Located in Columbus Ohio – Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark is fun anytime of year
The kids and I went to Fort Rapids in door water park at the end of 2010. I wanted to share this post from my Explore Ohio with Sandy blog with you, so I’m reposting it.
We were invited to go to Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort and decided to plan it around the triplets 10th birthday. They turn 10 on December 30th, 2010 and we knew with the winter setting in, this would be a great time to go.
We arrived on December 29th and were able to get our park passes when we arrived about 2pm. (you can pick them up by 1pm day of check in) We couldn’t check in our rooms until 4pm, so we decided to go have lunch since we were starving by then anyway.
We came back at 4pm and stood in the line to check in. The lobby was beautiful, and right off the bat I noticed the western theme in everything. Now… where else do you get cookies when you check in? (I know of one other place I’ve been, but they gave you a single cookie, not a tray to choose from)
Once we checked in we had to check the place out. Saw this coffee bar, although I never did get a chance to go inside.
We had to figure out what this machine was. It was outside the restaurant. You had to put in $2 to play. Then you tried to use the claw to pick up a lobster. If you got it up and out of the water you got to have it cooked up and served for free. We saw some people trying later while we were eating dinner. It got noisy… they were all excited and both times thought they had the lobster, but both times it kicked off and got free. It kind of had those loose kind of claws like the stuff animal machines do, so it didn’t have a very good grip on them, there was nothing to hurt them.
Check out the reaction when we walked into our suite called the Bright Angel Point Grand Canyon. It sleeps 12!
It was so much fun for the kids. There was so much to do and with them being 10 years old it was nice that they could be off by themselves while we just sat and relaxed. Dave read and I took pictures! lol (no.. Dave and I didn’t get in the water. Be sure to wear cool clothes because it is humid and warm in there. Great for the kids running around in swimsuits, not so great if you aren’t getting in or you have a new hairdo! lol )
There were life guards everywhere! They were regulating the slides and I don’t think you could look from your left to your right without seeing one.
This guy was funny. He saw me standing there waiting for the kids to come down the slide to try and get their pictures (which didn’t turn out.. by the way) and he said.. hey.. get me in action. He started a slow motion run. lol Cracked me up. (there was no one in the water by the way, he was the guard at the bottom of the slide)
Like I said.. the western theme was throughout not only the hotel, but also the waterpark. This was up in the air as decoration for part of the waterpark.
There was an adult area huge whirlpool tub. No kids allowed. So the adults can get away from it all too.
A really large and nicely done kiddie area. This was one of the cute dumping water features in that area.
Now here is one of the water dumping features for the big kids!! lol
The kids loved it.. Even the littler slides were fun.
A and Kim’s from @craftymamaof4 – son were having fun together.
There was basketball for you to play in the water too.
This is another one of Kim’s sons.
The kids loved the lazy river. It was a popular place and would get pretty crowded, but the kids didn’t mind.
There were all kinds of people here. From babies to elderly. You also realize how big tattoos are now too! LOL Until you see people in their swimsuits, you don’t realize how popular they are. omg!
I’m adding this picture… just because I think it is cool.
We left the indoor waterpark after several hours and went back to our cool suite to shower and change. Then off to dinner.
We would have liked to stop off in the cool game room, but we never did find the time.
As I stated in the video, we weren’t overly impressed with the food. There was a good selection on the buffet and the prices were good. Dave and 2 of the 3 kids got the buffet. They graded their meals a C-, C and B+. The main problem was that some of the food was kind of dry.. I think from sitting out. They do keep them covered nicely.
I ordered from the menu and got a burger and was excited to see the broccoli salad with it. I had a few bites and then stopped.. there was too much dressing on it. Too much mayo taste. The burger was kind of dry also. I left part of the crust and the edges of the burger. A also ordered from the menu. He got a hot dog and loved it! He gave it an A+…. said it was the biggest and best hot dog he had ever eaten. But it took quite awhile for our meals to come. The others had finished eating… 2nd helpings before our food came out. I would have to say that this was the only slightly negative thing that we experienced.
Everyone there was extremely helpful. Other than the people checking me in, I’m sure no one else knew I was doing a review. They provided this cake for the triplets birthday. It was in the room when we got there. I don’t think this was only because I was reviewing. My guess is that this would be a service that anyone would receive. We didn’t have any forks or knife, plates etc.. in the room – so we stopped by the bar area and asked if they had some forks and plates we could use. She did and then when she couldn’t find a knife for us to cut the cake, she went into the restaurant to get us one.
Kim from Crafty Mama of 4 was there with her family the same time we were. That was fun. Our kids and husbands had never met, and the kids got to play some together at the waterpark. They came over and shared the cake with us for the kids birthdays.
There were 2 king beds (one up and one down) and the other downstairs room had 2 queens. (we thought they seemed smaller than our queen at home, so I would have guessed doubles, but info says they are queen) and then a small little room with a set of bunk beds. The couch also pulls out to a sleeper sofa.
The room across from ours was having a family reunion here. Some were from the DC area, others from IL and they met in Ohio and stayed together, visited and the kids got to play. Great idea!!
The suite was unbelievable! There was 2 stories, 4 bedrooms (2 down and 2 up) 3 bathrooms, the living room with fireplace and a kitchenette area. There was no running water in the kitchenette. So that was just a little strange. We had to take our drinks to the bathroom to dump them out. But no biggie. There was a little dryer there that you could dry your suits! We didn’t use it to see if it worked though.
You don’t have to get a suite though, there are all kinds of different options for rooms, from your basic hotel room to the family villas.
The suite we stayed in was the Bright Angel Point Grand Canyon and cost $499 for the night, but with taxes it came to $599. It comes with 12 indoor waterpark passes. The passes are good from 1pm of your check in day.. and extend to the end of the day on your check out day (check out is 11am, but there are lockers that you can change in after you swim if you have checked out).
You can get day passes to the waterpark also. They run $26.99. (prices may vary)
Be sure to visit.. and tell them Sandy from Explore Ohio with Sandy sent you!
Thank you Fort Rapids… we had a wonderful time!
Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort
4560 Hilton Corporate Drive
Columbus, OH 43232
Disclosure: Our 1 night stay in the Bright Angle Point Grand Canyon suite and 10 waterpark passes were provided at no charge. We paid for our own meals. The pictures, video and opinions are my own.