There is always a chorus of cries and complaints every Labor Day when pools close for the season. But YOU can be the hero and end all of the whining by packing up the car and heading north to the Wisconsin Dells to indulge your family’s water park cravings, even in the colder months.
One could argue that the Waterpark Capital of the World is even MORE enjoyable during the fall and winter months. Why?
You get a bigger bang for your buck
You can score major discounts on Groupon and Living Social so that you can stay in much more expansive and luxurious lodging than you ever thought possible.
The massive Kalahari can be pricey during the high season, but you can get a great deal while other families are at home raking leaves and building snowmen. You can even treat yourself to a tropical drink poolside and imagine that you are in the tropics minus the expensive plane flight.
There are fewer crowds to deal with
You know that feeling when you are standing at the entrance of a lazy river and waiting (and waiting…and waiting) for an empty inner tube to come around? Well, you don’t have to deal with annoyances like that when you visit the Dells during the off season. Less crowds means shorter lines, more tables and chairs to set up camp inside the water parks, less noisy hallways at bedtime…and a much more peaceful weekend away.
You never have to go outside
Yes, that’s right, you can spend your entire time in the Wisconsin Dells indoors if you want to. While Mother Nature rears her ugly head, you can float along a lazy river without a care in the world or a snow boot to be seen.
One tip about the hallways, though: They are CHILLY! Pack bath robes to keep your kids snug and warm when you travel between your hotel room and the water parks.
There is ample indoor and outdoor fun
Clearly water parks are the main focus of the Wisconsin Dells, but don’t forget about the arcades, indoor amusement parks, mini golf courses, trampoline parks…the list goes on and on. MagiQuest at Great Wolf Lodge is a huge hit with those who want to play an interactive game with wands, and Knuckleheads is a great spot with options such as bowling, arcade games and rides and a huge trampoline park.
For the foodies in your family, head to Moosejaw to enjoy a wide array of dishes featuring local Wisconsin cheese, paired with hand crafted microbrews and classic sodas on tap from the adjacent Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company.
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of Chicago Parent’s Going Places. Read the rest of the issue.