Travel: Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI

With so many accommodation options to pick from in Wisconsin Dells, it can be a daunting task for a family to choose where to stay when visiting this popular tourist destination.  From resorts and hotels to camping and RV parks, the possibilities are endless!  For our recent road trip to the Dells, the whole family (plus one) was along for the adventure – me, my husband, our two kids, my mom, and my daughter’s friend (the friend was a strategic decision on our part to ensure there’d be no complaining about having to do all the “baby stuff” with my toddler from my teenage daughter – best decision I could’ve made!).  We needed a place that could accommodate our group and that offered amenities that appealed to all of us.

After careful consideration, we decided on the Kalahari Resort!  We chose to stay at the Kalahari because of the many amenities they offer: an indoor and outdoor waterpark, an indoor theme park, bowling, a movie theater, free passes to some popular attractions, and so much more!  So, while the room rate was high, the addition of the amenities and attraction passes made the Kalahari a more reasonable choice for my family.


Our room was exactly what we needed.  We had a two-bedroom suite with a living room, small table to eat at, a mini fridge, and a microwave.  Absolutely perfect for a family our size.  The teens were able to hang out in the living room while the toddler was asleep and we had room to eat breakfast and lunch in our room (a big money saver for us).


I wasn’t too crazy about the noise coming from the outdoor waterpark when we arrived, but the noise level wasn’t an issue once the waterpark closed for the night (usually at sun-down).  It was nice, though, that our room was tucked away at the far corner of the waterpark so we weren’t directly on top of the noise either.


We visited the waterparks twice on our visit and loved them!  The Kalahari offers plenty of thrill rides for the teens and multiple toddler areas/activity pools for my little guy.  No one was bored at the Kalahari, I assure you.  I was afraid of my camera getting wet inside the water park areas, but these images from the Kalahari website should sum it up for you: tons to do for kids of all ages!

Kalahari Waterpark

My daughter and her friend went bowling and spent extra time at the waterparks, while my son enjoyed climbing and sliding at Kalahari Kids Club, a large indoor playground area.

Kalahari Kids Club

Little ones will love the Kalahari Kids Club indoor playground!

The one damper on our hotel stay, however, was the fact that the resort (Safari Snacks, specifically) ran out of cheese curds while we were there!  I mean, how does a resort that size run out of one of Wisconsin’s specialties?!?!  My husband wasn’t too pleased since he had been looking forward to trying one after the Travel Channel ran a show about the Dells.  Next time, Kalahari!

Overall (cheese curd incident aside), we couldn’t have asked for a better lodging experience on this trip to the Dells.  We ALL had a great time and look forward to visiting the Kalahari again!

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  1. Wow! That place looks like every kid’s fantasy. Any hotel with a waterpark gets a five-star rating from my kiddos! Great pics!
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