It's summer, and it's hot meaning the kids are probably reminding you about how hot it is. If you're looking for a vacation that's a bit bigger than going to the local pools in the QCA, here are some affordable and nearby spots you can spend a day or two at with the family to cool off this week.

It's time for the kids to have fun and for you to get some relaxation time, but most importantly it's time to stay cool and get over this heat.

These are all spots I have been to, and listeners have also shared as some of their favorite spots after we looked at the closest waterparks as a whole in the QCA.

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3. Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

Located at 350 Bell Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

This one makes it onto the list because the drive is just under an hour, and the 25,000-square-foot indoor waterpark offers a great time for the kids, and family alike. They even say,

a variety of rides and attractions for teenagers, kids, pint-sized toddlers and the young at heart.

This spot works perfectly when it comes to a quick vacation since it's a waterpark inside of a hotel. Room pricing starts at just over $200. You can learn more here.

Ideally situated in the Port of Dubuque, Iowa and featuring a winning combination of service, amenities and entertainment, the Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark is the Midwest’s premier destination for meetings, group events and family vacations.


2. Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

Located at 2643 IL Route 178 Utica, IL 61373

When you look up great water parks near the Quad Cities, this one almost always shows up. According to best, this is one of the best spots to bring the family.

Nestled in this natural area of Illinois, we offer an oasis of relaxation and adventure - a destination where waterpark fun meets nature! A truly unforgettable place to unwind, play, meet, dine and explore with family and friends.

It's just slightly smaller than Grand Harbor, this spot is a 24,000-square-foot indoor waterpark. They have play zones, slides, a wave pool, lazy river, and a 15 person hot tub.

Whether you crave adventure or tranquility, our indoor water park is the perfect family getaway in in Utica, IL. When water park time is over, splash in to Wave Cave for concession style eats and treats including pizza by the slice, Nathan's famous all-beef hot dogs, nachos and adult beverages. The Wave Cafe is located inside Grand Bear Falls, our exciting indoor waterpark that is open year-round for family fun.


1. Lost Island Waterpark: 

Located at 2225 E Shaulis Rd, Waterloo, IA 50701

They also have their theme park grand opening this weekend! The new park will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday

BUT this is an article about waterparks to beat the heat, so the Lost Island Waterpark will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. When it comes to waterparks this is the place to be. They actually ranked number two in the nation when it comes to water parks.

We are honored to be voted #2 in USA Today's 10 Best Outdoor Waterparks in the US for 2022!! Thank you to all who voted for us! We look forward to another season of making memories with your families!

Not only is it the largest waterpark in Iowa, but it has also been nationally recognized.

Connor Kenney
Connor Kenney

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