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This past weekend we made the trek to Noah’s Ark Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells for a day of water and sun-induced fun. As I mentioned in my previous post my little fellas were VERY excited to explore the park and enjoy the rides available for their respective ages. We were fortunate to experience a beautiful day with sunny skies that were not too scorching. As I expected the park and all it’s possibilities was entirely overwhelming for my guys. We settled ourselves in a shaded cabana next to Tadpole Bay. My youngest two set to work exploring this area immediately. If you are familiar with Noah’s Ark or even merely visit the website it is apparent that there are many activities to explore. Given the ages of my kids we didn’t explore every ride, but I’ll highlight our favorites.
1. Tadpole Bay
As can be concluded based on the name of the attraction, Tadpole Bay is geared for the younger set. With spraying and sprouting water galore at a minimal depth my boys jumped and splashed. Their favorite aspect of this area was a large bucket situated on top of the play area. Every few minutes the bucket would collect enough water to tip over. The anticipation of and ultimate dousing that ensued was hilarious.
My eldest son even had fun in this area testing out the slides!
2. Paradise Lagoon
Directly near our cabana was Paradise Lagoon which was a perfect fit for my nine year old. He braved the lily pad walk, but there were also short slides and even a zip line!
3. Big Kahuna
We spent a LOT of time at Big Kahuna or also aptly titled The Wave. Envision the ocean and a pool combined- that’s Big Kahuna. Working in intervals the pool experiences waves and then ultimately moments of rest. The waves were intense. Quite intense. Or maybe because I come from North Dakota I was easily overwhelmed? I’ll never know, but it took my littlest guys some maneuvering to manage each crash while my oldest tackled them in style on a tube.
During the calm my four and six year old and I had fun playing tag in the water. You’ll notice (because of the waves) children are required to wear life jackets in this area, a concept I heartily embraced. And contrary to how it might appear, I’m not trying to “rough-up” my boys in the picture below. As you can tell by their faces they love being captured.
4. Bumper Boats
Who doesn’t love this classic amusement park ride? Whether it’s bumper cars or bumper boats the idea of crashing into friends, family members, or strangers is just plain fun. I might have enjoyed crashing into my eldest son a bit too much. Talk back to me!? Take that sonny!
5. Congo Bongo
This ride was one of our all time favorites!! In fact it was my six year old’s absolute favorite. A large raft (max 5 participants) weaves and swerves down a giant slide. This ride was a great one for all my boys regardless of their ages. We stood in line for about 20 minutes earlier in the day, but near the time when the park was close to closing we rode this ride repetitively. My boys and I had SO much fun! As soon as we landed at the bottom we raced to the top again. Again. And again. I’m not even sure how many times we rode Congo Bongo. I know they’d love to do it again in an instant.
My oldest son was adamant that I try this face-first ride with him. I’ll confess I’m not normally a face-first kind of gal. If something on my body is potentially going to be hurt, I’d prefer it not be my face. That’s just instinct, right?! Or maybe I’m just a scaredy cat:) Regardless I took on the challenge in an attempt to “man-up” to my son. Ironically my “daring” ride might have been made less epic by my screams. Ah yeah. Dignified, I am not:)
For the record, this is how you ride Quadzilla in a cool fashion. Notice the huge grin? The perfect form? Yeah, at least my offspring has it down, even if I don’t!:)
Even with my screams I must confess I loved Quadzilla too. My eldest and I scrambled to ride this face-forward ride multiple times (with no lines) at the end of the day as well.
My boys had a wonderful time at Noah’s Ark. I wish we lived a little closer so we could visit once a month. Though I can envision this is going to become at least a once a summer destination. My tips for your visit? Remember sunscreen! The majority of the day we spent under the baring sun. You’d better lather on sunscreen well. I inadvertently forgot my back! Doh! Yeah, not a good thing. Bring towels! For some reason I thought towels would be provided. Hmmm…I apparently didn’t think this one through. Noah’s Ark isn’t a hotel waterpark. This is an epic adventure. Bring your own towels. Bring water shoes! There is a lot of walking involved through a visit, this is completely doable, but without shoes it can be painful. Hot cement. Tender feet. You get the idea. Water shoes will definitely enhance your fun.
Those readers who live in Minnesota and Wisconsin or basically anywhere within a feasible distance to the Wisconsin Dells area can take advantage of a special one-day General Admission ticket for $32.99+tax online only, that is $6.00 off of the gate price of $38.99!