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Visiting the Wilderness Resort In Wisconsin Dells During the Winter Months

Updated on July 10, 2016
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The Wilderness Resort and Waterparks

If you are looking for a great winter family vacation, the Wilderness Resort and Waterparks in Wisconsin Dells is a wonderful place to go. This is one place where the entire family can have a great time together! There is something here for every age, any time of the year. From the tiniest members of the family to the oldest, everyone can find something to do!

Also mentionable is the fact that the facility is well kept up and every year features something new, whether it's more water slides or more theme park activities, you can always expect to find something new and fun for the family! Each addition seems to be very well thought out and not just thrown in there.

Winter Travel You'll Never Forget - Perfect Family Vacation!

Welcome!
Welcome!

Can't Wait to Go!

Every year, as soon as the outside air gets it's winter chill, I get a warm fuzzy feeling in my soul and I can't wait for our annual trip to the Wilderness Territory. There's so much to do that you never need to leave the hotel. Waterparks, arcades, wave pool, go-carts, laser maze, paint your own pottery, laser tag, restaurants, cafes, horse drawn carriage rides on the weekends.....you name it, they have it! Along with all of that, you get excellent service. If you have any problems, they are more than accommodating.

If you are looking for a great place to take a family vacation during the winter months, I would highly recommend the Wilderness Resort and Waterparks in Wisconsin Dells. It's fun that the whole family will enjoy!

Indoor Waterparks - More Than One Waterpark!

The waterparks are huge!
The waterparks are huge!

Water Fun!

Not only is there an indoor waterpark, there's 4 indoor waterparks! The one in the picture is Bonanza Bluff. They're all just a little bit different. Some have bigger waterslides and some are better for small kids. One has a lazy river which I love, that's my favorite, and also 2 different hot tubs that go outside. It's a cool feeling being outside in the cold air sitting in the hot water. There's even a big waterslide in the same building as the wave pool. These waterparks are spread out throughout the huge resort so make sure that you bring your water shoes for walking around.

I never go to the water park without my water shoes! There's always things at the bottom of the pool and the ground can be hard on the feet, especially when you're walking through these huge parks.

The Great Wave Pool at the Wilderness Resort

The Great Wave Pool

Looking for some insane water fun? Check out the wave pool! It's tons of fun in there. Just make sure that your kids have an inner tube. Most kids prefer not having the tube, mine included, but at least you'll know they're above the water. Thankfully, the Wilderness changed all of their tubes to clear ones so that you can see if your tube has landed on top of someone.

One time, my tube came down almost on top of a small-ish boy who wasn't in a tube and the mother looked at me like I was a horrible terrible person. You need to know that there's no way to control where that tube is going in those waves so the safest thing is to make sure your kids have one so they don't end up underneath one. I know, easier said than done!!

A Super Size Beach Towel is just what you need at a waterpark!

The wilderness is a huge place and having a big towel to wrap around you while you go from waterpark to waterpark is a big plus! It gets really good going from park to park during the winter. You're inside but there's still drafts that flow through the place. The towels that they give you to use aren't very big.

Polka Dot Pots - Paint Your Own Pottery

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Some of the pieces you can choose fromLots of colors to create your perfect masterpiece!A few more pieces to paintLots of equipment for you to useTwo of the pieces that we were working onLots and lots to choose from!Almost ready to be glazed!
Some of the pieces you can choose from
Some of the pieces you can choose from
Lots of colors to create your perfect masterpiece!
Lots of colors to create your perfect masterpiece!
A few more pieces to paint
A few more pieces to paint
Lots of equipment for you to use
Lots of equipment for you to use
Two of the pieces that we were working on
Two of the pieces that we were working on
Lots and lots to choose from!
Lots and lots to choose from!
Almost ready to be glazed!
Almost ready to be glazed!

Great for all ages!!

We love the Polka Dot Pottery place. While this is great for all ages, I have to say that it's been a teen favorite for us. The kids spend hours here. I even have a daughter who, when she about 16 or 17, spent 6 hours working on her masterpiece!! It's a bit pricey but we've found it to be worth every penny - just stick to smaller pieces until you know for sure that your kids love it too.

Before

Pottery before glazing
Pottery before glazing | Source

After

Pottery After Glazing
Pottery After Glazing

New! Go-Carts at the Wilderness

Go-Carts
Go-Carts | Source

Indoor Go Carts

I'm a big fan of indoor go carts so I really love that they added these. They are new in 2014 and they did a beautiful job of adding the new area. They took out one of the swimming areas and built the track. The cars are still really nice because they're so new and there's a lot of them so we didn't have to wait too long. We got a good amount of drive time too.

