Summer is just around the corner, and many of us have vacations on the mind, but with crazy gas prices that perfect vacation may need to be a bit closer this year. Today is the perfect time for us to look at some of the biggest water parks near the QCA.

The Waterparks

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Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark: 350 Bell Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

Not too bad of a drive for a great indoor water park on the Iowa side.

Located on the Mississippi Riverfront, Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark is within walking distance of many of Dubuque’s prime entertainment options.


Lost Island Water Park: 2225 E Shaulis Rd, Waterloo, IA 50701

Not only is this a great outdoor water park, but it is ranked in the top 10 best of 2021!

Here at Lost Island it is our mission is to create fun, exciting and unforgettable experiences for our staff and guests by providing a safe, clean, and family-friendly environment unlike any other.


Adventureland Bay: 3200 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009

Originally Adventureland was just a theme park, but they added a waterpark some years back, now it offers a great option of theme AND water park!

Adventureland Amusement Park and Adventure Bay Waterpark contain over 100 rides, shows, and attractions including some of the country's most exciting roller coasters and thrill rides that can challenge the most avid amusement park enthusiasts. There are also plenty of rides for less adventurous guests including great water rides as well as a full compliment of children's rides spread throughout the park


Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort: 2643 IL Route 178 Utica, IL 61373

Now, let's switch over to the Illinois side for a second.

Discover a magical family getaway just beyond the glow of Chicago at Starved Rock's own Grand Bear Resort. 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.

Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park Resort: 1701 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Wisconsin actually isn't too far away, and this park not only gives you a water park but a theme park as well!

Featuring five hair-raising roller coasters, including Hades 360 with an upside-down 360-degree roll and a 65-degree drop, 7 go-kart tracks, Dozens of steep and slippery slides, Poseidon’s Rage Surf Pool – with waves up to 9 feet tall, kiddie play areas, and more! The Only Resort in Wisconsin Dells that includes all this for Free.


Noah's Ark Water Park: 1410 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

The Dells has a lot of parks, but this one is well known for its size and pretty solid prices. It's also the largest water park in Wisconsin.

Noah’s Ark, recognized as America’s Largest Waterpark, was established in 1979 and is located on 70 sprawling acres in the Waterpark Capital of the World, Wisconsin Dells. Featuring an endless river, three children's water play areas, and two giant wave pools, Noah’s Ark is one of the best places to bring your kids in Wisconsin Dells.


Chula Vista Resort

You can actually win tickets to this spot! More info here. 

Off Highway 13, this modern resort overlooks the Wisconsin River and is a 7-minute drive from downtown Wisconsin Dells.

With so many great options now open this summer, 2022 is sure to offer a great break for all of us this year!

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