Escape to These Indoor Water Parks Near Chicagoland

We’ve researched all the best options for indoor water parks in and around Chicago for you! Whether it’s an afternoon of fun you crave, or an entire weekend away, there are loads of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking to travel soon or making plans for a future getaway, be sure to call in advance for the most updated information on what’s available and how to reserve your time.

Indoor Water Parks Near Chicago

Indoor Water Parks in Illinois

Oak Brook Park District Family Aquatic Center (Oak Brook)
Entry is currently managed through an online reservation-only process. Enjoy their warm-water leisure pool, interactive water structure and vortex pool. Water slide open on a special schedule.

The Water Works (Schaumburg)
Call ahead at (847) 490-2505 for a current schedule and to see what water features are available at present. They have three small slides in a zero-depth-entry pool, a diving pool, lap pool and rapid water channel for older swimmers.

Kroc Center Chicago (Chicago)
Register in advance for your lap swim time slot online. Features a competition pool with diving boards and a leisurely pool for family fun. This area has a water play structure, a vortex and two slides.

Grand Bear Resort (Utica)
Their water park is set to reopen on 1/28 under phase 4 guidelines. Includes water slides, lazy river, wave pool, tot pool, ranger station and hot tub. If the weather is milder, consider an afternoon hike at Starved Rock afterwards!

Great Wolf Lodge (Gurnee)
New, closer location in Gurnee, features a four-story water slide, water fort tree house, tot-only water slides and pool. With character visits, story time and family games, there’s plenty to do outside of the water with reduced capacities for social distancing.

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Pelican Harbor (Bolingbrook)
Currently open for indoor lap swimming via online pre-registration. Hot tub and leisure pools unavailable at the moment.

Arctic Splash Indoor Pool (Wheeling)
Indoor pool is open for lap swim by reservation only. Call in advance to see what other features of this small water park are currently available.

Splash Central Indoor Aquatic Center (Bartlett)
Pre-registration is required as they have limited lane availability. Open swim temporarily on hold.

Indoor Water Parks in Wisconsin

Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark (Lake Geneva)
A resort water park with family activities for all ages – from a safe spot for tots with swings and a tiny waterfall, to an activity pool with a rope climb, lazy river and slides. Play games at the arcade or have a little creative time in their activity room. Social distancing signage is placed throughout the water park to keep guests safe.

Breaker Bay Water Park (Sheboygan)
A 54,000 square foot water park at the Blue Harbor Resort and Spa. Toddlers will love the play area, with bubblers and two toddler slides. Bigger kids will love the surfing simulator, basketball court pool, water obstacle course, and slides. And everyone loves the lazy river! Indoor glow in the dark mini golf and arcade fun, too.

Springs Waterpark (Pewaukee)
Attached to the Ingleside Hotel, this park includes tube and body slides, a lazy river, activity pool and arcade. Older kids can relax in the indoor/outdoor hot tub and little kids can enjoy their zero-depth Waukesha Water Works. Water park capacity will be restricted to accommodate social distancing.

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Indoor Water Parks in Wisconsin Dells

Chula Vista Resort’s Los Rios Indoor Waterpark
Get your thrills as you zoom uphill around the water park in their amazing indoor water roller coaster! Little ones can enjoy the kiddie area, while older children can race down the mat slides, test their balance at the croc crossing, get drenched under the tipping bucket, or float down the lazy river. And, don’t miss their mega arcade. See their COVID-19 update page for the current status of the resort.

Great Wolf Lodge
Hours of fun await at this 80,000 square-foot waterpark. Their fun water attractions include a water fort tree house, activity pool, countless body and tube slides, toboggan-style mat slides and more. Don’t forget all of the out-of-water attractions such as the arcade, story time and character visits. See their health and safety overview for COVID-19 changes, such as hot tub closings.

Kalahari Waterparks
The largest water park in the Wisconsin Dells at 125,000 square feet, with everything you could imagine including body and raft slides, lazy river, water rollercoaster, wave pool and a surfing simulator. The little kids area has a mini lazy river, water play structure and slides. See COVID-19 response information.

Mt. Olympus Water Park
Features four water slides, a giant play structure, lazy river, swim pool, whirlpool and hot tub. Kids can also play on a 35-foot pirate ship and run through water spouts and geysers. Indoor theme attractions, too – mini golf, bumper cars, rock climbing and arcade!

Wilderness Waterpark Resort
Wilderness boasts four separate indoor waterparks with attractions such as the country’s biggest indoor wave pool, tons of waterslides, zero-depth play features and much more. In addition to water fun, kids can take a ride on the go-karts, play a game of laser tag, mini golf, bumper boats or win some prizes at the arcade. See their COVID-19 page for more information.

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Indoor Water Parks in Michigan

Double JJ Resort’s Gold Rush Waterpark (Rothbury)
Enjoy 60,000 square feet of pure water park excitement including their lazy/crazy river, wave pool, water fort, toddler pool, water basketball, or relax in the hot tubs! You’ll even find non-water attractions such as indoor mini-golf, arcade fun and tubing! Slides are currently closed as of February 8, 2020.

Indoor Water Parks in Indiana

Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park and Resort (French Lick)
Enjoy an afternoon at this park, where the glass ceiling gives the space a tropical feel, even in the wintertime! Inside, families can climb a three-story play structure, splash around the toddler pool, float down the Lost River, and whirl around the tube and body slides. Mini golf, arcade and laser tag fun, too! Day pass tickets should be purchased online and in advance.

Indoor Water Parks in Iowa

Grand Harbor Resort (Dubuque)
About 3 hours from Chicago, this hotel’s water park is currently operating under limited hours. The water playground contains tipping bucket and water features. You’ll find water sprinklers, slides and shallow waters, too. See the safe getaway guide for COVID-19-related safety measures.

In the mood for more water fun with the family? Check out our list of local hotels with pools for more great mini getaway ideas!

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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