Friday, November 30, 2012

Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells: The Ultimate Family Vacation {1-Night Stay & Indoor Theme Park Passes Giveaway!}

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It might be just my own personal opinion, but I think that here in the Midwest, we appreciate water and theme parks a little more than much of the country.

I'm sure all you Floridians do as well, but let's face it, you don't spend half the year wrapped in hats, scarves and boots, so the idea of being able to throw on a swimsuit and go screaming down a waterslide or relaxing in a lazy river just manages to bring a little more excitement and interest to folks up here.

Therefore, as well as taking advantage of the outdoor fun that we can during our short summer months, we also take our indoor options pretty seriously. After all, it's pretty easy to do when we have 125,000 square feet of wet and wild indoor waterpark joy and over 100,000 square feet of indoor theme park family fun and adventure right here in Wisconsin Dells at Kalahari Resorts.

Kalahari Resorts Wisconsin Dells

No matter the weather, the time of year, nor your taste in water and theme park attractions, Kalahari Resorts has indoor and outdoor fun that will leave your family anything but bored from morning until night. In between the plethora of waterpark options and theme park activities, you can enjoy their many restaurants, relax in the spa, paint your own pottery, win big in the arcade... and recharge for the following day in your comfortable room (amongst many, many other options).

We're talking hair-raising, jaw-dropping, scream-inducing experiences for big kids and adults, and interactive, playful, entertaining, laughter-causing fun for the younger crowd. It all adds up to a wet and dry mini-vacation that won't soon be forgotten!

First, discover Kalahari Resorts and Wisconsin Dells outdoors.

While Kalahari is renowned as being an incredibly fun indoor destination, it is an extremely fun outdoor destination for the summertime as well, as guests can head out into the sunshine for water fun at the Zambezi Outdoor Water Park.

A 77,000 square foot zone of fun, there are outdoor attractions galore for the entire family. Bigger kids can head down the Extreme Rush, a two-lane slide that features rolls and drops throughout the 420-foot ride, the Swahili Swirl, a trip down the zoomin' flume into a vortex that shoots out into the cool waters below, or the Anaconda, where guests hang on to their raft as they experience sharp turns and high-speed plunges.

Kalahari Wisconsin Dells outdoors

For the younger crowd, there are activity pools, an outdoor lazy river, and the Splashdown Safari — a structure full of climbing, kid-size slides and a huge tipping bucket that sits atop the play feature that drenches guests with 1,000 gallons of water every two minutes.

kids outdoors Kalahari

Along with the on-site activities, a short drive from Kalahari Resorts offers even more attractions to enjoy.

Golfers of all levels can experience Trappers Turn Golf Club, an award-winning 27-hole golf course designed by two-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North and world renowned golf course designer Roger Packard. With all of its beauty and features, many consider Trappers Turn to be the ultimate type of course!

Guests can also experience Wisconsin Dell's premiere concert venue, Crystal Grand Music Theater, a newly renovated, technology-filled location that takes live performances to the next level. From Rock 'n' Roll greats to Classic Country, Comedy, Family Shows and everything in between, this venue has something for everyone!

Next, discover the Kalahari Resorts Indoor Waterpark.

Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells features Wisconsin's largest indoor waterpark, so no matter what it looks like outside, you know you will still be able to jump in and experience summer fun in the water!

The indoor waterpark features America's first indoor super loop slides, with all three slides presenting a near-60 foot drop. The Super Loop Sahara Sidewinder slides even take guests on a 250+ foot journey from high above the roof of the waterpark to the water below! Yikes!

super loop slides

If you're like me and think that the super loop slides might require a little more bravery than you can muster, there are more than enough other attractions that will provide thrills of all levels.

From the FlowRider for indoor surfing, the lazy river for kicking back, the wave pool for beach swimming and floating, the Tanzanian Twister for a swirling, whirling good time...

Kalahari indoor waterpark

As for me, I prefer to spend as much time as possible on the Master Blaster, as this incredible slide is like a combination roller coaster and waterslide in one! Love it!

Kalahari Master Blaster

Of course if all of that is too big for your tots, there is still plenty to keep them occupied. If the climbing, splashing sliding fun of Crocodile Cove and Leopard's Lair wasn't enough before, Kalahari Resorts in the Dells recently installed a state-of-the-art Kids Play Zone named Tiko's Watering Hole.

