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.
You've guessed right: this hotel is part of Six Flags Great Escape and offers the thrills and fun of a Six Flags theme park, but all within the grounds of the resort. Cross the street to enjoy the land-based coasters and rides at Six Flags before returning to the lodge and enjoying its water park. The 38,000-square-foot indoor White Water Bay water park includes the Avalanche family raft ride, a kiddie pool, Tak-it-eesi-Creek lazy river, Lotta-a-watta-Bay, and the Tall Timbers Treehouse play structure with water slides and many ways to get wet. For an additional fee, kids can surf (or learn how to!) at Boogie Bear Surf.
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