RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE WILDERNESS

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Looking to change up your New Year’s Eve celebration or maybe even start a new tradition? Escape to the Wilderness! Our waterparks offer a great way to take a break from life’s hectic pace and have fun ringing in the New Year with your family. Indulge in our delicious New Year’s Eve Prime Buffet at Wild Canyon Café. It will be open from 4-9 p.m., and will featuring a carving... Read More »

CHECK OUT OUR HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS AT THE WILDERNESS!

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Next to summer, the holidays are our favorite time of the year! The resort truly becomes a winter wonderland with the snow on the ground, beautifully decorated Christmas trees in our lobbies and restaurants, and holiday lights strewn with festive garland around the resort. It’s a great time of year to visit! Santa is coming and he’s bringing Mrs. Claus and his Elves too! We’re happy to announce that Santa will... Read More »

NOMINATE SOMEONE YOU KNOW FOR OUR 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAYS

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Do you know someone in your community who is making a huge difference in the lives of others? If so, nominate them for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! All you have to do is tell us in 350 words or less why the person you know is making a significant difference in the lives of others in your community. Then, email your essay along with: • Your Name • Your Age •... Read More »

THANKSGIVING, COMPLETE WITH ALL OF THE FIXINGS, MADE EASY

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Do you love getting together with your family for Thanksgiving but despise the time and effort it takes to clean your house, grocery shop and cook the largest meal of the year? Have you ever thought about packing the whole gang up and escaping to the Wilderness? You should! Our condos, cabins and villas offer the perfect spacious setting for families to celebrate Thanksgiving together, and our special Wild Canyon... Read More »

A GROOM’S PERSPECTIVE: WHY WE CHOSE THE WILDERNESS FOR OUR WEDDING

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By Guest Blogger Joe of Sun Prairie When we first started planning our wedding, we really wanted to have a destination wedding. However, we realized quickly that doing so would limit the amount of friends and family that could join us, and it was really important to my future wife and I to have everyone there. We also have five children between us, and it was important to have them... Read More »

WHERE WE GET OUR FUN IDEAS

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Have you ever wondered where we get our ideas for our fun attractions like our amazing water slides, new indoor go-karts, Marshall Training Lazer Maze and OK Corral Lazer Tag Arena?  Once a year, members of our management team attend the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has an annual convention. There over 1,000 exhibitors at this show with displays of products and services for us to consider... Read More »

HAVE A SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN AT THE WILDERNESS RESORT

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If your family is looking for some spooktacular Halloween fun, you'll definitely want to head to the Wilderness this October! Every morning in October at 9:30 a.m., we will be hosting Halloween-themed Ken-Ducky Derby Duck Races for guests to participate in at Klondike Kavern Waterpark. Plus, every Saturday in October (as well as Saturday, November 1), we’ll be having a make your own "Trick or Treat" bag craft project from 10... Read More »

CELEBRATE THE END OF SUMMER WITH US SEPTEMBER 12-14

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Are you bummed to see summer coming to an end? Well, Wisconsin Dells may have just the thing to cheer you up! Here in the Dells, we have a tradition where we celebrate the end of summer with a huge festival named Wo-Zha-Wa, which is the Ho-Chunk phrase "to have fun.” This year’s festival is September 12-14, and will include free family activities, an arts and crafts fair, antique flea... Read More »

NEW COCKTAIL MENU UNVEILED

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In honor of our new Margarita’s Swim-Up Bar opening, we put our mixologists to the test, and asked them to come up with some great new drinks for adult guests to enjoy. Using premium spirits, and looking to the tropics for inspiration, they created a menu full of mouthwatering refreshers. Combining on-trend flavors like acai berry, apple and spicy ginger with tropical standards like pineapple and citrus, our new drink... Read More »

HERE’S WHY USING YOUR VACATION TIME CAN MAKE YOU A BETTER EMPLOYEE!

