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Waterparks: Spas, non-wet fun and insider's tips

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Here's how the Wisconsin Dells waterparks stack up when it comes to their spas and activities that don't involve getting soaked. I've also included an insider's tip on each of the resorts...


Dry time
A well staffed kids’ activity center puts on a steady line up of non-wet things to do: cookie decorating, mini manicures, art projects, and a scavenger hunt that helps you get your bearings in this sprawling resort.

Adult pampering
Kick back with a post-massage glass of wine in the newly renovated spa, a dimly lit, tranquil oasis. In other words: the opposite of a waterpark. Fifty-minute massage: $105.

Insider’s tip
Ask for a room away from the atrium lobby and the highway side of the resort for the most peace and quiet.

Great Wolf:

Dry time
Little ones run themselves ragged in Wiley’s Woods, a four-story complex of slides, nets and mazes. Bring the iPod; this place gets loud.

Adult pampering
The subterranean Aveda spa lacks personality but has an extensive, head-to-toe treatment menu. One-hour massage: $85.

Insider’s tip
Fridays are when big discounts can be found on the Web site under “great deals.”


Dry time
Dodge ‘Em City is a huge, four-story foam structure with a ball fountain that shoots hundreds of soft orbs spewing through the air like pop corn. Good luck getting your youngster out of here in under an hour.

Adult pampering
No spa on site, but a driver will take you to the nearby, adults-only Sundara Spa. You’ll want to spend a lot of time here lounging in the luxurious steam room, sauna, relaxation chamber and outdoor hot tub. One-hour massage: $140.

Insider’s tip
Nine private cabanas in the Wild Waterdome waterpark cost between $150 and $200 a day. They get you roped off seating, plush towels, food and drink service, a mini-fridge and a flat screen TV. They’re popular, so if you want one, pre-book it.

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