Break into Spring with a Black Hills Getaway!

After reading the title of this blog, you might be saying to yourself, Spring break ideas? Really?! It’s still January!” If you’re thinking that dreaming of Spring seems a bit premature in light of the winter snow and temps currently blowing and freezing above the Mason-Dixon line, you might have a good point there…however, keep in mind that most academic calendars post their annual Spring Break in the first or second week of March. That means that your break from the winter grind is only about a month-and-a-half away.

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With that said: it’s planning time! Or, at least, it’s the prime time to start weighing your options and taking a head count on who’s in for this year’s festivities. If anything, start searching for inexpensive travel deals for Spring Break

Spring Break began as a recess in seasonal transition months from academic institutions in various countries around the world. Traditionally, the break from school draws college students, as well as K-12 kids and their families, to tropical locations. It’s a break from academics, but it’s also a break from the cold winter weather—a merry anticipation of spring and summer to come. Popular Spring Break locations include Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach, Florida, or Palm Springs, California. Spring Break ideas with oversea destinations range anywhere from Cancún, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlán in Mexico—to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, and the Bahamas.

For the average college student, a trip of such international caliber can be difficult to swing, and more often that not, inexpensive travel deals for Spring Break must be secured a little closer to home. For that matter, a romp to Mexico or the Bahamas isn’t always within the realm of financial possibility for the average small family either!

Luckily, Spring Break can be celebrated without a passport or a plane ticket. The WaTiki Indoor Waterpark in the Black Hills is a sweet escape to a tropical atmosphere without having to leave the Midwestern region of the United States. Centrally located for the Black Hills, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and North Dakota residents, WaTiki is the largest water park in a 4-state region. With slides, pools, floating rivers, an arcade, and an on-site bar and grill, it’s the perfect way to spend a quick break indulging in beach-like fun.

Inexpensive Travel Deals for Spring Break from WaTiki

If you choose to stay in one of our adjoining properties, the La Quinta Inn & Suites or the Fairfield Inn & Suites, hotel guest wristbands are only $7 a piece. If you’re traveling with a group for Spring Break, a 5-pack of wristbands can be purchased for $29.95 for those with adjoining hotel accommodations!

Beyond WaTiki, the Black Hills region is a goldmine of tourist opportunities! Of-age spring breakers can hit the card tables at Cadillac Jacks or Tin Lizzie in Deadwood. Nightlife in downtown Rapid City consists of unique bars and lounges, such as Vertex Sky Bar and Paddy O’Neill’s Pub at the Hotel Alex Johnson. For family fun, you can visit Mount Rushmore or race the tracks at Flags and Wheels Indoor Racing.

This alternative to typical Spring Break ideas is a fun and economical approach to an American tradition. The end of the academic year and the wintry season are just around the corner—let the WaTiki Indoor Waterpark in the Black Hills tide you over until the summer sun finally shows its face!

About WaTiki Indoor Waterpark
Open year-round, the WaTiki Indoor Waterpark is fun for the whole family. With 30,000 square feet of aquatic wonderland, WaTiki is the perfect place for parents and kids to take a break in a safe environment that creates new family memories. Call WaTiki today at 1-877-545-2897 for more information about the biggest indoor water attraction in western South Dakota.

Super Bowl Party Ideas: Football and Waterslides!

It’s that time of year again….

With Conference Championships coming up this weekend, and the Super Bowl just around the corner, it’s safe to say that football mania in the United States is about to reach the pinnacle of the season. With Baltimore, New England, San Francisco, and Atlanta vying for those last two Super Bowl tickets, football fans are feeling the excitement and gearing up for the “big day.”

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Each year, as this culminating point in the NFL season builds, die-hard sports fans and casual spectators alike are charmed by the hype of playoff, championship, and Super Bowl matches, as well as devising this year’s Super Bowl party ideas. Perhaps it’s the very traditional nature of this American pastime that whips the masses into excitement. Or maybe it’s the food, the half-time show, or the extraordinary showing of commercials? Whatever the reason for it may be, the Super Bowl serves as an opportunity for gathering and socializing around a highly anticipated and entertaining sporting event.