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Now that you've turned your calendar to August, are you finding yourself frustrated that you haven’t gotten outside enough this summer to enjoy the sunshine? Are you longing for a getaway and some quality time with your family? Research says you’re not alone. A 2014 Oxford Economics Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S. recently revealed 42% of employees with paid vacation ended the year with an average of 8.1... Read More »

TIPS FOR TAMING WILD ROCK GOLF CLUB

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If you enjoy golfing, we’re hoping that playing our amazing Wild Rock Golf Club is on your “must do list” for this summer or fall! In anticipation of this, we had Pat Stein, our new Director of Golf Operations, and his professional staff put together some golfing tips on how to make the most of your time on the course at Wild Rock. This way, you can not only... Read More »

YOUNG FAMILY REUNION CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF STAYING AT THE WILDERNESS

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By Guest Blogger: Sue Young Ten years ago, my parents approached me about planning a special family reunion with our entire family to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. I knew this would be a challenge because I have 11 brothers and sisters…all married with children! Because there were so many of us growing up, we rarely went on summer vacations, so my parents and I decided it would be fun... Read More »

INTRODUCING THE ULTIMATE CABANA EXPERIENCE OUR NEW THE EAGLES NEST

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With 540 square feet and space for up to 25 people, our new Eagle’s Nest Cabana is the ideal paradise oasis for your group. This private, one-of-a-kind, cabana is perched 10 feet above the New Frontier Waterpark right next to our new Margarita’s Swim-up Bar. The Eagles Nest features 6 deluxe lounge chairs as well as ample sectional seating, perfect for catching up with your friends. Two retractable awnings are... Read More »

BECOME A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER – WORLD’S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON™, JUNE 20TH!

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Are you going to be at staying at the Wilderness on Thursday, June 19th or Friday, June 2oth? Do you have a child that could benefit from participating in a group swimming lesson?  Then be sure to register them for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ Guinness World Record attempt that the Wilderness Resort will be participating in simultaneously along with other swimming venues around the world. The 30-minute lesson will begin... Read More »

IT’S SUN SAFETY WEEK – HERE IS HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF

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Summer is finally here, and as America’s largest waterpark resort, we want to make sure that you’re being safe when you are out having fun in the sun. Thoughtless over exposure to the sun can result in painful sunburns, premature aging of the skin, wrinkles and a variety of skin problems. According to the Center for Disease Control, during the summer months, people should be most concerned about harmful UV... Read More »

FREE & DISCOUNTED TICKETS FOR OUR GUESTS BECAUSE WE APPRECIATE YOU!

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Great news! Beginning Friday, May 23, 2014 and running through Monday, September 1, 2014, we want to give you something more with your stay! Any registered Wilderness Resort guest will receive a free child’s ticket (ages 4-11) to ride the Original Wisconsin Ducks and/or the Upper Dells Boat Tours Boat Tours when you purchase an adult ticket. This is a savings of $13.30! Duck tours conveniently pick up and drop... Read More »

WILDERLAND MOVIES ADD AN ELEMENT OF FUN TO YOUR STAY

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There’s no better way to end a summer day than to spread out a blanket on the grass, and watch an outdoor movie together. It’s quality family cuddle time at its finest, and it’s also the perfect way to relax after a splashtastic day in our waterparks. That’s why we’re happy to announce the return of Tuesday Movie Nights at the Wilderland park area! Movies are free for guests, and... Read More »

AND THE WINNER OF OUR MOTHER’S DAY CONTEST IS…

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Wow, we knew all moms were special before we started this contest but now we have proof! The response to our Fabulous Mom Mother’s Day contest was huge! We received so many loving email submissions about moms. Thank you to everyone who entered! Before we announce our winner, we wanted to share with you a couple of our favorite quotes  from the letters we received: “My mom inspires me to go... Read More »

MAY IS NATIONAL WATER SAFETY MONTH: PLAY IT SAFE – WATER SAFETY TIPS

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Did you know that May is Water Safety month? As America’s largest waterpark resort, we thought this provided us with the perfect opportunity to share with parents some tips about the importance of watching your children by the water. According to our Wilderness Resort Aquatics Director: It is important to remember that a child should never be unsupervised in or near water, even the zero-depth areas in our waterparks. Swimming is a... Read More »

KLONDIKE BOARDWALK IS NOW OPEN!

