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Wisconsin Dells Water Parks

Updated on February 17, 2016
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Jaynie is from Madison, WI but has traveled extensively. Her family speaks 4 languages, making the world very accessible.

A Cool, Refreshing Vacation Destination!

If you're looking for a fun place to cool off this summer, plan your vacation for Wisconsin Dells. This little gem in the heart of the midwest, has long been known as the Water Park Capital of the World, and for good reason. There are countless opportunities for water fun at any number of indoor and outdoor water parks. Situated on Lake Delton, there are also plenty of opportunities for boating and swimming adventures that are sure to please the entire family. I could embark on a list of countless activities such as go-carting, mini-golf, water-ski shows, quirky museums, arcades, and amusement parks, but this hub is all about the water park. The following are well-known to Wisconsin natives, but if you're not from this neck of woods, we invite you to check it out! You won't regret it.

Chula Vista Resort

Located at 2501 River Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, the Chula Vista Resort may be a bit smaller than some, but it is packed with fun for the whole family. The water parks encompass over 200,000 square feet and the campus also includes an award-winning Chophouse, an 18 hole golf course and world-class spa.

There are both indoor and outdoor water parks with a Mayan flare, that feature safe and fun kids' areas, a wave pool, a lazy river for the more laid-back guest, plunging slides, and a blisteringly fast indoor water coaster!

Families staying at the resort receive tickets for each hotel guest included in their room rate. Based on availability, you may be able to purchase tickets for the water parks even if you're not a hotel guest for about $30 each.

Chula Vista
Chula Vista | Source

Great Wolf Lodge

This one's a doozie! With multiple children's areas, winding, fast slides, and the Howlin' Tornado funnel slide, this water park has it all! Whether you choose to float down a lazy river in an oversized inner tube, bob in the wave pool, or soak in the hot springs, there are plenty of opportunities to relax. But you're in the water park capital of the world! If you want to experience what that truly means, then you can't miss the waterfalls and jet-fast water slides in Totem Towers. Guests here also delight in the famous soaking they get from the massive water bucket that dumps countless gallons onto the guests below. When you hear that bell ringing, stand under the bucket for a legendary Great Wolf Experience.

If you feel the need for speed, grab a mat and zip down the Mountain Edge Raceway next to a friend. Who'll reach the bottom faster? The suspense is part of the fun.

The resort also features a kid's club and spa, a super-fun arcade, the Creation Station where kids can make their own stuffed animals, and more. Parents might enjoy the fitness area and spa and options for family dining.

Howlin' Tornado
Howlin' Tornado | Source

Kalahari

This African themed resort has long been a local favorite. It showcases over 125,000 square feet of indoor water park fun. Featuring rides with names like Screaming Hyena and Master Blaster, this park's rides are sure to get your heart racing! For the more timid guest, or those that need short a break from the action, there is a swim-up bar, lazy river, wave pool and hot tub. Guests of all ages can pile into an oversized raft and jet down the 504 foot Victoria Falls.

To ensure your privacy and have a personal space to unwind and enjoy lunch, consider renting a private cabana. There are several options available for indoor and outdoor cabanas and bungalows that allow guests to escape the heat and rejuvenate before heading back into the park.

Kalahari Water Park
Kalahari Water Park | Source

Mt. Olympus

This Roman Ruin themed resort features several acres of indoor and outdoor water park fun plus a huge outdoor amusement park. Guests can choose to access the entire park or opt for either the water park or amusement park only for a reduced rate. One unique feature of the outdoor water park is its sandy beach. A favorite attraction here is the giant wave pool, in which guests will remain for hours, bobbing up and down and getting absolutely hammered by giant waves.

If you're feeling a bit water-logged, dry off with a ride on the giant, wooden roller coaster or a spin on the go-kart track.

Guests are not allowed to bring carry-ins, but the park is very friendly toward tailgaters and family picnics in the parking lot are commonplace. Simply show your wrist band for easy access in and out of the park.

Waiting for the next big wave
Waiting for the next big wave | Source

Noah's Ark

Billed as America's Largest Water Park, this one is definitely not to be missed! While it does not include hotel accommodations, it does encourage guests to stay at the Flamingo resort, located just off the east end of the park.

This park boasts 51 water slides, each one taller and faster than the one before. Slide through pitch-black tunnels on the Dark Voyage, experience the sheer terror of the nearly vertical drop on the Point of No Return (you'll drop 10 stories in 5 seconds!), corkscrew through the Time Warp on a 4-person raft, or plummet down the Flash Flood coaster, creating a tidal wave of refreshing splash to spectators on the bridge below! There is no shortage of fun here for the thrill-seeking adventurer. But fear not, there are plenty of options for the younger crowd too.

Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark | Source

Polynesian

Located at 857 N Frontage Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, the Polynesian is one of the smaller parks on the list, making it more suitable for a much younger crowd. It contains over 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor activities, including water slides, a lazy river, kids' play area and activity pool and more. There is an arcade and sandwich style cafe as well as whirlpools and saunas for parents that want to unwind at the end of a busy, fun day with the kids.

Polynesian Resort and Water Park
Polynesian Resort and Water Park | Source

The Wilderness Resort

One of my very favorite resorts in the Dells, this one has it all in abundance! There are several rooms and condos to rent on this sprawling property and each area has its own kids park as well as fun for the older, more adventurous guests. Lazy rivers drift throughout and there are countless water slides, whirlpools, saunas, and activity pools. The complex also features several options for family dining, a world-class arcade and several other dry activities. Transportation is available to shuttle guests, free of charge, from their accommodations to any of the water parks throughout this magnificent resort, so you're never far from the fun, no matter where it's happening. Enjoy America's largest indoor wave pool in the Wild Waterdome, a sun-drenched indoor wave pool featuring raft rides for the whole family!

View of the New Frontier Water Park
View of the New Frontier Water Park | Source

Wintergreen Resort

This is the smallest attraction on the list, but perfect for families with very young children for whom the larger parks may be too overwhelming. The Wintergreen Conference and Convention Center features a Polar Ice Cap themed outdoor water park with oversized penguins, toddler sized geysers, water slides perfect for the little ones, ice caves and igloo castles, and splash pools.

The fun continues in the small, but exciting polar themed indoor water park. Featuring smaller water slides, waterfalls and soaking pools, the kids are sure to love this just as much as the outdoor park, especially if weather prevents them from enjoying the outdoor features.

If you want to experience water park fun that is safe and accessible for your young brood, this makes a great option.

Polar Island
Polar Island | Source

Comparing Parks

RESORT
Waterslides
Lazy River
Kids' Area
Wave Pool
Surf Pool
Funnel Ride
Activity Pool(s)
Hot Tub
Outdoor Park
Arcade
Hotel
Chula Vista
x
x
x
x
 
 
x
 
x
x
x
Great Wolf Lodge
x
x
x
x
 
x
x
x
x
x
x
Kalahari
x
x
x
 
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Mt. Olympus
x
x
x
x
 
 
x
x
x
x
x
Noah's Ark
51
x
x
2
x
 
 
 
x
 
 
Polynesian
2
x
x
 
 
 
x
 
 
 
x
The Wilderness
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Wintergreen
x
x
x
 
 
 
x
 
x
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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    • lyoness913 profile image

      Summer LeBlanc 

      3 years ago from H-Town

      Great hub! I stopped at the Dells back in 1997 in January on the way to the Dakotas- I remember the walk to the hotel room was absolutely freezing!! I think it was -40F or something crazy like that! I remember seeing all of the tourist attractions and wondering if it ever got warm enough to enjoy them- I guess it does!

      -Wendi

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