Catered specifically for your tiny tots, this 5,000-square-foot, interactive play area features 12 slides, a 200-foot-long lazy river made just for young kids, and a variety of activities that inspire parent and child interaction, while peaking their curiosity and imagination. No matter which spacious area your child chooses to play in, there is more than enough to keep them entertained throughout your stay!

Kalahari Dells kids area

If your child ends up falling in love with Tiko's Watering Hole, Kalahari Resorts has made it possible to bring the fun home with them... in a much smaller and drier way. The storybook Are We There... Yet? was inspired by this new installation and tells the tale of a baby elephant who is making his first trip to Africa's Great Kalahari Desert with his family.

The story parallels the experience a child would likely have during their first trip to the Kalahari Resort, taking particular notice of the family's baby, Tiko, as he experiences this journey for the first time – bringing to life his excitement, challenges and achievements throughout this great adventure.

All of the illustrations within the book are actual recreations of Tiko's Watering Hole, from the trees to the mountains to the many fiberglass animals that make up the play features, fountains and decor. Sitting down with your child to read this book will always remind them of their amazing time in the waterpark!

The first book in a five-part series, the 11-page Are We There... Yet? is currently available for purchase for $12.99 onsite at Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells and Sandusky, Ohio.

Kalahari Tiko's Watering Hole

After all of the water fun, you've got to check out the Kalahari Resorts Indoor Theme Park.

With over 100,000 square feet of family fun with a ton of indoor attractions and activities, you will be amazed at all of the options available. While other hotels simply include an arcade, Kalahari takes things about 500 steps further with so much more.
  • A six-story Ferris wheel located inside a glass enclosure to take families to new heights of excitement
  • A ropes course to test your balance and coordination
  • Rock climbing walls for strength and endurance
  • Laser tag to work off some energy before bed
  • 24 lanes of bowling
  • Carousel
  • Golf Simulator
  • Mini golf
  • Go-karts
  • And much more!
Again, if you're used to a single room of arcade games as your extra entertainment, you haven't seen anything until you've visited the Indoor Theme Park at Kalahari Resorts!

Kalahari Resorts Theme Park

If the amazing indoor and outdoor attractions and accommodations at Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells aren't impressive enough on their own, the lengths that Kalahari goes to in order to be as green and eco-conscious as possible definitely are the icing on the cake.

In fact, as the winner of the 2006 Partners for Clean Air Recognition Award, Kalahari Resorts continues to lead the hotel industry in energy conservation and reduction of their carbon footprint with innovative initiatives.

Since Kalahari Resort boasts the world's largest indoor waterpark, they make it a priority to maintain eco-friendly practices to help reduce water and energy consumption. They feature low energy consumption water pumps throughout the parks, use low-flow dishwasher spray heads and low-flow showerheads that reduce water consumption by 2.46 million gallons per year.

Kalahari Resorts in the Dells also uses rooftop solar panels, which heat more than 50% of the hot water for the resort's facilities, and have installed massive fans in the waterpark to lower heating costs by pushing warm air near the ceiling to floor level.

Even better, the resort has partnered with the Clean The World organization, the largest global recycler of hotel amenities. This collaboration has resulted in the collection and recycling of resort soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help prevent the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every day.

On top of all of that, Kalahari Resorts is also upgrading to digital thermostats in the guest rooms and has the most advanced lighting control system in the industry. They are transitioning to energy saving fluorescent light bulbs, motion sensor lights in public areas, and are upgrading exit signage to LED displays.

I'm just not sure that I could be more in awe of everything that Kalahari Resorts is doing to provide fun while also being friendly to the earth!

Whether you live here in Wisconsin, are going to be driving through or are just looking for a unique family vacation spot, Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells is not to be missed. You just haven't experienced a resort that offers this much to thrill the entire family!

Kalahari

And, thanks to their extreme generosity, one person will be prepared for their own family fun in the upcoming year as well, because...

One lucky person will win a 1-night stay in a Hut or Desert style room* and Indoor Theme Park passes at Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells!

Kalahari Resorts gift card
*Terms: NOT VALID: Friday and Saturdays. Blackout dates include November 21-22, 2012, December 21-January 5, 2013, January 20, 2013, February 17, 2013, March 17-31, 2013, April 1-4, 2013, May 26, 2013, June 23 - August 18, 2013, September 1, 2013, and October 13, 2013. Please call (877) 525-2427 for availability. No cash value, expires 1 year from date of issue.

Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below — simply enter your name and email address and click on each entry that you would like to complete. Follow the directions for each individual method, entering in the necessary information when asked. If you have any questions or problems, feel free to let me know.

