You may remember a couple of weeks ago I was pumped getting ready for our weekend getaway to Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. What I didn’t realize then and certainly do now is that Kalahari has ruined our future experiences at our local waterpark. While we always had fun, it is small and without a lot of variety. Kalahari is only slightly higher in price and yet offer 10 times (at least!) more in its offerings. Keep in mind that this was with the 125,000 square foot indoor water park as the outdoor waterpark was no longer open. Needless to say, we had an absolute BLAST!
After our well over 4 hour drive to Wisconsin Dells, WI, our 3 year old Warren was so excited when we finally arrived while our 5 year old, Lucian was sleeping. (Trust me, he didn’t stay asleep for long!)
What we loved most about this room was that it felt more like an apartment. There was a master suite which included a king bed, dresser and television along with a master bathroom with a whirlpool tub. There was a second bedroom with two queen size beds and another television. Combine that with a dinette area including refrigerator, sink and microwave along with a second bathroom with a shower, and you’ve got more than enough room. It was so nice to have doors on the bedrooms for privacy if needed.
So many waterparks only have a few amenities for preschool aged children but that was not the case at Kalahari. This was the main children’s area which featured several large slides and lots of areas to explore.
One of our favorite features of the park was this area which was extremely open and made it easy for us to watch the boys. With their life jackets on we were able to let them just go and still keep a good eye on them.
While I was limited with the slides because I was pregnant, I really enjoyed my time with family in the lazy river and the wave pool. My only wish was the lazy river was a bit deeper. Some areas were under 2 feet which made it impossible to keep your legs down for more maneuverability.
My husband’s favorite offering by far was the Flowrider which allowed him to experience boogie boarding (and surfing if you are brave enough). The staff was very friendly and after giving him a quick lesson, I was surprise just how fast he took to it. He was doing flips in the water and was simply beaming when he finished it. He found it exhilarating and even though the wait was longer, he did it three times while we were there. Look at him go!
While there were some slides that were for experienced swimmers only or had a minimum height requirement, many allowed adult riders with their younger children like this family raft ride. The rides were fun but easy going on the little ones and left them wanting more!
Rides like this were more of a challenge and definitely require a strong swimmer. It is essentially like being in a funnel and eventually you fall into a pool more than 9 feet deep. My husband was disorientated when dropped but said it was a rush!
Besides the waterpark, Kalahari has many other ways to wow you, including their theme park. Inside you’ll find this ferris wheel, lazer tag, carousel (which we rode of course!), rock wall, go carts and so much more. Arm bands were available for purchase ($19.95 for the day) except in the case of the arcade games.
Luckily our kids are still at the age where they find just sitting in the seats and using the steering wheel exciting! But of course they couldn’t say no to the ferris wheel! Our favorite spot in the theme park was the children’s play area which is much like a padded obstacle course with some slides. It is similar to a fast food playland but better and was another fun way for our boys to burn some energy after we had dinner.
If I sound like I’m gushing, it is really hard not to gush. We had so much fun on our weekend stay and only wished it could have been longer. The one thing that we would have appreciated was a continental breakfast. I’m assuming since there are several restaurants offering breakfast they don’t feel the need but it is always nice for cost savings. For convenience we did order room service for breakfast and it was absolutely delicious. Thankfully prices were the about the same as we would have found in any restaurant and so it saved us valuable time.
Overall we loved our experience at Kalahari Resort and KNOW we will be back again to enjoy another getaway, hopefully next time with some extended family!
To get a better look at Kalahari, check out this video.
If a getaway isn’t in your budget, here is your last chance to enter this contest for a free stay at Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI or Sandusky, OH!
IZEA and the Kalahari bloggers are giving away a FREE 1-night stay for a family of 4, including access to the indoor/outdoor theme parks, bowling & golfing! This prize is valued at over $200!!
1.) Leave a comment on this contest post (not on Baby Loving Mama!) about the feature or amenity you are the most excited to experience when visiting a Kalahari resort
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HURRY, THIS CONTEST ENDS SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 AT 11:59 PM EST!