Many water parks in Kansas are minutes from historical, agricultural and cultural hot spots and only one to three hours from Topeka -- the biggest hot spot of them all. A couple of the parks are even major attractions in their own right. When families aren’t enjoying some of the most innovative water park features in the world, they can explore Kansas’ pioneer past, farming feats and popular shopping centers. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about water parks in Kansas.
Three Thrilling Attractions
Surfing, Sliding, Soaking
Address: 9400 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66112 Phone: 913-312-3110 Hours: Schlitterbahn is open May through September. It’s open mostly from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June through August; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. May, June, August and September; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. a handful of days in May, June and August. Price: All-day general admission is $35.99 ($33.99 online) for ages 12 to 54 and $26.99 ($25.99 online) for ages 3 to 11 and 55 and older. For an extra $10, visitors can purchase a souvenir drink bottle with free refills along with their ticket.
Great Wolf Lodge
The indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge is the family-friendly establishment’s main attraction, with 300,000 gallons of 84-degree water filtered through a lazy river, five pools, a fort and eight gigantic slides. Mini golf, an interactive adventure game, story time, an arcade and shows are also offered on the premises. Off-site, guests can explore nearby attractions, such as the Kansas City Zoo, Kansas Speedway, Legends shopping outlets, Sunflower Hills Golf Course, Children’s Museum of Kansas and the National Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Something For Everyone
Address: 10401 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, KS 66111 Phone: 800-608-9653 Hours: Although hours may change seasonally, the water park is usually open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Check-in is at 4 p.m., but guests can start using the park at 1 p.m. the day of arrival. Check-out is at 11 a.m., but guests can use the park until close. Price: Prices are included with a stay at the lodge and range from $239.99 a night for a family suite with two queen beds, a sofa-sleeper, living area and a balcony or patio to $339.99 for a suite with one king bed, two queen beds, a sleeper-sofa and balcony or patio. There are a total of eight suite options, and all suites are equipped with hair dryers, coffee makers, fridges, microwaves, pay-per-play video games and pay-per-view movies.
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