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The construction crews have cleared out and we are excited to announce that the new Klondike Boardwalk opened on Monday, April 28. Located on the mezzanine level outside of Klondike Waterpark, Klondike Boardwalk is the place to go for pizza, beverages and frozen yogurt! At Yukon Yogurt, you can build your own sweet, frozen treat! Grab a cup, choose from the 15 flavors of frozen yogurt or sorbet, add your... Read More »

TELL US WHY YOUR MOM DESERVES TO SPEND MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND AT THE WILDERNESS

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We think moms are awesome! Each and every day they do amazing things to make us feel great about ourselves and let us know that we are loved. Do you have a “MOM” in your life that you think is EXTRA SPECIAL and deserves to win a two-night Wilderness getaway so she can spend Mother’s Day weekend at our Resort? (And maybe even bring you along?)  Then be sure to... Read More »

WILD CANYON CAFE’S NEW DINNER MENU WOWS

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Next time you’re at the Wilderness, make sure you bring a hearty appetite to our Wild Canyon Café. Why? Because we recently unveiled a new dinner menu that gives a new twist to many of your favorite comfort foods, and we’re pretty much willing to bet you’ll leave smiling. In a nutshell, our talented chefs have gone to great lengths to take some well-known heartland cuisine and give them unique... Read More »

PLAN NOW TO CELEBRATE EASTER AT THE WILDERNESS!

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Now that Fat Tuesday is behind us, let’s set our sights past the snow on the ground and focus on the wonderful activities we have planned during Easter weekend! April 19-21, is going to be a super fun weekend to visit Wilderness Resort with your family! The Easter Bunny will be making appearances each morning from 9-11 a.m. in our New Frontier lobby. Our WildKids’ Club will also be hosting... Read More »

NEW LASER TAG ARENA AND LASER MAZE OFFER A TON OF FUN

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By guest blogger, Erin, a 39 year-old mom For the first time in my life, I think I’m the envy of my 9 and 12 year-old boys. Why? Because I got to check out the new Ok Corral Laser Tag Arena and Marshall Training Maze before they did! LOL!  Here’s what I thought of it. As I walked into the new area surrounded by other laser tag enthusiasts of all ages,... Read More »

THANKS FOR HELPING US HONOR OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEES!

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Did you know that when you submit a comment card recognizing a Wilderness employee or a manager for a job well done that it really does make a difference? The positive comments are compiled monthly, and together with our directors’ input, two employees are honored. Then on a quarterly basis, the resort also honors the two best employees and two best managers at the resort. Finally, once a year... Read More »

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY THIS YEAR AT THE WILDERNESS

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to let your sweetie know how special they are to you, and how much you appreciate them sticking with you through thick and thin. So how will you be celebrating this special holiday this year? Are you both hopeless romantics who are looking for a special weekend? Want to act like a couple of kids and ride the slides all day? Or, are you... Read More »

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2014!

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Are you ready to explore some fun and amazing new attractions and amenities at the Wilderness Resort in 2014? Here’s all that we have planned! OK Corral Lazer Tag Arena and Marshall Training Lazer Maze – Coming February 2014 Our laser tag arena is moving into the former space of the Tombstone Town Haunted House and is expanding to become a  massive 4,000-square-foot, two-story attraction! In the NEW OK Corral Lazer Tag... Read More »

OUR DREAM WEDDING AT WILD ROCK

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By guest blogger: Theresa from Greenfield, WI With just under a year to plan the wedding of our dreams, I was a little nervous to begin! Then I found the Wild Rock location, and when my fiancé and I visited it, we instantly knew it was perfect. We knew it would be perfect for our smaller-size wedding and reception (120 people), perfect for our desire to have a location with... Read More »

BREAKFAST WORTH WAKING FOR!

