Looking for Family Resort w/ Waterpark

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  1. toddreg
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    Thinking about a last minute quick 3 or 4 day getaway before school starts. The idea of a nice luxury resort with a water park came up. Any suggestions?
     
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    There's a JW & Ritz property in Orlando that I remember having a great pool area with slides and a lazy river. Both hotels are on the same property. Also has a great golf course.
     
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    There are a bunch of resorts with water parks in the Wisconsin Dells area, some of which claim to be luxurious. I've never stayed in any of them so I can't recommend anything specific.

    I think some of the Indian casinos might have waterparks too, but I doubt that they would be both luxurious and family friendly.
     
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    I'm pretty sure no adult would consider it 'luxury'. I get the impression it's a grin-in-and-bear-it experience for adults. I had a friend who took two of her kids there, and it definitely caters to the under-10 crowd. However, a lot of it is indoors, which might be a plus in this weather.

    I enjoyed the couple of nights we spent in the Hilton Orlando; It's not 5-star,but was very nice and relaxing. A lazy river, some water slides and a couple of pools, including a kiddie area. And you can always take the kids to a 'real' waterpark for the day in Orlando.
     
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    If you want something more adult-oriented and not a real waterpark necessarily, how about Vegas? Mandalay Bay has a beach with sand and waves. IIRC the Hard Rock has a lazy river with a current included with its pools.

    Another idea is a small indoor waterpark with a railroad theme in downtown Minneapolis at the Depot, although the waterpark is generally only open on weekends. There's a Renaissance Hotel build into an old train station that has some quite nice suites in the historic park of the building; the ordinary rooms are modern in style, in a neutral and relaxing way. The other side of the waterpark has a Residence Inn that's definitely showing its age, although it does have flat screen TVs. It's a good location close to the river, the Mill City Museum and upscale Saturday market, the Guthrie Theater, a small museum about the locks on the river, and a historic bridge used now for bikes and pedestrians.
     
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    The Sandusky, OH area has several including Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari, and I believe several others. Cedar Point is also there.
     
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    The Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls is the largest in the chain as far as I know. Over 100,000 sq ft, indoors, plus the outside park. It's out of the way in regards to the other Niagara stuff (it's right across the road from the Whirlpool and Spanish Aerocar, if familiar with the area), but for the price we paid, we didn't feel like leaving anyway. I wouldn't call it luxury (no marble walls in the shower or anything LOL) but I thought the room was nicely done. They also do nightly (or maybe weekend nights, not sure) story time in the main lobby for the kids. Also had a large arcade, and there's also a nice spa for adults. Benefit is it's not open to the public, hotel guests only. Several onsite restaurants, although they aren't cheap.

    Also in Niagara is the Americana Resort. I just took the kids there a couple weeks ago. Much smaller waterpark, at approx 25,000 sf. Wave pool, a few waterslides, tipping bucket, large hot tub, kiddie pool, arcade. Much more affordable than GWL, and I liked it because it was just me with the kids (both 9 years old) so I could keep an eye on them easily. It's out in the west end of Niagara, also away from the touristy stuff, but it's a straight drive in on Lundy's Lane.

    Right downtown Niagara is the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. It's not part of a hotel, but there are many hotels with waterpark packages in the area. From people I know who go here, it's quite busy but it's also right in the middle of the touristy stuff.

    Regarding Wisconsin Dells, I have read there are upwards of 15 different waterpark hotels there, from large to small.
     
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    Yeah the JW Marriott & Ritz Carlton Orlando are nice. In addition to the lazy river, they have a very good (but expensive) brunch at Citron.
     
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