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Sizing Up the Waterparks

November 25, 2015

One of the most common questions fielded by the Wisconsin Dells visitor bureau staff is “Which waterpark would you recommend for my (fill in age of child)?” 

It’s a valid query, given the hefty list of waterparks in the Dells, each with its own unique mix of slides, rides, wave pools, lazy rivers and splash pads to consider.

So here’s the handy-dandy reference guide the bureau staff uses, with waterparks conveniently listed with notations indicating indoor or outdoor.



ALAKAI HOTEL & SUITES
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS
Young guests love the indoor Hawaiian Village water play area with splash, squirt and slide features and the outdoor waterpark with slides and rainmakers.
 



ATLANTIS WATERPARK HOTEL & SUITES
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS
Indoor Aqua Kingdom and outdoor Volcano Island water play areas are perfect for the 11-and-under group.
 



Chula Vista Resort Waterparks

CHULA VISTA RESORT
Perched on a bluff overlooking the Wisconsin River, this resort offers 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor waterparks.
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS

  • INDOOR - Incatinka Kiddie Play Area This oversized wading pool is specifically designed with the littlest guests in mind. It includes gentle features like mini water geysers, tiny tipping buckets and spouts, two different size baby slides, and fun water guns. 
  • OUTDOOR - Kiddie River Six inches of water in a winding river with geysers and sprockets provide a nice haven for the little ones. 

TWEENS AND TEENS

  • INDOOR - Flyan Mayan Uphill Water Roller Coaster Zip through the waterpark with a bird’s eye view on the world’s fastest and longest uphill indoor water roller coaster. 
  • OUTDOOR - Switchback Canyon A winged wonder that sends rivers tubing perilously close to the upper edge while delivering a zero gravity, freefall effect.
     


GRAND MARQUIS WATERPARK HOTEL & SUITES
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS
Keep the kids busy with waterslides, tunnels and geysers in the indoor Blue Dolphin Lagoon water play area.
 



Great Wolf Lodge

GREAT WOLF LODGE
Your family will have a howlin’ good time in over 80,000 square feet of waterpark excitement.
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS

  • INDOOR - Racoon Lagoon Little ones will squeal as the volcano “erupts” with a spray of water. They can safely toddle along the rubber no-slip surface, exploring the spray-and-play features. 
  • OUTDOOR - Thunder Bay Heated outdoor pool with floor geysers and spray features, ranging from zero depth entry to four feet. 

TWEENS AND TEENS

  • INDOOR - Howlin’ Tornado Hands down the most thrilling ride at Great Wolf Lodge. This four person tube rides sends riders swirling 30 feet up the sides of a six-story funnet before being deposited in a splash landing.
  • OUTDOOR - Mountain Edge Raceway Here’s a chance to challenge family members to some fierce but friendly competition with riders launching headfirst down this four-story ride with four side-by-side mat racer slides.
     


Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center

KALAHARI RESORTS & CONVENTIONS
You’ll feel a world away at this authentically African-themed waterpark resort.
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS

  • INDOOR - Tiko’s Watering Hole This 5,000 square foot kids’ play area has a 200-foot-long lazy river made just for little ones. 
  • OUTDOOR - Splashdown Safari This interactive play fort for kids has slides, obstacles and a large tipping bucket. 

TWEENS AND TEENS

  • INDOOR - Flowrider Imagine 50,000 gallons of water each minute flowing under you to create a five-foot, ocean-like wave as you test your boogie boarding skills.
  • OUTDOOR - Switchback Canyon This area of the indoor waterpark is for waterslide extremists, with the trapdoor Screaming Hyena slide actually rising through the roof to give riders a 60-foot near-vertical plunge at up to 25 mph, and the Sahara Sidewinders being the nation’s only indoor looping watersides. 
     


MEADOWBROOK RESORT
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS
Reminiscent of a national park lodge, the indoor Baby Bear’s Bubbling Brook water play area has slides and spray features just for the little ones.   
 



Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

MT. OLYMPUS WATER & THEME PARK
This Greek-themed resort seamlessly blends waterparks with theme park rides. 
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS

  • INDOOR - Hispaniola Bay A 35-foot-long pirate ship with waterslides, waterspouts and geysers is the centerpiece here. 
  • OUTDOOR - Huck’s Lagoon With six waterslides and dozens of multi-level hands-on water activities, this is one of the larger interactive children’s water play areas in Wisconsin Dells.

TWEENS AND TEENS

  • INDOOR - Poseidon’s Rage Get ready for one towering nine-foot wall of water after another, with a new wave coming every 90 seconds in this massive wave pool. 
  • OUTDOOR - Triton’s Challenge Compete for winner’s bragging rights with this six-lane side-by-side downhill racer measuring 350 feet long. 
     


Noah's Ark Waterpark

NOAH’S ARK WATERPARK
This is the countrys largest outdoor waterpark coming in at 70 sprawling acres and more than 50 watersides. 
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS

  • INDOOR - Tadpole Bay Think of this as big thrills for little squirts. There’s an eight-foot dump bucket, four kiddie waterslides and more than 50 different swings and dancing springs, plus maximum visibility for parents looking after their littles ones. 
  • OUTDOOR - Big Kahuna Kiddie Area Billed as a waterpark within a waterpark designed just for kiddies; it’s ringed with beach chairs so mom and dad can have great view of the playground. 

TWEENS AND TEENS

  • INDOOR - Scorpion’s Tail Ten stories high and 400 feet long with an initial drop that sends riders plummeting at more than 50 feet per second, this trapdoor ridde is America’s first nearly vertical waterslide loop. 
  • OUTDOOR - Black Anaconda Coming in at over a quarter-mile long, this water coaster sends riders spiraling down at 30 mph with rushing waters pushing you up six inches along the way. 
     


POLYNESIAN WATER PARK RESORT
This classic hotel is home to the country’s first indoor waterpark. 
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS

  • INDOOR - The Water Factory A kiddie interactive area with slides and sprays, this is the attraction that started the indoor waterpark craze.
  • OUTDOOR - Five Kiddie Activity Pools It’s easygoing for those 10-and-under staying at the Polynesian.

 



SHERWOOD FOREST CAMPING & RV PARK
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS
The outdoor water play area includes a heated pool and colorful 2,500 square foot splash pad.
 



Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort

WILDERNESS RESORT
This is America’s largest combo indoor/outdoor waterpark resort with four indoor and four outdoor waterparks. 
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS

  • INDOOR - Wild West There are swings for infants to dangle their toes in the water, a two-story play structure with lots of shallow water, small slide and squirting blasters, plug bumper boats.
  • OUTDOOR - New Frontier: Bear Foot Island Sprayground There are water-spraying pine trees and silly water bug sprayers. The surface is lightly padded and textured to help prevent and soften spills.

TWEENS AND TEENS

  • INDOOR - Wild WaterDome: The Great Wave Ride the waves of the nation’s largest indoor wave pool while soaking in the sun’s rays year-round through the see-through-roof.
  • OUTDOOR - Lost World: Cosmic Drop and Lunar Loop These five-story-tall slides are definitely not for the faint-hearted, with each featuring a launch capsule with trapdoor.  
     


WINTERGREEN RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS
Young children will warm up to the outdoor Polar Island and the indoor Blizzard Bay water areas.

 



YOGI BEAR CAMP-RESORT™ & WATER PLAYGROUND
TODDLERS AND GRADE-SCHOOLERS
Cleverly cartoon-themed with a four-level outdoor water activity area designed for children ages 3-12.

Title:
where to stay????????
By:
shaun shifflett
Comment:

i have two BOYS, ages 11 & 13......would need something to keep them excited

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