Each of these Northwest indoor water parks offers something extra special in the way of watery fun and are adjacent to a variety of other amusements and services, making them a worthy centerpiece for a family-friendly getaway any time of year. Here are my picks for the best indoor water parks in the Northwest.
The latest addition to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum complex, this indoor water park is distinguished by its aviation theme and the Boeing 747 on its roof.
That retired 747 serves as the launching point for one of the park's many water slides. The Evergreen Wings & Waves Water Park offers something for every age and every energy level. The littlest ones can frolic in the toddler area with bubblers, fountains, and two slides. Loungers will enjoy the leisure pool and hot tub. Those looking for a wet and wild experience can plunge down the "Mach 1" enclosed body slide or zoom down "Nose Dive," a two-person inner tube ride. In keeping with the mission of the museum complex, this water park provides some learning fun at the interactive "H2O Museum."
460 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville, OR 97128
Willamette Valley Hotel Recommendations
Located just north of Centralia's popular outlet shops, this Great Wolf Lodge is home to a fabulous indoor water park as well as a variety of other family-friendly entertainments and eateries.
Available to guest at the Great Wolf Lodge, the water park has a Northwest theme, featuring such attractions as "Big Foot Pass," "Chinook Cove," and "Totem Towers." One of the wildest rides at this Great Wolf Lodge is the "Howlin' Tornado," a massive red-and-yellow, 6-story funnel that accommodates up to 4 riders at a time.
There are enclosed and open water slides, a wave pool, watery play spaces, and a relaxing warming pool. With a hotel, arcade, spa, shopping, and many other amenities on site, this Great Wolf Lodge is a great place for a family getaway all year round.
20500 Old Highway 99 SW
Grand Mound, WA 98531
Available only to the guests at Silver Mountain's Morning Star Lodge, Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark is a great choice for folks who want to combine mountain recreation with their water play. You can relax in a float down their "North Fork Lazy River" or with a soak in the "Warm Springs." If you're looking for a thrill, the "Moose Sluice" group raft ride and the "Gold Rush" and "Prospector Plunge" enclosed tube slides provide that adrenaline rush. Silver Rapids is particularly fun in the winter, where you can enjoy a day filled with both skiing or snowboarding on the slopes of Silver Mountain and some heated indoor water fun.
610 Bunker Avenue
Kellogg, Idaho 83837