If your children are anything like ours, there's nothing better than the hotel swimming pool, no matter the destination. In fact, our kids actually said they liked the hotel pool more than the theme parks we took them to one year! It's not surprising though, considering more and more hotels are offering lazy rivers, waterslides, spraygrounds and in some cases, full-on water parks. These are 10 of our favorite hotel swimming pools across the country.

Written by Lissa Poirot

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort

Close to Chicago, yet inspired by the Florida Keys, KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort features Lost Paradise Waterpark, a 65,000-square-foot space. Attractions include Hurricane Vortex, a whirlpool ride; Wahoo and Screaming Banshee, two tube slides; Splash Down and Slip Slidin' Away, two body slides; and Play Pond, a special area just for babies. Visitors also enjoy two lazy rivers, a wave pool and an interactive play area with dump buckets, sprayers and mini-waterslides. Bonus: The hotel's nightly rates are extremely affordable, and day passes are available.

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

The allure of Colorado's Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge is in the name. The hotel features a mineral pool so large, it expands two city blocks! The hot springs maintain an average temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and feature a kiddie section, diving pool, and even a few waterslides. Kids are welcome to use rafts, floats, and snorkel gear, too (while parents soak in the therapeutic waters).

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

On a hot day in Texas, there's nothing better than an old-fashioned swimming hole. And at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, guests find that and more -- they can float on Ramblin' River (and take in gorgeous views) before relaxing on a man-made beach! The resort also features FlowRider, a surfing simulator, plus four pools, including an activity pool for games and a zero-entry wading pool for youngsters. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa is located less than 2 miles from SeaWorld San Antonio.

Kalahari Resort - Sandusky, Ohio

What's not to love about the largest indoor water park in America? Kalahari Resort - Sandusky, Ohio has it all -- a wave pool, lazy river, interactive sprayground, activity pools, waterslides, raft rides, tube rides, a surfing simulator, and even an uphill water coaster! In the summertime, there's even more fun to be had at the outdoor water park.


Nickelodeon Suites Resort

The name is enough to get you there, but the water park will make the kids want to stay at Nickelodeon Suites Resort forever. The zero-entry, lagoon-style pool features seven waterslides, plus flumes and a splash playground with water jets, climbing nets and, of course, the famous green slime dispensed from a 400-gallon dump tank. Not enough? Head over to the Oasis Pool for more waterslides, flumes and a splash zone for tiny tikes.


Six Flags Great Escape Lodge

Part of Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury, New York, Six Flags Great Escape Lodge (across the street) offers the thrills of a theme park within the grounds of a resort. The hotel has a 38,000-square-foot indoor water park that includes Avalanche, a family raft ride; Tak-it-Eesi-Creek, a lazy river; and Tall Timbers Treehouse, a play structure with waterslides. For an additional fee, kids can test their skills on the "waves" at Boogie Bear Surf. You don't have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the water park either -- day passes are available.

Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas

You didn't think we'd forget Atlantis, did you? The sprawling resort features Aquaventure, a 141-acre water park with everything from slow-moving river rides to fast-paced waterslides -- including the popular Leap of Faith, an almost-vertical drop that leads riders into an enclosed tunnel surrounded by sharks! Added in 2013, the Cartoon Network Obstacle Course (which is on the water) beckons teens to test their skills, while little ones can play in three pools created just for them. Visitors also have the chance to snorkel amongst man-made ruins, and get up close with stingrays (not to mention there's a beach at the resort, too).

Both Disney World and Disneyland deliver awesome pools, but Disney's Grand Californian Hotel might just be our favorite. The Redwood Pool, inspired, of course, by the Redwood Forest and complete with a waterslide that resembles a tree, is almost good enough to make the kids say "Mickey, who?" It's just one part of the resort's sprawling water complex, which also features the Fountain Pool, with an artisan turtle fountain, and the Mariposa Pool, which offers private cabanas and a hot tub.

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Sure, you can enjoy the expansive surf along Wailea Beach, but you'll hardly want to when you see the water features at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. The hotel's 25,700-square-foot pool complex is made up of nine pools (including one with a rope swing -- channel your inner Tarzan!), all connected by a river that varies from calm waves to full-on rapids. Six waterfalls, five waterslides, three hot tubs and the world's only water elevator -- a giant inner tube that spins as it rises -- round out the fun.

Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells

In the self-proclaimed "Water Park Capital of the World," Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells reigns supreme. The resort features Fort Mackenzie, a four-story, treehouse-themed indoor water park with rope bridges, soaker buckets and water slides. In Coyote Canyon, ride the enclosed 436-foot waterslide before landing in a splash pool, or hit Crooked Creek for a lazy river ride. During the summer months, families can play at the outdoor Thunder Bay water park.


