There are water parks in Iowa located all over the state, primarily at resorts
and near other state attractions.
You'll find indoor water parks in Iowa and some outdoors that take advantage
of the many lakes in the state. There
are even a couple on the grounds of Adventureland
Park in Altoona.
One of the best and most ambitious of these water parks in Iowa is the Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark in Dubuque. The mighty Mississippi River forms Iowa's eastern border, and one of the state's major river ports is the city of Dubuque, with wonderful attractions, from riverboat casinos to world-class museums and great restaurants. Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark is located in the heart of Dubuque with central access to all of the city and area attractions, and just across the river from Illinois.
Here you can take riverboat cruises, two-day scenic cruises or twilight dinner cruises. You can visit six aquariums at the Mississippi River Museum that showcases the country's greatest river, try your luck at one of the Diamond Jo riverboat casinos, take horse and carriage sightseeing tours through the historic center of the city and, of course, enjoy 25,000 square feet of thrilling indoor and outdoor water park fun. The Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark is a destination in itself, a full resort that is one of the best Dubuque hotels for families and boasts its own riverfront beach.
On the other end of the spectrum, King's Pointe Waterpark offers a rural experience on one of the state's many lakes. Located on beautiful Storm Lake about forty miles east of Sioux City, this is another of the Iowa water parks that provides the benefits offered by complete resorts in wonderful vacation settings. King's Pointe Waterpark is one of the indoor water parks in Iowa and additionally boasts outdoor aquatic fun with a huge family swimming pool, an enclosed raft plunge with a 420-foot descent, a flume body slide, and other exhilarating rides. The 20,000 square feet of indoor slides, plunges, and raft rides make this a great for winter vacations.
Storm Lake also provides King's Pointe Waterpark with plenty of area attractions, including events like sailboat regattas, golfing, museums, and art galleries. This is one of the Iowa water parks where you can spend hours splashing in the pools, followed by ice fishing on the lake!
You'll find plenty of other water parks in Iowa, both indoor and outdoor.
The Beach on the Des Moines River in Ottumwa boasts thirteen acres and more
than a million gallons of water. Celebrating the German heritage of the Amana
Colonies is Wasserbahn Water Park at the Holiday Inn Resort. Family-friendly
lodging here includes suites with bunk beds for the kids. Like many indoor water
parks in Iowa that are located at hotels, this is a smallish one most suitable
for children under twelve. The bonus here is its proximity to the Amana Colonies,
full of Iowa history and one of
the best vacation destinations in the state.
In Waterloo, you'll find Lost Island, an outdoor facility with a Polynesian theme and a lazy river tube ride. In the Great Lakes region, especially at Okoboji Lake and Spirit Lake, you'll find Iowa water parks that are right on lakeside beaches and indoor water parks attached to several of the resort properties. Some of the latter are restricted to hotel guests, while others charge admission for members of the general public.