Hotels that feature indoor water parks have a leg up on the competition, especially in Midwestern states like Kansas where the winters are cold and the other seasons can be unpredictable. An indoor water park not only offers insurance against bad weather, but protection from the sun’s rays during the hottest days of summer. Being able to set the kids free in an enclosed area also holds appeal for parents.
Unfortunately, despite all those advantages, there aren’t many hotels with indoor water parks in Kansas. In fact, there’s technically only one, though that should change in the near future.
Great Wolf Lodge (Kansas City)
The Great Wolf Lodge chain is in about a dozen states, with its distinctive brand of northwoods-style family fun. The one in Kansas City is small compared to some of the other gigantic water parks in the chain, but at 38,000 square feet, it’s decent-sized when judged on its own merits. Anyway, it’s not all about square footage. Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City has more – and better – attractions than some indoor water parks that are twice its size. There’s a huge play fort for the kids, water slides that wind in and out of the building, a lazy river, and lots more. The resort features a plethora of other fun activities as well. As with other locations in the chain, access to the indoor water park is limited to resort guests – so you’ll have to rent a room if you want to get in.
That’s all of the Kansas indoor water parks there are – for now. However, the options could increase in the coming years if Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark follows through with its plans for an indoor water park and resort. For now, it only has outdoor water attractions, but developers are planning to install a retractable roof in the coming years that will cover some of the water park’s rides.
For those who live in the Lawrence area, there’s one final option worth mentioning. The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Indoor Aquatic Center is run by the city and features a lap pool, zero depth entry pool, and water slide. With the limited attractions and no attached hotel, this isn’t exactly a getaway spot. However, for local families who need a break from the weather, it might be just what the doctor ordered.
Still didn’t find what you’re looking for? Most of the states bordering Kansas also lack hotels with indoor water parks. The one exception is Missouri, which offers a number of indoor water park options in Kansas City and Branson.