Thursday, August 19, 2010

Last Minute Summer Trip: Wisconsin Dells

As summer winds down, there’s still a chance for families to getaway at Kalahari Waterpark Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. A family-owned property celebrating its 10th birthday in 2010, Kalahari specializes in no-hassle, fail-safe vacations, particularly for busy families.

The resort, which recently introduced a new cast of characters and a fun new “dance along” hip-hop theme song this summer, features an under-one-roof concept ideal for family travel. Showcasing one of America’s largest indoor waterparks and an amazing indoor theme park, Kalahari has its finger on the pulse of the special amenities and resources needed for an ideal family getaway.  As part of its celebration of a decade of family vacation adventures, the resort compiled a “Top 10” list – based on customer comments over the years – of what makes its property a great find for families in search of spending quality time together.  

1.    No hassle planning. Kalahari offers an extensive website featuring room styles, special deals, and a tour of its offerings at that makes it easy to research. Throughout the summer, Kalahari guests will receive four free tickets to the popular Tommy Bartlett show. 

2.     Ideal itinerary. Kalahari’s reservations agents can suggest an itinerary for you at the resort based on your children’s ages, e.g., splash in the daytime and ride the carousel in the theme park after naptime.

3.    Keep it indoors. Nothing spoils a vacation more than inclement weather. Kalahari offers tons of outdoor excitement and even more indoors to ensure your children a tear-free getaway.
4.    Keep them entertained. From pottery making to cookie decorating to hair braiding, the resort offers several onsite activities for to keep the boredom factor at bay. 

5.    Fun for all ages. Kalahari’s indoor waterpark and theme park offers fun splash play and age-appropriate games for younger kids, and high octane excitement, such as the Flowrider surfing ride, bowling, and go karts for energetic teens and young adults. 

6.    Chill out. Many room styles offer a refrigerator and microwave to make snack time easy. Stretch your budget and serve up last night’s leftovers at snacktime. 

7.    Group activities. Ramp up your time together with group activities the family can enjoy, such as the ropes course in the indoor theme park, or a trip down the lazy river in the indoor or outdoor waterparks.   

8.    Freedom for teens. Mom and Dad can feel more comfortable letting their teens roam around the property thanks to its under-one-roof concept and easy-to-follow resort signage.

9.    Vacation education. Kalahari features thousands of art pieces, furnishings, and décor items that were shipped from Africa. Ask an associate about these items to engage your children.  

10.    Babysitting service. Kalahari has a relationship with a local Pop-in Nanny Service. Call ahead to book a babysitter so Mom and Dad can get in a round of golf at Trapper’s Turn, relax at Spa Kalahari, take in a movie, or catch a show at Crystal Grand Theater.   

“At Kalahari, we get families. We know how hard it can be to travel with kids and have worked to make our getaway experience fun, simple and helpful,” says Todd Nelson, Kalahari president and owner, who has five children who have all grown up in the resort over the years.  

Kalahari, which first opened as a 100-room hotel with a 60,000-square-foot indoor waterpark in 2000, is now home to a 756-room convention/waterpark/theme park complex, thanks to investments around $129 million over the years. In 2002, the property doubled the size of its indoor waterpark and added major attractions such as the region’s first Master Blaster water coaster and later, the FlowRider, a simulated surfing ride, in its indoor waterpark. And more recently, the resort completed an Indoor Theme Park complete with an indoor Ferris wheel, go-cart tracks and climbing wall. The resort was recently touted as “a major asset to Wisconsin tourism” by Wisconsin Governor, Jim Doyle. 

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