10 Top-Rated Resorts in Wisconsin Dells
The city of Wisconsin Dells in beautiful Wisconsin has made a name for itself as a fun-filled vacation destination for families. In addition to the many theme parks and other attractions here - the city lays claim to being the water park capital of the world - travelers are attracted by some of the leading names in family resorts, including Kalahari Resorts and Great Wolf Lodge, both extremely popular for their thrilling indoor water parks.
Larger groups are well-served here, too. Cedar Lodge & Settlement offers guests a great selection of larger suites and stand-alone cabins to choose from, while Glacier Canyon Lodge - also a popular destination for couples - consists of spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.
Whatever your preference, you'll certainly find something to suit your needs with our list of the top-rated resorts in Wisconsin Dells.
1 Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Part of one of the leading brands of family vacations in the US, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is a destination well worth considering when the time comes for a break in Wisconsin Dells. The big draw is the African-themed resort's massive indoor water park, which covers an impressive 125,000 square feet of watery thrills. Families will enjoy endless fun on the water park's many slides and splash zones (admission included with your stay). The resort is also popular for its large convention space, spas, and restaurants.
The fun doesn't have to stop when you get back to your room, either. Themed guestrooms include the large Safari Suites, which come with a king bed plus two queens and a pullout couch, three bathrooms (two of which boast whirlpool tubs), a wet bar with a fridge and microwave, a private balcony, and separate living room with a fireplace. Other popular options include the slightly smaller two-room family units, and the Royal Presidential Suite, consisting of two bedrooms and a dining room.
Also worth considering is the resort's affiliated Lake Delton Waterfront Villas. Only three miles away from Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, the resort offers spacious stand-alone cabins, chalets, and villas, with lake views and all the conveniences of home. Guests also have access to the water park at Kalahari Resort.
Accommodation: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
2 Cedar Lodge & Settlement
Perched overlooking the magnificent Wisconsin River, Cedar Lodge & Settlement offers guests a variety of roomy, rustic units to choose from. Some of the most popular are the spacious lode-style suites. Sleeping up to four comfortably thanks to their pullout sofas, these rooms come in a variety of configurations and include king beds plus fridges and microwaves, coffee makers, and private balconies. A larger option sleeps six guests comfortably thanks to the addition of a queen-size bunk bed. For something truly memorable, consider a stay in one of the fully-equipped woodside log cabins.
A special treat here is spending time on the resort's 400-foot sandy beach on the shores of the Wisconsin River. There's also plenty of fun for kids in the playground and adjacent playing field. Other notable amenities include a large heated outdoor swimming pool and terrace, fishing, and kayak and canoe rentals. The resort is also a great base from which to explore the surrounding countryside with its spectacular gorges, canyons, and cliffs. The city of Wisconsin Dells with all its many attractions is just a few minutes' drive away.
Accommodation: Cedar Lodge & Settlement
3 Great Wolf Lodge
Another respected vacation brand to consider when visiting Wisconsin Dells is Great Wolf Lodge. The focus here, as you'd expect, is very much on family fun and entertainment. Not surprisingly, the resort's indoor water park includes plenty of thrilling slides and splash zones. There's also plenty of dry fun, too. Highlights include a vast array of indoor games and activities, ranging from themed, animated shows for the youngest members of the family, arcade-style games for teens, as well as a variety of creative programming.
Come bedtime, parents can leave the kids safely tucked in bed (babysitting services are also available) while they enjoy a romantic dinner in one of the on-site restaurants. There's also a large fitness center plus a spa for adults to enjoy.
Popular room options include the spacious deluxe queen suites, which come with two queen beds plus a pullout couch, a separate living area, HDTV, microwave, mini fridge, and private balcony (a version is also available that comes with a fireplace).
Accommodation: Great Wolf Lodge
4 Baker's Sunset Bay Resort
As popular for its quiet lakeside location as it is for its proximity to Wisconsin Dells' top attractions, Baker's Sunset Bay Resort is a rather more peaceful option thanks to its traffic-free environment. Amenities of note include a large indoor swimming pool with two waterslides, a hot tub, plus a dry sauna, as well as an outdoor pool that has a fun kids' wading area and activity pool. There's also a great recreation area with a games arcade and a large two-sided fireplace. And when the urge to visit a theme park beckons, guests are offered complimentary tickets to the Kalahari water park.
Accommodation options include spacious one- and two-bedroom suites, each with separate living rooms and sofa beds, full-kitchens with modern appliances, and HDTVs. Some units have been set aside as pet friendly, so be sure to ask about availability when making your reservation.
