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January 24, 2022

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Wet and wetter

There’s nothing like spending a day splashing around at a water park, right? How about spending two or three days doing nothing but? You could take breaks to nap in your room overlooking the slides and fountains. And for meals, well maybe there’s a place you and the gang can fuel up without even getting out of your bathing suits. Oh, and did we mention all this can done in the dead of winter? All these places have plenty of family packages and deals.

The 10-month-old Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina, keeps its water park at a balmy 29°C. There’s a 71-metre funnel ride called the Howlin' Tornado and a four-storey interactive treehouse with slippery suspension bridges, swinging cargo nets, treetop slides and soaking spray stations. The hotel has 402 suites, many of which are themed.

Coco Key Water Resort in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is ideal if you want to get away with your toddlers. There’s a large play area with a walk-in pool and scaled-down slides. Grownups can check out the Palm Grotto Spa, a swim-through, indoor-outdoor Jacuzzi. And ou can stay at the Courtyard Marriott next door.

If you’re a serious fan of waterparks, then you won’t know the meaning of the words wet and wild until you’ve visited the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin — the self-proclaimed waterpark capital of the world. You could spend weeks just doing the rounds. Kalahari has the US’s first indoor water coaster, called the Master Blaster, a 280-metre lazy river that connects five whirlpools along with all manner of other wet stuff.

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