Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort is Erie, Pennsylvania's #1 year-round tourist attraction. Since its opening in March of 2003, more than 3 million guests have enjoyed the tropical, 84-degree Polynesian atmosphere and the many water slides and attractions offered at the park.
Splash Lagoon is owned and operated by Scott Enterprises, a family owned hospitality company based in Erie, Pennsylvania. Its portfolio includes hotels, conference and banquet facilities, franchised restaurants, Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort and Peek'n Peak Resort and Spa.
President and owner of Scott Enterprises Nick Scott Sr.’s experience with water parks started in 1978 with Fun Town outdoor amusement park, in Erie PA. In 1982 Fun Town converted a twelve lane dry slide into a seven lane wet slide and added a Technetic double water slide in 1986, followed by a 200,000 gallon wave pool in 1986. The park changed its name to Wild Waters Water Park and continued to operate for several years. The summer season in Erie however, posed many challenges to operating an outdoor water park. The summers could be too cold, too windy, too rainy or even too hot. In addition Wild Waters water park’s prime hours of operation were only from 11am-5pm. After many difficult operating years and the many challenges of running a small outdoor water park, Wild Waters closed its doors in 1989 and Nick vowed he would never go back into the outdoor water park business again.
Fourteen years later, Mr. Scott had the vision of Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort in early 2000, while traveling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a family funeral. When reading through magazines he came across an advertisement for an indoor water park, which caught his interest. It was located three hours away in the Wisconsin Dells, he decided to take the drive and noticed a parking lot full of cars and SUV's from different states.
He decided to stay the night at the resort hotel. They only had one room left at a costly price. Eager to find out what the water park experience was like, he decided to take the hotel room. While walking around he was astonished by how packed the park was and how much fun the guests were having. He then realized that Erie would be perfect for a similar, larger indoor water park.
After talking with his two sons Nick Scott, Jr. and Chris Scott, Vice Presidents and Owners of Scott Enterprises, they decided to move forward with this idea. The family already had two existing hotels, the Comfort Inn and the Residence Inn, on the lot that now houses Splash Lagoon, so it made sense to use the rest of the adjoining land to build the indoor water park. As the project grew larger, and with the addition of another hotel, their budget kept on growing. Mr. Scott revealed that it was difficult for them to find a local bank to finance the project. But eventually, a bank from Indiana, Pennsylvania took some interest. They came to Erie, toured the site, and reviewed the Scotts' plans for their indoor water park. They liked what they saw and decided to finance the project. As Mr. Scott's vision was turning into a reality, he hired consulting firms to put his ideas into action. He said that there was very little he would have done differently during the planning stages of the project after seeing the results.
The grand opening of Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort was February 28th, 2003 in Erie, Pennsylvania. The grand opening was a wild success. Millions of tourists from hundreds of miles away have come to Erie year-round to visit Splash Lagoon. Since their opening, Splash Lagoon has been voted one of the Top 10 Water Parks in the country. Mr. Scott believes that it is the ambiance that sets it apart from other water parks. It features warm colors, wood decks, unique artwork, hand-painted murals and three dimensional frogs and fish placed around the pools and slides.
Since its opening in 2003, there have been three additions including the $11.5 million addition of the largest indoor wave pool in the Eastern United States, Wild Waters Wave Pool. The Scott family is most proud that Splash Lagoon has made Erie a year-round tourist destination. It has also contributed to the economic growth and success of Erie, Pennsylvania. Water park guests travel regionally , from 150 to 250 miles away to visit Splash Lagoon.
According to many industry trade magazines, Splash Lagoon is ranked in the Top 10 Water Park Resorts in the country.