Accommodation: Baker's Sunset Bay Resort
5 Grand Marquis Waterpark Hotel & Suites
Another great option for those looking to enjoy the many theme parks and attractions in Wisconsin Dells, Grand Marquis Waterpark Hotel & Suites offers a variety of affordable accommodation options. Popular choices include the standard rooms with either a king or two queen beds. These good-sized rooms sleep up to four guests and also include HDTVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves. A nice perk is the inclusion of tickets to nearby Noah's Ark Waterpark.
There's plenty of fun on-site, too. Highlights include the resort's own water park and slides, a wading pool, large heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, a sunbathing deck, plus a sauna. Other amenities include an on-site restaurant, plus a fitness center.
Accommodation: Grand Marquis Waterpark Hotel & Suites
6 Glacier Canyon Lodge
Consisting of well-appointed one-, two-, and three-bedroom condo-style units, Glacier Canyon Lodge - part of the expansive Wilderness Resort complex - is a great vacation option for those who enjoy a getaway with all the comforts of home. Notable features of these spacious units include handy kitchens with modern appliances, separate bedrooms and living rooms, dining tables, cozy fireplaces, and large bathrooms. Pullout couches are also included.
A great perk at Glacier Canyon is its proximity to four of the region's top water parks, accessible via a skywalk. Other fun activities for guests include the use of a free water shuttle service to other attractions, including laser tag, go-karts, and an expansive boardwalk. Notable on-site amenities include restaurants, a spa, and a fitness center.
Accommodation: Glacier Canyon Lodge
7 Tamarack and Mirror Lake Resort
Another great option for water park fans is Tamarack and Mirror Lake Resort. Popular for its airy condo-style accommodations, this large resort property offers a choice of room configurations. Some of the top-rated options sleep up to six guests comfortably and come with full-kitchens, separate living and dining areas, a fireplace, and large bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. Also handy are the furnished patios.
In addition to having easy access to the region's best water parks, Tamarack and Mirror Lake Resort offers plenty of fun on-site. Highlights include indoor and outdoor swimming pools (both heated) with terraces, a kids' pool, and sports facilities including basketball- and tennis courts (indoor and outdoor), racquetball, and a fitness center. Other amenities include a games room, plenty of function and meeting space, BBQs, a video / DVD library, a gift shop, plus a fishing pond.
Accommodation: Tamarack and Mirror Lake Resort
8 Shamrock Motel Resort & Suites
Affordable and perfectly located for families to maximise their fun in the many nearby attractions and waterparks, the Shamrock Motel is a great choice for a Wisconsin Dells getaway. On-site amenities include a large heated outdoor swimming pool with a slide and basketball hoop, a hot tub, picnic area complete with barbecues and seating, kids' playground, games room, plus a handy laundry room. (Hot Tip: Passes to neighboring water parks and attractions are sometimes included in the cost of a stay, so be sure to ask when making a reservation.)
Accommodation options include standard hotel-style rooms right up to spacious two-bedroom family suites, the latter sleeping up to six guests comfortably. These larger units come with a king or queen room plus a second bedroom with two queens, two full bathrooms, along with mini-fridges and microwaves.
Accommodation: Shamrock Motel Resort & Suites
9 Birchcliff Resort
Birchcliff Resort is a great place for nature lovers, thanks to its location adjacent to the Dells of Wisconsin River State Natural Area - yet still close enough to the water parks should the urge to splash arise. The accommodations at the 100-year-old Birchcliff Resort are a quiet alternative to the many larger and busier vacation properties in the area. Options include lovely lodge-style rooms right up to stand-alone cabins (some pet-friendly), the latter featuring well-equipped kitchenettes or kitchens with stove tops, microwaves, mini-fridges, toasters, and microwaves; large bathrooms; and in the case of the spacious two-bedroom units, a second story for additional privacy.
There's also much to do on-site. Highlights include relaxing around the heated outdoor swimming pool, enjoying a campfire (private pits can be rented), or even handling the animals at the resort's small farm. Fun for youngsters can also be had in the games room or on the kids' playground, along with a basketball court, volleyball, and shuffleboard. There's also plenty of hiking, including an easy trail to a nearby beach.
Accommodation: Birchcliff Resort
10 Wilderness Resort
Billed as the largest water park resort in the US, Wilderness Resort is spread across some 600 acres and offers a wide variety of accommodation options, ranging in size from standard rooms to luxury condos and stand-alone cabins. A popular option for families are the double suites, which sleep between four to seven guests comfortably. In addition to their two queen beds, these spacious suites come with pullout couches; appliances like a microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee maker; along with two HDTVs. (Water park passes are included for all guests.)
The resort offers a variety of great amenities, including water parks with poolside cabanas, a spa, and plenty of dining options. There are also a number of championship golf courses nearby. For a real thrill, be sure to test the Wilderness Canyon Zip Line Tour - it's an amazing way to see the area's stunning natural beauty up close.
Accommodation: Wilderness Resort