October? Already? Just a few weeks ago, I was wearing my bathing suit and splashing around in the pool with my kids. Now we're planning our Halloween costumes and drinking warm apple cider! How'd that happen?
Sure, autumn has lots to pluses, but I sometimes find myself longing for lazy summer days spent poolside playing with my kids. You too?
Well, summer may be officially over, but here are a few ways that you can "recapture" summer with a visit to the Wisconsin Dells.
Water parks! Water parks! And more Water parks!
The Wisconsin Dells is the waterpark capital of the world. Seriously. This place offers water fun year-round. Here are some of your best bets for fami.
- Kalahari. This HUGE facility features a 125,00 square foot indoor water park with basically every type of water ride and activity that you could imagine. Then of course there is also the Indoor Theme Park which features (are you ready?): A Ferris Wheel over 6 stories high, 24 lanes of state-of-the-art Brunswick® bowling, hundreds of arcade games, simulators and redemption games, 18 holes of mini golf, LaZer Runner Laser Tag and 3,500 square foot Battle Arena, a 28-foot African-themed carousel, two 32-foot-high climbing walls, a 1,000 square foot interactive dry play structure, two-story elevated adult and kiddie go cart track, 20 ft. high Sky Trail® ropes course, 2 Full Swing golf simulators with high definition screens. That should keep the kiddos busy, don't you think?
- Chula Vista. This resort is home to an 80,000 square foot, multi-level indoor waterpark called Lost Rios. Los Rios has lots to offer both big and little visitors. Race on the Matador Mat Racers or chill out in Mount Montezuma's giant rain forest. Lay back and relax on the Rio Rapids Action River as you meander through gentle currents and flowing waterfalls. The kiddos will love the interactive toys and slides at Mount Montezuma's Mayan Temple. Other highlights include the Croc Water Crossing and the Flyan Mayan Zip Coaster.
- Great Wolf Lodge. Featuring three adjacent indoor water parks exclusively for guests, Great Wolf Lodge has plenty o' fun stuff in store. Little ones will love the zero-depth pool. Thrill-seekers won't be able to get enough of the Howlin' Tornado and kids and adults alike will enjoy chilling on the endless lazy river (this is my kind of ride).
- Wilderness. This property offers 4 (!) separate indoor water park areas. The Wild WaterDome is a 70,000-square-foot indoor waterpark with a state-ofthe art-roof that actually allows guests to tan indoors (perfect for October!). Other highlights include a wave pool and raft racing ride. Klondike Kavern was also designed with families in mind. Your kids can play in Bonanza Buff, a water play area with over 50 interactive toys and sprayers. Perhaps the best family-friendly offering is Cubby Cove with it's mellow atmosphere, shallow water, plethora of play-and-spray features, and mini-slides.
Has all of this water talk gotten you in a summer state of mind? Check out the photo gallery to learn more. And visit the Wisconsin Dells Visitors & Convention Bureau for tons of great resources to help you plan your trip.