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A Lotta Water: Where are the Largest Indoor Water Parks?


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America's Largest Indoor Water Park
The largest indoor water park in the US is the Kalahari Ohio.

The Kalahari Ohio is America's biggest indoor water park -- kind of.

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At 173,000 square feet, Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio is the country's largest indoor water park -- under one roof. Let me explain.

The Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells spreads its indoor water parks among four separate buildings. The combined square footage of the three indoor water parks in the main part of the resort (which guests can access by padding through its labyrinth hallways) stands at 205,000 square feet. That would make Wilderness bigger than Kalahari, but it is a bit strange that its parks are not under one roof.

To complicate matters further, the Wilderness Territory resort includes the nearby, but detached Wilderness on the Lake. It offers its own small indoor water park, Cubby's Cove. Adding the fourth water park to the total puts the combined square footage of the indoor water parks at the Wilderness at 240,000 square feet, which is greater than Canada's World Waterpark. But again, the Wisconsin resort's parks are not all in one place.

And to complicate matters even further, the Kalahari will be losing its status as the nation's largest indoor water park under one roof. Stealing the crown will be... the Kalahari. The chain will be adding its third location, Kalahari Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. When it opens in 2015, its park will be 100,000 square feet, but a planned phase-two expansion will double the size to an even 200,000 square feet.

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