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10 Best Hotel Swimming Pools
KeyLime Cove Indoor WaterPark Resort Reviews
ken4vacations - Sep 10th, 2012

Me and my family had a wonderful time! Not the biggest indoor water park, but fun none-the-less. Rates are reasonable, but you can find a better deal in Wisconsin Dells. The room was very clean and cozy. The location is awesome, right across the ... read more
ahanrahan53 - Nov 30th, 2011

This was a repeat visit as a treat from Grandma! The water facilities at Key Lime Cove are unbeatable!! The indoor space and water is warm and clean. Our party ranged from a 10 month old baby to a Grandmother, and everyone found something fun to ... read more
KeyLime Cove Indoor WaterPark Resort reviews
Glenwood Hot Springs Reviews
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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa Reviews
SirQL8 - Oct 29th, 2012

My 3 year has been on 2 cruises, countless traveling vacations and more weekend trips than most children her age. She has never more thoroughly enjoyed a stay as much as this one. After realizing we weren't returning to 'our room' and were, in ... read more
Caliste - May 28th, 2010

We love this place and make it a point to visit each summer. Our whole family goes and we range in age from 73-5 and everyone has a blast. The lazy river winds through the property with the perfect balance of sun and shade. There is even a beach ... read more
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa reviews
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions - Sandusky, Ohio Reviews
nanapapaw - Jul 24th, 2014

We have no complaints. This was an awesome first time vacation with our 3 grandkids and this water park. We'll definitely go back. We were there for 3days. Everyone that works there were very nice and helpful. They really have the safety of there ... read more
sandipederson - Jun 23rd, 2014

5 star prices for a 2-3 star property. One person working the front desk. We waited in line for 45 minutes. There is no a/c in any of the common areas so the sweat was dripping off us by the time we got to the room. The only positive part of our ... read more
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions - Sandusky, Ohio reviews
Nickelodeon Suites Resort Reviews
jtrackwell - Apr 14th, 2015

We stayed at the hotel for 4 nights over spring break, two adults, two children. The hotel room had bunk beds instead of the two full beds we requested. When we asked to switch we were told the hotel was at 99% capacity. So my 17 year old slept on ... read more
Annabelle - Dec 24th, 2014

We booked with a travel agent and when we checked in we had to pay another $35 / night fee and another $35 - $55 / night fee if we wanted character pictures in our room. Besides having to spend money on over priced character meetings, movies, ... read more
Nickelodeon Suites Resort reviews
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark Reviews
kbudd103 - Feb 25th, 2014

This was our second trip here. The first time we visited in June 2013 and had a nice time with our 2 year old. This time, we visited in February 2014 which also happened to be vacation week for Vermont schools and there was a big living social ... read more
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark reviews
Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas Reviews
Sun Bum - Mar 3rd, 2015

This place is awful and way overpriced. Any resort in Florida blows it away. The rooms are damp and smelly -- if you have allergies to mold -- be prepared to suffer. A gratuity of 15% is added to everything so the staff just doesn't care about ... read more
trentorley - Mar 31st, 2014

This was my fourth visit to Atlantis and the resport service has gone down considerably over the last two years. Basic things such as clean towels and face cloths not being refreshed were an every day occurence. The prompt response team did not ... read more
Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas reviews
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Reviews
lorikeet8 - Aug 15th, 2014

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel is pretty expensive but you are paying for the service, quality, and location. It is literally steps from Disneyland's California Adventure. The hotel has it's own entrance and it makes it so easy especially with ... read more
jkreps - May 18th, 2014

We decided to splurge and go to Disneyland for a birthday, and the title is what my child had to say as we walked in. I also had a baby at the time so with little kids in mind, this location cannot be beat. I never stressed about leaving anything ... read more
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reviews
Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Resort Reviews
jaymike310 - Jun 28th, 2012

This hotel was amazing!!! There were so many water slides and pools, and the beach was so clean and perfect that we debated that it was artificially created! The grounds of the resort were immaculate, and the chapel area where our room was located ... read more
HEFFNER - Nov 30th, 2011

I have been going to this hotel for 10 years in a row now, from the time I was 12. There has never been a dull moment. They provide plenty of supervised activities for kids 5 and up, and adults can go off on their own to do what they please. ... read more
Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Resort reviews
Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells Reviews
suziegirl - Jun 14th, 2014

The check in service was amazing, fast and professional. My 75 year old mother paid for the trip. My mother was able to go on the slides and play basketball in the pool, relax and have a great time. The children had a ball in pools and were able ... read more
Brelin - Jun 9th, 2014

The Great Wolf is awesome! The staff are very friendly and are like family! We go there all the time! We go a week each year and then weekend vacations throughout the year! My sister had her birthday party there in June of 2014! The staff are so ... read more
Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells reviews


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