Water Park Weekend Getaway Ideas

There’s no doubt that my kids love a water park! The slides, wave pools, and non-stop water in your face fun is hard to resist. However we try to branch out and explore other options once in a while. Here are three ideas for a water park weekend getaway that give children the thrill of a water slide, but also offers other wonderful options for your family!

For the Adventurous Family out there, a trip to Utica Illinois might be just what you’re looking for you. Utica is the home of Starved Rock State Park. This park features amazing hiking trails, breathtaking views, and some pretty awesome waterfalls. There are plenty of hotel options; however our family enjoyed Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort. The resort wasn’t the most grand, but it had a wonderful breakfast, clean rooms, and a fun water park! It was a great way to cool off after a hot day of hiking and exploration!

Starved Rock Park Waterfall
Approximate Cost: $500

Is your family ready to learn and explore? Dubuque Iowa is a wonderful weekend family getaway. Located right on the Mississippi River, this location offers tons to do! I’d recommend the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator, and a cruise down the Mississippi by Dubuque River Rides. At night, the Grand Harbor Resort and Water Park will provide a perfect place to let the kids burn off any extra energy in the 25,000 sq ft water park or the large arcade.

Fenelon Place Elevator Company Dubuque IA

Fenelon Place Elevator Company

Eagle Point Park Dubuque IA Mississippi River

Eagle Point Park

Approximate Cost: $700

Ready to have fun camping as a family? Jellystone in Warrens Wisconsin is a fantastic place for family camping fun! Don’t have a camper and don’t even want to talk about tent camping? Not a problem! They offer camping cabins or villas to fit almost any size family! The campground offers themed weekends with crafts, activities, and nonstop fun for the whole family. They also offer two mini-golf courses, outdoor movies, a giant waterpark, and so much more!
Approximate Cost: $300 (for a nice sized cabin, much cheaper if you’re bringing your own camping unit)

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