Finding the right size is not just for new clothes shopping for the kids. It’s also paramount to proper vacation planning. What’s great for toddlers still getting their sea legs will likely be far too tame for more adventurous teens and vice versa. In Wisconsin Dells, attractions cover a wide spectrum, so it’s good to know in advance where your child fits in the mix.
Many of the waterparks and resorts, including the large waterparks, have zero depth pools and water playlands with clean sight lines, making them ideal for families with little ones. Try Tadpole Bay at Noah’s Ark Waterpark and Raccoon Lagoon at Great Wolf Lodge, for example. You’ll also find that many of the mid-size waterpark resorts are just right too. Start at the beginning of the alphabet with Alakai Hotel & Suites and Atlantis Waterpark Hotel & Suites. Meadowbrook Resort is an A+ choice in the toddler category too, as is the Polynesian Water Park Resort, and Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center. On dry land, take the kids to feed the deer at Wisconsin Deer Park or see the giraffes at Timbavati Wildlife Park. The 15-guage railroad at Riverside & Great Northern Railway is toddler-sized and they can watch the locomotive being turned on a hand-operated turntable.
Tweens and younger will want you to pick up the pace, so be sure to consider-karting, mini-golf and the big wave pools when planning out their time. For waterparks, you can’t go wrong with Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks and Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort. Let them have some fun while learning about the wonders of science at the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory – Interactive Science Center. They’ll actually enjoy the history lesson that comes with a ride in restored steel coaches built in 1915 at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Circus World is sure to keep them entranced, with performances in the Hippodrome and the Tristan Crist Illusion Show. The Magi-Quest/Shadow Quest attractions at Great Wolf Lodge and Wizard Quest downtown combine computers, full-size labyrinths and scavenger hunting into an activity that will keep middle children happily occupied for a good several hours. Fuel their day beginning with breakfast at Mr. Pancake or Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty.
Put plunge-style waterslides, surf machines and water roller coasters at the top of the vacation agenda for your teens and they’ll leave all that teenage angst at home for a change. Solid waterpark choices include Kalahari Waterpark Resort and Chula Vista Resort. High schoolers will jump at the chance to earn bragging rights by doing a little zip lining too. Rent a jet ski for an afternoon and off they’ll go. Or take them out for a jet boat ride on the Wisconsin River. Snowboarding in the winter is another way towear them out. Of course, they will be hungry, so just know that their pizza options are expansive: Pizza Pub, Pizza Ranch, Pizza Villa, Moosejaw Pizza, Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Dominos, to name a few.
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WISCONSIN DELLS WAS VOTED THE #1 DESTINATION FOR TEENS IN 2013 IN THE “10 BEST READERS' CHOICE” TRAVEL AWARD CONTEST SPONSORED BY USA TODAY.