From family lodges with scary slides to spa suites planted into pine forests, there are plenty of wonderful places to stay near Wisconsin’s Wilderness Resort Waterpark – bookable on Culture Trip.
The Wisconsin Dells sits in a region of bluff, glacier-carved sandstone formations. The city’s name derives from the Native American word meaning “dark rushing waters” and the French “dalles” – or “layers of flat rock.” A former local newspaper accurately predicted that the Dells’ wild, romantic scenery would always make them a place for pleasure-seekers. Today, the Dells is a family vacation mecca with wildlife and waterparks galore. These are our top picks of the best hotels near Wilderness Resort Waterpark.
The moment you see Great Wolf Lodge, this Wisconsin Dells hotel near the Crystal Grand Music Theater wins you over with its timber architecture and child-friendly totem poles. It’s a family paradise with an indoor waterpark open all year. Picture your kids riding tandem down tubes or splashing about in the four-story, interactive treehouse. This non-smoking, pet-free hotel also has an outdoor pool, 24-hour gym, tubs and a full-service spa. Three restaurants and a bar offer creature comforts – or cozy up in your suite with a fireplace.
Another ultimate family getaway near Wilderness Resort, the Glacier Canyon Lodge perfectly blends all of Dells’ fun with privacy. Wood and ceramic tile floors with rough-hewn, natural stone walls dominate this place, giving it an intimate feel. Stay in two- and three-bedroom condos outfitted with a full kitchen, living room plus Murphy bed, a flat-screen HDTV, DVD player and an electric fireplace. Complete with charcoal grills on a first-come-first-serve basis, restaurants, poolside bars, a spa, indoor and outdoor waterparks and a business center, this complex guarantees action around the clock.
Just steps from Palace Theater, La Quinta is a discreet yet contemporary non-smoking block over four floors. The jumbo-sized rooms are parqueted, have sleek modern wood furniture, a flat-screen HDTV and fridge, plus a sitting area and desk. Jump into the hot tub or take a dip in the heated indoor pool. Then enjoy one of the provided barbecue grills for your sizzling success, free passes to Knuckleheads mini-golf and bowling, plus a complimentary breakfast – including eggs and wickedly yummy waffles. Worried about holiday gains? Sweat it out on the gym’s treadmills.
A three-minute walk from Canyon Creek Riding Stables, Hampton Inn resembles the north side of the White House. Walk through the brick pillar porch entrance and you’ll notice the homey atmosphere. There’s a futuristically shaped chandelier and wacky blue armchairs beside a natural stone fireplace. The king rooms’ carpets and padded headboards fit into Hilton’s brand, and the studios are extra-large so you can spread out. Water baby? You’ll love the indoor pool with a basketball backboard, waterfall and spa jets.
Less than a mile from Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Fairfield Inn is surrounded by greenery and Lake Delton. Earth colors in the carpeted rooms create a warm and nature-friendly atmosphere, accentuated by the wholesome scent of wooden furniture. Fitted out with a flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, microwave, sofa and plush beds, the suites cater to your every need. Want to get some fresh air? Unwind on the outdoor patio, or the naturally lit, heated indoor pool and a 24-hour gym.
“Are we there yet?” your kids will ask as you drive to this African-themed family paradise, anticipating thrilling twists and heart-pounding vortex loops. Rumored to be the Disney World of waterparks, Kalahari is Wisconsin’s largest indoor waterpark, featuring hair-raising waterslides, kids’ play havens, indoor surfing, plus a water VR in the outdoor pool. Lakeside villas offer that countryside charm with views of Lake Delton framed by lush woods – and the carpeted rooms and suites are within easy reach of the arcade, restaurants, spa, lounge and escape rooms.
Snuggled into fragrant pine forests by the peaceful Lake Delton, Sundara is all about kicking back. You’ve got a meditation trail and reflection rooms, and can enjoy purifying bath rituals or a myriad of spa and massage therapies. Need more facilities? There’s everything here in this tranquil heaven. Designed with serenity in mind, the villas boast colors that segue into the surrounding quarry golf courses. Choose from pool, hillside or woodland views – whether it’s the plush, premier or woodland suite, all have fireplaces, featherbeds and armchairs as cushiony as they look.
Looking for somewhere else to stay? Book into one of the best hotels in nearby Madison, or embrace nature at one of the best camping spots in Wisconsin. Don’t miss the top things to do in the Badger State, including the best road trips. If you make it to Milwaukee, stop off at one of the best coffee shops.
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