Rides And Thrills In Wisconsin – Best Western Hotels


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Take on the Thrills at Wisconsin’s Amusement Parks

There is probably little thrill seeker in everyone. A little voice that tells you to get on the roller coaster, drive the go-kart, zipline through the tree tops, and climb that rock wall. All of these rides and thrills are offered across the Badger State. Just in case you want to quieten that little voice.

The largest concentration of amusement parks in the state is in Wisconsin Dells. Named the "Water Park Capital of the World, " Wisconsin Dells is home to 18 water parks. One of the most popular is Noah’s Ark Water Park. Spread out over 70 acres, this park is made up of over 50 water slides, two pools, and uses over two million gallons of water. Noah’s Ark Water Park is also the largest water park in the country with exciting rides, like the Point of No Return, the upside-down Scorpion's Tail ride, and the world's largest bowl ride, the Time Warp. This is a must-visit if traveling through from May through September.

Also, in Wisconsin Dells is the Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park. This amusement park offers both indoor and outdoor fun. The outdoor water park features water slides, rides, a wave pool, and the highlight of the park, the Great Pool of Delphi. The unique pool area encompasses 27,000 sq. ft. of swimming area, a large tanning deck, 4 islands, 2 beaches, private cabanas, a kid splash pad, an outdoor lounge pool, and a 50-foot high waterfall. You will also find indoor water adventure as well, like a 10-story water slide and lazy river.

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park also features the Dells’ first indoor theme park, open all year. Fun activities are available for all ages, like tea cup rides, bumper cars, and an arcade. Outdoor theme park fun includes 7 go-kart tracks, 5 rollercoasters, kiddie rides, batting cages, and arcades. The most popular outdoor theme park ride is by far the Hades 360. This ride is the world's first all wood coaster with a 360-degree upside-down barrel roll and 110-degree turn. The Hades 360 can reach speeds up to 70 mph, so hold on tight!

More indoor theme park fun can be found at the Kalahari Indoor Theme Park. This 100,000 square foot facility features a variety of fascinating activities, like a six-story Ferris wheel, carousel, ropes course, climbing walls, laser tag, and arcade. Challenge your family to a friendly game of bowling, a round of mini-golf, or hit the track to race go-carts.

If roller coaster thrills are your thing, Wisconsin has some exciting coasters for you to check out. hitch a ride on Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay. That’s right, the new home of the Zippin Pippin wooden roller coaster is Green Bay. Formerly a part of the East End Park in Memphis, Elvis was known to rent out the entire amusement park just to ride this roller coaster. Now you can have that thrill for just one dollar!

Considered a haven for roller coaster fans in Wisconsin, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park offers five coasters ranging in level from kids only to serious thrill seekers. The Hades 360, Pegasus, Zeus, Cyclops, and Little Titans.

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Kalahari Indoor Theme Park

A 100,000 square foot facility located in Wisconsin Dells, Kalahari Indoor Theme Park fascinates visitors with its wonderful variety of activities. The six-story Ferris wheel and carousel are reminiscent of old-time carnival days, while the ropes course, climbing walls and laser tag keep your heart pumping.

Challenge your friends and family to a game of bowling, a round of mini-golf or race on the two-story elevated go-carts. The arcade games and the Battle arena are also fun areas to have fun. With five private meeting rooms, celebrate your next birthday or special here and have a blast in southern Wisconsin.

Noah's Ark Water Park

Formally Noah's Ark Family Park Inc., Noah's Ark Water Park is located in southern Wisconsin in the city of Wisconsin Dells. Encompassing 51 water slides and two pools over 70 acres – and using over two million gallons of water – Noah’s Ark is the largest water park in the United States.

Open May through September and established in 1979, Noah’s Ark Water Park features famed slides like the 10-story Point Of No Return, the upside down Scorpion's Tail ride, and the world's largest bowl ride, the Time Warp. Noah’s Ark is one of 18 water parks in town, making Wisconsin Dells the "Water Park Capital of the World."