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Wisconsin Dells makes The Today Show's 40 great places to take your kids before they're grown

Family floating on Noah's Ark Waterpark's lazy river

by Katie Jackson

24. Wisconsin Dells

South Central Wisconsin

Best for ages: 2-14

Why go? It's the waterpark capital of the world! Your kids will get waterlogged long before they'll get bored.

What to do: Since they’re open year-round, the indoor waterparks can be enjoyed any month. Get a day pass for Noah's Ark Waterpark (America's largest) and race each other down 2018’s newest ride, Raja, which ends in the mouth of a king cobra. Or book one of the wet and wild resorts, like the African-themed Kalahari Resort Waterparks (the Sahara Sidewinders looping slides literally drop you through the roof) or Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park (the Lost City of Atlantis water fortress has slides, geysers and monster dump buckets).

Where to stay: In addition to the resorts with indoor waterparks, there are plenty of quieter options like Alakai Hotel & Suites and Hilton Garden Inn where you can get a nice room for less than $100 per night.

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