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The gathering, the socializing, and the entertainment usually manifests to Super Bowl party ideas in one of the two following scenarios:

A. An at-home Super Bowl party. They’re relaxed, they’re exclusive, and you can yell and cheer as loud as you want from the privacy and comfort of yours or another’s couch. Depending on the host, the snacks are to-die-for, and the company is of the highest caliber: family and friends! But first, you have to find someone to take on the task of hosting…
B. A gathering at the Sports Bar. The fried chicken wings and cheesy nacho chips keep coming, and the beverages keep flowing… as long as your pocketbook holds out! Best of all, no one in your party is responsible for the mess that’s left behind. However, a simple sports bar doesn’t always provide the best Super Bowl activities for kids

Although both options A and B fulfill the details of your Super Bowl ideals, WaTiki Indoor Waterpark and Sliders Bar & Grill can provide an “Option C” for your Super Bowl party ideas.

Sliders Bar & Grill is home to a huge flat-screen, high-definition television that will be tuned to the Super Bowl action on Sunday, February 3rd, 2013! The menu features gourmet pizzas, slider sandwiches, pastas, steak, awesome appetizers, and a huge variety of tap beers and cocktails for all appetites and drink preferences. What else? It’s the only bar in America with a water slide going right through it!

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That brings us to another great American pastime: water slides! Have you ever been to a Super Bowl pool party? Hit Maui’s Body Slide in between quarters, float the Lazy River during half-time, and whirl in the Super Bowl tube ride, because….it’s the Super Bowl!

At WaTiki Indoor Waterpark, you can combine two things that you love in one awesome day, while also incorporating Super Bowl activities for kids into your party planning. Throw in great food and first-rate friends, and you won’t have a reason to leave! Luckily, La Quinta Inn & Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites are attached and ready to take room reservations.

It really doesn’t matter if your team made it to the Super Bowl this year. With WaTiki’s Super Bowl party ideas, there’s more than one good reason to have fun and celebrate an awesome American tradition.

About WaTiki Indoor Waterpark
Open year-round, the WaTiki Indoor Waterpark is fun for the whole family. With 30,000 square feet of aquatic wonderland, WaTiki is the perfect place for parents and kids to take a break in a safe environment that creates new family memories. Call WaTiki today at 1-877-545-2897 for more information about the biggest indoor water attraction in western South Dakota.

World Waterslide Records held by the Best Waterparks in the World!

The very first waterslide was constructed in the 1920s by Herbert Sellner of Sellner Manufacturing in Faribault, Minnesota. Thanks to Sellner’s water toboggan slide contrived for resorts in the amusement park industry, modern theme park entertainment now features a long list of waterslide records to be matched and beat.

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World Waterpark and Waterslide Records

According to the Guinness World Records:

The tallest waterslide in the world is Kilimanjaro at Águas Quentes Country Club in Barra do Piraí, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kilimanjaro was built to a height of 163 feet and 9 inches in January of 2002.

The longest inner-tube waterslide in the world is Magic-Eye at Galaxy Erding, in Erding, Germany, which is 1,169 feet long.

The farthest distance covered on a water slide in 24 hours by a single team of sliders is 843.33 miles. This team consisted of 10 individuals of German nationality. Their feat was achieved on the Magic Eye at Galaxy Erding—also the longest inner-tube waterslide record holder.

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Kilimanjaro at Águas Quentes Country Club in Barra do Piraí, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

However, for the waterpark aficionado, these bragging points—highest, longest, wettest, etc.—are beside the point. What waterslide fans really want is a variety of thrills and activities for extensive entertainment on waterpark outings. You only need to slide the longest slide in the world once, right?

The real show-stopper is when large-scale waterparks fit an aquatic world of sliding, splashing, floating, and swimming fun under one roof. To house a year-round, season-to-season waterpark facility is an advancement worth applauding. In that case, what are considered the biggest and best waterparks in the world, specifically those that are run indoor?

According to the World Waterpark Association:

The largest indoor waterpark in the world is Ocean Dome in Miyazaki City, Japan at a size of 322,752 square feet.

The largest indoor waterpark in North America is World Waterpark in West Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This amusement complex covers 5 acres and holds 3.25 million gallons of water.

The largest indoor waterpark in the U.S. is the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio at 173,000 square feet.

Where does WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort fit in to this scheme? If you don’t have a passport to get you out of the country—and nothing else pulling you to the great state of Ohio anytime soon—WaTiki is an excellent option for year-round waterpark entertainment in one of the biggest tourism meccas in the continental U.S. With 30,000 square feet of thrilling slides and splash-worthy activities, the WaTiki Resort is the best indoor waterpark for miles around—in a four-state Midwest region, to be exact!

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When it comes to beating waterslide records, WaTiki will make a step closer towards the record holders recognized by the World Waterpark Association in the summer of 2014 when it opens its latest expansion project to the public.

