Posted June 24, 2009 by Jamie Moore
Billing itself as the Waterpark Capital of the World, Wisconsin Dells has more than enough watery (and dry) ways to thrill and delight tourists. Check out these inexpensive spots for water park fun, a beer and burger, and Yogi Bear-themed lodging.
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park: Take on the 37 waterslides, two adventure rivers, wave pool, and surf pool at this Greek mythology-themed experience. The surf pool, new last year, is the country's second largest and churns out the world's tallest waves—up to nine feet high. A one-day pass to the water and theme park runs $39.99 ($35.99 if you buy online). Visiting other area attractions? Spring for a $70 Dells City Pass including three-day admission to Mt. Olympus and entry to eight other popular spots.
Monk's Bar & Grill: The Minneapolis Star Tribune raves about the burgers at this legendary badger-themed sports bar a half hour outside Madison's University of Wisconsin. Grab a beer and try the 1/3 lb Original Monk's Burger or something more offbeat: a Pizza Burger, Black & Bleu Burger, or Jalapeno Cheddar Burger. It's a fun place to watch the Brewers beat the Cubs (or the Cubs beat the Brewers if you're not local) on the big screen.
Yogi Bear's Camp Resort: Finding affordable lodging in the Dells is a challenge, but this campground and resort is the answer; that is, if you don't mind a daily visit from Yogi Bear. Stay in a yurt ($39 to $89 per night), cabin ($59 to $119 per night) or bungalow ($79 to $159 per night). From these, it's a short walk to the bathroom, but there are other lodging options only a bit more expensive that feature indoor plumbing. Admission to the on-site water park and a full schedule of activities are included in your stay.
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(Photo: Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau)