By Hilary Burg
Wisconsin Dells is well known as “The Waterpark Capital of the World.” With the largest concentration of water parks in the world and as the location credited with pioneering the indoor water park craze, the name suits the city well. But the indoor water park trend has spread far beyond the borders of Wisconsin Dells. Hotels all across Wisconsin have embraced the wet and wild indoor fun all year around. Check out these indoor waterparks making a splash this season!
A picturesque resort rivaling any ocean-side property, this lakeside retreat offers everything for a romantic weekend or time away with the family. When it is too cold to enjoy the outdoor amenities, their 84 degree, 46,000 sq. ft. water park is sure to please every member of your family. The park features body slides, tube slides, a baby pool area, Breaker Bay water fort activity center with water-based adventure activities and more.
Insider Tip: Take your littlest swimmer to the newly opened Toddle Tide play structure. This updated space includes a water slide and pool area, sized down for smaller children to enjoy.
This 50,000 sq. ft. water park celebrates central Wisconsin’s logging history. The huge indoor park is perfect for all ages and is chock-full of fun as the largest indoor water park in central Wisconsin and north of the Wisconsin Dells. Attractions include seven water slides, a giant lazy river, Log Jam Pass obstacle area, Powder Keg Puddle splash area, and activity pool.
Insider Tip: If you're looking to stay overnight in the Wausau area, get an extra bang for your buck at the Grand Lodge- waterpark passes are provided free for guests!
Designed to reflect the tranquility of the Northwoods, Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect family escape. Plenty of slides wind their way through a massive indoor waterpark, featuring attractions and pools for swimmers of all ages. Whether you like to speed things up on a fast-water tube slide, race your friends down four-story mat slides, or float your day away in the lazy river or hot springs, Great Wolf Lodge is the place for all day family fun.
Insider Tip: Thrill seekers can't miss the Howlin' Tornado, where riders soar down a six-story funnel, sliding up and down the walls before dropping through the bottom and into the pool!
Home to Wisconsin's largest indoor waterpark, Kalahari offers enough water slides and activities to please the whole family. Highlights include a giant wave pool and lazy river, the Sahara Sidewinders, a pair of indoor looping waterslides that take you above the roof of the waterpark, and a swim-up bar connected to an indoor-outdoor Jacuzzi.
Insider Tip: Be sure to check out the Master Blaster, a water roller coaster type ride that takes you on a 570-foot up and downhill race through the waterpark!
Combining indoor and outdoor fun, Three Bears Lodge right next to Jellystone Park has you covered. When the conditions are only warm and sunny indoors, the indoor water park keeps the fun rolling with body and tube slides, a wave pool, lazy river, and kids’ activities.
Insider Tip: The waterpark at Three Bears is open to the public, and offers day passes for purchase for those not staying overnight at the resort.
Located in the city famed for its frozen tundra, the name may not immediately bring to mind somewhere you would like to jump in for a swim. But located just four blocks from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Tundra Lodge Resort & Waterpark is the largest indoor water park hotel in northeast Wisconsin. The three story 30,000 sq. ft. water park provides year round entertainment for all ages and adventure levels.
Insider Tip: Enjoy the snowy weather from the comfort and warmth of Tundra Lodge's outdoor Jacuzzi, which stays open as long as the "real-feel" temperature is above 10 degrees!