Anywhere you can experience temperatures in the 80s when it’s in the 20s outside is a good place to be—so book a day (or two) at one of Wisconsin’s indoor water parks. Whether you and the kids like to float the day away on a lazy river, rush down a thrilling waterslide or, for the adults, sip a beverage at a swim-up bar and pretend you’re on the beach, these water parks offer the best of the best in watery, wild fun.
Lazy River Luxury
• Chill out in the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions’ 920-foot lazy river in Wisconsin Dells. With 84-degree indoor temps you won’t even remember the winter temps outside!
• Even though it’s coined the Mayan Raging River, riders won’t experience any rapids—but rather real relaxation—at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park’s version of the tranquil ride in Wisconsin Dells.
• The nod to tropical temps continue at Chula Vista Resort & Waterpark’s Rio Rapids Action River—chill out on a tube as you ride through waterfalls and flow through placid currents.
Catch a Wave
• The Wild Waterdome Waterpark at Wisconsin Dells’ Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort has America’s largest wave pool! Savor the sunshine through the see-through roof and relish the tropical plants that bloom here year-round.
• Great Wolf Lodge’s Slap Tail pond in Wisconsin Dells is toddler-friendly, with a zero-depth entry, gentle rolling waves and a five-foot maximum depth for older kids.
• Ever been on a water roller coaster? If not—try out Chula Vista’s Flyan Mayan roller coaster that takes riders on the fastest and longest uphill indoor water roller coaster.
Slip ’N Slide
• At Rothschild’s Logger’s Landing Waterpark in the Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort, the Sasquatch Tube Slide is four stories (!) tall and has an 84-foot plunge. This multi-rider inner-tube slide deposits riders into the resort’s Rapid Rock Lazy River where they can chill and float after their adrenaline rush.
• Great Wolf’s Howlin’ Tornado ride is for the brave: Four riders shoot through a six-story funnel, circle around, then go through another tunnel for a mighty splash.
• Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark’s Avalanche Falls in Lake Geneva is for older kids on up who want an adrenaline rush: the ultra-fast slide rises 30 feet above the water park and once they enter, they’ll swoosh through a darkened tube while colored lights flash and pop tunes play for a neat experience.
• In Sheboygan, Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center’s newly renovated Toddler Tides is a cool playground in the water for tikes with tons of sprayers, slides, ropes and water features for kid-friendly fun.
• For tots new to the pool scene, Cubby’s Cove Waterpark at the Wilderness has a zero-depth entry, multi-level play structure, gently sloping slides and water sprayers. Slightly older kids will like the lily pad rope challenge and water basketball court.
• Tiko’s Watering Hole at the Kalahari is perfectly sized for little ones, with several beginner slides, gentle swings, and a location adjacent to the Lazy River so the nearby action is mild, not wild.
• Chaos Waterpark’s new Aquatic Playground is set within this superhero-themed indoor water park in Eau Claire’s Metropolis Resort & Conference Center. The shallow water depth, easy stairs to climb and selection of slides guarantee that toddlers up to bigger kids will enjoy it.
• Mt. Olympus’ Sacred Well whirlpool is spacious with warm waters, soothing music and a small waterfall.
• Need to get away from the crowd? The Kalahari offers a few different types of cabanas throughout the park—all of which include safes, flat-screen TVs and food and beverage delivery. But if you really want the VIP experience, book the indoor private whirlpool cabana, with a private 12-person whirlpool, two TVs and more.
• Margarita’s swim-up bar at the Wilderness is adults-only, so it’s perfect for Mom and Dad to grab a tropical drink and savor some peace and quiet.
• Need another swim-up bar option? The Kalahari’s Mud Hut Bar has stools and benches (underwater of course) so you can chill at the bar while keeping warm, yet refreshed.