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WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort, Rapid City

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Where to stay in Rapid City

In Rapid City you'll find a variety of hotels and motels, but you can expect their rates to vary considerably depending on the season. Those located downtown provide easy walking access to some of the area's most popular restaurants and bars. Visitors wanting to explore the iconic Mount Rushmore or Custer State Park attractions may prefer the convenience of a hotel along Interstate 90. If you want a scenic escape, look for a bed and breakfast, campsite, or cabin in the surrounding Black Hills National Forest.
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  • it was a nice water park with various slides for all ages. I would suggest going in the morning or early afternoon. Nights seemed for high school or college age.  more »
  • I thought Watiki was a great first waterpark. It being attached to the hotel we were staying at was a huge bonus. Only 3 waterslides and a small lazy river, so we needed less than 2 hours to experienc...  more »
  • It was a 95+ degree day when we went to this water park. I was glad to have something to do with the kids on such a hot day. It was a good place to spend a few hours. There are about 3 bigger water sl...  more »
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  • This place is so much fun for kids of all ages and adults that still have fun. The bar has all you could want and the restaurant has great food. The staff is awesome and very nice to all the kids. I love to take the family here as often as we can. If you stay at the hotel you can get in the water park for very cheap.
  • If you have little kids the place might be a 5 star with the water park. Us old dudes want to relax. Great hotel and service for young families.
  • This park was the only "pool" option available when staying at our hotel, the Home2Suites in Rapid City. We ended up purchasing an $80 "family" package that allowed all 5 of us to use the water park, essentially making the cost $16/person. On the plus side, the lines for the slides moved rather quickly. Also, the water and air temperature were pleasantly warm. Additionally, food and drinks are readily available from the bar/restaurant attached to the water park (though one pays more for that convenience, of course); we brought our own water bottles in, and nobody seemed to care. The kids really enjoyed the slides and the "lilly pad" climbing/crossing area! Negatives: Safety...the lifeguard-to-area ratio is terrible compared to other water parks that we've been to. There are AT LEAST 6 areas that need supervision (hot tub, lazy river, top of slides, bottom of slides, "lilly pad" area, and climbing structure). We only saw 3 lifeguards to cover all those areas, and one of them was busy repairing fence netting. The lifeguard at the top of the slide did not correct anybody who was breaking the clearly-posted rules (sliding head-first, backwards, facing each other on tubes instead of the same direction). People are allowed to swim in the lazy river without tubes, and we saw kids swimming UNDER other people who were in tubes, trying to go upstream, etc. Finally, you can slide with a child on your lap; while this is fun for younger kids, we've never seen this permitted at other water parks. Value...for a regular price entry of $25.99, there isn't enough variety for age and "thrill" preferences. The 3 big slides are really only for thrill-seekers. The climbing structure slides are geared for 4- to 8-year-olds; there are no small slides or pools for toddlers or preschoolers. There are also no "medium" slides for more timid kids or adults who might want to slide without that "roller-coaster" feeling. Finally, the park CHARGES people a "spectator" fee even if they don't want to swim! Bottom line: fun for one afternoon IF you have a discount, good adult-child ratio in your party, and watch your own kids vigilantly.
  • The kids will have fun, but parents have to pay even if they aren't swimming. Not many life guards around, either, so limit rules for the hot tub were not being enforced, especially for young children.
  • The slides offered three unique and fun experiences that took my breath away every time! We spent just a few hours and were exhausted from laughter. The lazy river was a little congested with empty tubes, but there was never a moment where we had to wait for a tube to go down a slide.