When the temperatures hits the high 90s, finding different ways to escape the heat becomes a top priority. For those in Ohio, there are numerous water parks perfect for cooling off. Here are five destinations that offer a unique twist on the classic water park.
It's Summer All Year Round At These 5 Great Ohio Indoor Water Parks
1. Monsoon Lagoon Watering Hole Safari & Waterpark
Address: 1530 S Danbury Road, Port Clinton, OH 43452
Consider Monsoon Lagoon the overachiever of water parks. Not only do they have the basic waterslides, tubing and swimming facilities, but they also have a zoo, go-kart track and miniature golfing. Monsoon’s zoo is home to animals such as camels, giraffe and around 500 parakeets. The mini golf course is Lake Erie-themed, complete with a lighthouse, river and bridge. This water park also has big plans for 2017, with upcoming movie nights for kids, and adult swim for the 18 and older crowd.
2. Zoombezi Bay
Address: 10101 Riverside Drive, Powell, OH 43065
Kill two birds with one stone with a visit to Zoombezi Bay. Admission to this water park also includes same-day admission to Columbus Zoo. For the price of one, you’ll get to visit a water park and the Columbus Zoo! The water park feels more like hanging out at the beach, with private cabanas and very little waiting in line (thanks to the park’s unique reservation system). With a trip to the water park, you can also visit the Columbus Zoo, home to around 10,000 animals.
3. Great Wolf Lodge
Address: 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason, OH 45040 and 4600 Milan Road (US 250), Sandusky, OH 44870
Clearly, Great Wolf Lodge is doing something right, to be the largest family of indoor water parks with hotels. The chain operates 13 water parks, two of which are located in Ohio. The water park (and hotel) has a little something for everybody, from the Cub Paw Pool for tykes and toddlers, to Hot Springs for the parents and grandparents. There are multiple spas where the ladies can have “me” time, and a Creation Station where guests can let their imagination shine. If you’re looking for all-inclusive fun to extend beyond the water park, Great Wolf Lodge is a perfect destination.
4. Clay's Park Resort
Address: 13190 Patterson Street NW, North Lawrence, OH 44666
Is it a water park, or is it a camping ground? It’s both, at Clay’s Park resort, one of Ohio’s top outdoor camping and water park destinations. The water park features a sandy kid’s beach, 150-foot long water slides, and a 10-acre swimming lake. Then, picture gorgeous hiking and biking trails surrounding the area, and your very own campsite a short distance away. The campsite also has an 18-hole miniature golf course, beach volleyball courts and a 25-acre fishing lake, so there’s no shortage of activities at Clay’s Park.
5. Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark
Address: 5513 Milan Road, Sandusky, OH 44870
Escape to Hawaii without stepping foot outside Ohio. This Hawaiian themed resort and water park is a tropical paradise in northern Ohio. You won’t have to worry about getting sunburned at Maui Sands, because the water park is indoors. And because it’s attached to the hotel, guests of the resort also have access to amenities such as the hotel restaurant, bar/lounge and free wifi in public areas.
This article was written by Hanna Choi.