Top Indoor Waterparks in The Northwest

By: George Adelman
An indoor swimming pool without a roof

The American Northwest enjoys all four seasons every year with varying intensities. Winters in the region are wet and cold but mostly delightful, while the rainy season brings torrential downpours. Summers in the Northwest are considerably hot and dry, warranting multiple trips to the beach.

People living in the American Northwest love to make the most out of all the seasons. They try their hand (or rather feet) at ice skating when the soft white snowflakes start to fall down and eventually blanket large swathes of the land. They soak up in the pouring rain and trot over to the beach during the hot summers. But aside from the natural waterscapes, Northwestern Americans make their way to the many fantastic indoor waterparks that rest in the Northwest region of the United States of America.

The American Northwest is home to some of the best waterparks in the country, deserving recognition. If you are not aware of the Northwest’s aquatic fun-lands, you can find all about them in this extensive guide on the indoor waterparks.


Evergreen Wings & Waves Water Park in McMinnville, Oregon

If you know even a little bit about this small town in Oregon of McMinnville, then the chances are you must have heard about the ever-popular Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. It’s an impressive space and aviation-related facility with magnificent installations. The already super-appealing spot became a lot interesting in 2011 when the facility owners added a space-themed indoor water park to it, the Waves Waterpark. The distinct aviation theme and Boeing 747 on the roof at the top-grade aquatic wonderland separate it from most other indoor water parks.

Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark has something for every visitor, regardless of age. The tiny toddlers can thrash around in mini pools with bubblers, fountains, and two slides. The elderly can laze around in the leisure pool and hot tub. And the wild and daring can try the thrilling Mach 1″-enclosed body slide or zoom down “Nose Dive,”-a two-person inner tube ride.


Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington

The Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound houses a magnificent indoor water park, trendy eateries, and other family-centric activities. The waterpark follows a northwestern theme that is showcased through all the fun installations at the Great Wolf Lodge. Big Foot Pass,” “Chinook Cove,” and “Totem Towers” are some of the most popular rides in the watery wonderland. But the wildest waterslide at the Great Wolf Lodge is undoubtedly the Howlin Tornado. True to its name, the Howlin Tornado is a red and yellow 6-story funnel-shaped butterfly-inducing ride that can carry four riders at a time.

Other attractions at this quintessential Northwestern indoor waterpark include enclosed and open water slides, a wave pool, watery play spaces, and a relaxing warming pool. And since the Great Wolf Lodge is a housing facility, it offers other amenities as well, such as an arcade, mall, and spa.

You can enjoy a wholesome getaway with the family at the Great Wolf Lodge.


Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark at Silver Mountain Resort, Idaho

Want to combine mountaineering and aquatic thrills? Head on to Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark in Idaho. The massive recreational facility offers many water-related activities such as floating around the North Fork Lazy River or dip in the Warm Springs. For some over-the-top excitement, you can try the “Moose Sluice” group raft ride or the “Gold Rush” and “Prospector Plunge” enclosed tube slides.

Silver Rapids is equally fun in the winter season, thanks to the on-site skiing and snowboarding facilities.

If you live in the Northwest, you shouldn’t miss out on so much fun in such proximity. And if you happen to live somewhere else, then perhaps now you have a reason to plan a trip to the American Northwest.