Many of you who regularly read my blog read about how we were SO excited to go on our trip to the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells!
Where I live in Minnesota, we are approximately 4 hours or so of a drive away from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin – which is well known for their numbers and sizes of water parks- both indoor and out.
Kalahari is one of the largest resorts in the Wisconsin Dells area – you can read my previous post here about what we were so excited to do when we got to Kalahari.
To my surprise, they put us in a beautiful suite (the Royal African Queen Suite) overlooking the pool area. I *loved* this room. Our suite had a living room area with a fireplace, a ‘kitchenette’ style area with a sink, microwave, and mini fridge; and it had two separate bedrooms. One King Size bedroom with it’s own jacuzzi bath tub – and a larger bedroom with two full sized beds.
My favorite part of this room was that we had a nice deck that overlooked the pool area – we were able to open the door and the kids were safe playing on the deck and listening to the music while mom and dad got ready to go. We were just an elevator ride and a short walk away from the pool, so we didn’t have to use the locker rooms to store anything.
I was pleasantly surprised at how toddler, and even INFANT friendly this place is! We had a blast watching Andrew enjoy himself on the slides and playing with the fountains of water – but we were afraid that Ethan would be bored, or be forced to be held the whole time.
But they have these ‘coconut trees’ that are swings for the babies! Ethan spent much of his time in the swings and playing with the much smaller fountains. He loves water, so this was really fun for him (but got very tired, very quickly.)
Joe took some time and went down several water slides, and even tried out the flowrider a few times – he got pretty good at it I guess! He loved it.
We spent a little bit of time at the Indoor Theme Park as well – where we rode the Ferris Wheel, and some Go-Karts (Which Andrew was TERRIFIED of until they started going – and then wanted to keep doing it!) Andrew rode several other kiddie rides as well.
Dad really enjoyed having the climbing wall. He did it several times and tried to beat the records of the employees – but didn’t quite make it. He was close! 30 seconds or something like that was Joe’s fastest time!
I did go on the ropes course for a little bit. There were SO many young kids just cruising along – and I was FREAKED out. Seriously, I started panicking and got really dizzy and decided that I needed to get down (and that was on the first level..) Who knew that I would become such a wimp?!! I used to love these challenges! Is it Age??!
We chose to go to the Kahunaville Restaurant and Bar for Dinner and their a showing of their Bottle Juggling! It was SO much fun! Kahunaville has some awesome huge drinks with extra shots right inside of them; fun palm tree things to dress them up, and lots of options. The Bottle Juggling act was really cool, and at the end they pass out drinks to everyone at the bar
Overall we had a great time! I’d have to say that we’ll be back to the Kalahari for some more fun soon! The kids loved it! It would be fun to go without the kids, or when the kids are old enough to play on their own a little more – so that we could enjoy the water slides and the other things together vs. taking turns.
So if you’re within driving distance of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, or even Sandusky, Ohio you should definitely find Kalahari Resorts on Facebook and or Twitter, and keep your eyes peeled for some great deals! You can also use my special link for an exclusive offer
Kalahari Travel Tips:
If you have young children who cannot sleep in a bed yet – Bring your own pack and play: Kalahari does have some pack and plays for rent, but they are extra.
One big suggestion would be to ask for a room that is at least closer to the pool. This resort is HUGE. to get from one side where your room might be, to the pool area (especially if you have little kiddos) could take 10-20 minutes. Meaning it’s going to be more challenging to come and go from their waterpark (which isn’t totally necessary, unless nap-time gets in your way like it does for us!)
Life Jackets are supplied, so don’t waste precious trunk space on your own, unless they’re a special type that your kids love.
Bring tennis shoes for the Indoor Park – They have a climbing wall and the Ropes course that you will need shoes for. They do have some crocks available to wear, but I personally couldn’t find my size – or even matching colors. I wore one larger-than-life shoe on one foot, and a small shoe with no back on the other foot. It wasn’t pretty, and added to the challenge of the ropes course for me.