The winter blues have us all in a funk. Well, at least those of us who don’t live in a warm climate year round. Up here in Ohio, winter can be brutal and leave you feeling depressed and blah. From November to May, unless you live near an indoor family fun center, you have to travel quite a ways to get your airtime fix!

While YouTube is quite the source of POV (Point of view) videos and construction updates galore, it doesn’t quite fix that craving. We all crave some sort of thrill to keep our lives balanced. Here are some ideas that you and your families could consider to get a little bit of those summer thrills in the winter.

Indoor Water Parks
While it isn’t the same, as a lot of coaster enthusiasts don’t like water parks, indoor water parks are a good way to get a little adrenaline pumping. Depending on your area of the country, there are some indoor water park chains that you can easily fit into your budget without breaking the bank.

Flow Rider at KalahariHere in Northeast Ohio, we have a few options within a few hours drive that can work. Kalahari (Sandusky and the Dells) offers a really good set of slides, a water zip coaster and not one, but TWO flow-riders! For those of you who don’t know what a flow-rider is, check it out in the image to the right.

The area also is home to Great Wolf Lodge (many locations within the US). This is really more for families with younger kids. Not too much here, but 84 degrees and relaxation. There is also Castaway Bay. So many options, so little time.

Visiting Theme Parks During the Holidays
For the lucky enthusiasts among us that really don’t have an off-season, might I recommend heading to Florida and hitting up the Disney properties, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay?

We went there right after Christmas for our honeymoon. While the parks were extremely busy, it was beautiful, a bit chilly and amazing to visit a park right around Christmas time. We couldn’t have asked for a better time!

So, while I know I am super excited for the upcoming season of coaster-riding, I know that there are ways to get my adrenaline pumping and let it feel like summer at the same time. While I doubt most of us could afford a few plane tickets to Florida or California; take a weekend to relax and go swimming.

How do you handle the off-season blues? What do you think of indoor water parks? Let us know in the comments section below.

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4 Responses

  1. Matt Wagner

    Always have been a huge fan of Flowriders. They sure are one of the best ways, in my opinion, to cool off & make the offseason go by a bit faster. Great read!

  2. Kurt Dahlin

    After living here in sunny Southern California, I don’t think I could live anywhere else, unless it was in the tropics. I’ve never actually been to an indoor water park, but they look like fun. Going to Disneyland around Christmas time really is a magical experience. It can be a bit nippy at times, like your experience at Disney World, but it’s almost always sunny and the hospitality of the park always warms the heart.

  3. Katie

    After being to a few indoor water parks, I really enjoy them during the winter. There is just something cool about swimming inside but looking outside and everything is covered with snow!

    I am not a huge water park fan by any means, but this is definitely a good idea to chill out and relax during the winter. We happened to be at Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky a few weeks ago and it was really a nice change of pace from the snow we had just gotten.

    While I would love to live in SoCal or SWFL (I did live there for many years), I really do love the changing of the seasons literally, but figuratively here in Northeast Ohio. I think I have found my home here. 🙂


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