Resort vacations are extremely popular for family getaways, and the more fun that's offered right on the spot on the property, the better. A number of places have upped the fun factor by providing waterpark features, including lazy rivers: these long, winding pools, with (usually) gentle currents are highly enjoyable, it's relaxing to hop on an inner tube and float around... See below for a selection of resorts, and for many places you can preview the lazy-river experience by visiting YouTube.
Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa, Oahu
The centerpiece of this beautiful resort on Oahu is the 7-acre Waikolohe Valley, which has a lazy river, a snorkeling pool, a water-play zone, and two waterslides that start at the top of a volcano. This resort also has an outstanding multi-room kids club called Aunty's Beach House, which is complimentary for guests (- other resorts might charge $60 to $100 for a day at the kids' club.)
Grand Wailea, Maui
This Waldorf-Astoria Resort is known for its pool complex, which has a 200-foot-long series of nine pools connected by a river, and includes water slides, waterfalls, caves, wite-water rapids... The resort also has Camp Grande for kids age 5 to 12, a kids club with a pottery room, wading pool, and more.
Grand Lakes Orlando: JW Marriott Orlando and Ritz Carlton
The upscale JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes shares 500 acres and a lakeside location with the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
. The JW Marriott has a heated lazy river pool that joins with a kiddie pool and larger pools; the Ritz Carlton has a Ritz Kids club. Guests at either resort can use both these amenities.
Arizona Grand Resort, near Phoenix
just fifteen minutes from the Phoenix Airport, this resort has a wave pool, river float, kiddie pool and waterslides.
Scottsdale and Phoenix Resorts With Water Parks
About.com's Guide for Phoenix has more suggestions for resorts with water slides, lazy rivers, etc. on the property, including the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
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