Why Wisconsin Dells is the Waterpark Capital of the World

Featuring the highest concentration of waterpark fun in one area, Wisconsin Dells provides tourists and locals alike with a level of entertainment unmatched anywhere else!

Here in the Dells, you can indulge in water-themed recreation, both with the excellent waterpark selection and riverside activities available. There are 7 major waterpark attractions available in the Dells, ranging from water and theme park establishments to monumentally large waterpark-based resorts.

While each option may provide the same basic offerings like water rides and slides, great poolside amenities, and excellent dining options, each one is unique in their theme, size, and extras!

Take a look at the most popular waterparks in the Waterpark Capital of the World!

  • Noah's Ark Waterpark
    • This waterpark is the largest in the United States, featuring 51 waterslides and dozens of attractions at the Village of Lake Delton. The park first opened in 1979 and has earned a ranking in the top 1% of waterparks worldwide since then. There are 70 sprawling acres of fun to be had here, your biggest problem will be deciding where to start! Enjoy thrill rides, kiddie slides, lazy rivers, wave pools and more inside the park. There are 2 giant wave pools, 4 children's water play areas, 2 endless rivers, a 4D movie theater, and mini-golf onsite as well. One ride we highly suggest you take is RAJA - World's Largest King Cobra. This is America's most thrilling water coaster sitting 6 stories high and stretching 335 feet. Scorpion's Tail is also highly popular, being America's first near-vertical looping waterslide!!


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  • Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Parks
    • This massively fun 200-acre theme park area offers guests all the best thrills, spills, slides, and rides possible! The resort itself holds 1,600 rooms and saw more than 1.5 million visitors last year alone! At Mt. Olympus Resort you will be able to choose from 4 main theme/water park areas: Indoor Water Park, Outdoor Water Park, Indoor Theme Park, Outdoor Theme Park. Step inside the waterpark for such attractions as the fun Anaconda Tube Slide or Mayan Raging River, this indoor water park option great for rainy days! Step outside the waterpark for 9-foot waves and racing slides, as well as even more thrills at the outdoor theme park featuring Hades 360, known for its 360-degree roll and 65-degree drop. The indoor theme park allows guests to enjoy the latest and greatest video and arcade games plus a rock wall and kiddie rides.


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  • Chula Vista Resort and Waterpark
    • This is 'the most complete family resort in the Dells', offering guests the best of both worlds with waterparks for their wild side and relaxing river views for their mild side. Enjoy over 200,000 square feet of waterpark area, plus an onsite spa, chophouse, 18-hole golf course, and more. There are 26 slides within the indoor and outdoor parks here, which totals 1.5 miles of slide fun! Indoors you will be able to see 80,000 square feet of attractions such as Lost Rios, Mayan Ruins, and Lava Lagoon. Outside enjoy a large wave pool, the Adventure Lagoon, poolside cabanas, and much more. The resort itself offers luxury guest rooms, villas, suites, and condos.


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  • Great Wolf Lodge 
    • The Great Wolf Lodge offers both indoor waterpark fun and dry-land adventures, with a total of 13 slides and 9 different pools. The water is a pleasant 84 degrees year-round and the park area features rides such as Howlin' Tornado, Alberta Falls, Lookout Mountain, Raccoon Lagoon, Mountains Edge Raceway, and more. You will also find onsite activities, dining, games and more, such as the hot springs, character appearances, storytime, kids shows, MagiQuest, and Northern Lights Arcade. The rooms offered at Great Wolf Lodge vary widely to accommodate anywhere from 2 guests to 16.


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  • Kalahari Resort
    • Visit Wisconsin's largest indoor waterpark at Kalahari Resort! 'Hair-raising waterslides, world-class spas, kid's play area, and diverse dining options' await here at the 125,000 square-foot waterparks. The water is set at an 84 degree constant and you will find attractions such as Crocodile cove, Flow Rider, Leopards Liar, Lazy River, and more. Inside you will also find Tom Foolery's Adventure Park, the 100,000 square foot indoor attraction area that features bowling, kids ropes course and ziplines, an arcade, laser tag, go-karts, a dark ride, and thrill rides like G Force One, Mt. Foolmore, and Atomic Rush. There is also the Zambezi Outdoor Waterpark Here, with big thrills like the Zimbabwe Zipper and Swahili Swirl. Accommodations include single rooms, 2 bedrooms suites, 3-5 room villas, lakeside cabins, chalets, and cottages.


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  • Wilderness Resort
    • Wisconsin Dells' Wilderness Resort is officially America's largest waterpark resort, holding an astonishing 600 acres of resort fun! There are 4 indoor waterparks and 4 outdoor waterparks here, as well as various attractions such as go-karts, laser tag, rock walls, bumper boats, mini-golf, an onsite arcade, and plenty of eateries. Visit the 65,000 square foot Klondike Kavern and take a spin on the Hurricane, visit Wild Water Dome to experience America's largest indoor wave pool, and Wild West Waterpark's Fantastic Voyage. Next, get great views of Lake Delton with Cuby's Cove Indoor and Outdoor Waterparks, then explore the 95,000 square feet of New Frontier, and 40,000 square feet of Lake Wilderness. The most impressive waterpark here? Lost World, featuring 3.2 outdoor acres of water fun! The resort itself offers rooms, villas, condos, and cabins to suit any sized group!


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  • Polynesian Waterpark Resort 
    • The Polynesian Waterpark Resort holds over 200,000 square feet and 500,000 gallons of water park fun within its confines! This fun resort holds both indoor and outdoor water park areas, with fun rides attractions such as the Aloha Pavilion Pool, 2-story Temple of the Black Pear, Blackbeard's Dark Tunnel,  Water Factory, and Kiki 'kids' paradise. There are several different room styles to choose from if staying overnight here at the resort, such as the new and popular choice of one-bedroom condos.


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