South Dakota’s Indoor Waterparks

by Katlyn Richter on December 20, 2010 · 6 comments


Splish, splash, cannon-ball! Probably not outdoors in the winter months up here in South Dakota. But wait, South Dakota has several indoor water parks allowing families to enjoy the splash and echo of a cannonball year round.

Watiki Waterpark, Rapid City, SD

Watiki Waterpark in Rapid City is a popular destination year-round destination for families. This is the largest waterpark resort in the Dakotas. It boasts over 30,000 square feet of waterpark and concessions. If you’re planning an overnight stay in Rapid City, enjoy your choice of 250 hotels rooms attached to the waterpark. No more frozen kiddos to bundle up after an afternoon of swimming. Check their website for rates, operating hours and more information about this great spot for a winter getaway in South Dakota.

Natural spring water flows from a thermal spring in Hot Springs at about 5,000 gallons per minute. Families of all ages can enjoy this rejuvenating warm water at Evans Plunge – the World’s largest natural warm water (87 degrees), indoor swimming pool. People have enjoyed this water for over one hundred years. Today, kids can enjoy this indoor waterpark complete with waterslides, Tarzan rings, fun tubes and kiddy pools while mom and dad relax in the warm water.

Many Ramkota hotels in South Dakota have indoor water play areas on site. The addition of indoor water parks makes a big difference in how excited a kid will get when entering a hotel pool. Check out each of these locations to see what you can find at Ramkota Hotel in South Dakota:

            Best Western Ramkota Hotel Aberdeen, South Dakota
            Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center Rapid City, South Dakota
            Best Western Ramkota Hotel Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Ramada Inn and Suite of Sioux Falls has Buccaneer Bay – an indoor water park that also is conveniently located inside the hotel. This Ramada Hotel is only a mile away from the Sioux Falls Regional Airport and only 3 miles from Downtown Sioux Falls, which is filled with adventures for the whole family.

The kids by now are ready to practice their backstroke and butterfly (and cannonballs of course), and wash away the winter blues. So, make South Dakota your winter getaway and enjoy one of several water parks.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Paige January 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I have always wanted to go to the Watiki Waterpark in Rapid City. I have family that lives out there and they told me about it. I have just never had the chance to go yet.

Shelby January 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I think it would be awesome to have more water parks like these around the eastern side of South Dakota! I’ve been to Evan’s Plunge and it was pretty awesome. The water was one of the warmest pools I’ve ever been in!

Jenna January 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I thought this was a good article because it tells you where different hotels are so when families take trips it makes it easier to find a place to stay. It also gives good information on each hotel that is states in the blog.

Mat @ December 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Indoor water park hotels are becoming more and more popular – probably because they’re an awesome way to spend a winter weekend. Aside from a hiccup due to the recession, there are more and more of these things popping up all over the place. I think it’s just a matter of time before South Dakota gets another one.

Getty March 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm

We`re from Winnipeg Manitoba and tossing around the idea of visiting SD for our spring break (March 30 – April 5). Kids are 10 and 12. Loving the waterpark. Will all the museums and attractions be open at this time of year? What are the chances of ski hill being open? Are hiking trails accessible year round? What can we expect weather wise?

Any insight would be super and greatly appreciated.


Katlyn Richter March 31, 2014 at 8:41 am

Hi there Getty,
Apologies for the late response since you’ve already started your travels.
I hope that you were able to find some answers to your questions, the ski hills will be open, and many attractions museums also. However, you may find that the hiking trails will be covered in the snow that we are getting this week.

Hope you still have a great time,

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