This summer, we had a family wedding in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and decided to turn it into a little family getaway. Scanning through hotel rooms, we found a great deal on Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin—with a five-year-old, what better place to stay? It has a splash pad, a lazy river, and a few tot-sized slides all indoors and impervious to the weather.
But if you want to something to take your breath away, make your way up the stairs to the pair of water slides that tower over the park. Both slides—the green Timber Rapids and the yellow Avalanche Falls—require a 30-foot-high climb to get to the top.
This slide is slightly tamer than its neighbor—little kids are allowed to ride in tandem with an adult. Some quick stats:
Height: 30 feet
Rider's requirement: 48 inches tall to ride alone
Type of slide: single or double inner-tube slide
Features: lots sharp turns and dips
My take: From the jump, this slide took my breath away—but it also wasn't too scary for my five-year-old, who emerged wide-eyed and ready to go again.
According to the resort's website, this completely enclosed body slide is only the "second . . . of its kind in the country." Here's the rundown:
Height: 30 feet
Rider's requirement: 48 inches tall
Type of slide: solo body slide
Features: very little light, blasting music; blind turns and drops
My take: This thing is fast. And since you're riding down in almost complete darkness, you have no idea when you're going to take a sharp turn or a steep drop, making for a wild ride.
Though it's not the same when a blazing sun is beating down, the Canyon River at Timber Ridge Lake Geneva twists around the park, giving kids—and grownups—much needed relaxation time.
Or take a sunny nap in one of the lounge chairs.
Yeah, so it's geared towards kids 7–10, but if you think it's easy to traverse the rope climb, you really better check yourself.