Tight budget and two small kids make it challenging to travel. Kids are just old enough for a full price airline ticket and not old enough for everything else. The other problem I have (and some of you will agree with me) – I hate going to busy places with my kids. My little guy is very active (like his sister was a year ago) and a trip to a grocery store might become hide-n-seek at any point of time. That is why I was thrilled to find Wilderness Territory in Wisconsin Dells as a possible getaway destination.
This time of the year all outdoor activities are closed, but there is plenty of stuff to do inside – several water parks, arcades, haunted hotel, lazer tag, and more. This place gets crazy busy during the summer, but since all I want is peaceful way to relax – I usually take my family here in December. Number one activity for the kids – water parks. There were two open while we were staying there. We spent hours in and around the water and kids wanted to keep coming back.
My 5 year old spent some quality time with her father at the Polka Dots Pottery. There you can pick a pottery piece and paint it. Last year one of the pieces we made wasn’t finished on time (technical problem) – the matter was handled super professionally and our kitty was shipped to us few days after we left the resort. They even gave us a coupon that we used a year later.
And let me tell you about all the decorations. Because we visited this place in December, everything was decorated for Christmas. Being a creative person I loved the style – everything was so pretty.
New this year – there is an indoor rope course. My kids are too young for it, but I saw older kids having fun under the high ceiling. I love the creative space use.
One of the highlights of our trip was a Timberland Play Park is a spectacular, 30,000 square-foot, four-story DRY interactive area that features countless foam ball blasters, a ball fountain that launches hundreds of balls into the air at once, interesting crawl spaces and slides that are guaranteed to make your stomach flip-flop. This place is fun for overly active 2 year old and still big enough for an adult, so while my son was having fun roaming around, I was getting sweaty doing the same thing.
Let’s talk about lodging: You can stay at one of the resorts (the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort or Wilderness on the Lake or Glacier Canyon Lodge). However, if you are a fan of family travel or like your privacy, you might want to look into staying in one of the condos, cabins or vacation villas on the property. Another option – timeshare at the Wyndham Timeshare property, which is attached to Glacier Canyon Lodge – just a short walk to all the attractions. TIP: I found that I can score a great deal by renting from someone who has a timeshare - we stayed in a two bedroom unit with a living room, dining room, kitchen and Jacuzzi. There is no tour required, but they do try to convince you with dinner certificates and free vacations. If you know how to say “no”, you can get a great deal on accommodations.
Want to know more? Check out Wilderness Territory and you might be telling me soon how much your family loved it.
This post was NOT sponsored by Wilderness Territory or any other company. I just really wanted to share my experience.