As America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin’s iconic question is, “Got milk?” But in the heart of Dairyland, at the Waterpark Capital of the World, the question is “Got water?” And the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
The Waterpark Capital of the World®
Wisconsin Dells has the largest concentration of water parks in the world. It is – without question - "The Waterpark Capital of the World®." Let’s do the math. The Dells boasts more than twenty indoor and outdoor water parks. They hold a combined total of 16 million gallons of water.
Noah's Ark is America's largest water park, spanning 70 acres with five million gallons of water and three miles of waterslides. It’s considered the gold standard among outdoor water parks. The Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park features thirty-seven steep and slippery water rides. In addition, visitors can expereince six hair-raising roller coasters, eight curve-hugging go-kart tracks and multiple fun-filled attractions.
At 125,000 square feet, the African-themed Kalahari Water Park Resort is the largest indoor water park in the United States. Its immensely popular surf machine uses 50,000 gallons of constantly-recycled water per minute. And the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort offers the world’s largest indoor/outdoor combination water park – larger than six NFL football fields loaded with water fun.
Attractions for Every Age
Among the hundreds of water rides in the Dells, here are 10 you must try… depending on your age, height and level of courage:
- Quadzilla - This family mat racer slide at Noah's Ark stands nearly 50 feet tall, with four 323-foot-long lanes. Get this – the slides are actually braided and twisted together as the rider launches head first and eventually races with the other lanes.
- Black Anaconda – One of America’s longest water roller coasters, at Noah’s Ark, offers more than a quarter-mile of slithering twists and tunnels reaching speeds of 30 miles per hour.
- The Point of No Return – An extreme body slide that is ten stories up, 5 seconds down, at Noah’s Ark.
- Scorpion’s Tail – A scream-inducing trap door drop onto this ten-story body slide will send you plummeting 400 feet at Noah's Ark. We'd say hold on tight if you weren't freefalling with nothing to cling to down the nation's first near-vertical looping water slide!
- Flowrider – "Hang ten" without even going outside with this indoor surf machine at Kalahari Resort.
- The Flyan Myan – You can take a speedy ride on the country's fastest and longest uphill indoor water coaster just about any day of the year at Chula Vista Resort's 80,000-square-foot water park.
- The Howlin’ Tornado – This four-person tube funnel ride at Great Wolf Lodge drops you six stories before a big splashdown.
- Halley's Comet Racers – These four water slides allow you to race head-first through twists, turns and drops toward the finish line, at Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness.
- The Hurricane – At a towering 58 feet, The Hurricane sends you plummeting through a dark tunnel before landing in a pool below, at Wilderness Resort.
- Demon's Drop – You'll plunge a precipitous 85 feet before the water catches up with you on one of the world's steepest and fastest water slides, which ranks a five out of five on the Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park's "thrill meter."
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So, if extreme slides, tube rides, bowl drops, water roller coasters, indoor surf machines, massive wave pools and lazy rivers are the things that get your family going, Wisconsin Dells is ready to be your water park Nirvana.
Remember, the fun just starts at the water parks! Wisconsin Dells has loads of family attractions and amusements – exciting Army Duck rides and boat tours along the river, bungee jumping, zip lines, fabulous mini-golf and bumper cars. You’ll also find a full range of dining options and plenty of places to stay; the Dells has 8,000 hotel rooms – more than any other city in Wisconsin – plus 18 campgrounds with nearly 3,200 campsites.