Most people may not be aware that Wisconsin Dells is home to some of the biggest water parks in the country including Wilderness Territory. I was recently invited to spend a night at Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort with my family but, honestly, you could spend days here and not go down the same slide twice or do everything because it’s massive. How massive?
Within the 8 waterparks (4 indoor and 4 outdoor) there are: 52 slides, 4 lazy rivers, 2 lazy lakes, 1 wave pool, 5 kiddy pools with play structures, 5 toddler pools, 3 lily pad walks, 9 hot tubs and 8 activity pools within all of these waterparks! Did you get all that?
But wait, there’s more to explore:
- Sky Ropes Course
- Indoor Bumper Boats
- 3-D Mini Golf
- Tombstone Town Haunted Hotel & Mine Shaft Mirror Maze
- Ok Corral Lazer Tag
- 3 Mega Arcades
- Timberland Play Park
- Polka Dot Pots Paint Your own Pottery
- Wilderness Canyon Zip Line Tour
- Lost World Jurassic Outdoor Mini Golf
- Cosmic Go-Karts and Kiddie Karts
- Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
- Wilderland Park
- Nature and Strolling Paths
EXPERT TIP: Consider buying the Wild Fun Pass which includes access to the Sky Ropes Course, indoor bumper boats, indoor 3-dy mini golf, Haunted Tombstone Town and laser tag. We opted to purchase tickets individually but if your family wants to do several of these, it makes more sense to buy the Wild Fun Pass.
After spending some quality time at one of the waterparks, we opted to head off the property for dinner at nearby Sprecher’s because my husband and I enjoy their locally brewed beer and sodas, the restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients and it’s kid-friendly. It was also an opportunity to introduce the kids to a Wisconsin specialty: cheese curds (friend, not fresh, sadly).
Upon returning, an idea struck. Elizabeth Rodgers (aka Off The Beaten Path TravelingMom) asked her kids to navigate their way around the Denver International Airport as a way to help them learn directions and support their independence streak. So in the same spirit, we gave the kids a map of the property and told them that if they could direct us to one of the 3 arcades, they could play games. Up for the challenge, the hunt began. I have to say, that was probably one of the most fun we had because they worked together to come up with a strategy and then used the directional signage throughout the facility to make sure they were heading in the right direction. Do you think they found the arcade?[youtube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMiV1q6iboQ”]
While being on a property like Wilderness Territory has its advantages, there are some things you’ll want to remember such as applying sunscreen and staying hydrated. In fact, Missouri TravelingMom has a host of great waterpark safety tips for parents you’ll want to review before heading out.
Favorite parts of our trip?
Indoor Water Park: We loved the Hurricane in Klondike Kavern because it was a 4-person family raft and it was a really fun and fast ride. It was also the longest ride we had to wait for but at the end, my 6 year old said it was his favorite ride of all and totally worth the wait. So there you have it: from the mouth of babes.
Outdoor Water Park: Since our room was near New Frontier, we spent most of our time in this area and I can’t recall how many times we enjoyed the Gold Rush Tube Slide. Although the resort was full, because it’s so massive, we didn’t have to wait long for the rides which is great if you have little kids.
Although the water parks are the crown jewel of getaway destinations like Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort, the fact that there are so many other things you can do like the laser tag, mini golf, bumper cars and arcade makes it really appealing for those with families with kids of various ages.