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A big thank you to Kalahari Resorts for hosting my family as a part of the Kalahari Kamp Out as well as for providing a 1-night stay and theme park passes for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

93 comments:

Rose said...

Love the indoor water park and the big game room arcade (my son loves swimming and playing games).

tfr55309 said...

We've never been there before, but I know my kids would love the water park! They love swimming and all things water related!

Jamie Adams said...

I love that there are attractions for different age groups since I have 3 children ranging in age from 10-3!

scottsgal said...

Kalahari in the Dells is a great place - so much fun! We love the theming of the resort - from the lobby to the rooms and the slides are a blast.
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Amy V said...

i love the african themed guest rooms!

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Chelsea said...

Oh my gosh! All the water slides look like SO MUCH FUN!

Jess Norden said...

I love that we could take our kids here for DAYS and they wouldn't get bored!! And, I think I would have to try out the water slide myself ;)

Jen @ BigBinder said...

I am totally a lazy river girl myself; I just wish it floated right up to the bar and those inner tube things had drink holders. Just a thought...

Ken Ohl said...

love to win this for my niece she is water park crazy the slides

Nebraska Fillemans said...

I love that there is so much to do...not JUST the water park...there is pottery and an arcade...and much more! Definitely fun for the WHOLE family!
Tonya Filleman

jenmalonee said...

I like that there is a family changing room that we could get our sons ready in.

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Julie said...

laser tag, go karts and kiddie area:)

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Debi said...

My husband and I would love to attend a concert in The Crystal Grand Music Theatre.
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Hippie4ever said...

Besides the obvious swimming. I think pottery pizzazz would be fun!

Barrie Mac said...

I am a Lazy River and mini-golf girl, myself!

Triny said...

We drove by and it looked like so much fun!!

Brooke T said...

Tiko's Watering Hole

FireRunner2379 said...

I like the fact they have a gameroom, gives the kids something to do when they are worn out from swimming and going on the slides all day!

jek9880 said...

the go-karts and bowling looks like so much fun!

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Space Monkey said...

Cookie Decorating for the kids all December!!! OH MY, I have wanted to go to this place for a while now. We only live about 4 hours away. We have thought how nice it would be to take a long weekend here- not only see Wis Dells, but JUST for the water parks! The kids would LOVE this. What a great winter simple holiday it would be, and affordable... well, a LOT more affordable than a florida theme park! LOL

steve weber said...

the waterslides are the best part.

jesicaj1 said...

Would love to try the go-karts

Mikaela said...

I love that it is a Seasonal family friendly place for all ages!

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Tricia Andrews said...

I love that they use solar panels to heat 50% of the water! Very cool.
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Anonymous said...

I would love to take my family to the Zambezi Outdoor Waterpark.

Eileen

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Thrifty and Chic Mom said...

the rooms look great with kitchens!

Sarah said...

The indoor water park!

Anonymous said...

Best Wisconsin fun

Laurel said...

I love their indoor water park with the surfing wall. This is especially nice for when you want a mini vacation during the winter. I also love that there is laser tag and bowling! This would be great to win since we live pretty close in Chicago. Thanks for the chance!
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Dani said...

The indoor wave pool would be one of my favorites, for sure.

Alicia said...

My kids would love the Big Game Arcade area!

Sean Cuthill said...

I'd love to try the spa and have all this stress worked away.

KJ Skib said...

I love how this is a great place for the whole family. What a fun looking water park!

Brittany said...

I'm not interested in the spa! :)

Anissa said...

That waterpark looks like there is something for everyone!!

Anonymous said...

Love the african themed rooms and waterpark!

lakiendl said...

I love having everything right there. Your room, waterpark, even the food, everything!

Kelli Taylor said...

The waterpark looks amazing! My kids would love it.

Kendal said...

I love how close the hotel/park is to our home town!

con said...

We love the Dell's! We have not been to this water park, but have heard really wonderful things about it.

Cody said...

I like the looks of the mini-golf!
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Adrianne B said...

I like the proximity of Kalahari to the other attractions in the Dells.

intensev5 said...

I would love to take my kids to the water park -- it looks amazing.

Hetal said...

we go there every summer and kids love indoor slides.

Jenny Sims said...

Love the variety of different rooms to accommodate many size groups, plus the proximity to the Dells!

corey said...

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Their swimming pool with the swim up bar looks good to me. And the kids have never been to anywhere like this - would be a blast.

Jeanette H. said...

Never been to Kalahari but it looks amazing. Would love to check out the indoor theme park and indoor water park. My kids would LOVE this place!!

