by Kara Williams
King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort is a destination resort on the shores of Storm Lake, Iowa. Operating year-round, it offers two water parks (one inside and one out), mini-golf, an onsite restaurant, and a wide variety of accommodations to suit all needs.
King’s Pointe is about 2.5 hours from Des Moines; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Omaha, Nebraska, making it an ideal weekend getaway for families in the Midwest.
Our Editor Loves
- Indoor and outdoor water parks
- Location on the shores of Storm Lake
- Ideal weekend getaway with the kids
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
All accommodations are equipped with free Wi-Fi, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, clock radio, and a flat-screen TV(s). There are also outlets next to the beds -- a perk we always appreciate when traveling! All lakeview rooms have patios or balconies with a small table and two chairs. Complimentary cribs are are available, and rollaway beds come standard in suites and cottages.
Accommodations come in five configurations:
Double Queen Standard
This room has two queen beds; choose between a city (parking lot) or lake view.
This unit has a king bed and a sleeper sofa or a chair and ottoman. You can choose a city or lake view.
Family Queen Suite
Up to six guests can sleep comfortably in this room, which offers two queen beds and a sofa sleeper. It also has a kitchenette and a rollaway bed.
Family King Suite
The King Family Suite has a king bed and sleeper sofa -- similar to the Standard King room, but with more space. It also has a kitchenette and a rollaway bed, and can sleep up to five guests.
This room provides more privacy and space than the others, with two separate bedrooms (each with a king bed) and two bathrooms. It also has a living area with a sofa bed, a kitchenette, a dining area, and a balcony with pretty views of Storm Lake. The Two-Bedroom Suites can sleep up to eight guests (with the addition of a rollaway bed or crib).
The Sunrise Cottages are another great option for families, with all the comforts of home. Each cottage can sleep up to seven guests, with three queen beds (one in one bedroom and two in the other) and a king sleeper sofa bed in the living area. The best benefit is the fully equipped kitchens, where you can prepare your own meals. (Tip: There's a Walmart Supercenter nearby for stocking up on groceries.) We also love the gas grills and fire pits at each cottage. Cottages feature lovely views of the lake, too.
by Susan C
I chose this hotel because I didn't want to stay at any of the nearby motels with exterior doors or share a bathroom down the hall. The room was clean though a bit threadbare/worn with the carpet and doors and restaurant seating. But I felt safe and nothing was broken. The front desk responded well to my calls about the (literal) frat party occurring in multiple rooms next to me, though I was disappointed they made no mention of it or offer to me the next day when I checked out. Can't give a glowing recommendation but do think it's probably the best Storm Lake has to offer so it's functional if nothing else.
Since there wasn’t any air circulating in the room, there was a strong smell most likely from whatever cleaner that was used. I didn’t notify the front desk about the problem because it was alleviated by turning on the fan. Otherwise, we had no issues and stay at King’s Pointe when we visit Buena Vista University.
It's all about the water parks at King's Pointe!
The climate-controlled indoor water park is open year-round. Kids will love the waterslides, splash playground with zero-depth entry, floating lily pads, lap lanes, and adjacent indoor climbing wall. A unique slide is the Electric Eel, on which riders design their own virtual experience from a touch screen at the top of the slide. As you descend the 291-foot raft ride, you will see and hear storms you created, as well as bears, sea creatures and sharks!
The indoor water park is open every weekend, but availability is limited on weekdays during the school year. Be sure to check the online water park calendar before you book your trip.
The outdoor water park is generally open Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting. Here, kids can swirl around the giant Splashbowl Slide, take a raft ride, race on speed slides, frolic in island sprays, jump off of diving boards or swim laps.
Weekend guests receive complimentary access to the water parks; just keep in mind that the parks are open to the public and can get very busy.
Pirate's Pointe Miniature Golf
The resort has its own 18-hole mini-golf course! It's $6 for ages 5 and up to play; kids under 4 are free.
Bike rentals are available at Lakeshore Cyclery and Fitness Inc. We also recommend a visit to the AWAYSIS Lighthouse (within walking distance), where you can climb to the top for fantastic views! You can also go swimming and fishing, stroll the walking paths that surround the hotel, and let the kids climb on the playground that's located at the foot of the lighthouse.
The Regatta Grille
The Regatta Grille is set right on the shores of Storm Lake, with large windows allowing for great views of the water. In the summer, the patio is a great place to watch the sun set. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and welcomes guests of the hotel, along with the public.
Breakfast offerings include egg dishes, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and French toast; the lunch menu has soups, salads, sandwiches and pizza from the wood-fired grill; and the dinner menu adds pasta and entrees such as wood-fired salmon, stuffed pork chop, rib-eye and lobster mignon. A kids' menu includes chicken strips, kid-sized burgers, and macaroni and cheese.
Don't feel like visiting The Regatta Grille? Order to your room! Room service hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch, and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is complimentary to all guests.
Hotel rates can include or exclude water park passes.
The onsite gift shop sells souvenirs, as well as snacks and toiletries you may have forgotten to bring.
The hotel has a small fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights.
The Best Time to Visit
King's Pointe Waterpark Resort is especially popular in the summer, when families can take full advantage of the outdoor water park. But it's just as fun to visit in the fall and winter, and you're likely to find some good packages and promotions after Labor Day.
King's Pointe is 2.5 hours from Sioux Falls, Des Moines, and Omaha. The easiest way to get there is by car.
You'll want a rental car to get around the area.
Sunrise Pointe Golf Course
The resort offers a nine-hole golf course on 40 acres of land. It's open April through October.