Water Parks In Wisconsin: A Huffington Post Travel Family Fun Guide

08/19/2011 06:15 pm ET | Updated Oct 10, 2011

Although it's a northern state, Wisconsin is a water park destination, particularly in the Midwest. Wisconsin Dells is home to a number of large water parks and amusement parks, which attract about 5 million visitors each year. From giant slides and tunnels to lazy rivers and wave pools, Wisconsin Dells is packed with every water park attraction imaginable. A visit to this area affords tourists the opportunity to take in several different theme parks within a short distance of one another. In addition to "The Dells," there are a few other water parks in the state, which also make for excellent summer vacation destinations. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Wisconsin water parks.

Noah's Ark Water Park

Noah's Ark Water Park is not just the largest water park in Wisconsin, but also the largest water park in the United States. It boasts 50 water slides, including dark, twisting tunnels, wider slides for multi-person tubes and steep slides that plummet to the bottom. There is also a large kiddie area with gentler rides and water play areas.

Black Anaconda

The Black Anaconda is Noah's Ark's signature ride. It's America's longest water coaster, stretching more than one-quarter mile in length. Unlike a typical slide, riders go up and down hills throughout the ride rather than just straight down. Visitors reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour while riding the Black Anaconda.

Movies And Surfing

Noah's Ark also offers a 4-D Dive-In Theater that includes a 4-D movie presentation accompanied by real objects, smells and other sensory amusements. There's also a body surfing pool, an arcade, mini-golf, bumper boats, educational rides and more.

Fast Foods And Snacks

Most of the food offerings at Noah's Ark are fast-food and snack fare. Expect plenty of stands selling funnel cakes, hot pretzels, cotton candy, shaved ice, frozen yogurt, etc. For meals, pizza, hot dogs, nachos and other concession-style foods are available.

In The News

According to, no accidents or safety concerns have been reported at this park in recent years.

Address: 1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Telephone: 608-254-6351
Hours: June through September, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Special hours during holiday weeks, such as the week of July 4th
Price: $28.79 for seniors, $35.99 for adults. Prices do not include tax. Children two and under are free

Wilderness Territory

Wilderness Territory comprises several mini indoor and outdoor water parks all housed within one resort. The waterparks at Wilderness Territory account for more than 300,000 square feet of water park space, more than any other resort in the United States. A visit to this resort ensures endless fun with a multitude of slides, rides and other water attractions.

Lazy River

At the New Frontier water park area, visitors can try out the massive Prospector's Creek lazy river. At more than 600 feet in length, it's one of the longest lazy rivers in America. Plus, this attraction includes a theme of frontiersmen panning for gold.

Sports And Splash

The Lost World waterpark features a water basketball court, outdoor spa and dinosaur-themed kids play area. At Klondike Kavern, an indoor water park, don't miss The Hurricane, which starts off with a thrilling 58-foot drop and is the tallest four-person raft ride at The Dells. Cubby's Cove Outdoor Waterpark at Wilderness on the Lake includes a sandy beach, outdoor hot spa and the Vanishing Edge Lagoon infinity pool.

From Fine To Casual

Wilderness Territory features several fine and casual dining options, including a sports bar and an Italian pizzeria. Within the parks are smaller snack stands where soft pretzels, hot dogs and other light fare can be purchased.

In The News

According to, no accidents or safety concerns have been reported at this park in recent years.

Address: 350 E. Hiawatha Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Telephone: 866-363-5253
Hours: Hours of operation vary from park to park
Price: Access to the Wilderness Territory water parks is available to all guests at the resort. Prices vary greatly based on whether guests stay in cabins, hotel rooms or condos, with costs ranging from about $200 to $800 per night

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