Waterpark Resorts: Getting The Most From Your Stay

How To Get The Best Deals at Waterpark Resorts

It's summertime and right about now, millions of people are contemplating their annual visits to some of America's best waterpark resorts. If you've haven't taken a recent trip to a waterpark, you don't know what you're missing. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your waterpark visit.

It Doesn't Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg

Every year, my family and I travel to Wisconsin Dells. Now, if you don't know how to plan it right, a stay at one of the best waterpark resorts in the Dells can cost upwards of $300 a night. However, with a little inside knowledge, you can stay for half that amount.

First, find out which waterpark resorts are the best for the area you'll be visiting. For example, the best ones in the Dells tend to be the Kalahari, Great Wolf Lodge and The Wilderness Resort. You want to make sure you stay at one of the top-rated waterpark resorts or you're going to find yourself twiddling your thumbs and bored out of your mind when you realize that your hotel's idea of a waterpark is a kiddie pool and a small slide.

Once you know which waterpark resorts are the best in the area you'll be visiting, check out their website. Oftentimes waterparks will offer last-minute deals that can cut the room rates in half. And don't be tempted to stay offsite at cheaper hotel. Once you pay for access to the waterpark and your offsite hotel room, you could have stayed at the park (rooms usually include park admission) for the same price and you'll get a much nicer room.

A Room Away From Your Room

If you have some extra cash, check and see if the waterpark you'll be visiting offers cabana rentals. With a cabana, you have a room away from your room right in the vicinity of the waterpark. Cabana rentals usually range from $99 to $300 depending on the waterpark resort you're visiting. Sometimes you can get a great deal on a cabana.

When we visited Great Wolf Lodge, we got the cabana rental for $99 and it included a stocked mini-fridge with 25 bottled beverages, a newspaper and a deck of cards. The television in the cabana also proved to be useful when we wanted to dry off and just relax for a few minutes. I highly recommend a cabana rental if you plan on spending all day at the waterpark.

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