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Families find "tropical staycations" in Iowa

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- With bitterly cold weather,many families are looking for ways to have some warm fun without spending a lot of money. In Dubuque, there is a place that's hot and humid this time of year, and you don't have to get on a plane to get there.

Finally, there's a place where the water doesn't freeze, intertubes are for going down waterslides, not sledding hills, and you can forget about winter coats and boots. It's the Waterpark at Grand Harbor Resort in the Port of Dubuque.

"Should be snow-skiing, but I guess we're in the water!" Justin Buesing said.

The Buesing family from Davenport is enjoying a two-day mini vacation, in a tropical climate close to home.

"Just trying to get out of the cold and come take a little swim and get out of the house," Buesing said.

"We've been really busy the past few weeks, I'm guessing just because of how cold it's been," Manager Jason Wiegard said.

Managers say winter is always busy at the waterpark

"A lot of families. A lot of younger kids will come in, and then a group of older kids that come too. A lot of skiers will come stay here and come in the waterpark when they're not skiing," Wiegard said.

Everyone at the park simply said it's just nice to get a little break from the snow and ice, at least for a little while.

The Grand Harbor Waterpark is open Monday morning, Thursday night, and all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Daylong and season passes are available for people who are not staying at the hotel.

There's also an indoor water park near the Amanas The Wasserbahn Water Park and Resort is located at the Clarion Inn in Amana. It's open everyday.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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