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Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells

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Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells

Among the many rides at Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells is the Black Anaconda water coaster.

Noah's Ark.
If Wisconsin Dells is the water park capital of the world, Noah's Ark is its epicenter. It bills itself as "America's largest waterpark." That's not due to attendance (that honor goes to one of the Disney World water parks) or to number of attractions (I believe that Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas holds that distinction), but for sheer acreage. At 70 acres, there's no denying Noah's Ark is huge. And while it may not have the most number of slides and rides, it does have a ton of them.

Nearly all of the usual suspects are here-- speed slides, lazy river, mat slides, etc.-- and there are multiples of many of them. Curiously absent from the ride lineup at Noah's Ark is a funnel ride or a FlowRider surfing attraction. But with two wave pools, numerous rides designed for groups to enjoy together, and some seriously harrowing slides, there are plenty of ways to get wet.

Or not. Perhaps more than any other water park, Noah's Ark offers a surprising number of dry attractions. Its 4-D Dive-In Theater (cute name), for example, offers 3-D shorts mixed with sensory enhancements. There's also the Curse of the Crypt dark ride, mini-golf, bumper boats, a kiddie roller coaster, and arcades. And while passengers (and nearby onlookers) definitely get drenched, it's unusual to see a splashdown boat ride such as Flash Flood at a standalone water park.

Noah's Ark has a number of marquee attractions, including Scorpion’s Tail, North America's first nearly vertical water slide loop, and Time Warp, a huge bowl ride with special lighting effects. For sheer thrills, it doesn't get much wackier than Point of No Return a dual, racing speed slide that starts, gulp, 10 stories up in the air.

Location:

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The actual address is 1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway.

Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells Phone

(608) 254-6351

Tickets:

Reduced price for children (47" & below) and seniors (55+). Discounted tickets may be available online at the official site of Noah's Ark. Season passes and group discounts (minimum 15 people) available.

Directions:

The actual address is 1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway.

From Chicago: I-90 W to Exit 87 towards Wisconsin Dells. Right on Hwy 12 to park on the left.

From Minneapolis: I-94 E to Exit 87 towards Wisconsin Dells. Right on Hwy 12 to park on the left.

From Milwaukee: I-94 W to Exit 87 towards Wisconsin Dells. Right on Hwy 12 to park on the left.

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Water Park Features:

A gaggle of nearly every water park attraction ever invented, including a lazy river, wave pools, tube slides, water coaster, bumper boats, family raft ride, mat slides, body slides, speed slides, kiddie play areas, interactive water play structure, bowl ride.
Are you wondering, "What the heck are a family raft ride or a bowl ride?" To learn more about some of the water park attractions at Noah's Ark, see my reviews and photos of similar rides at other parks:
  • Fantastic Voyage family raft ride at Wilderness indoor water park in Wisconsin Dells.
  • Crush 'n' Gusher water coaster at Typhoon Lagoon water park in Walt Disney World.
  • Dragon's Den bowl ride at New York's Splish Splash water park.

New at Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells:

For 2013: Surfing Safari
A FlowRider-style surfing attraction will debut.

For 2012: Quadzilla
It's a race to the finish -- water park style -- in this 4-slide attraction.

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