10 Best Hotel Swimming Pools for Kids


Yes folks, you read that right. Holiday Inn made the cut! Sure, we've all stayed at a Holiday Inn, typically off the side of a major highway en route to another destination, and we may have even enjoyed its pools. But the Elmhurst location is no ordinary Holiday Inn: it features an indoor water park. The 24,000-square-foot Mayan Adventure Indoor Waterpark has tube and body slides, a lazy river, splash park, activity pool with games like water basketball, and of course, a regular pool in which to splash and play. There's even a Mayan-themed restaurant on hand. You might never make it to the nearby attractions of Chicago if you stay here!

#6: Hot Springs Lodge & Pool, Glenwood Springs, Colo.

While not filled with endless waterslides and splash zones, the allure of the Hot Springs Lodge's pool is in its name: hot springs. This pool, so large it extends two city blocks, is indeed a hot springs mineral pool, averaging temperatures of 104 degrees, even in the dead of winter. Not just therapeutic, but fun, the mineral pool includes a kiddie pool, a diving pool, and yes, even a couple of water slides. They even welcome rafts, floats, masks and snorkels, reminding guests that "feeling this relaxed is fun!"

#7: Hyatt Regency Hill Country, San Antonio, Texas

What's better on a hot day deep in the heart of Texas than a chance to cool off in a old-fashioned swimming hole? Doing it in the luxury of your own hotel's backyard. The Hyatt's four-acre "water playground" features a 950-foot Ramblin' River for lazy floats. Cascading waterfalls, an activity pool with sports like water volleyball, a kiddie pool, a sandy beach and two lagoon-style pools nestled around shady trees were enough for my kids to rank this spot more fun than the SeaWorld across the street!

#8: Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, Ohio

The resort with plenty of room options for families of all sizes is also the home of America's largest indoor water park -- 173,000 square feet in size, to be exact. A transparent roof overhead will make you forget you're indoors (unless, of course, it's snowing) while the kids ride the waves in the 12,000-square-foot wave pool. A lazy river, pools, water slides, uphill water rollercoaster and raft rides, including a swirling bowl raft ride, complete the park. Need more? In warm weather, enjoy the outdoor water park, as well, with activity pools and hot tubs.

#9: Nickelodeon Family Suites, Orlando, Fla.

Your kids already get laughs off of the family-friendly TV shows of Nickelodeon, so you know they'll get a few more when staying at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort. Decorated in a myriad of colors with characters providing entertainment throughout the day, it's the water park that will really be the favorite of your kids. The zero-entry Lagoon pool features seven waterslides and flumes and splash playground with water jets, climbing nets and -- what else -- slime dump from the 400-gallon dump tank. Not enough? Head over to the more intimate Oasis Pool for more waterslides and flumes and preschooler-friendly splash zone.

#10: Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, Queensbury, N.Y.

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