Elizabeth said...

I love that they have spas at their resorts!

Sarah @ Sarah Jane Media, LLC said...

This location looks like so much fun! we do a lot of waterparks here in MI and have done a couple out of the state, but Kalahari is on our "to do" list still!

Katie said...

The indoor water park is for sure our favorite feature!

kim burnett said...

laser tag

WeeMason's Mom said...

I love that there is stuff for the toddler age to do AND adults. Usually it seems like it's JUST for big kids and not little kids or JUST for kids and not adults

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Erika said...

Love the indoor water park! Thanks for the chance to win!

The Diaper Diaries said...

I am ridiculously geeked about an indoor ferris wheel!!

Kristi said...

My kids would love the entire park, especially the ferris wheel

The Diaper Diaries said...

I really want to try the FlowRider!!

Kristen said...

I'd love to try the Victoria Falls family raft ride.

LesleyfromWI said...

Love the water park

Anonymous said...

I love the water slides. My family would have a blast here. I also love the look of the guest rooms.

michelle jonassen
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DianaRiggs said...

Love the indoor water park!

Space Monkey said...

I would LOVE the lazy river, myself, the kids would love the slides... I would too, but lazy sounds nice about now. One is SO near to us, we have long wanted to just go and enjoy it, and the Dells, too.

Trophy and Barb said...

the water park aspects beats all, but seriously, my kids just love staying in a hotel!

Molly said...

When I was growing up in Chicago, my parents took me and my sibs to the Dells often.I miss going to waterparks and want my husband to experience it too! -We drive past Kalahari and it's amazing looking waterpark all the time now that we live in Wisconsin. Can't wait to try that crazy looking loop-the-loop slide you can see from I-94

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andalene said...

My kids would love the water park - they have always wanted to visit another one - we haven't been anywhere in a while.
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Mimi B said...

I've been to the Wisc Dells one before, but a long time ago! I love that during the holidays they have special activities like scrapping and craft making!

Sadie said...

My kids would love to play mini golf. (besides the water slides.)

Hannah said...

I've been to the Kalahari only once before for a birthday - it was a BLAST! And I felt like a queen choosing which one of the really large hot tubs to relax in! The room was also phenominal - clean, spacious, and really unique - like going on a luxurious little Safari adventure in and of itself! And honestly, there's not much more you can ask for in the middle of a freezing Wisconsin winter than an evening in an 80 degree, water park wonderland!

giggedygeekmum said...

The obstacle course thing looked pretty cool.

coriwestphal said...

I love that they have a huge arcade, for when the kids are sick of the water. And while they're busy, mom can run off and get a little workout in in their fitness center! Perfect!

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robin wegner said...

This looks amazing :) thanks for the great opportunity to win :) Merry Christmas

temelville said...

I love water park areas for little kids. Sometimes having little ones around water can be scary, but the kids area look like a lot of fun and safe.

Social Consultants said...

I would love to go to the water park & so would my husband!

SPMerrill said...

My kids have always been lazy river types, but now that they are a bit bigger, they have significantly grown in their interest in water slides. They would love to go so much!

Theresa said...

I love the lazy river in the water park followed by the hot tub!

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c21schmidt said...

Kalahari is so much fun!

Patti said...

I would love to play at the water park especially the slides.

aaltw_515 said...

I like that there is a indoor and outdoor waterpark

Susan Bywater said...

I love the kalahari, i think my favorite part of it is the lazy river.

Daniel Hormuth said...

Kids will love this place,and me

sarah79harding said...

I haven't been to Wisconsin dells since I was a kid.this would be awesome for the kids.even if I don't win I might have to take advantage of the specials they have this time of year.

bbrittbrat1398 said...

Tiko's Watering Hole

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Anonymous said...

The rooms look pretty nice and my kids love water slides.
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Ashley W said...

the ropes course looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

Jen

I love that there are both indoor and outdoor attractions! Thanks.

Jennifer said...

The spa hasamazing services!

Saver Sara said...

I love that it's a green facility and it offers so many family friendly indoor and outside activities.

Gianna said...

The indoor theme park.

cassandra m said...

Never been to Kalahari but it looks amazing. Would love to check out the indoor theme park and indoor water park. My son would love this place!

julescar74 said...

the mud hut swim up bar looks like fun

Roach Alexandra said...

The lazy river is the best part for me. Key word: LAZY. I get to relax for hours!

lilyk said...

Tiko's Watering Hole sounds very fun!