Our family is long overdue for a real family vacation, so we thought – how about saving money at the Wisconsin Dells? My husband and I LOVE it there, and have yet to bring our kids, who are now 7 and 4. I’ve visited there many times with family before our kids were born – and the last time I visited was with my husband when I was pregnant with my first.
Sooo…as a frugal mom, my mission is to plan an AWESOME but affordable first time in the Dells as a family.
To do this, I recently was in contact with the Wisconsin Dells Visitors & Convention Bureau to learn what they recommend for a money-saving but super fun vacation. Here’s what Bianca shared with me:
Tips for a Fun & Frugal Family Vacation to the Wisconsin Dells
- Best times for visit are midweek. Budget times to come are in June and falltime.
- We do have a Deals section on our website: http://www.wisdells.com/
- Visitors can also sign up for our Deals of the Week email newsletter: http://www.wisdells.com/
wisconsin–dells-deals/ signupdeals.htm and pick up a Savings Booklet once they are in-area at our Visitor Center. (The weekly email deals are taken directly from the Savings Booklet)
- I think the best deals are found right through the resorts and hotels, though. For example, Kalahari does a weekly Suite Deal of the Week on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Wilderness does giveaways and specials now and then on their Facebook Page.
- Several of the resorts also offer deals and packages right on their website, such as Chula Vista Resort: http://www.chulavistaresort.
com/Plan-Explore/Specials- Packages/Specials.aspx and Mt. Olympus: http://www.mtolympuspark.com/ featured-deals
- We do like to say that the Dells can definitely be considered a deal when you consider that the waterpark resorts include wristbands to their waterparks WITH the price of lodging. So, excluding additional activities, a lot of your admission price is covered with the room. Nowadays, this also applies to most of the smaller motels in town too, who have almost all teamed up with one waterpark (or more!) and offer tickets to the big parks with their rooms as well. Ambers Hideaway is one example: http://ambershideaway.com/. They offer both Chula Vista Waterpark passes and Kalahari Theme Park passes with their stay. Black Hawk Motel, #1 on TripAdvisor, is a small, classic, family-owned motel downtown and they offer passes to both Chula Vista Waterpark and Noah’s Ark ://www.blackhawkmotel.com/
. For families on a budget, it can be very economical to stay at a smaller property that include these tickets.
To learn more, visit wisdells.com.
Have you been to the Dells lately? If you have tips to share please post them in the comments below!