We attended a family gathering at the Wilderness this spring. The kids had blast!
The highlight, of course, was the water park. While the Wilderness does have an outdoor water park as well, we were only able to experience the indoor in March! It spans three large rooms.
One room is primarily a splash area. There is a large climber as well as a small splash pad for babies and toddlers.
Another room contains the "activity" pool, VERY small lazy river, and some little water slides geared toward preschoolers.
The third room has a wave pool, a small climber area for small kiddos, and more full-sized water slides.
The Wilderness has a great variety of activities that are appropriate to span all ages. I also really like that they measure and provide wristbands to kids based on their height so the lifeguards know at a glance which rides each child is tall enough for. It's also an easy way to reference the rides as a parent and know which are okay for your child.
The water park has plenty of life preservers on hand, but they also allow you to use your own, which is awesome since some don't!
The disadvantage of the Wilderness is that you are supposed to be a hotel guest in order to use their water park. However, we had some members of our party join us just for a day, and they were able to get a day pass. I am not entirely sure how that works, but I believe a staying member had to go vouch that they were with us.
I will also say their lost and found program is not very user friendly. The ONLY way to retrieve an item is to fill out an online form and wait until they contact you. We did eventually get our stuff back, though. And, yes, I realize it was our fault it was left in the first place.
All in all, if you are looking for a weekend water getaway, the Wilderness was a pretty decent one.
511 E Adams St ~ Wisconsin Dells, WI ~ (800) 867-9453
Admission: included in room rate