Waterpark description: Designed to be fun for the whole family, the African adventure-themed indoor waterpark at Kalahari Resorts’ Wisconsin Dells property includes what is said to be the area’s only indoor surfing attraction, as well as a Master Blaster uphill water roller coaster, the Victoria Falls family raft ride, two water-play features, a lazy river, a wave pool and whirlpool spas.
The “it” factor: Wisconsin Dells is
where it all began for the authentically African-themed Kalahari
Resorts. Owner Todd Nelson opened his first waterpark resort there
nearly a decade ago, with the goal of providing Midwestern
travelers an innovative “world away” experience all
under one roof. Today, this resort’s aquatic amenities
include the indoor waterpark and the Zambezi Outdoor Waterpark.
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Zambezi features water slides, the
splashdown Safari interactive play area, a lazy river and luxury
private outdoor bungalows, available for rent. Other offerings
include Spa Kalahari, multiple dining options and retail shops, the
Kid’s Club and a 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art
Additionally, in 2006, Kalahari Resorts opened the Trappers Turn
Golf Club, now one of Wisconsin’s top-ranked golf courses.
And last year was the grand opening of an 110,000-square-foot
indoor theme park featuring a six-story Ferris wheel, multilevel
go-kart track, laser tag, minigolf, bowling, a sports bar and five
private party rooms.
But Nelson’s team isn’t stopping there. The company has
adopted a number of green initiatives, with the goal of increasing
environmental sustainability and decreasing energy expenses. Green
features at the Wisconsin Dells property include a 103-panel solar
hot water heating system, motion sensor lights and low-flow shower