This safari-themed hotel features enormous indoor water park with numerous slides and a wave pool
Hotel at a Glance: Kalahari Resorts
Kalahari Resorts is home to a temperature-controlled indoor water park billed as the largest in Wisconsin. The family-friendly facility features rides and slides for all ages. Little ones can spend their time at the 5,000 square foot Tiko’s Watering Hole, which features activities and a kid-friendly lazy river. Older, more adventurous guests can hop on the Screaming Hyena–a trap-door start that descends into a near-vertical plunge. For those who prefer to relax, there’s plenty of places to unwind, from wave pools and lazy rivers to indoor and outdoor spas with jetted tubs.
- 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; your stay includes admission passes for all registered guests.
- Spend the night in a standard room, featuring flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and fridges.
- 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.
- Have fun indoors and visit the onsite theme park Tom Foolerys, with bowling, go karts, mini golf, and more; your stay includes park passes.
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.