Spacious Suites Above Massive Indoor Water Park
High above Fort Mackenzie—the four-story waterlogged treehouse that feels like a mixture of Swiss Family Robinson and _Pirates of the Caribbean_—a 1,000-gallon bucket slowly fills with water. Eventually it topples, drenching those gathered below in a torrent of water. Heated to a balmy 84 degrees, Great Wolf Lodge’s indoor water park sports 17 splash-filled attractions, including a wave pool, a six-story funnel slide, the Crooked Creek lazy river, and two Hot Springs whirlpools.
The 80,000-square-foot aquatic arena is merely one of many activities at the family-friendly resort. During the ShadowQuest and MagiQuest live-action adventures, kids wield wands and journey through a land filled with mythical creatures including pixies, dragons, and Bob Dylan. Scooops Kid Spa doles out manicures and pedicures to pintsize patrons sitting atop ice-cream-cone stools and banana-split thrones—free ice cream completes each visit.
Onsite dining options include hot breakfast at the Camp Critter Buffet and steaks, burgers, and fresh fish at the Loose Moose Bar & Grill. Double-queen sofa suites accommodate up to six guests and feature microwaves, refrigerators, and flat-screen TVs. This Getaway includes a $25 or $50 resort credit.
Highlights of Wisconsin Dells
- Water parks: 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 thanks to a slew of indoor aquatic centers.
- A destination for decades: 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.
- Kitschy attractions range from mini-golf courses to go-kart tracks.
- Take a stroll along the river: You’ll find antique stores, candy shops, and a Bavarian-themed village.
- Eat schnitzel: along with a pint of lager at a handful of German restaurants, where you're bound to hear the sounds of glockenspiels.
- Nearby day trip: 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.