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Five Random Facts About the 'Waterpark Capital of the World' in Wisconsin

August 30, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

The residents of Wisconsin Dells claim that their hometown is the "waterpark capital of the world," and after a recent visit, we totally believe them.

The Dells is a small, sub-6,000 population city in south central Wisconsin that gets its name from the glacial-carved gorge and sandstone formations along the Wisconsin River. The natural beauty of this area is absolutely stunning, but that's not what the majority of the people come for. During the summer, they come for the 21 resorts with outdoor waterparks.

Considering the Dells is only 19.5 square miles in size, that's pretty incredible. As if that many waterpark resorts in one place isn't mind-boggling enough, here are four more fun facts about the Dells:

•The Dells' bragging rights include America’s largest outdoor waterpark (Noah's Ark Waterpark), America’s largest indoor/outdoor combination waterpark (Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort), and Wisconsin’s largest indoor waterpark (Kalahari Waterpark Resort).

Wisconsin Dells has more hotel rooms than any other city in Wisconsin with more than 8,000. It also has 19 campgrounds with nearly 3,200 campsites. For a town of 6,000 people, that's incredible!

•The Polynesian Resort Hotel & Suites became the first property in the States to introduce the indoor waterpark concept in 1989.

Twenty-one resorts in the area have attached outdoor waterparks, and 18 have enclosed, indoor parks that extend the tourist season to all-year round. It takes about 16 million gallons of water to fill all the parks.

This certainly brings new meaning to the idea of a "hotel pool," don't you think?

[Photo: Glacier Canyon Lodge/Wilderness Hotel]

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