Need a break from your regular pool? Lucky for us, Kansas City has no shortage of pools and splash parks to visit. There are also tons of water parks to enjoy with the kids as well!
Coco Keys: If you need a break from the great outdoors (read, too many sunburns), Coco Keys offers a great selection of water activities and slides for all ages in this indoor water park. The Dip In is a shallow pool with slide for the littlest ones, the Adventure River for a relaxing lazy river ride, 4 adventure water slides, and tons of other water activities to enjoy. Plus an arcade, a few dining selections, and an indoor/outdoor water spa to relax in if your kids don’t require supervision. Day passes start at $12/person. Click here for hours of operation. Located at the Holiday Inn Kansas City – SE, 9103 E 39 St, Kansas City, MO 64133; (877) 425-2746
Great Wolf Lodge: Another indoor/outdoor waterpark that offers more than just water slides. Located at The Legends, Great Wolf features tons of slides, fountains and other water activities to wear out the kids in its massive 38,000 square foot space. There are jaw-dropping slides for thrill seekers or zero-depth entry areas for little ones inside the park; outside offers dragon battles in MagiQuest and the Scooops Kid Spa. There’s so much going on there every day, it’s best to check out the Great Wolf website to plan your visit. Water park passes are part of your room reservation; click here for pricing information. Located at 10401 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, KS 66111, (800) 608-9653
Oceans of Fun: Features Captain Kidd’s and Crocodile Isle water playgrounds for the littlest ones in the family. As for the older kids, there are so many waterslides, rapids and super pools around that it’s hard to pick which one to start with. My favorite ride with my kids is the Caribbean Cooler relaxing enough for me, but exciting enough for the kids! Tickets start at $39.99 for advance online ticket purchase, but there are a wide variety of ticket discounts and options available. Click here for hours of operation. Located at 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Kansas City, MO 64161
Schlitterbahn: Everyone is watching for the upcoming opening of Verrückt, the tallest water slide in the world, at 168 feet, 7 inches tall. If you’re brave enough to go on it, it should be quite an adventure! Until then, you can enjoy rides on more than one mile of interconnected river that goes from mild to wild, including water slides, water coasters, and a handful of kiddie water parks that feature 13 mini slides. Picnics are welcome inside the park. There are a wide variety of day and season pass options. Click here for hours of operation. Located nearby The Legends at 9400 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66112; (913) 312-3110
Super Splash USA: We like this for families with younger kids. It’s more in line with the water parks most of us grew up with, as it’s smaller than the other parks listed here, with very reasonable rates. Featuring a zero-depth entry pool, a special water slide for the younger set, plus some serious water slides (including the 3-person Rocky Mountain Avalanche ride) for your older kids. Rates start at $7 for kids, $9 for adults, kids 37 inches and shorter are free. Click here for hours of operation. Located at 5330 Raytown Road, Raytown, MO; (816) 356-5300
Photo courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge.