Missouri offers plenty of outdoor water recreation, what with the Lake of the Ozarks and all the rivers, streams, and lakes throughout the state. For man-made fun, there are also major theme parks like Six Flags and Silver Dollar City. But what to do when the weather is uncooperative, as it often is in the Show-Me State? For many residents and visitors to the state, the answer is an indoor water park. To help you find the best spot for some weatherproof fun, here’s a rundown of indoor water parks in Missouri.
Unlike many of the major indoor water parks in colder states like Wisconsin and Minnesota, these resorts probably aren’t expansive enough to be worth a trip on their own. But then, they don’t have to be. They’re located in areas (Kansas City, Branson, and Lake of the Ozarks) where there are other major attractions nearby. Staying at one of these hotels can add hours of enjoyment to an already-fun vacation, especially if you’re traveling with youngsters.
CoCo Key Water Resort (Kansas City)
The largest indoor water park in Missouri is right next door to where the Royals and Chiefs play. Located within walking distance of the Truman Sports Complex, the CoCo Key Water Resort consists of about 55,000 square feet of slides, rides, and other amusements. It’s connected to a Holiday Inn, so you can book a room and never leave the cozy confines of the complex while going to and from the water park. Admission is included with the rooms, but you can also buy day passes separately.
Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark (Branson)
Another decent-sized indoor water park is in the music mecca of Branson. The Castle Rock Resort has a 30,000-square-foot indoor water park that includes a lazy river, multiple slides, and a kiddie area. It’s within walking distance of some of the town’s big attractions, and a short drive away from… well, just about everything Branson has to offer. Again, you can purchase a day pass if you don’t want to stay at the hotel, but admission is limited so don’t count on getting in on a rainy day.
Splash Country Waterpark (Branson)
It may have the smallest indoor water park of the three, but the Grand Country Inn in Branson is the only true all-in-one vacation spot. In addition to the Splash Country Waterpark (20,000 square feet), it has an outdoor water park, multiple restaurants, and a stage where some of the area’s best acts perform. Your whole family could spend a week there without ever venturing outside. But since it’s right in the middle of Branson, you don’t have to go far to find even more things to do. Admission to the water park is free to all hotel guests.
Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark (Osage Beach)
Not to be left out of the fun, Lake of the Ozarks also has an indoor water park. It’s at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, a large resort with over 700 rooms and numerous attractions. While not as extensive as the other options on this list, the Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark has a lazy river, activity pool, and slides that will keep the kids busy for a long (and possibly rainy) afternoon during your stay in the area.
As you can see, the indoor water parks in Missouri are currently all clustered around a few tourist areas. With the growing popularity of indoor water parks, we don’t expect this to remain the case for long. We’ll continue to update this page with any new additions, so check back the next time you’re planning a vacation in Missouri. In the meantime, if you want more options, you might want to check out the many indoor water parks in Iowa and Illinois.