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Best Water parks in Orange County, CA

Great Wolf Lodge started out as a small indoor water park resort in the Wisconsin Dells area. It’s been over 20 years since we first opened our doors and we now have 18 locations across the United States and Canada. While our indoor water park was traditionally open only to guests staying at the resort, we now offer passes for anyone who wants to drop in for the day!

If you’re crazy about water adventures, playgrounds, slides and thrill rides, you won’t want to miss out on an opportunity to experience Great Wolf Lodge. Check out the information below for more on the best indoor water parks near Orange County!

outdoor swimming pool at Great Wolf Lodge

Features of Our Water Park

We keep our indoor water park at a comfortable 84-degrees all year round, making it a perfect place to escape bad weather. We offer a variety of body slides, tube slides, raft rides, activity pools and splash areas for every member of the family, from toddlers and teens, to parents and grandparents.

If you’re traveling with little ones, we suggest visiting our Cub Paw Pool, which is filled with spray features and kiddie slides. Our lazy river, also known as the Crooked Creek, is another popular option among guests traveling with small children. Family and friends can relax and float down the river together. You don’t have to worry about pushing yourself along, either. The current does all the work for you!

Of course, you can’t visit an indoor water park without catching a wave. Head over to Slap Tail Pond and splash around the swells sweeping in from the deep end. You’ll be transported to the ocean within minutes of stepping into the tide. Surfs up!

Can’t Miss Water Slides

We’ve got four-story tube rides, a water-jet fueled vortex and raft-riding adventures the family won’t soon forget. While certain slides can only accommodate one guest at a time, plenty of others can seat up to four guests at once. Experience the thrill together!

Our activity pools are also a great place to splash around, hop on a float and enjoy the water. You’ll be sure to find a few basketball hoops located around Chincook Cove for you to practice your hook shots, free throws and rebounds. You can even take part in a friendly round of water basketball! Adventure seekers will want to explore some of our thrill rides, including the Howlin’ Tornado, our six-story tube ride. See how far you ride up the walls before your splash landing! You can enjoy some family fun on the River Canyon Run. This multi-person raft ride just happens to be one of our most popular water features! 

Water Park Attractions

Even if you aren’t crazy about swimming, you’re sure to have a blast at our indoor water park. Our Cool Cabana Rentals provide a cozy spot for guests to rest, retreat and re-hydrate. Each comes complete with refreshing beverages, towels, seating and “smart” amenities to enjoy.

Don’t worry about working up an appetite after spending a day splashing around the indoor water park. You can refuel at any one of our onsite dining options. We’ve got all the classics, including pizza, burgers and ice cream! Parents can even enjoy a cup of coffee or adult beverage around the park.

While our indoor water park remains our standout feature, we do offer a handful of other attractions. Guests can engage in a game of laser tag or challenge themselves on our ropes course from the safety of a climbing harness or win prizes over at our Northern Lights Arcade. We also offer MagiQuest, a live-action role-playing game. To play, kids must choose their very own magic wand which they can take home with them after completing the game!

You can find members of the Great Wolf Lodge team located around the park, ready to accommodate your every need. We also have individuals assigned to read stories, paint faces, teach art classes and yoga for kids!

Passes, Packages, and Special Offers

You can book your stay at our official site or call 1-800-905-9653. Day passes are also available and include full access to our indoor water park, free life jackets for every member of the family and free passes for kids aged 2 years and younger.

Our birthday party packages include 1.5 hours in a decorated birthday space, a sheet cake, pizza and soda, water park passes and more! You can find out more information on our birthday party packages here.

Our Garden Grove location in southern California also offers a host of seasonal specialties, from themed parties to holiday meals. Make sure to check out our special offers for more ways to save on your stay!

More Things to do in Orange County 

Orange County and its “near perfect” weather provides tons of opportunities for outdoor activities, including trips to the region’s famous parks, beaches and downtown attractions. It’s also home to some major sports teams including the Los Angeles Angels and the Anaheim Ducks. In addition to Great Wolf Lodge, Orange County contains some of the country’s largest theme parks, including Disneyland Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. With that kind of draw, it’s no wonder the region attracts over 50 million visitors a year!

Other Water Parks and Splash Pads in Orange County 

Are you looking for more places to cool off around Orange County? Check out this next section for more information on water parks in southern California. 

Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center

Check out Buccaneer Bay, another California water park near Orange County. The venue offers tons of exciting opportunities for water play, including a flowing river channel, three water slides, a children’s interactive play structure, zero-depth beach entry and two spray pad areas! There’s also the Aqua Rocket, a roller coaster water ride that will blast you uphill for a series of peaks and drops at a speed of 30 miles per hour! 

Knott’s Soak City, Palm Springs

Located just over an hour east of Orange County, this water park boasts 23 speed, tube and body slides including Shore Break featuring 6 different water slide experiences and a thrilling family raft ride, The Wedge; the 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay wavepool; a one‑third‑mile Sunset River; and the three‑story Beach House, featuring 200 water guns, nozzles, sprayers and other interactive surprises. There’s also Gremmie Lagoon, a hands-on water playground for younger kids and families.

LegoLand Water Park, Carlsbad

One of the most popular amusement parks in California, Legoland Water Park is located right outside of San Diego and features more than seven water slides, a wave pool, sandy beaches and a unique built-a-raft feature where guests can design and build their very own LEGO raft before floating downstream!

Raging Waters, Los Angeles

There are a lot of places to visit in Los Angeles that are worth checking out, but you’d be wise to prioritize a visit to the Raging Waters San Dimas. The 60-acre water park hosts more than 50 “world-class” water slides, rides and attractions. It’s also home to California’s only hydromagnetic water coaster!

Aquatica, Chula Vista

Welcome to one of the largest wave pools in California! Bouncing around a comfortable 82 degrees Fahrenheit, this San Diego splash pad features a 5000,000 gallon pool which periodically experiences swells of up to five feet! The resort also set up 43,000 feet of white sandy beach for visitors to relax on!

Sigler Park Splash Pad, Westminster

One of the most popular water splash parks in California, this destination features a massive water play area filled with splash fountains, dump buckets, water cannons and more. Just don’t forget to bring a towel and change of clothes! 

Buccaneer Cove, Riverside 

The water attractions at Castle Park include 5 colorful water slides, interactive aqua domes, fun spray cannons, splash pads and a cylinder spray water fountain. If you need to take a break from the sun, think about renting out some lounge chairs and seating in the private cabana area! 

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