Wilderness Wisconsin Dells Compliment - A good family outing and value
WISCONSIN DELLS, WISCONSIN -- The wife (a native Chicagoan) says Wisconsin Dells came to fame as Chicago's weekend getaway decades ago - that much might be true. Today, it's still safe to say it's not only the nation's original tourist destination - or tourist trap, but also an affordable "getaway" driving and family vacation for the masses who don't wanna get on a jet to get wet and have some fun.
I won't bore your google finger with facts and figures about how much and how many adventures, golf greens and hotel rooms there are. I'll just say this, it's got a boat load of stuff to do, see and spend on, smack right dab in the middle of no-where Wisconsin.
That being said, if you're so inclined to take in a weekend in the area, there's a resort there called The Wilderness that has been and continues to be a leader in family fun entertainment for more than a decade. I'll not gonna go into facts and figures of scale, believe me you'll grow weary of walking from park/section to park/section of water features. I'm sure you can google WILDERNESS and find out for yourself.
We lodged in one of the older sections of the park, well maintained but beginning to show a bit of age. The room was very clean, sparkling fixtures and nice bedding - complete with a dorm sized fridge and microwave. Believe me, all you'll care about is a place to crash after traversing this ENORMOUS facility for a couple days.
My 5 year old son absolutely loved the place, the various water parks, more or less geared toward his age range plus about 5 years. There are the typical "tube slides" that are 4 stories high, that you have to climb to - that helps wear out your kids, that splash down and all over. A few of the attractions are quite entertaining for adults too, the hurricane being one among them.
Like most summer attractions, weather plays a key part in the satisfaction factor. The first night we had cloudy and chilly weather which wouldn't allow us to take advantage of the outside facilities - drag. Saturday, we had warm temps and we could take full advantage of attractions both inside and out, spreading the crowd and getting some sun. I've only been a couple of times, but this place is really expanding and adding new attractions all the time from what I learned.
For the 145.00 room fee, (which includes park admission for 2 days) I'd say we got a pretty good value (off season) rate. Look up the website for rates and availability, they obviously vary. For that fee, you can "swim" for virtually two full days, which will be more than enough to wear out your kids and give you enough slides and water rides to make you wanna go packin!
Go early, you can get your wrist band and swim well before check - in to enable you to maximize fun time
Bring your own cooler of adult beverages for your room. Do you really wanna pay 8.75 for a poolside cocktail? They do frown on bringing your own beverages to public areas.
Go "off property" for meals or bring your own lunch. If you want to dine poolside, be prepared to pay "airport prices" for sandwiches and fare, some of which isn't much better than your high school cafeteria.
Don't expect much chat or directions from the lifeguard staff, because like most resort labor, they are European imports and speak less English than they understand.
Overall a great value and affordable family getaway. -pwp