There are lots of reasons you might find yourself in Columbus, Ohio – it is, after all, one of the largest cities in the country and a hub of business, education, and entertainment. Whether you live in the area or are visiting from out of town, a trip to one of the city’s indoor water parks represents a fun – not to mention weatherproof – way to spend an afternoon. During the summer, indoor water parks provide an enclosed environment where parents can let kids run around without fear of them wandering too far. During the other months of the year, they offer a refreshing return to summer fun.
There are currently two indoor water parks in Columbus, Ohio. Both are connected to resorts, where you can book a room if visiting from elsewhere (or, if you live close by, just enjoy a staycation). But if you’re just looking for admission to the water park, both also sell day passes to the general public.
Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort
This Western-themed resort is near the Port Columbus International Airport, making it a convenient place to stay if you’re flying in. It’s also a short drive away from the Ohio State campus and downtown Columbus. The water park is 60,000 square feet, making it the largest indoor water park in Central Ohio. It has all the standard water park attractions, including a lazy river, children’s play fort, and hot tub area. The centerpiece is probably Blackout Pass, a tube slide that whirls you around and around before depositing you in the lazy river. Ride ’em, cowboy!
CoCo Key Water Resort
This water park is in Newark, about 35 minutes from downtown Columbus. Part of a the national CoCo Key chain, it features a Caribbean theme (complete with parrot mascot). This theme does not extend to the attached resort, however. Cherry Valley Lodge features more conventional decor, and includes a full day spa, fine dining, and an arboretum onsite. At 50,000 square feet, the water park is slightly smaller than Fort Rapids. However, it still has plenty of room for a solid selection of kid-friendly attractions, including three fast slides and an arcade.
Neither one of these parks is among the largest in the country (for that, try the Kalahari in Sandusky). But if you’re looking for a quick, inexpensive vacation, they’re worth a road trip – especially when you factor in all the other activities the resorts have to offer. On the other hand, if you live in the area, the indoor water parks in Columbus are great places to spend an afternoon when the weather outside isn’t cooperative.
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