The beauty of indoor water parks is there’s a year-round pool destination you can always count on. If you’re looking for a family-pleasing getaway, hotels with a waterpark are an excellent combination. Here are a few indoor water parks near Omaha, including resorts and aquatic centers in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri to add to your family travel wish list.
2022 Update: This post was first published in October 2020. It has been updated following the closureof Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Omaha/CoCo Key Water Resort.
Indoor Water Parks Near Omaha
Play in the water year-round at these indoor water resorts and water parks within five hours of Omaha.
What to expect: While the size of the Holiday Bay is small compared to most others, it's still exciting for youngsters with its waterslide that can be seen outside the building. The waterpark covers 10,000 square feet with a play structure, three-story slide, plus a pool and oversized whirlpool.
And, bonus, kids eat for free when you stay at the Holiday Inn.
Tip: You can lock in the current list price on Booking.com without worry if you need to cancel.
What to expect: This indoor aquatic center is great for local families looking for a fun way to burn some energy. There's a long slide plus a little toddler slide, lazy river, and a 1,877-gallon leisure pool.
What to expect: This an a year-round activity center that happens to have a pretty sweet indoor aquatic center (which means, it's not a resort combo). There are indoor water slides, a lazy river, and a zero-depth entry pool.
What to expect: Every age will find something to enjoy at this indoor water park. For the big kids, there's thigns like the Triple Twist and the Howling Wolf toboggan run. For the littles, there's Whooping Hollow and Cub Paw Pool. Plus, everyone loves the lazy river.
You can purchase day passes to the indoor water park or the passes are included if you stay overnight.
**Discount** A few times a year, Groupon will offer deals for one-night and two-night stays at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City. Always check before before booking.
What to expect: This is a more budget-friendly option for families seeking a hotel/indoor water park combo. The Liberty Lagoon Indoor Water Park includes a kid's pool, a spray area with dumping bucket, family hot tub, and water slides.
Tip: Make a reservation through Booking.com to avoid fees for any possible cancellation.
What to expect: This looks like another inexpensive option for families on a budget. There are a few slides for younger kids, and a longer slide for big kids. There are a couple other water features for younger children, too.
Tip: If you make your reservation through Booking.com, you'll lock in the lowest price without a risk of cancellation fees.
What to expect: There are a few water slides, a nice area for younger children, and a hot tub. It's a great little indoor water park. Though, it's been a while since I've stayed here, so I hope the hotel side has been updated.
Tip: Don't worry about a cancellation fee if you book through Booking.com.
What to expect: This is a gigantic indoor waterpark. It's 25,000 square feet to be exact. You'll find slides, tube rides, waterspouts and a four-story Huck Finn treehouse that dumps 350 gallons of water.
Tip: You can usually save a few dollars if you make a reservation through Booking.com.
I have not had a whole lot of luck with indoor water parks when we travel. I have visited all of the local indoor water parks, and honestly, I’d skip the hotel versions and go straight to the Kroc Center.
For our travels thus far, I haven’t been too impressed with the hotels we’ve stayed at with indoor waterparks. It seems elusive to find a hotel and waterpark that meet my expectations. I have yet to stay at Great Wolf Lodge, which I’ve heard great things about, though.
Your turn: Let me know your favorites and recommendations!