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10 Best Indoor Hotel Pools for Kids

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Especially when the weather is frightful, an indoor hotel pool provides a fabulous retreat from rain, wind, snow and cold. It doesn't have to be winter, however, to enjoy these spectacular indoor watery havens. Grab your bathing suit and dive in to this list of the best indoor hotel pools for kids.

The indoor water park at CoCo Key Water Resort

The indoor water park at CoCo Key Water Resort (Photo credit: CoCo Key Water Resort)

CoCo Key Water Resort

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Families who visit the CoCo Key Water Resort enjoy an indoor water park where it's always a sunny 84 degree day. This hotel offers 50,000 square feet of indoor adventure. Swimmers can float along the Coconut Grove Lazy River and then play water basketball in the activity pool. Of course, visitors will want to zip down three 40-foot body and raft slides, too.

The Peninsula Chicago's indoor pool with a view of the Windy City ~ Best Indoor Hotel Pools

The Peninsula Chicago's indoor pool with a view of the Windy City (Photo credit: Peninsula Chicago)

The Peninsula Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

The Peninsula Chicago‘s coveted indoor pool offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline through 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. Named by Fodor's as one of the 10 great hotel pools for snow-day staycations, the Peninsula's pool is a popular and luxurious attraction for all ages.

Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark at Triple Play Resort Hotel & Suites ~ Best Indoor Hotel Pools for Kids

Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark at Triple Play Resort Hotel & Suites (Photo credit: Triple Play Resort)

Triple Play Resort Hotel & Suites

Hayden, Idaho

The water play structure at Triple Play Resort Hotel & Suites near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho will delight children for hours of play. Jessica Bowers of the Suitcases and Sippycups blog loves this hotel pool because, “Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark is a 25,000-square-foot facility that features a wave pool and children’s lagoon with a two-story play structure complete with slides, water guns and a tipping bucket. Guests can lean back and relax in the indoor/outdoor hot tub or ride one of the three amazing slides.”

Indoor-outdoor pool at Hotel Mont Cervin Palace in Zermatt, Switzerland ~ Best Indoor Hotel Pools for Kids

Indoor-outdoor pool at Hotel Mont Cervin Palace in Zermatt, Switzerland (Photo courtesy of Hotel Mont Cervin Palace)

Hotel Mont Cervin Palace

Zermatt, Switzerland

The best indoor-outdoor hotel pool is located at the Hotel Mont Cervin Palace in Zermatt, Switzerland, according to Ciao Bambino‘s Amie O'Shaughnessy. She said, “Many indoor pools are small, claustrophobic, and humid, but Mont Cervin's pool is glorious in a massive light-filled room with an extensive lounge zone and a dedicated toddler pool filled with toys. The main pool is part indoor and part outdoor; swimming in a snow storm is something we'll never forgot!

Atrium-style pool at Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Atrium-style pool at Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Photo credit: Grand Cascades Lodge)

Royal Sonesta Boston

Cambridge, Massachusetts

This gorgeous atrium-style swimming pool at Royal Sonesta Boston is one of the largest pools in the Boston and Cambridge areas. The pool offers three swimming lanes and a larger area for less strenuous pursuits. It also overlooks the seasonal sun-deck. This pool is “chemical chlorine free” and is sanitized using an Electrolytic System and salt—offering a higher level of cleanliness without the harsh effects of chemical chlorine. That's great news for kids' sensitive skin.

Wild Waterdome at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort ~ Best Indoor Hotel Pools for Families

Wild Waterdome at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort (Photo credit: Wilderness at the Smokies)

Wilderness at the Smokies Resort

Sevierville, Tennessee

The indoor Wild Waterdome at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort is kept at a comfy 86 degrees year-round. It features a wave pool, waterslides, and splash areas for children. The resort even offers indoor surfing. Grab a boogie board and catch a wave at this resort in Sevierville, Tennesee.

Tropical Biosphere Pool at the Grand Cascades Lodge in Northern New Jersey ~ Best Indoor Hotel Pools

Tropical Biosphere Pool at the Grand Cascades Lodge in Northern New Jersey (Photo credit: Grand Cascades Lodge)

Grand Cascades Lodge

Hamburg, New Jersey

When you think of New Jersey, you probably don't picture a year-round tropical oasis. Think again. Located at the Grand Cascades Lodge, the Tropical Biosphere Pool is the first structure of its kind in the U.S. to incorporate advanced German Foiltec roofing material. This allows nearly 100 percent light transmission for year-round tanning. The Biosphere's freeform pools are surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. The pool complex includes a heated indoor freeform pool, incredible views of the surrounding mountains, a 140-foot water slide, a grotto-like Jacuzzi, a cave-themed steam room and sauna, and even an underground aquarium. Grand Cascades Lodge is located just 47 miles from Manhattan.

Junior Olympic pool at Chicago's historic InterContinental Hotel ~ Best Indoor Hotel Pools

Junior Olympic pool at Chicago's historic InterContinental Hotel (Photo credit: InterContinental)

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

Chicago, Illinois

While many of these pools are fun for splashing and playing, the junior Olympic pool at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is a true swimmer's pool. Located directly above the Grand Ballroom, the pool was considered an engineering feat when it was built in 1929 because it was above ground. It has had many famous visitors, including Olympic gold medalist/Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller. If this pool's ornate architecture doesn't inspire you to swim off those extra vacation calories, I don't know what will!

There's plenty for families to enjoy at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells

There's plenty for families to enjoy at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells (Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge)

Great Wolf Lodge

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Dr. Jessie Voigts of Wandering Educators recommends the Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. She said, “There's an enormous wave pool, a plethora of slides, a lazy river, a hot tub, small kids' play areas, bigger kids' play areas, and always a dumping water bucket. Great Wolf Lodge is very concerned with safety, and has plenty of life jackets and attentive life guards on duty. It's a very friendly place, and very welcoming to families.”

The indoor pool on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

The indoor pool on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong (Photo credit: Ritz-Carlton)

Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Located on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, this indoor pool provides magnificent views of the city below. According to Katie Dillon in her review on LaJollaMom.com, “With LCD screens playing scenes of swaying palm trees and swimming fish on the wall as well as moving clouds on the ceiling, this pool is cool. Really cool. Hang out toward the window for panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and then some.”

10 Best Indoor Hotel Pools for Families

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Comments

  1. Amanda C. says:

    I’m adding some of these to my bucket list!

  2. Lisa Goodmurphy says:

    Wow – those are some incredible indoor pools – I’m not sure which one I want to check out the most! I think I’d enjoy the Peninsula pool with a view of Chicago but that indoor/outdoor pool in Zermatt looks quite tempting too!

  3. Lee @ BaldThoughts.com says:

    Yes, the Great Wolf Lodges have awesome indoor water parks that are great for the family. The water is always 84* and safe from the outdoor elements… whether that be rain, snow, or heat. My family went the first time in September in North Carolina, and we’re looking forward to planning the next visit! You can find deals through Living Social for Great Wolf pretty regularly to save additional money.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Great tip on using Living Social to save money on a Great Wolf Lodge stay. Thanks for the comment!

  4. The Lazy River pool sounds ideal! Fun for adults and kids!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Yashy – Agreed! I could go for a float down that river at Coco Key right about now!

  5. Allison says:

    They all look dreamy, but I love the tranquil pools with city views best. My kids would love the play pools.

  6. Paula Schuck says:

    The Raptor one!!! OMG I need to go there with my daughter. She would LOVE that.

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