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A lot of people are looking for a resort like the Great Wolf Lodge family of resorts, that include an indoor water park stay. Today we are going to look at Gatlinburg hotels with indoor water park!

view of the indoor water park at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort

We’ve already answered the question about whether or not there is a Great Wolf Lodge Tennessee, and sadly, there are not any of these resorts in the Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge areas. However, don’t think that this means you don’t have any options for a great resort with an indoor water park!

Why Gatlinburg Hotels with Indoor Water Park?

Gatlinburg TN is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tennessee. It offers a variety of activities, including world-class shopping and white-water rafting.

While there are many hotels in Gatlinburg with an indoor pool and even a water slide or two, there are not many hotels like the Great Wolf resorts that have a full waterpark and hotel combo.

Gatlinburg is home to two different indoor water parks: Wild Bear Falls at Westgate Resorts and the smaller indoor water park at Holiday Inn Express Downtown Gatlinburg. Both of these are great options for families looking to beat the summer heat or have some water fun in the cooler months.

So whether you want a full indoor waterpark with slides for the adults and also a kid’s play area, or if you are happy to have a less crowded, smaller water park hotel, you’re sure to love one of the choices Gatlinburg has to offer.

Hotels in Gatlinburg TN with an Indoor Water Park

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Wild Bear Falls at Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort

Nestled between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort boasts the largest indoor water park in Gatlinburg itself: Wild Bear Falls.

This smoky mountain haven has a state-of-the-art retractable roof and heated indoor water for all year round comfort, with a 60,000 square feet aquatic environment complete with 300,000 gallons of flowing water for your next mountain retreat!

Imagine floating down one of two huge water slides, exploring the interactive treehouse or floating down the lazy river for your next Great Smoky Mountains vacation.

This waterpark is really amazing, and I have taken my family here when my two oldest sons were little. They had such a blast playing in the kid’s area and exploring the interactive tree house.

Water Park Features

60,000 square feet

Retractable roof

The Swimming Hole Heated pool

2 large water slides with tubes: the Clingman’s Dome and the Laurel Falls, both with 300+ feet of enclosed slide (guests must be 48″ tall to ride)

Cades Cove 900 foot Lazy River

Ramsey Cascades Interactive Tree House, featuring 300 gallon bucket, two smaller water slides for the kids and multiple water spouts

Little Pigeon River Kid’s Play Area, a zero-entry splash pad designed for the smallest ones of the family

Moonshine Hollow indoor/outdoor sauna

Grotto Falls hot tub

Common Questions about Wild Bear Falls

When is Wild Bear Falls waterpark open? This indoor water park is open every day beginning at 11 am. It closes at 7 pm every night except Friday and Saturday nights, when it is open an extra hour.

What hotels are near Wild Bear Falls waterpark? If you are looking to stay as close to Wild Bear Falls as possible, you will want to stay at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort as it is on the property. They offer a lot of different room options, from a studio to several bedrooms.


915 Westgate Resorts Rd, Gatlinburg TN

Click here to check out Wild Bear Falls and to book a room!


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Holiday Inn Express Downtown Gatlinburg

If you’re looking for something a little smaller or maybe something included with your stay, the Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Gatlinburg is another option you might want to consider.

This indoor waterpark is for the kiddos, so if you’re headed to this area with your family and want something for the kids to do while you relax, this might be the option for you.

The rooms at the Holiday Inn Express are the same great rooms you would expect from this company, plus you get the indoor water park!

Water Park Features

Water park included with stay

Indoor Pool (Heated)

Two water slides for the kids: one enclosed slide and one open slide

Zero entry splash pad

Interactive tree house design

Multiple Water Spouts

Common Questions about the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Gatlinburg

How much is parking at the Holiday Inn Express? There is complimentary parking for hotel guests.

Does the room stay include continental breakfast? Yes! Just like the other Holiday Inn Express locations, this location offers an express breakfast.


322 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg TN

Click here to see more about the water park and book a room!


Hotel Near Gatlinburg with Indoor Water Park

Wanting to visit the National Park but don’t have to stay in the town of Gatlinburg? If you’re open to staying a bit outside the Gatlinburg area, you have one of the best options for a resort similar to the Great Wolf Lodge.

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Wild Waterdome at Wilderness at the Smokies

This is by far the closest you can come to a Great Wolf Lodge in Tennessee. This water park resort features a great indoor water park (the Wild Waterdome) and if you come in the summertime you will also find the two outdoor water parks open, too!

Indoor Water Park Features

Water parks included with hotel stay

66,000 square feet

See-through roof for year-round tanning

Storm Chaser Thrill Ride, a four-person tube ride that takes you into a giant funnel! (48″ minimum height)

The Great Wave Wavepool, 10,000 square feet of wave pool fun

Smokies Surf Rider, a body surfing experience (42″ minumum height)

Indoor Tube Slides (42″ minimum height to ride with an adult, 48″ minimum height to ride alone)

Magnolia Grove Hot Spa, an indoor/outdoor hot tub

Runaway Canyon, a family raft ride

Washout Mountain, a multi-leveled water play area for the kids

Common Questions about the Wild Waterdome

Is the waterpark included at Wilderness at the Smokies? Yes! You get all the waterparks (depending upon time of year) and the Wild Waterdome is always open. These are included with your stay.

What building is the waterpark in at Wilderness at the Smokies? You will find the Wild Waterdome at the River Lodge. There are other bulidings on the premises that also have the waterpark included in their stay, such as the Stone Hill Lodge.


1424 Old Knoxville Highway, Sevierville TN

Click here to check out Wilderness at the Smokies and book a room!


And, if you are looking for outdoor water park fun, check out these other great options:

Splash Country at Dollywood. While this waterpark does not have a hotel attached, it’s definitely the best outdoor water park in the area.

Country Cascades Waterpark Resort – one of the best outdoor waterparks at a hotel that includes an indoor swimming pool.

There are many other hotels that offer small water slides in addition to both indoor and outdoor pools, so if one of these offerings isn’t what you’re looking for, keep checking because there are many to choose from!

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