Wisconsin Dells

If you are up for a 3 hour drive inland from Racine, head to Wisconsin Dells, “Water Park Capital of the World!” Home to the most water parks per capita than anywhere else on the planet, Wisconsin Dells has a ton of activities that the entire family with enjoy all summer long. Wisconsin Dells resorts were the first to ever put a roof over a waterpark, essentially creating an indoor park that could be visited all year long. The indoor waterparks are easy to fall in love with, and many are attached to resorts for convenience. Some of the parks double as indoor and outdoor waterparks, so a summer vacation here is a no-brainer, but a unique winter escape to an indoor park isn’t a bad idea, which leaves no room for excuses when deciding whether or not you should visit the area.

The Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park is one of the local favorites, and has so much to offer visitors, from year-round ticket discounts to some of the most slippery, slithering indoor waterslides around: the Boa and Anaconda Tubes. If water slides are your thing, Mt. Olympus also has the Jaguar Hot Tub, for relaxing, and an entire theme park attached, complete with Go-Kart tracks, roller coasters, and an animal farm! For approximately $200-$500 per night (depending on your budget), you can stay at the resort during your entire vacation and enjoy all there is to see at both parks, plus your admission is free with your stay!

You’re more than welcome to try out all of the other waterparks and theme parks in Wisconsin Dells, including Noah’s Ark Waterpark, the largest outdoor waterpark in the country! Noah’s Ark Waterpark sits on 70 acres of pure summer bliss, and offers some of the most daring and thrilling waterslides around, such as the Black Thunder, Point of No Return, and the Time Warp, a 4 person raft that plunges down at super speeds, into an abyss that blurs both time and space; say goodbye to reality as you know it!

Just because Wisconsin Dells is the waterpark capital, doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty of other things to do here. A summer with the kids is bound to include at least one waterpark, but if you’re taking a weekend for yourself, stay on a waterfront property or at a quaint B&B, and enjoy the dining and local nightlife around. Put your dancing shoes on and head to Mama’s Garage, which is dubbed the “hottest outdoor entertainment spot in town.” Feeling lucky? Try your hand at the Ho-Chunk Gaming establishment, where you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of table games and slots, and then eat your fill of gourmet steak at the Copper Oak Steakhouse inside. If steak doesn’t suit your fancy, Copper Oak is serving up plenty of other specialty entrées, including the Frenched Rack of Lamb or Roasted Duck, with a Grand Mariner reduction.