The heart of the midwest might not be your first choice when it comes to wet-and-wild vacations, but the Wisconsin Dells in southern Wisconsin is a water-park-lover's playground. Dubbed the "Waterpark Capital of the World," the Wisconsin Dells boast 70 acres of resort and water-park space. With more than 20 indoor water parks to choose from, the Wisconsin Dells offer family-friendly water fun no matter what time of year you plan to visit.
Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort
With more than 200,000 square feet of space dedicated to four indoor water parks, the Wilderness Hotel and Golf resort is America's largest indoor water park. Each separate park boasts a distinct attraction including a Foil Tec roof that permits indoor tanning year-round, indoor bumper boats and a family raft ride featuring a 58-foot drop. Children can get in on the action, too; Wilderness offers a kid-friendly water park for little ones who are too small for the bigger water playgrounds. From five bedroom wilderness cabins to romantic suites with in-room whirlpool tubs, Wilderness is suitable for big family reunions or romantic honeymoon getaways. If you're the environmentally conscious type, Wilderness Hotel is one of Dells resorts participating in a "green initiative" that involves recycling programs and earth-friendly cleaning products.
Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center
If you're looking for convenience, the Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center offers the benefits of a large resort and water park under one roof. Though other resorts boast larger total indoor water park square footage, the Kalahari features the largest single indoor water park with over 125,000 square feet of indoor water play space, conveniently located under one roof attached to the hotel's main lobby. Entertaining the kids won't be a problem; Kalahari's indoor theme park includes a six-story Ferris wheel, an indoor go-cart track and 24 bowling lanes. Adults can relax in the full-service spa while the kids take in a movie at the adjoined 15-screen movie theater. Registered guests have access to the indoor water park, but you'll have to purchase a package if you want inclusive admission to the theme park.
Dells RainTree Resort
If the larger resorts are overwhelming, the RainTree Resort and Conference Center provide the same waterlogged fun without the crowds and hustle-and-bustle of the larger, more popular resorts. The RainTree's Baboon Lagoon indoor water park is a suitable space for families with young children; the attractions are well-contained in an indoor space small enough for parents to lounge and relax while still keeping an eye on children sliding down Python's Peak or scaling the rope ladders. If older kids are looking for more excitement, RainTree is within walking distance America's largest outdoor water park, Noah's Ark. The RainTree Resort captures the same tropical spirit as larger resorts like the Kalahari, but the decor and the pace is more subdued for families who are equally interested in entertainment and relaxation.
Mount Olympus Park
The 65,000 square feet of indoor water park space at Mount Olympus Park includes whirlpools, seven body slides and water playgrounds specifically designed for younger children. If you're after variety, Mount Olympus is the only resort in the Dells that has indoor and outdoor versions of both water and theme parks, and access to all four is included in your reservation. The Mount Olympus complex is comprised of two areas. Hotel Rome is a festively decorated resort hotel with direct access to the indoor and outdoor activity areas. For smaller budgets, the Mykonos Village motel offers simpler room amenities, but you still have access to the water parks with your reservations. One of the most unique features of Mount Olympus Park is that guests are invited to make their own offers for room reservations; you can set your own price for a room, and if the offer is accepted, you can book your room at your own price.
- Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau: Area Information
- Wilderness Resort: Wilderness Territory Indoor Waterparks
- Kalahari Resorts: Indoor Theme Park
- "Wisconsin Dells: A Comprehensive Guide to Waterparks, Resorts, Tours, and More"; Dirk Vanderwilt; 2008