Halfway around the world from southern Africa, Kalahari Resorts pays homage to its desert namesake with authentic safari decor. Staff members travel to Africa each year, bringing back hand-carved furniture, sculptures, and paintings to display throughout the hotel. In the middle of it all stands the ultimate oasis: a temperature-controlled indoor water park—the largest in Wisconsin.
Water-park thrills: Zip down the Victoria Falls raft ride, wade into the wave pool, drift down the lazy river, or take on the FlowRider surf ride. Water-park admission is included with your stay.
Added perk: This getaway includes passes to the indoor theme park, which has a six-story ferris wheel, go-karts, a climbing wall, 24 bowling lanes, and mini golf.
Spend the night in a hut room or desert room equipped with a microwave, fridge, and flat-screen TV. Hut rooms also offer furnished patios or balconies.
Ten onsite dining venues include a pizza kitchen and a Wisconsin brew pub. You can order food and drinks right at the water park if you’d like.
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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What You Get
Stay for up to four in a hut room or desert room
Indoor theme park and water park passes for four, valid for length of stay
Dates into December
Policies and Fees
Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
Additional fees: $19.99 daily resort fee added at purchase.
Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.
125,000 sq. ft. indoor water park
Indoor theme park
Full-service spa and salon
The Fine Print
Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable. No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
Must be 18 or older to check in
Credit card required at check-in
Not valid with reward points. $19.99 daily resort fee added at purchase.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Two queen beds
Standard occupancy: 4
Maximum occupancy: 4
Two queen beds and one sofa bed
Standard occupancy: 4
Maximum occupancy: 6
Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest 3 or older; kids 2 or younger stay free. Fee includes access to water park, but does not include access to theme park; theme park passes can be purchased for $25 per person, valid for entire stay.
Check in: 4 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Resort fee includes: WiFi, safe, parking, local calls, newspaper, fitness-facility access, coffee, life jackets, towel service, daily cookies, bell and concierge services, and business center
Parking: included in resort fee
Rollaways: available for an additional $12 per night
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the property or at check-in for an additional cost.
Nearest airports: Dane County Regional Airport (MSN; 46 mi) and General Mitchell International Airport (MKE; 124 mi)
Distance from Madison, WI: about 51 miles
By shuttle: $94 one way from MSN
Kalahari Resorts requires all children under 48 inches to wear life vests while in the water parks; complimentary life vests are available.