Wisconsin Dell is “The Waterpark Capitol of the World” where you’ll find amazing Wisconsin Dells Resorts. Our family recently took a quick 3-day trip to the Wilderness Resort Wisconsin Dells one of the best water park resorts for familes and absolute loved it!
The Wilderness Teritory is the worlds largest Waterpark resort with 4 indoor and 4 outdoor pools. If your looking for a waterpark getaway the Wilderness Resort & Lodge is where you want to go.
I’ve created a list of the tops tips for your visit, best things to do, what to pack and where to eat. Everything you need to know before you go to the Wilderness Resort.
This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to buy something using my link, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. For more information, see my disclaimer here.
Wilderness Resorts -Top Tips & Things to Do
The Wilderness Resort has so much to do for all ages, from the many indoor and outdoor pools to all the exciting waterslides. They do a great job of having a mix of older kid areas and younger kid areas together. This makes it a great choice for families with kids of different ages.
When the kids have had enough of the pools and slides, head to all the great indoor activities like 3D Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Go-Karts, an Indoor Ropes Course, arcades and much more. The indoor activities are what really put this Wisconsin Dells resort over the top to make it such a fun family weekend getaway any time of year.
Are you excited about going now? Your family is gonna love it! Follow along below as I give you my 15 top tips to visiting the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. I hope your trip to Wilderness Resort is as memorable and fun as our family vacation.
1. Check into Wilderness Hotel
Starting at noon on your arrival day you can begin using all the resort amenities. However your room many not be ready till 4:00pm.
If you cannot get in your room right away, start with the dry indoor activities like Laser Tag and 3-D Mini Golf first. That way you are not all wet when you have to go back to your car for your luggage and changing in the bathrooms into your bathing suits.
There will be plenty of pool time after you get your room.
2. Shorter Check in Lines
Check in lines can be long, so if you are staying in the condos, cabins or villas bypass the first check in area you drive up to and follow the parking lot around to the Wild West Lobby entrance.
Most people stop at the New Frontier Lobby at the front of hotel so the lines there are longer. Either way you are getting back in your car after check in to park so it really doesn’t matter that it’s further away especially if it saves you time.
3. Wisconsin Dells Deals
Check Groupon for rate deals or other promotional sites like Travel Zoo. We found a great deal on Groupon that included the unlimited passes for the indoor activities. This made a big difference in the price of our trip.
You will also find better rates if you can go during the week. Weekend prices tend to be higher.
Related Article – Best Downtown Wisconsin Dells Attractions
4. Room Location in The Wilderness Lodge
When booking your room, ask to not be on the second floor if you are in the main lodge. The second floor is the hallway that connects all of the buildings and everyone takes it to get around the resort so it is loud and crowded all the time. We were on the third floor and it was quiet.
5. Fun Passes
When checking in, they will ask you if you want to purchase the Fun Pass for the indoor activities. These are not included in your stay, only the pool access is included.
There are two levels of the fun pass to choose. The regular Fun Pass includes a one time try of several of their rides & activites. The Ultimate Fun Pass gives you unlimited rides.
The Unlimited Pass costs $39.00 a day and the Fun Pass is $29.00 at the time of writing this article. Our kids did laser tag three times in a row all three days plus all the other activities so it was worth it for us to upgrade.
There are height restrictions on many of the activities so keep that in mind too. If you have younger kids who are too short, this might not be worth the money.
All-Year Round Fun Pass Activities
- Northern Lights Sky Lights Ropes Course
- Wild West Bumper Boats
- Wilderwoods Indoor Go-Karts
- Clip and Climb Challenge Walls
- Wild Abyss Mini Golf (3D Mini Golf course)
- New Lost Cabin Laser Tag – The laser tag area has been updated to open March 2020. This was by far our kids favorite area and we can’t wait to see it updated.
Summer Fun Pass Activities
In the summer there are two additional attractions for your fun pass. The ones above are all also included.
- Lost World Jurassic Mini Golf
- Lost World Go-Karts & Kiddy Karts
6. Timberland Playhouse
Timberland Playhouse is a huge indoor climber located in the Wild West Region and it’s FREE!
The playhouse has four stories of fun from slides to swings, tunnels, and bridges. They have designated this area for kids 12 and under. There is also a separate gated area for kids four and under.
My kids (age 6-9) loved climbing around this huge space and spent tons of time here. If your looking to save some money and are mostly at the Wilderness for the pools you’ll love this free activity.
Tips for Timberland Playland
- One issue is it is hard for parents to fit if they are chasing younger ones around the older area. So, most kids run around by themselves and the parents watch from seats below.
- The other issue is it is right by the arcade so if you don’t want to pay for arcade games, make sure to warn the kids ahead of time.
- You can order food to be delivered to this area.
7. Towels for the Pool
Towels are provided at the pool area. When you check in they will give you a towel card for each person. Every pool area has a towel desk to get towels and replace them when they are wet.
Tip: The towels are small so we replaced them after every use so we had dry towels after we got out of the pool. You could also bring your own towel if you prefer but then you have wet towels in your room at night.