Indoor Go Carts at the Wilderness Resort

3-D Miniature Golf - More fun when you're done at the waterparks

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The Wild Buccaneer 3-D Miniature Golf courseThe artwork in the miniature golf courses is phenomenalAhoy Matey!The Wild Abyss 3-D Miniature Golf courseWho goes there?Mermen and mermaids everywhere!More phenomenal artwork
The Wild Buccaneer 3-D Miniature Golf course
The Wild Buccaneer 3-D Miniature Golf course
The artwork in the miniature golf courses is phenomenal
The artwork in the miniature golf courses is phenomenal
Ahoy Matey!
Ahoy Matey!
The Wild Abyss 3-D Miniature Golf course
The Wild Abyss 3-D Miniature Golf course
Who goes there?
Who goes there?
Mermen and mermaids everywhere!
Mermen and mermaids everywhere!
More phenomenal artwork
More phenomenal artwork

3-D Miniature Golf

Most families like spending time together playing mini golf and these courses are beautiful! They come with 3-D glasses which give a cool effect but we usually end up taking off the glasses before we're done. I have no idea who painted the scenes but they're beautiful! I love all the bright colors. I always hope that no one comes in right after us so I have time to enjoy the scenery. There's also a big surprise at the end of the ocean course... you'll have to check it out to find out what it is!

Sky Ropes Course - Adventure Rope Course

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This is up on the second level... 3 stories highCross carefullyThere's always 2 employees up in the ropes course to help you if you get stuck.The course is above the arcade.  You wear a 4 point harness so you can't really fall.Hold on tight!Careful now!This is part of the first level above the Timberland Play Park
This is up on the second level... 3 stories high
This is up on the second level... 3 stories high
Cross carefully
Cross carefully
There's always 2 employees up in the ropes course to help you if you get stuck.
There's always 2 employees up in the ropes course to help you if you get stuck.
The course is above the arcade.  You wear a 4 point harness so you can't really fall.
The course is above the arcade. You wear a 4 point harness so you can't really fall.
Hold on tight!
Hold on tight!
Careful now!
Careful now!
This is part of the first level above the Timberland Play Park
This is part of the first level above the Timberland Play Park

For the Adventurous Ones

The ropes course is only a couple of years old. Get hooked up into your harness and then you're free to roam through 3 stories of rope course fun. Each section has a different design. Some paths are easier but you have to go up to the third story to get over into the main course. I was okay on the second story but I couldn't get myself over the third story bridge. The harnesses keep you safe but it's still hard if you have a fear of heights.

Northern Lights Arcade

Arcade at the Wilderness Resort
Arcade at the Wilderness Resort

Arcades are fun for all ages

The Northern Lights Arcade is updated with all the newest and best arcade games out there. Adults have as much fun as the kids do!! Most of the games give out tickets and you trade them in for prizes. They have lots of fun stuff like candy, games, cards, stuffed animals and lots more!

As the games get outdated, they are replaced with new ones and stay as long as the kids love them! If they aren't getting used, they're replaced. It keeps it fun at all times!

Much Love for the Arcades

Play Until You Win
Play Until You Win

Wet and Wild or Theme Park and Arcade Fun?

Which do you like better?

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Don't forget your swimsuit!

It never fails! Every year one of us forgets our swimsuit or our water shoes. Thankfully, they have a shop inside the hotel where these things are easily picked up but it would be best to make sure you have all your suits and shoes before leaving the house! It saves lots of time and lots of money! The swimsuits at the resort aren't cheap!

Have you ever been to the Wilderness Waterparks and Resort?

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    • askformore lm profile image

      askformore lm 

      5 years ago

      Yes, in Europe! ... I love your lens with its great illustrations.

    • JenwithMisty profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen withFlash 

      5 years ago

      @KandH: It's lots of fun!

    • JenwithMisty profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen withFlash 

      5 years ago

      @teresa-shatto: Yep for sure!!! It's sooooo much fun there!!!

    • teresa-shatto profile image

      teresa-shatto 

      5 years ago

      We've thought about doing this for a few years now...but, just haven't gotten around to it. You've got me all excited again...I think the kids would really love it!

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      KandH 

      5 years ago

      I haven't but it really does sound like fun!

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