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WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort Rapid City

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WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
1314 Elk Vale Rd
Rapid City
SD
57703
Tel: (866) 928-4543

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The largest indoor waterpark in the Dakota's 30,000 square foot of waterpark, arcade and concessions.
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    Watiki Waterpark is a great place... personally I think they need to add a deep pool... with diving board... that deep of pool... some people such as myself swim better on the bottom of the pool.

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    This was a two night stop sandwiched in between a couple days of camping at badlands and a few in custer state park. It is the ideal place for a family with small kids.

    It is really close to 79, 16 and 90 highways. Lots of food and attractions nearby. Food at the hotel is bar food, not healthy but edible. The water park and the rooms were clean and well maintained.

    Breakfast in the am is free and adequate though the eggs were instant. You can have cereal or waffles like any other Hampton Fairfield or La Quinta.

    Wifi is free as well. Mom and...Read More

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    While the lazy river, the water-slides, and kids play-structures were great, there were some serious issues. As we didn't stay at the hotel, we had to enter through the arcade....which meant we first needed to climb a bunch of stairs and then back back down....really bizarre. Also, there were no decent change rooms. There was one co-ed change room with maybe 10 stalls for families (crazy since the pool area is rated as over 600 people capacity). Both the change room (singular) and the bathrooms STUNK of urine. Seemed quite crowded (especially...Read More

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    I was at the Watiki water park July 5th, 2013, staying with relatives and not as a guest at the hotel. I have been there several times before; this was my worst experience and might be just because it was a holiday weekend. (Though, that is no excuse.)

    During the week, their summer hours are much earlier than what is on the web of 4-9PM. So, call and find out what they really are.

    The chlorine is rather strong. I am glad I did not wear anything too new (or for that matter - too old). It was very hard on our swimsuits.

    The rides are relatively...Read More

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    It was awesome.the slide that went through the cafe was cool I waved at people and they waved back to me

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by Jason Mrachina

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This was a two night stop sandwiched in between a couple days of camping at badlands and a few in custer state park. It is the ideal place for a family with small kids.

It is really close to 79, 16 and 90 highways. Lots of food and attractions nearby. Food at the hotel is bar food, not healthy but edible. The water park and the rooms were clean and well maintained.

Breakfast in the am is free and adequate though the eggs were instant. You can have cereal or waffles like any other Hampton Fairfield or La Quinta.

Wifi is free as well. Mom and dad can have a cocltail and relax while kids play.

by Jared Friesen

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While the lazy river, the water-slides, and kids play-structures were great, there were some serious issues. As we didn't stay at the hotel, we had to enter through the arcade....which meant we first needed to climb a bunch of stairs and then back back down....really bizarre. Also, there were no decent change rooms. There was one co-ed change room with maybe 10 stalls for families (crazy since the pool area is rated as over 600 people capacity). Both the change room (singular) and the bathrooms STUNK of urine. Seemed quite crowded (especially as it was an off-season weekend). I can't imagine how crowded it is during the summer. Finally, the lifeguards seemed quite indifferent if pool rules were followed or not. For example, one of the slides has a warning sign stating that double tubes are not allowed but the lifeguard has not problem allowing double-tubes.

by Gwen Sauer

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I was at the Watiki water park July 5th, 2013, staying with relatives and not as a guest at the hotel. I have been there several times before; this was my worst experience and might be just because it was a holiday weekend. (Though, that is no excuse.)

During the week, their summer hours are much earlier than what is on the web of 4-9PM. So, call and find out what they really are.

The chlorine is rather strong. I am glad I did not wear anything too new (or for that matter - too old). It was very hard on our swimsuits.

The rides are relatively mellow and my kid(7) who swims decent loved them all. Especially the new kiddie slide with the clear section that runs through the bar.

I did not think there were enough lifeguards. There was a new lifeguard on top of the pools who did not seem to understand the rules. He would actually grab the top of the slide, swing and push people to make them faster. Though that might make you want to come - I don't think it will be continued. Timing was off at first and people did run into each other. I saw no lifeguard stationed at the children's area or between the hot tub and lazy river.

People would hold on to their tubes run after each run - so if they were short on tubes - it could be difficult to get one. Other parks make you sacrifice your tube and wait to get a new one. But, once you got one - you get to hold on to it. Also, the lazy river was being treated more like a swimming pool - tubes optional. It wasn't like that before.

Though I have stayed at La Quinta before and the service was decent. There was no meeting area for multiple rooms of people to just sit and play cards; the Marriot next door allows you to use their breakfast area for that and it works great. The Marriot is more expensive though the hotel rates get really hiked up at both hotels the fewer rooms they have. (a lot)

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