Related Article : 30 Fun Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells All Year Long
8. Temperature Inside the Hotel
When using the indoor pools bring a light sweatshirt or robe to wear when you leave the pool and head back to your room. The hallways tend to be cool especially in the winter.
9. Family Dinning
The Wilderness Resort has 15 differnt places to eat. There is a mix of types of resturants from ice cream parlors, lunch spots and sit down resturants. Whichever area of the resort you are in you should be able to find somewhere to eat.
Find out more about each resturant at Wilderness Resort.
Tips for Saving Money on Food
You will find food and drinks can get expensive. To help bring down the cost of food take advantage of the mini fridges and microwaves in your room.
- Consider bringing breakfast food to have in the room.
- Bring snacks for the pool -They do have signs saying no food at the pool area but no one seems to check and everyone had tons of outside food at their tables.
- Save on dinner by ordering a pizza. There is a Domino’s across the street or order through the Resorts Klondike Pizza Kitchen and have it delivered to your room.
- Bring drinks for your room water, juice maybe even wine for adults.
10. Refillable water station
In the Wild WaterDome Water Park there are refillable water bottle stations so bring your water bottles from home with you.
11. Adults only Swim up Bar
When you need a break from the kiddos, the indoor wave pool area has an adults only swim up pool bar. There is a security guard there to make sure no kids get into this pool area.
If you have kids that are good on their own in the wave pool, head over there for a break.
12. Mark your Territory
Go down early in the morning to save seats as it gets pretty crowded and hard to find seats anywhere to put your stuff down later in the day.
13. Keeping Your Phone Dry
Most likely you will be leaving your stuff at your table while you go in the pools. I was worried about leaving my phone plus I wanted to take pictures of the kids in the pool so I brought a water proof phone case.
It held my room key, credit card and phone. That way when we are away from the table for a while I didn’t have to worry.
Above find a picture of the Moto Case I used and really liked. You can hang it around your neck or use the Velcro arm band.
14. Check out
On check out day, you can stay and use the resort the whole day.
We took advantage of this by starting the day doing the indoor activites while we were dry. Then we went back to our room to change into our suits, checked out and spent the rest of the day at the pool.
I will say the changing rooms are not great at the waterpark. They are located in the bathrooms and are just an open space at the end. It is fine for kids but may be awkward for adults. However don’t let this keep you from staying after checkout.
They do have lockers you can use on the day you arrive or day you check out to store some of your items. You may want to throw your purse or other valuable items in one to keep safe while you swim.
Wilderness Indoor & Outdoor Waterpark
There are 4 indoor and 4 outdoor pools to explore at Wilderness. Each has a different attraction from slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, bumper boats and little kids areas.
For the indoor waterparks you do have to walk between buildings to get to them all. However each one is connected by indoor hallways. I would suggest you choose a different time of day for each pool area rather than running back and forth.
Waterpark and Resort Map
Looking for a map to get a better idea of how big this resort is? Click on this link Wilderness Resort Map
What to Pack for the Waterpark
Here are a few things I would suggest bringing with you to the park.
We love the speedo googles for the kids they seem to be really durable with my rough boys. Here is the set we liked, their favorite is the one with the cool holographic fish eye effect.
My kids played with these Toypedoes in the wave pool while waiting for the waves to start again. They’re a ton of fun and great for your local pools too. Bonus the toypedoes are cheap so if you lose them it’s okay.
Here are a few other items that are great for a waterpark family trip.
Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells
There are tons of entertaining things to do in Wisconsin Dells with kids outside the waterparks.
The dells is located on the Wisconsin River and offers fun Duck boat adventure rides and scenic boat rides. Enjoy water shows on the lake in the summer and skiing in the winter. You’ll find tons of Wisconsin Dells attractions from amuseument parks, mini golf and acrcades both inside and outside.
Get our top 30 Things to do in Wisconsin Dells All Year Long and find out everything there is to do.
Downtown Wisconsin Dells
When you want a break from the Wilderness head to Downtown Wisconsin Dells. The toursity stip has tons of fun things to do for families.
It’s a cute street to stroll down and window shop or to pick up a few souveinours. While your there you can visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not, go bowling, head to an arcade, ice skate year round, play laster tag or fight a dragon.
Located along the Wisconsin River you’ll find beautiful views walking along the Riverwalk. Or enjoy a boat ride to see the famous sandstone bluffs. Get more information about Downtown Wisconsin Dells Attractions and be ready to explore.
Great Wolf Lodge
Another great resort option in the Wisconins Dells area is the Great Wolf Lodge. Check out my review if you want to compare hotels and see which one is the best fit for your family.
I hope these 15 Tips will help you be prepared for a fun weekend getaway to the Wilderness Resort Wisconsin Dells. Once you visit Wisconsin Dells Resorts your kids will want to come back over and over.
Get ready to create great family memories!
Let me know any great tips you picked up on your family trip or any questions you may have in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.
Want more great family getaway idea in the Midwest. Check out these 10 Awesome Family Weekend Getaways from Chicago. Your whole family will have a blast.
To get more great family travel destinations become part of the Happy Mom Hacks Community with our weekly newsletter. I will share with you cool travel destinations, travel tips, easy family meals & clever household hacks. Bonus you’ll get our Ultimate Family Travel Packing List.