Now that autumn has arrived and many outdoor water parks have been shut down, the best way to feel the magic of the water-based fun is to visit an indoor water park. Scattered all over the globe, water parks are fantastic getaways where you can enjoy year-round tropical climate, terraced pools, whirlpools and splash pools for small kids, feeling the adrenaline and excitement of tenth of slides and other thrilling water activities. Read on about world’s 3 largest indoor water parks and you will surely appreciate their appeal.
Ideally located in Miyazaki, Kyushu Island (Japan) Ocean Dome is the world’s largest indoor water park and the only man-made indoor beach, where the sky is always blue, the water is incredibly clear and pollution-free and the surf is always fantastic. With its own flame-spitting volcano, tons of white marble artificial sand and the world’s largest wave pool, this is a truly unique dreamscape tourist destination, promising an ultra-safe seaside experience.
Only one part of the Sheraton Seagaia Resort Complex, the Ocean Dome, built in 1993, is 300 meters long a 100 meters wide, boasting a retractable roof, with painted sunny skies and a space for 13,500 tons of salt water and ten thousand people. The air temperature is always kept around 30 degrees Celsius, while the water temperature is around 28. You can watch the surfers on the artificial waves of the Great Bank or else try body-boarding yourself. There is also a floating pool, a heated indoor pool and the kids’ pool, add to this three fast and exciting water slides.
The entrance fee is $50 US for one person, which seems a little expensive, because there is a natural beach only some 300 meters away.
Kalahari Indoor Water Park Sandusky
Open to both registered hotel guess and to the general public, Kalahari Resort Sandusky in Ohio is home to another magic ‘hideaway,’ an indoor water park, where from the moment of arrival, there is a sense that you are a world away. The largest indoor Waterpark in the US, the park simply teems with tons of water slides, lazy rivers, wave machines and play structures geared towards all ages.
The two Flow Rider indoor surf and boogie board stations, Cheetah Race four-lane mat slides and the 12,000-square-feet wave pool are what make this fascinating water park a traveler’s paradise. For the little ones guests will find a multi-level interactive play structure with a horde of water toys to keep them busy all day long. Overnight accommodations are available catering to large groups and families alike.
Beijing National Aquatics Center Water Park
After the authentic success of the Water Cube in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the National Aquatics Center, hosting the swimming, diving and synchronized swimming events, has been transformed into a magnificent and adventurous indoor water park. Designed by Toronto-based Forrec, the park takes up nearly half of the 12,000-square-meter complex and is now the largest in Asia, featuring slides that are some seven-stories tall, a wave pool, spa area and various rides, including Bullet Bowl, Tornado and Aqualoop to name but a few.
The water park costs around RMB350 million (about $51 million) and the entrance tickets cost RMB200. Bags and clothes are stored ilockers found alongside changing rooms and showers outside the park’s entrance of the ground floor. If you are planning a family holiday in China, this water park is an exclusive place that really deserves to pay a visit!