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If you’re like most people, when you’re on vacation, you enjoy sleeping in. However, you might just want to rouse yourself out of bed after reading what the chefs at the Wild Canyon Café recently added to their breakfast menu. Their new “worthy of waking” breakfast menu (as we like to call it) has guests smiling from ear to ear while enjoying it and leaving fueled-up for an action-packed day... Read More »

MY MEMORABLE GIRLS’ REUNION GETAWAY WEEKEND

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A guest blog by Kim from Milwaukee I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with my college roommates for a 20 year anniversary at the Wilderness Resort. Some of these friends I hadn't seen in YEARS and years, since many had moved out of state. It was an extra special reunion for me, celebrating my remission from breast cancer with some of my biggest supporters. The trip was just what... Read More »

TOMMYKNOCKERS WATERING HOLE EXPANDS DRINK OPTIONS AND ENHANCES MENU

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After a fun filled day in the waterpark sometimes you need to slow it down a little and treat yourself. Stopping  by TommyKnockers Watering Hole for a cocktail might be just the retreat from your vacation that you need. It’s located off of the New Frontier lobby, and while not everybody in this popular establishment will know your name, its revamped offerings will be sure to please. For years, our... Read More »

NOW IS THE TIME TO PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES

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By Shannon Timmerman, CMP, Group Sales Director for Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center September is the perfect time to start thinking about your organization’s holiday party. To make sure it is the best event it can be, here are some useful tips: Timing Everyone knows the weeks leading up Christmas can be very stressful with last minute gift buying and holiday planning. So consider hosting your holiday party in late November, early... Read More »

REMINISCING ABOUT OUR SPECIAL WEDDING DAY

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By guest blogger: Kim from  Salem, WI One  It is one day until the BIG day. Every emotion is running through my body. Out of town guests are arriving, rehearsal dinner is tonight, my best friends are all at my side and it's all becoming so real. The best part about being in the Wisconsin Dells there is plenty to do to distract myself from all the questions everyone is asking me... Read More »

WHY THE WILDERNESS RESORT IS MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER VACATION DESTINATION TO OUR FAMILY

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By Amy from Valpraiso, IN When I set out to plan my families Wisconsin Dells vacation I was immediately attracted to the Wilderness. Comparing the prices on tickets to waterparks and hotel stays made this resort by far the best choice. With eight water parks to experience we had endless entertainment for our four children included in the price of the stay. Another appealing factor was the exclusive access to these... Read More »

GIRL SCOUT TROOP HAS A BLAST AT WILDERNESS ON THE LAKE

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A guest blog by Bridget, Leader of Girl Scout Troop 3019 of Milwaukee Our family is a huge fan of the Wilderness so this year when I was looking for a special way to reward our girl scouts for doing a fantastic job of selling cookies, I booked a trip for Troop 3019 to Wilderness on the Lake. We rented a 3-bedroom lake condo with a loft that was the perfect... Read More »

WHY THE WILDERNESS IS MY HAPPY PLACE

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By Guest Blogger Jim from Bolingbrook, Il My first trip to the Wilderness was totally unplanned…a whim!  I had a bad day at work and I needed to take a breather. Based on a co-workers suggestion, I made a few phone calls, alerted the troops at home, and we were off to the destination that I now refer to as, “my happy place.” As a father of three active boys,... Read More »

CONSIDER HOSTING A FALL GOLF OUTING AT WILD ROCK

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Thinking of hosting a golf outing for your company, association or charity? Our award-winning Wild Rock Golf Club is the perfect place to host a memorable fall golf outing.  The course blends three distinct landscapes into a challenging and breathtaking round of golf. Mother Nature’s beautiful fall colors just enhance the splendor of the course. According to Chris Goodwick, Golf Director for Wild Rock Golf Club, “We have a great... Read More »

EVER WONDER WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A WILDERNESS LIFEGUARD?

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Being a lifeguard may appear to be an easy job. You know the stereotype: Sitting in a chair, catching some rays, blowing their whistles.  But there is a lot below the surface of this job, and it takes some serious training to be a Wilderness lifeguard. According to Brandon, Aquatics Director for Wilderness Territory, “Because the safety of our guests is our #1 priority, every Wilderness lifeguard has to be... Read More »

WILDERNESS TERRITORY UPGRADES ITS WI-FI SERVICE

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Great News! The Wilderness Territory just completed upgrading our WI-FI service. This means if you are a guest staying at Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, Wilderness on the Lake, Glacier Canyon Lodge or any of our freestanding condo units, vacation villas and cabins, throughout the Wilderness Territory you can easily access this convenient wireless internet service. So now you don’t have to wait until you get home to share your vacation... Read More »

WILDERWORD WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The Wilderness management team would like to thank everyone for entering our WilderWords contest. It was a lot of fun to see all of the entries. Our Grand Prize Winners, who were selected by Facebook fans included: 1st Place: Linda B. from Cecil, WI who received 484 votes. She receives a Wilderness Getaway Package for Four including a two-night stay at Wilderness Hotel with four waterpark passes, a one-day cabana... Read More »

BEAR FOOT ISLAND SPRAYGROUND – NOW OPEN!

