These Hotels With Roller Coasters and Water Slides Are Like Sleeping at a Theme Park
At these entertainment megaplexes there’s no need to separate lodging from a vacation packed with family-friendly fun. From a surprise Southern adventure to a gravity-defying Caribbean slide and a roller coaster’s skyline view of Tokyo to a hotel in Las Vegas designed for energetic kids, these are the best fun-filled hotels around the world.
JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America
Attached to the biggest mall in the country — which happens to host a theme park in its center —this luxury hotel has an unexpected amusement-packed twist. Nickelodeon Universe’s three roller coasters, five thrill rides, Ferris wheel, zipline and ropes course leave so much to twirl, spin and soar upon that you’ll likely never step foot outdoors. Whether you board a mountainous log flume in the morning or brave the SpongeBob SquarePants dive coaster at night, both will be just steps away from your pillow on this Minnesotan escape.
Tokyo Dome Hotel
Located within an open-to-the-public entertainment complex surrounding the city’s baseball arena, Tokyo Dome Hotel is a stone’s throw from attractions, shopping and most importantly, Thunder Dolphin roller coaster. With a heart-pounding 80-degree drop and 80 mph speeds, this ride zooms over the tops of neighboring buildings and right through the center of Tokyo Dome City’s Ferris wheel, all while giving passengers a glimpse of the metropolis’ stellar skyline.
Circus Circus Hotel & Resort
Many consider Las Vegas a Disney World for adults, and nowhere is that more true than Circus Circus. The hotel's five-acre, indoor Adventuredome theme park not only boasts 4-D theaters, a "Pacific Rim" motion simulator movie ride, laser adventures and bumper cars, but over a dozen rides for families and thrill-seekers alike. Did we mention two extreme roller coasters? Canyon Blaster’s record-breaking loops and double corkscrew turns propel riders up to 55 mph through the indoor amusement park while El Loco’s twists, upside-down suspension and 90-foot drop offer better entertainment than the hijinks Vegas is typically known for.
Great Wolf Lodge Anaheim
Want to ride Disneyland Resort’s Grizzly River Rapids but dread being soaked all day? Get your fill of water rides at this California resort that has an indoor water park with exhilarating raft rides exclusive to hotel guests instead. Operating 18 locations in total, Great Wolf Lodge is primarily geared towards families, offering tube slides, a zero-entry wave pool and children's water play area. It also excels at kid-friendly experiences on land like a laser maze, interactive MagiQuest game and new dining options by way of their Junior Chef Council, which is helmed by winners of MasterChef Junior. Best of all? There’s complimentary transportation to and from Disneyland Resort, letting guests easily vacation at both simultaneously.
Atlantis Paradise Island
The famed Bahamian resort features every kind of entertainment under the sun—quite literally. Golfing on an island-like waterfront course or having encounters with sea lions, stingrays and dolphins are grand, but it’s Atlantis’ Aquaventure water park that truly sets it apart. With multiple slides passing through a Mayan temple before shooting through a shark habitat, and tube rides that commence in a rapids-style lazy river, you’ll have more thrills than you ever expected from a vacation-ready wonderland.
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
This Orlando resort is a first-rate choice for guests visiting Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort year-round, but around the holiday season it evolves into a winter wonderland of its own, rivaling the North Pole for festive charm. The experience includes visits from Santa, a sky-high circus performance and eight lanes of indoor tubing with real, fluffy snow. There's even a walk-through ice display carved from two million pounds of ice offering frozen scenes in a display that couldn’t exist in Florida any other way. And did we mention the two-story ice slide?
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
This Dominican Republic getaway is as close as you can get to Bikini Bottom. The family-friendly resort offers themed dining and meet-and-greets with Nickelodeon characters from cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Fairly OddParents and Paw Patrol, as well as nightly entertainment and foam parties. The real magic happens at the Aqua Nick pool, where guests can be “slimed” as a family in the Slimulator or dunked in the green liquid en mass at the water play area as seen on TV.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Fans of Disney’s classic Jungle Cruise will feel right at home at this Music City property. Here, an atrium garden filled with 1,500 plants, including a variety of palm trees, forty-foot-tall Southern magnolias and over two dozen kinds of camellias, set the perfect scene for Gaylord Opryland’s very own water attraction. Delta River tours, which depart regularly throughout the day on replica Mississippi River flatboats, pass through four acres of flora along the hotel’s quarter-mile long waterway creating a can’t-miss attraction with a hidden bit of relaxation.
Studio City Macau
Come for the mind-boggling figure-8 Ferris wheel — the world’s first and Asia’s highest, which sits between hotel towers at a death-defying 425 feet — but stay for the unexpected amusement park-style attractions. The Hollywood-themed casino hotel also boasts the Batman Dark Flight 4-D theater ride, which sees guests soaring face-to-face with famed villains across the streets of Gotham City, and an expansive Warner Bros. Fun Zone with character meet-and-greets and kid-friendly activities.
Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells
Water park lovers will find that this Midwestern getaway has it all: plenty of outdoor thrill slides in the summer and an ideal theme park-style escape during cold winter months. Intertwined body slides, multiple funnel slides and tandem tube rides are among the dozens of attractions enticing both hotel guests and day visitors to the 125,000 square foot indoor-outdoor water park. But the highlight comes by way of Master Blaster, an indoor water roller coaster that dips down and shoots back up for a fast-paced thrill. Once you dry off, you can board a six-story Ferris wheel, ride go-karts, or even test your skills on a ropes course or enjoy some upside-down thrill rides fit for kids young and old—all without having to step off-property.
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
Forget about sipping rosé by an Instagram-worthy pool, because this upscale hotel also offers its very own waterpark. Tidal Cove packs in the thrills by way of seven larger-than-life slides, mixing luxury amenities, like an on-site wellness center and two 18-hole golf courses, with the speed-seeking delights of Boomerango, which flings passengers up a vertical wall and Master Blaster, a 486-foot water coaster. There is plenty of relaxation to be had at this Aventura, Florida hotel, but with this many ways to surf and slide in the sunshine all day long, you’ll find yourself yearning for what’s beyond the lounge chair.