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7 highlights from our stay at the Wilderness Resort


last February for a warm getaway in the middle of winter. They were nice enough to treat us for one of our nights.The Wilderness Resort, about two hours from Milwaukee, is a year-round destination for families, packed with water parks, arcades, restaurants, and active family fun. We brought our three kids to there

Here are some highlights from our stay:

1. The Wild West Indoor Waterpark

Shortly after we arrived, our first destination was the Wild West Indoor Waterpark. It is absolutely perfect for our family, with three children under six years old. It was just a short walk from our room, located in the Wild West region of the hotel.

The waterpark is huge (70,000 square feet) and has something for all ages. My two and four year old enjoyed Ransack Ridge, a huge multi-level play structure with slides and colorful interactive features.

My thrill-seeking six year and old and husband loved the exciting waterslides, and the lines were not long at all in the evening. You can also pay a little extra and ride the Bumper Boats. ((Helpful hint: Go-Karts are part of a Fun Pass you can purchase to save money.)

2. A hot tub under the stars

The highlight of both days for me was my relaxing time in the indoor/outdoor hot tubs in Wild West Indoor Waterpark and Klondike Kavern.

The temperatures outside were below freezing, but when you're soaking in the hot spa water, the cold air provides a perfect balance. There was something really special about looking up at the stars while the steam from the water rose all around us.

The next day in Klondike Kavern, I enjoyed my hot tub time while it was snowing outside. It was truly beautiful!

3. Convenient, yummy pizza

After working up our appetites, we ordered a pizza from Klondike Pizza Kitchen right to our room. One large cheese pizza filled us all up, and the kids loved getting cozy in their pajamas and watching a show together. This extra space in our double suite really came in handy, and I think it's worth the extra cost for a family of four or more.

4. Timberland Playhouse

While my husband took our six-year-old to play games in the Northern Lights Arcade, I explored the Timberland Playhouse with my two youngest daughters. It's a four-story, seemingly endless jungle gym with soft obstacles, climbs and crawls, swings, and slides. I've never seen anything like it! I appreciated that it's tall enough for parents to walk through with their children without crouching uncomfortably, and it kept the girls occupied for quite a while.

5. Klondike Kavern

We spent nearly all day Saturday in the Klondike Kavern in the New Frontier part of the hotel.

Our whole family loved the 400 foot "Bonanza Brook" Lazy River, and my husband and son loved the daring "Hurricane" slide. The girls kept busy with the gigantic dumping bucket and basketball activity pool.

Pro tip! There's a skywalk that connect Klondike Kavern the the Wild WaterDome. You can avoid the hotel hallways and get there faster!

6. Go Karts

The go-karts are a go for ages four and up (in the passenger seat) and we had a blast! I came in last place (every other driver had been sitting at the finish line for at least a minute by the time I rolled up). But it was a blast anyways! You'll find the 525-foot Wilderwoods Go-Kart Trail next to the Glitter Gulch Arcade in the New Frontier region of the resort. (Helpful hint: Go-Karts are part of a Fun Pass you can purchase to save money.)

7. Random Exploration

Sometimes the most fun activities are the simplest. My kids loved exploring the rustic, wildlife-themed resort throughout the weekend. They spent a long time at this fountain, jumping and climbing and making wishes with pennies.

Ah, to be a kid again. I love re-discovering the world through their bright eyes!

Things I want to do for sure next time:

Northern Lights Sky Ropes Course

Polka Dot Pots Paint-Your-Own-Pottery

Wild West Bumper Boats

For more info, check their website.


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