Want to escape the heat? Cool off (and have a blast!) in lazy rivers, cascading waterfalls and sky-high water slides at one of our 10 favorite hotel swimming pools.
#1: Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island Bahamas
The sprawling resort complex features 11 pools, including the Grotto Pool with its cascading waterfalls, the zero-entry River Pool that connects to a lazy river, kiddie pools like Splashers Water Playground, a Mayan-themed water playground with slides, rope and net bridges--plenty of ways to get wet. But that's not all! Atlantis' pools are just one component of Aquaventure, its 141-acre water park that is free to all guests. From slow-moving or fast-churning river rides to waterslides of all heights, it's easy to forget there is even a beautiful blue ocean just steps away.
#2: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, Anaheim, Calif.
With a name like Disney, you know you're going to be in for a treat at one of its hotels, and the Grand California near Disneyland doesn't disappoint. The Redwood Pool, centered around a Redwood Tree-themed and shaped waterslide is almost good enough to make the kids say "Mickey, who?" It's also just one stop in the resort's water complex, which also features the Fountain Pool and its artisan turtle fountain, as well as the Mariposa Pool and its private cabanas and hot tub.
#3: Grand Wailea Resort , Maui, Hawaii
Leave it to an island paradise to create another island paradise within its resort grounds. Sure, you could enjoy the massive surf along Wailea Beach, but why would you need to with the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool? The 25,700-square-foot, 2,000-foot-long pool complex is made up of nine pool connected by a river that varies from lazy to rapids. Four jungle pools, a Tarzan rope swing pool, six waterfalls, a baby pool, five waterslides, three hot tubs, and the world's only water elevator round out the fun.
#4: Great Wolf Lodge, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
In the self-proclaimed "water park capital of the world," the Wisconsin Dells multiple water parks are enough to turn your kids into prunes. Still, the Great Wolf Lodge, located in the heart of the Dells, provides a place to rest weary wet heads after a day of splashing indoors or out in its water parks. Fort Mackenzie is a four-story, super-soaker, treehouse-themed indoor water park with rope bridges, soaker buckets and water slides. In Coyote Canyon, ride the enclosed 4,326-foot twisting and turning water slide before landing in its 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.
#5: Holiday Inn , Elmhurst, Ill.