Some water parks suggested by Budget Travel magazine are Great Wolf Lodge in Washington, Wilderness Territory Waterpark Resort in Wisconsin and Splash Lagoon in Erie, Pennsylvania. The first two are resorts, with access to the water park restricted to guests. Day passes for Splash Lagoon are available to anyone and start at $40, as of 2015.
Four-person family rooms at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington include tickets for the water park and start at $199. The resort is part of a nationwide chain of water parks and features funnel slides, suspension bridges and raft chutes.
Wilderness Territory Waterpark Resort in Wisconsin Dells comprises four separate water parks spread across 600 acres. Being indoors, the temperature remains at a constant 88 degrees Fahrenheit. The rates for double rooms start at $99 and some of the attractions of the resort include a simulated hurricane complete with fog, lightning and swirling waters, bumper boats for young swimmers and a wave pool with swells reaching 5 feet.
Splash Lagoon in Erie, Pennsylvania features obstacle courses, tree houses and slides that are partially outside the building in which the water park is housed.
Some other water parks featured in Budget Travel magazine are Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark in Boyne Falls, Michigan, which offers day passes starting from $22, and Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, which offers day passes from starting from $39, as of 2015.