Centrally Located Hotel with Chula Vista Water-Park Passes
It’s likely that Wisconsin Dells has more water slides per capita than any other spot on the planet. The area’s multitude of water parks includes more than 20 indoor spots that stay open all year round. Just a few miles south of town, you can splash around in one such park at the Atlantis Waterpark Hotel. The onsite Aqua Kingdom is equipped with two 40-foot-long tunnel slides as well as tot-friendly spray features. You can go for a soak in the whirlpool or perfect your backstroke in the lap pool. With your stay, you’ll also receive free passes to the massive Chula Vista water park, located 5 miles away. Here you’ll enjoy 80,000 square feet of indoor attractions, including a high-speed water coaster, a gentle tropical river, and a Mayan temple with an enormous tipping bucket. After a day spent water-park hopping, towel off and retire to your room. In a Mermaid suite, the aquatic theme continues with an en suite whirlpool, a shell-shaped headboard, and mermaid-themed artwork. The two-bedroom Neptune suite also has a whirlpool as well as a balcony and fireplace.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin: 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 trickled in to see the craggy rock formations flanking the Wisconsin River. Today, the bluffs—or dells—are still visible from the downtown area, which is filled with kid-friendly attractions such as mini-golf courses, go-kart tracks, and candy shops. But it's safe to say that most visitors nowadays come for the water parks. 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 Bavaria-themed village. At a handful of German restaurants, you can wash down plates of schnitzel with pints of lager to the sounds of glockenspiels. 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. Fewer than 20 miles away, 36 skiing and snowboarding trails snake through 160 acres at Cascade Mountain, which rises up to 1,280 feet in elevation.