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Water Park Facts

Defining an Industry-

A water park is an amusement park that features water play areas, such as water slides, splash pads, spraygrounds (water playgrounds), lazy rivers, or other recreational bathing environments. Water parks, in more current states of development, may also be equipped with some type of artificial surfing or body-boarding environment such as a wave pool or a FlowRider.

Water parks have become increasingly popular since they began in the 1950's. The United States has the largest and most concentrated water park market, with over a thousand water parks currently and dozens of new parks opening each year.

Indoor Water Parks-

Indoor water parks were a phenomenon that started in the Wisconsin Dells in the 1990s but have since caught on quickly in many areas. Usually resort hotels featuring massive indoor water parks that are often reserved exclusively for overnight guests, companies like Great Wolf Resorts/Great Wolf Lodge and Kalahari Resorts have branched out from their origin in the Dells to open new locations around the country. The largest indoor water park in the United States is the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, which opened in May 2000.