Wisconsin Dells is known as the Water Park Capital of the World. When someone first told me that I thought they were crazy. I mean seriously, Wisconsin that might only have a few weeks of summer, known for water parks? Then I found out that many of the water parks are indoors and they really are amazing!
We passed through this area during the week of Jake’s 12th birthday. Another fun birthday on the road!
We parked our house at a nearby RV park for the week, but spent a couple of nights at 2 different water park hotels. Since it’s the off season we were able to get really great rates for the hotels and the cost of the hotel includes water park access. It’s actually cheaper to do that than pay admission for 4 to a water park.
The first hotel we stayed at was Wilderness Resort. This place is huge! They have 4 indoor water parks and 4 outdoor, but the outdoor parks were closed for the season. And only 2 of the indoor parks were open while we were there, but that was plenty. That also may be why it’s so inexpensive at this time of the year.
Klondike Kavern has several slides, a large lazy river, an indoor/outdoor hot tub and our favorite the Hurricane slide.
Wild WaterDome has a giant wave pool and a fun family slide.
Wilderness Resort also has many other non-water indoor activities like a go cart track, mini golf, laser tag, a ropes course and a huge playground. We did not spend the money on all of those extra activities, but I was impressed by how many fun things they have to do there.
The other hotel we went to was the Great Wolf Lodge.
This place has one indoor and one outdoor waterpark, but both parks are huge and all in one place instead of spread out around the resort like Wilderness.
This was one of our favorites where all 4 of us could race on toboggan style mats.
We enjoyed both of these resorts very much, it’s hard to say which one is better because they both had many fun things to do.
And again we had both places almost to ourselves with very short lines if any. September birthdays are lots of fun, and Jake said this was his best birthday ever. Jesse said the same thing about his birthday celebration 2 weeks earlier at Mall of America. It looks like I have my work cut out for me to try to come up with something just as fun for each of them next year.
Wow, who would’ve known that Wisconsin is known for water parks?! What an awesome deal, too, to be able to get the admission and hotel for less than the cost of admission alone. Great tip–filing that one away for when we make it out that way. Looks like you had the place to yourselves, too–so fantastic! Happy Birthday to Jake; I bet the boys will always remember these special on-the-road birthdays. Such an incredible memory you’ve created for them!
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Looks like a blast! I can’t believe all that was inside. No crowds, the best way to enjoy the park! Great and memorable Bdays.
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