Best Western Ramkota
3200 West Maple St, Sioux Falls, SD. 605-336-0650. http://siouxfalls.ramkota.com
Up to six waterpark wristbands included in room rate. Free parking. Restaurant on-site.
We needed a winter getaway so we found a last-minute room at the Best Western Ramkota in Sioux Falls, where they have a “Splash-tacular” waterpark. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and had time to swim a while on Monday morning as well.
As far as accommodations go, the Ramkota is an ok place to stay. Although the website would not let me book a room for two adults and four children, I could get a room with two queen beds by calling directly. There was adequate room for a porta-crib and small cot in the room. There is a restaurant on-site, which also means no free continental breakfast, so we packed our own breakfast to eat in our room.
The waterpark was appropriate for young kids like ours, but I’m not sure it would be much fun in another five years. There’s a nice zero-entry pool area with small slides for the preschoolers, and a series of “lily pads” for kids to climb across. In the other pool, there’s a 3-foot area with basketball hoop, and one “big slide” that the boys enjoyed.
The water in both pools was very warm, so we didn’t have to worry about the little ones getting chilled. We had life preservers on our kids, and others had water wings or floating rings. On Sunday afternoon, the pools were pretty crowded, and we were surprised how many kids were in the pools without adults nearby. (There is an attendant at the top of the waterslide, but there are no lifeguards on duty.) Monday morning was quite a bit quieter in the pool area.
While the Ramkota isn’t as big or spectacular as other waterparks, it fit the bill for our young family.
I really liked going to the pool. It was really fun.
I liked the water slide. It was very wet. I liked it when I went under water.