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Last year, we catered to dare devils with the addition of the Lunar Loop and Cosmic Drop extreme thrills slides. This summer, however, we’re focusing our attention on the “li’l squirts” in your family with a fun new zero-depth sprayground! The new Bear Foot Island Sprayground will be located in the New Frontier outdoor waterpark. This splashtastic area will  feature woodsy-themed spraying fountains, exploding ground geysers, shooting water jets and other fun... Read More »

HAPPY NATIONAL GOLF DAY – WILD ROCK IS OPENING SOON!

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Today is National Golf Day, and so we thought it would be a great time to let everyone know that Wild Rock Golf Course will be opening this week! Join us on Thursday, April 18th for opening day or book your tee time for a future date. Wild Rock was designed by the world-renowned golf course architecture team of Hurdzan & Fry. Since its opening in 2008, it has received... Read More »

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE WILDERWORD TODAY!

The Wilderness would like to thank all of those enthusiastic fans out there who submitted a WilderWord video to our Facebook contest! You can view these clever and creative WilderWord video entries at our Facebook page at http://bit.ly/YGo7S7. Then, please take a moment to vote for your favorite entry before until Sunday, April 14, at 11:59 CST. (Voting is open to anyone who "likes" the Wilderness Facebook, and you can... Read More »

J1 PROGRAM BRINGS WORKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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Have you ever noticed all of the culturally diverse employees working at the Wilderness? This is partially because since 2002, our resort has been utilizing the Summer Work and Travel J1 Visa program which allows high-achieving college students from foreign countries the opportunity to secure a VISA and experience America’s culture by working in the United States for a brief period of time. The resort is currently in the process... Read More »

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE WILDERNESS? TELL US AND YOU COULD WIN A GETAWAY!

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We realize that our resort means a lot of things to a lot of different people. That’s why we’ve created a fun contest running through the month of March to find out some of the “Wilderwords” people use to describe us. So grab your video camera or smart phone, record you or your family’s ‘WilderWord’, upload that video to YouTube or Vimeo, and share your video link with us on... Read More »

LET THE SUN SHINE IN

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On any given day, we hear from countless guests about how much they love hanging out in the Wild WaterDome Indoor Waterpark. And frankly, we have to agree! When you’re in the Wild WaterDome, with its see-through roof allowing the sun to shine in, even on the coldest day of winter, it feels like you are in the tropics! Guests often ask us what the roof is made of, and... Read More »

ICE FISHERMEN A WELCOME SIGHT ON LAKE DELTON

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On these chilly winter days, guests at Wilderness on the Lake who look outside their windows are likely to catch a glimpse of ice fishermen on Lake Delton. It’s a sight that makes most of the area residents smile because this summer will mark 5 years ago when the lake literally vanished right before our eyes. The date was June 9, 2008, and it is a day in Wisconsin Dells’... Read More »

NEW DELI TO GO LINE UNVEILED IN WATERPARK QUICK-SERVICE DINING AREAS

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You asked for healthier quick foods on your Wilderness comments cards, and we listened! Our talented team of chefs has just unveiled a new line of healthy “Deli To Go” items that are available for purchase at the quick-service dining areas inside our WaterDome, Klondike Kavern, Wild West and Lake Wilderness Waterparks! These new delicious (as well as nutritious) “Deli To Go” menu items will change seasonally to take advantage... Read More »

WHY WE CHOSE THE WILDERNESS FOR OUR WEDDING

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Special Guest Blog Post by: Newlywed Katie from Brookfield, WI Patrick and I selected the Wilderness to host our wedding because his family has a cabin on the Wisconsin River and we spend a lot of time in the area. We reside in Brookfield, WI, but the majority of our family is from out of state so we thought by hosting our wedding at the Wilderness our guests could make... Read More »