Having Wisconsin Dells a short 2 1/2 drive from our home is a treat! Peyton is finally old enough to start enjoying more thrill water slides and has the stamina to go all day. Today we took on Noah’s Ark Waterpark – America’s largest waterpark! Peyton has been looking at the website for a month planning out her route and all the rides she wants to go on. Noah’s Ark Waterpark has some pretty amazing rides – this is not your basic waterpark with a wave pool and a few slides. This is a huge 70+ acre waterpark complete with lazy rivers, two wave pools, little kid play areas and thrill water slides. There is something for everyone.
Before you head out to Noah’s Ark Waterpark you will want to check the hours for the day. They seem to always open at 10 am but closing time can vary depending on the time of year and day of the week. They also do a soft open in May with the whole waterpark up and going by mid-June. With over 70 acres of the waterpark to ready, it takes a little time. When we were there one of the wave pools and one of the lazy rivers were being worked on for opening but we still had another lazy river and the other wave pool to play in! Plus a ton of other areas to explore.
My personal opinion is, Noah’s Ark Waterpark is a 2-day park if you want to ride everything. There is just so much to that I do not think you can cram it all into one day and enjoy yourselves. We were there for over 4 hours and barely scratched the surface of what there is to do.
This is the first thing I always want to know about when I head to a new attraction. You do have to pay for parking. There are 2 options – preferred parking ($25) or regular parking ($20). I chose to do the preferred parking because I didn’t think the price difference was much and I didn’t want to walk a long distance. I was saving Peyton’s legs for the park and didn’t want her to be tired and cranky just from the walk from the car to the park.
Preferred parking was very nice, it’s right up front and next to Paradise Lagoon. So you walk in right in the center front of the park. Raja is off to your right and the Big Kahuna is off to your left.
Wow! There were tons and tons of food options throughout the park. Peyton squealed when she saw they had walking tacos. I can say I have never seen walking tacos at an amusement park before. They also had options like Johnny Rockets too. The food was definitely a pleasant surprise. Noah’s Ark Waterpark took the meal options to the next level. I believe there were hotdogs at Johnny Rockets but you are going to find more options like pasta choices at Pasta Mias or a burrito from Poblano Catina. I was very impressed with all the choices!
There is no carry-in food allowed in the park. If you want to bring a cooler packed with lunch you can leave it in your car and go out and enjoy it on one of the grassy areas or picnic pavilion. Be sure to have your hand stamped when you exit so you can reenter the park.
You are allowed to bring in a water bottle.
There are lockers throughout the park to store your personal items in while you are enjoying the waterpark. There are no locker rooms but there is plenty of restrooms to change in throughout the park.
This is a must for us whenever we go to any waterpark. Peyton just loves wave pools. There is the Big Kahuna which is over by Pasta Mia and Pelican Bay, it’s just past the Flying Gecko. The second wave pool is the Wave and it’s in the back of the park by the Octoexplorer and Pineapple Pete’s Beach Bar. The Big Kahuna was open when we went and Peyton loved it! We hung out for most of the day here.
There is a huge splash area in the front of the park by Paradise Lagoon. Complete with a huge basket of dumping water, there is plenty for little ones to do. Kind of in the center of the park there is a kid-friendly lazy river called, Endless River. There are various water slides throughout the park that are various levels so you’re bound to find at least 1 slide your little one will enjoy.
For those that are daring and have nerves of steel, there is Raja and Black Anaconda! Peyton talked about getting on both of these rides and how she could not wait but once she saw them in person she backed out. They are huge! Raja is very impressive, you can see it from the main road. Seeing it up close is a lot different than seeing it on YouTube. We ended up sticking to the tamer waterslides found throughout the park. But maybe when Peyton is a little older and little braver she’ll want to try them out.
Noah’s Ark Waterpark is a waterpark that is perfect for the whole family. There is something for everyone to enjoy from the toddler that just wants to splash around in the splash pad area to the teenagers that want to take on Raja.