Winter Escapes: 7 Wisconsin Indoor Waterparks

By Mel Tobiasz
Staff Writer

If you’re looking for a place to warm up during the winter, Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks have something for everyone. These family-friendly destinations scattered across the state are just the right antidote to cabin fever!

Kalahari Resort & Convention Center - Wisconsin Dells

At 125,000 square feet, the Kalahari is Wisconsin’s largest indoor waterpark. The African-themed resort offers an unprecedented array of fun for the whole family. Water-lovers have no shortage of options in this massive facility, including an uphill water roller coaster, waterslides, tube rides, a 920 foot lazy river and the "FlowRider," in which a continuous surge of 50,000 gallons of water per minute creates ocean-like waves for a nearly authentic surfing experience.

Chaos Waterpark - Eau Claire

Regardless of the weather outside, the Chaos Waterpark in Eau Claire is sure to please. This natural disaster-themed park – think water rides named after weather phenomena, like the Hurricane Run slide and Tsunami Lazy River – features an activity pool, water slides, a lazy river, a hot tub and more. There is also the Monsters Lagoon Kiddie Area for younger children. For those who are a little waterlogged, check out Action City Fun Center which houses indoor go-karts, laser tag, batting cages and mini golf.

Tundra Lodge Resort & Waterpark - Green Bay

The Tundra Lodge Resort & Waterpark is the largest indoor waterpark hotel in Northeast Wisconsin. It has two three-story-tall water slides, an interactive water playground for kids of all ages and Green Bay’s only lazy river and whirl pool, all within the shadow of legendary Lambeau Field. When you need a break from the water, there’s also the Gold Rush Arcade that features more than 70 arcade games.

Grand Lodge by Stoney Creek - Rothschild

This waterpark resort draws its inspiration from Wisconsin’s Northwoods as well as Wausau’s historic leadership in the timber industry. There’s fun for everyone at this park with its seven waterslides, lazy river and kiddie area. Another plus, the Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort is always 84 degrees, the perfect escape from winter weather!

The Waters of Minocqua - Minocqua

Another timbered, Northwoods-themed waterpark a bit further north is The Waters of Minocqua. Adults and children alike will enjoy this 10,000-square-foot waterpark, complete with an indoor-outdoor pool, hot tub, kiddie play area, and a pair of three-story body slides. Pet-friendly rooms are also available, so even you’re four-legged family member can join the wintertime getaway. 

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa - Sheboygan

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, Breaker Bay – inside the Blue Harbor Resort & Spa – is a 43,000 square foot indoor water park with a nautical theme that captures the adventure of the Great Lakes. Its exhilarating waterslides, spray decks with interactive water toys, adventure river and oversized whirlpools make it a perfect winter destination for the entire family.

Timber Ridge Lodge - Lake Geneva

Another exciting indoor water park destination is Moose Mountain Falls on the grounds of the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa at Timber Ridge Lodge in Lake Geneva. Complete with 30,000 square feet of indoor fun, the water park has two waterslides, a lazy river, splash pools filled with interactive water features and a large whirlpool. Timber Ridge also offers tons of unique activities in the Kids Activity Center as well as over 60 of the latest interactive arcade games.

Regardless of the weather outside, Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks offer endless fun for the entire family!

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