30,000 square feet will be expanded to 70,000 square feet—that’s an additional 40,000 feet of new attractions, new features, and best of all, new slides! Although it won’t beat any world waterslide records, the new WaTiki Waterpark Resort will be the only water attraction of its kind in a four-state region.

We’re pretty sure that WaTiki would make Herbert Sellner proud!

About WaTiki Indoor Waterpark
Looking for a hotel with a waterslide? Open year-round, the WaTiki Indoor Waterpark is fun for the whole family. With 30,000 square feet of aquatic wonderland, WaTiki is the perfect place for parents and kids to take a break in a safe environment that creates new family memories. Call WaTiki today at 1-877-545-2897 for more information about the biggest indoor water attraction in western South Dakota.

Kid-Approved Birthday Party Planning with WaTiki Waterpark!

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Your child’s birthday arrives each and every year; and with it comes another celebration to plan and host. Sometimes you’re ready—and sometimes you’re not. Birthday party planning can go on for months and months before the big day; or all too often, the minute details can snowball into a last-ditch effort in the week before. As a parent, you’d like it if you could turn each passing anniversary of your child’s birth into an event they will always remember. However, you might often find yourself running a little low on children’s birthday party ideas…

A party at home? Check. You hosted a rather successful house party last year, as well as the year before, and would prefer to avoid the stress—not to mention the mess—this time around. Your carpets will thank you for saving them from the spills…

A celebration at the bowling alley? Check. Been there, done that. Fun was had by all, but you’re looking for something a little bit different this year—perhaps a little more variety, a little less competition, and none of those smelly shoes.

A bash in the park? Check. Although the outdoor shindig was the perfect place for a past celebration, you’d like something a little more contained—a place where the kids can have a ton of fun without requiring you to cart in decorations to be demolished by the possibility of rain or wind, as well as snacks and cake to be devoured by the ants.

Out of children’s birthday party ideas? What about WaTiki?

The WaTiki Waterpark Resort is the perfect place for hosting a party or event! At WaTiki, you’ll find a fun and exciting atmosphere to encourage spontaneous celebration and revelry at its finest. Consider making it a theme party with island leis, grass skirts, and pirate eye-patches. Let “kids be kids” with the island-adventure theme and unending water park thrills, while parents can relax and enjoy the entertainment value of the water park on a whole different level.

WaTiki invites you to consider slides, splashes, and hot tub soaks as the theme for this year’s big birthday event. The largest indoor water park in South Dakota and its surrounding four-state region has 30,000 feet of activity pools, water slides, and a lazy river to accommodate your pint-sized party-goers and ‘wow’ your birthday boy or girl. It’s all of the fun with minimal probability for those birthday party disasters we all dread. Best of all, WaTiki offers packages that fit varying time-restraints and budgets that come with birthday party planning.

The baseline birthday package at WaTiki provides for a day of water park fun and adventure, arcade tokens for each guest, a free tee-shirt for the guest-of-honor, and a pre-decorated location to host your event. At only a small increase in price-per-patron let WaTiki provide pizza and pop, as well as plates and silverware. For an all-inclusive event, choose our party package that provides the following for each and every guest: water park admission, arcade play, a decorated party space, pizza, pop, party supplies, and a goodie bag for each child, including a WaTiki tee-shirt and a wristband. Want to know more? Get detailed information on WaTiki’s party packages.

You can be a real birthday-party-planning hero and make an entire night of it by reserving a room or two with adjacent hotels: Fairfield Inn & Suites and La Quinta Inn & Suites of Rapid City. When you reserve a room, your crew can party late, close the water park down, and continue the celebration with in-room movies and late-night room service from Sliders Bar & Grill. Click here for more lodging and reservation information. Your battle to come up with unique children’s birthday party ideas begins and ends with a phone call—contact WaTiki today to pick a package and reserve a date!
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Ready or not, those yearly birthday parties keep on coming. WaTiki can help you remove the monotony, the mess, and the stress by planning a wet and wild bash at the biggest indoor water park for miles around. A go-to for birthday party planning, WaTiki Waterpark has all of the necessary ingredients for a fun-filled event—just add cake!

About WaTiki Indoor Waterpark
Open year-round, the WaTiki Indoor Waterpark is fun for the whole family. With 30,000 square feet of aquatic wonderland, WaTiki is the perfect place for parents and kids to take a break in a safe environment that creates new family memories. Call WaTiki today at 1-877-545-2897 for more information about the biggest indoor water attraction in a four-state region.