Great Wolf Lodge
This family-friendly resort reopened after a nearly year-long $30 million renovation to the former Waterpark of America space in Bloomington. You must stay at the hotel to gain entrance to the 75,000-foot waterpark. But that's not a bad thing, since you'll need time to check out the hotel's many other features, including eight dining venues, a kids' spa and an adventure park with a ropes course, mini bowling, an arcade and a rock-climbing wall. Throughout the hotel, kids also can play MagiQuest, a live-action adventure game that uses interactive magic wands.
When: Dec 12 to Dec 31
Where: Bloomington
Cost: Standard rates start at $199.99 per night and include two days of play.