While there’s no need to “cool off” per se when the temperatures dip, it’s still cool to enjoy the thrill of the plunge at a waterpark. Here are some options to plan a weekend for an indoor splish-splash.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the waterparks! Schlitterbahn is home to the Boogie Bahn surf ride, four tubing slides, three speed slides, two separate kids areas, a heated pool, a swim-up bar for adults and a 100-foot-tall zip line. This one’s a must-do for every water park aficionado — it’s been awarded the Golden Ticket for World’s Best Indoor Waterpark for the last eight years.
Nestled in the heart of the White Mountains, Kahuna Laguna features four high-speed tubes that splash into a central landing pool. There’s also a wave pool for body surfing, water basketball, water cannons and a 175-gallon tipping bucket at Bamboo Bay. Keeko’s Treehouse is appropriate for those still in swimmies and diapers.
With more than a dozen locations nationwide including the Pocono Mountains and LaGrange, Ga., there’s likely a Great Wolf location just right for your family as the mercury plummets in fall. Each features Fort Mackenzie, a water tree fort appropriate for children, toddlers and teens alike, with water toys and totem tower body slides.
The Bavarian theme doesn’t exactly scream a balmy 84 degrees, but that’s how it stays here year-round. Don’t miss the Splasherhorn water roller coaster, the surfing simulator, a tube slide and 900-foot lazy river. Hot tubs for the adults, video arcades for the tweens and a separate toddler area mean everyone’s happy.
New England’s largest indoor waterpark nestled in the suburb of Danvers makes for a good weekend jaunt. Featuring more than 65,000 square feet of splishing and splashing, there are lots of different themed areas for all different age groups. Parrot’s Perch is an interactive jungle gym with slides and water cannons. Coconut Grove Adventure River winds around Parrot’s Perch. The Dip-In Theater has a large sail screen. Visit Shark Slam and the other four waterslides for the ultimate rush. And the Palm Grotto is for guests ages 16 and older—especially for parents to take a break in the hot tub and whirlpools.
Kalahari brings Africa to Ohio, with the children’s Wild Kingdom area with net crawls, water guns and low-key waterslides. There’s also Flowrider, a surf simulator with waves up to 5 feet tall. The Zip Coaster features precocious plunge drops, but there’s plenty of opportunity to chill at private cabanas. Live it up like it’s Vegas with private attendants, fresh towels, couches, refrigerators and iPod docking stations.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).