How is it that kids are always willing to jump into the water no matter what temperature it is? And then there’s me, standing 10 feet away from the water asking my kids, “How cold is the water?” This is one of the many reasons I always scope out Hot Springs when traveling. If the water is warm, then I am much more willing to get in and play with the kids!
Hot springs offer many other benefits besides just being nice and warm. For one thing, they are free of chemicals. They also offer a detox of the body; that being said, make sure you stay extra hydrated throughout the day (especially the kids).
If you're lucky enough, maybe you'll come across a hot springs that has an indoor play area for the kids! The latest hot springs visit our family made was to the relaxing mineral waters of Lava Hot Springs. When it's just us adults we go to the amazing outdoor “Hot Pools” complete with canopies, heated sidewalks and foot massaging gravel pool bottoms. But since this trip was with the kids and we figured we'd try Lava's “Portneuf Kiddie Cove.”
I really wish all pools were heated because it makes it that much more enjoyable! The Kiddie Cove has a playground, descending beach entry, fountains, a giant dumping bucket and a hot tub off to the side. My kids absolutely loved it! In fact, we all loved it! Our 2 year old was able to walk around the whole pool due to it being less than 2 feet deep everywhere. Our baby was perfectly content and stayed warm too!
Check to see if there is a Hot Springs stop you can make in-between your traveling or just make a complete vacation out of it!
Here is a website that can help you find some USA Hot Springs https://acme.com/jef/hotsprings/
To find more information specifically about Lava Hot Springs, visit their website http://lavahotsprings.com/