, the room rate includes everything from lodging to meals, drinks and entertainment. Of course, the rate also includes access to the on-site water park and its seven waterslides, tubes and sparkling pools to boot. Located next to the beach, this resort offers nearly anything a family could ask for. All-inclusive rates start at $200 per night.
The Bottom Line
Sometimes the best vacations are the ones that allow you to enjoy an array of amenities all in one place. If you are craving the summer fun of a water park but want to turn it into a mini-vacation, these properties might be exactly what you're looking for.
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