Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks at Family-Friendly Resort
Wisconsin Dells has the world’s highest concentration of indoor and outdoor water parks. At the family-friendly Chula Vista Resort, guests can explore a combined 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor parks, where you can splash down a high-speed water coaster or lay back and relax on the lazy river. With this deal, you get two adult tickets and two children’s tickets to the park.
Set on hundreds of acres along the Wisconsin River, Chula Vista Resort enjoys a serene riverside setting. Take an evening stroll along the river walk, a waterfront trail that stretches the length of the resort. You can also visit Spa Del Sol, named one of the best boutique spas in Wisconsin by Milwaukee Magazine for its hydrating body wraps and express facials. There's also an outdoor hot-springs whirlpool where you can order a bottle of champagne.
Eight dining venues reside onsite. This deal also includes a dining credit at Kaminski Bros. Chophouse, where dry-aged center-cut beef is cooked in a custom broiler. Over at the resort's golf course, Big Moe's Restaurant caters to families with its all-you-can-eat Friday-night fish fry, a kids' menu, and $3 beers. In the morning, head to Market Fresh Buffet for an all-you-can-eat breakfast.
Wisconsin Dells: Picturesque Scenery and Family Entertainment
Before the Dells became synonymous with water parks and amusement rides, the Midwestern destination's claim to fame was its scenery. Visitors in the mid-1940s came to see the craggy rock formations that frame both sides of the Wisconsin River. These bluffs—or dells—are still visible today from the downtown area, which is rife with kitschy attractions, from mini-golf courses to go-kart tracks.
But it's safe to say that most visitors nowadays come for the water parks. In fact, the Dells area likely has more water slides per capita than any other spot on the planet. The fun doesn't stop in the cooler months, either, thanks to a slew of indoor aquatic centers, many of which are nearly as elaborate as their outdoor rivals.
For a break from all the chlorinated excitement, take a stroll along the river, where you’ll find antique stores, candy shops, and a Bavarian-themed village. At a handful of German restaurants, you can wash down plates of schnitzel with pints of lager to the sounds of glockenspiels. The H.H. Bennett Studio museum makes for an interesting side trip. Exhibits recount the early history of the Dells through the life of the 19th-century landscape photographer whose work originally attracted tourists to the area. Just down the road, in the town of Baraboo, Victorian buildings and quaint shops lie on the outskirts of Devil's Lake State Park, where 500-foot bluffs present a challenge for intrepid rock climbers.
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