A warm and watery oasis amidst blustery conditions. Doesn’t sound bad right about now, eh? Trade in your gloves, hats and shovels for swimsuits, water slides and those glorious, glorious hot tubs. From families with toddlers or teens to couples looking to make an escape, here are our recommendations for you.
For the Little Ones
Get your waterpark fix without the crowds at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha. They have a special zero-depth children’s area complete with two small waterslides, water geysers and interactive features. Little ones can also accompany an adult on some of the larger slides in the waterpark or tag along with them on the lazy river. Day passes are available online if you don’t want to stay overnight, but be sure to reserve them in advance!
Another playful option for families with children is the Blue Harbor Resort. It’s located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Sheboygan and operates under one rule: Everything must be fun! Speaking of which, little ones will love the SS Minnow shipwreck pool and the three kiddie slides affectionately named the Skipper, Gilligan and Ginger. Toes and fingers pruned? With a special Kids Club featuring arts, crafts and Bingo, little ones can explore and be creative outside of the water as well.
Where Teens Reign
Wisconsin Dells was voted the best travel destination for teens by USA Today Travel and 10Best readers. With the largest concentration of waterparks in the world, there’s no shortage of things to do and see. During the colder months, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park takes things indoors with its world-class water and amusement parks. Take the plunge down a 10-story slide or throw a few hoops from the water. After you dry off, hit the indoor roller coaster, bumper karts or arcade games. This winter only, stay at the resort and you’ll receive ski passes to nearby Christmas Mountain.
Located just four blocks from Lambeau Field is the Tundra Lodge, the largest indoor waterpark in Northeast Wisconsin. Its three-story playground has no shortage of activities and boasts Green Bay’s only lazy river. And when it’s time to dry off, the enormous Gold Rush Arcade offers more than 70 games and interactive activities.
Adults Just Wanna Have Fun
Can you say swim-up bar? The Kalahari Water Park Resort in Wisconsin Dells has the first in the state, seating up to 110 people at a time. After you wet your whistle, lounge around in your own private cabana with on-site refrigerator, safe and flat screen TV.
Looking for a more relaxing getaway? The rustic elegance of The Waters of Minocqua Indoor Waterpark Resort is warm and charming all year round. Adults can unwind by the fireplace and enjoy a meal at the Rendezvous Pub after an afternoon splashing around. Located on Hwy 51 adjacent to hiking and snowmobile trails, its close proximity to shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Minocqua makes it a one-of-a kind Northwoods retreat.
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