Iowa’s Best Water Parks

There is no better way to soak up the summer sunshine than with a dip in the pool, relaxing in a lazy river or making a splash on some waterslides (regardless of your age). So gather the gang, throw on some sunscreen and slide into summer with the help of Iowa’s best water parks. 

The Lost Island

Waterloo 

Famous for being one of Iowa’s best water parks, the Lost Island in Waterloo is an aquatic escape with so much to enjoy that you will need to come back more than once to absorb it all. The island features 11 major waterslides from water coasters to extreme 60-ft. tunnels, a kid’s zone with family-friendly rides and splash pads, lazy rivers with relaxing tiki music, lounging areas and over-the-top tsunami-inspired wave pools and so much more, including a secret mermaid cove! Admission varies depending on your visit date but currently starts as low as $34. To learn more about Lost Island, visit thelostisland.com/waterpark

Boji Splash Indoor Water Park

Arnolds Park

Hidden inside Bridges Bay Resort in Arnolds Park, the Boji Splash Indoor Water Park is the only indoor water park in the area. The spot is a dream, with fun to enjoy for all ages, including a multitude of colorful waterslides, a massive whirlpool for adults, 500-gallon dump buckets, and an adorable Lily Pad water walk for the little ones, pirate ships equipped with water guns and much more fun. Admission starts at $15 for the public and is free to resort guests. To learn more about the Boji Splash Indoor Water Park, visit bridgesbayresort.com

Huck’s Harbor

Burlington

With a splash pad for little ones, thrilling slides, the laziest of rivers and an activity pool, Huck’s Harbor inside of FunCity Resort Hotel in Burlington is a must to visit. The spot offers activities and summer fun open to the public for $12 per person and houses a tiki bar with snacks and adult sips. Visitors can also expect to enjoy special events at Huck’s Harbor, like Adult Swim Night, where admission is $10 and the park is only open for boozy drinks and late-night slides for adults 21-plus. To learn more about Huck’s Harbor, visit funcityresort.com

King’s Pointe Water Park

Storm Lake

It should be no surprise that Storm Lake houses one of Iowa’s best water parks, King’s Pointe Water Park. The splash zone is famous for having two on-site parks, one inside and one under the warm sun. Kick back and catch some rays on the resort-style lounge chairs with your favorite cocktail in hand while your little ones catch a ride on five of King Pointe’s water slides, venture through the zero-depth lily pad or jump off the high dive (three meters into the sky!). There is tons of fun at King’s Pointe, with rates starting at $12 per person. To learn more about King’s Pointe Water Park, visit kingspointeresort.com.  

Grand Harbor Resort Water Park

Dubuque

One of the only water parks in Iowa open year-round, Grand Harbor Resort’s water park is an indoor water extravaganza where guests can expect to enjoy various rides, pools, lounging areas and a tiki-inspired snack bar. The park, located in Dubuque, also features water buckets, playgrounds, exhilarating slides, pools and more to enjoy on any given day of the year. Grand Harbor is open to both the public and resort guests. To learn more about Grand Harbor Resort Water Park, visit grandharborresort.com.

Siouxnami Waterpark

Sioux Center

The Siouxnami Waterpark, located in the Sioux Center, is one of Iowa’s best waterparks for its seemingly endless amount of aquatic adventures, perfect for everyone in your group. The park features a thrilling 25-yard zip line over the pool, three massive water slides, a 16-ft. climbing wall, lazy rivers, hot tubs, kid rides, no-depth kid pools and much more. Siouxnami admission varies depending on your age but starts as low as $6. (Tip: bring in a canned good and pay $2 for admission). To learn more about Siouxnami Water Park, visit siouxcenter.org.

Altoona Campus

Altoona

With a massive pool, endless lounge areas, water slides for little ones and adults alike and a snack bar with summer favorites like hot dogs and slushies—the Altoona Campus is a must to visit this summer. In addition to the family-friendly fun, the campus boasts swimming lessons for all ages, party rentals for those summer birthdays and a discount for the locals. To learn more about Altoona Campus, visit altoonacampus.com.

Pirate Cove Water Park

Council Bluffs

A water oasis awaits at the Pirate Cove Water Park in Council Bluffs, with bright and colorful water slides that are both enclosed and open, play structures, zero-depth pools, sand areas to test your sandcastle-making skills, multi-level diving boards and more to enjoy at the aquatic park. To learn more about Pirate Cove Water Park, visit councilbluffs-ia.gov

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