This post is sponsored by The Wilderness Resort and The Wisconsin Dells Visitor’s Bureau. All experiences and opinions are our own.
They call Wisconsin Dells the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” but all that water-play and amusement park enjoyment can add up to a whole lot of money if you aren’t careful! Plus, as fun as those waterparks are, visitors have flocked to Wisconsin Dells for over a hundred years to take in the natural beauty of the Wisconsin River, the gorgeous rock formations and the countless other gems created by wind, rain, sun and water.
The next time you take your family on a Wisconsin Dells vacation, be sure to use these five tips to maximize your time and budget so you can enjoy a variety of what the Dells has to offer!
1. Seek out Deals and Coupons
Figure out where you would like to stay and which attractions are interesting to you in advance. Then refuse to pay full price because there are SO. Many. Deals available. Every attraction and most hotels have discounts and deals on their websites. Groupon has tons. If you get on your favorite resort’s email list, they send deals and discounts regularly. Many retailers have offers, too. A minimum amount of effort yields lots of ways to save on accommodations and attractions. You might also consider purchasing a Passport to Savings if there are a lot of classic Wisconsin Dells you want to hit.
In our case, we stayed at The Wilderness Resort and hadn’t even left the front lobby before we had a coupon book in hand to use for food, activities and more. They also have a Fun Pass deal available for $29.95 on laser tag, mini golf, go-karts, a laser maze, indoor ropes course and bumper boats. It’s a great savings over purchasing these attractions individually.
2. Stay at a Resort with a Waterpark
Individual tickets to waterparks run $25-$35 each, but a reservation at a resort with a waterpark includes your admission to their waterpark. It’s also a great convenience to be able to come and go from the waterpark as you please instead of feeling pressure to stay all day. Some package deals at some resorts also include admission to other family attractions, such as the Tommy Bartlett Show, the Original Wisconsin Ducks, Dells Boat Tours, and more!
The Wilderness Resort
offers not only multiple properties and accommodation styles to choose from, but they also have four indoor AND four outdoor waterparks right on the property for guests to enjoy, with shuttle services and skywalks for easy access. It was wonderful to be able to to enjoy the waterpark for a while and then retreat to our room when the kids needed a break or a nap.
3. Consider the Condo
A condo at a resort may run you an extra $150 or so a night, but it also has a full kitchen. Depending on the length of your stay, it can be a huge savings for families to spring for the condo since you can bring your own groceries, snacks, and beverages. If you eat most of your meals in the condo and save the area restaurants for the splurge meals or special nights out, families can save a TON of money and time. This also means you can have your adult beverages on hand, which is key because a drink by the pool will run you about $10 or more each. If you have small children who have an early bedtime, the condo gives the adults some space to enjoy the evenings of the vacation too.
In the case of The Wilderness Resort
, check into Glacier Canyon Lodge or Wilderness on the Lake for the ultimate in this style of resort experience. There is a shuttle that runs from the lake property so you still have easy access to everything the resort has to offer!
4. Look for the Free and Inexpensive Family Attractions
5. Go Beyond the Waterpark
All the GO GO GO of the waterplay out in the summer sun (or even indoors) can get exhausting for both kids and parents. Make a point of headed out to enjoy some of the natural beauty of the Dells, whether it’s with an Original Wisconsin Ducks tour, a seat on the Upper Dells Boat Tour (recommended for age 5 and up), renting a pontoon and cruising around Lake Delton, or even just lacing up your sneakers and hitting the trails for a family hike. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the natural beauty of this area of the state!
Of course, these five tips just scrape the surface. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy in Wisconsin Dells and with it being only a 2 hour drive from Milwaukee, it’s such a winner for families!