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The polar vortex has been rough. So rough, the Midwest deserves a little something summery to look forward to. Something with blended drinks, paper umbrellas, and underwater bar stools. That's right, folks: a swim-up bar is coming to Wisconsin Dells. The Wilderness Resort— proudly billed as "America's largest Water Resort"—is getting several new amenities in time for its summer season. First thing's first, though—here's what we know about that watery watering hole: Dubbed Margarita's Swim-Up Bar (because, why not?) the 1,400-square-foot, indoor/outdoor bar will seat 88 guests. And all of them better have proper I.D. The adults-only spot will have a tropical theme, a pergola, and—we think this is safe to assume?— plenty of tequila on hand. The bar is slated to open in May.
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:
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It seems like the US is slowly coming around to the idea that unhealthy foods make unhealthy people. Hence programs like Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign, and NYC's crusade against sugary sodas. But now, hotels are starting to catch on too (hello Even Hotels!), which is why we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some fitness-loving hotels this week.
Like Wisconsin's Sundara Inn & Spa, one of the first hotels to join a new program that aims to educate hotel guests about healthy raw foods and even help them implement diet changes during their stay.
Now, we're generally against hotels barging in on our vacation and telling us what we should and shouldn't eat—there's just too many delicious treats everywhere. But in the name of moderation, we're willing to go along with this. Just as long as we can enjoy our raw foods with a pancake or two on the side.
We've given up all hope that indoor water parks are just a passing fad. We are realizing that this phenomenon will continue for at least a few more years. And the hub of all these garish water parks seems to be the Wisconsin Dells, since the upper-Midwest is home to some of the world's largest water parks and thus has built up a growing resort town full of activities.
With more than 8,000 hotel rooms, you can bet on a lot of awful inns and lodges here. But since this is also a little playground for Chicago city slickers the place isn't completely void of hotel happiness.
The New York Post suggests making a last minute jaunt to the Dells before the summer's end. Even if you don't think you can handle the waterpark madness, you can spend hours in the Aveda spas, chilling at the breweries and eating up fresh walleye and...probably a lot of cheese. The Post suggests the Kalahari Resort:
It's one of the few stay-to-play complexes with a truly meandering indoor lazy river (920 feet, America's largest, passing through a wave pool), a newfangled uphill water roller coaster (water jets push you up and downhill), and a blissfully reckless slide that spins your body in a giant bowl before dumping you out into a disorientingly deep pool. But its rarest diversion is the FlowRider sheet-wave machine, where you can surf and boogie board on 50,000 gallons a minute above a padded pool that cushions the inevitable wipeout
But again, if you can't handle all of this wet, wild, water fun, fear not. The Kalahari has several restaurants, a golf course and a stadium seating movie theater. Rooms have internet, coffeemakers, and are "African-themed". We're not sure if this would pass the Angelina test, but it seems to work for the thousands of Chicagoans that head up every weekend.
· Splash Hits [New York Post]
· Kalahari Resort Reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Despite our wishes, Indoor Water Parks continue to be popular [HotelChatter]
If you haven't been to the Wisconsin Dells yet, then what the heck are ya waitin' for? (Imagine this last bit said in an exaggerated Midwest accent).
Once a summer getaway along the Wisconsin river, thanks to the baffling indoor water park trend, the place is getting more and more visitors throughout the year. The locale is even trying to be a Vegas junior with casinos and gambling.
If making money then losing it all again to an evil blackjack dealer doesn't appeal to you, consider the Great Wolf Lodge. We're talking about an indoor and outdoor water park that rivals that of Noah's Arc (the theme park not the real boat).
As the name of the hotel implies, the theme of up nort' does run heavily throughout the large atrium lobby and from the Majestic Bear Suite to the Wolf Den.
If you don't find these names annoying, then the abundance of screaming children in the water park should do it. Thankfully you can hide in the Aveda spa in hopes of escaping these high-pitched and echoing shrieks of delight.
· Great Wolf Lodge Reviews [Trip Advisor]