A tropical paradise transplanted into the heart of the Midwest, Lost Island Water Park combines palm trees and luxurious cabanas with exciting rides and splash zones. Race your friends down the waterslides, try out a hydromagnetic roller coaster, bask in the lazy river, or explore villages and lagoons.The Basics
Lost Island Water Park is a perfect getaway for travelers looking for a convenient vacation spot with an adventurous twist. Relax and sunbathe at the expansive Tsunami Bay, or float along the tranquil Kailahi River on an inner tube. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, get your fill of the near-vertical Lost Souls Waterfall slide, Molokini Crater, Kiwi Coaster, and numerous other thrilling rides. The park also offers golf and go-kart courses. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- The water park is a must for families with kids.
- You can purchase food and drinks inside the park—taking in your own is prohibited.
- There are ride options for everyone, from toddlers to thrill-seeking adults.
- Most areas of the park are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
The park is located in the central Iowa town of Waterloo, about two hours from the capital city of Des Moines. From downtown Waterloo, take US-218 south, then follow Hess Road to Lost Island.
When to Get There
The water park is open from June through August, and the golf and go-kart courses are open on additional weekends throughout the rest of the year. For the schedule of opening times and activities, see the park’s website. To avoid crowds and minimize time waiting in lines, arrive early or visit on a weekday.Where to Stay Near Lost Island Water Park
Extend your vacation and stay at the adjacent adventure- and tropical-themed Lost Island Water Park KOA campground, offering everything from tent camping to RV sites and deluxe cabins. You’ll also find an array of hotels nearby.