You may not expect that a small town in Wisconsin, far from the great oceans, would be famous for its thrilling water attractions and a host of other great entertainment. But Wisconsin Dells, in fact, has long been a favorite recreation spot for Midwesterners, and the rest of the country has taken notice. And with good reason. This city of nearly 3,000 residents has earned its title as “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down soon. What better place to plan a student trip? Your worries over whether there will be enough to do will float away, and there is something in the Dells for both the tame and the adrenaline junkie.

Besides waterparks, the area is home to world-class spas, a 24-hour casino, shops, championship golf courses, and entertaining live shows. Visitors flock there year-round, and with plenty of indoor waterpark options, you won’t have to worry about planning a trip around the frigid Wisconsin winters. Indoors or out – Wisconsin Dells is a treat for students and adults alike. Check out some of the great options available to make your trip a blast:

The Highest Concentration of Waterparks in the World – With Over 200 Waterslides!

It’s no wonder Wisconsin Dells is known as “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®”, as it’s where you’ll find Wisconsin’s largest indoor waterpark, America’s largest outdoor waterpark, the nation’s largest combination indoor/outdoor waterpark resort and the highest concentration of waterparks on the planet. When the weather heats up, it’s a great way to stay cool. When winter rolls in, you can dream about summer from the comfort of any of the indoor parks. In fact, Wisconsin Dells pioneered the indoor waterpark. And each year there are new slides and rides, so even more reason to return.

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The Nation’s Largest Combination Indoor/Outdoor Waterpark Resort and Largest Outdoor Waterpark

Book a stay at the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, and you’re in for an adventure. As America’s largest indoor/outdoor combination waterpark, the resort has so much to do that you may never want to leave. Four indoor and four outdoor waterparks welcome visitors, along with a golf club and family course, a giant play park, a two-story laser tag arena and laser maze, an indoor ropes course, three mega arcades, four mini golf courses, go-karts and a canopy zip line tour. It’s no wonder that the Travel Channel featured the Wilderness on an episode of Extreme Resorts. Shuttle and water taxis make getting around the premises easy. The resort facilities are for guests only, so if you book a stay here you’ll never worry about overcrowding.

One of the World’s Longest-Running Water Ski Shows

In Wisconsin Dells you’ll never be short on entertainment, whether you’re hitting the slides or taking in a local spectacle, like the Tommy Bartlett Show. With choreography, world-class entertainers, amazing stunts, and state-of-the-art sound and visual technologies, there is nothing else like it on water or land. More than 20 million spectators have experienced the show, and it can’t be missed on any summer visit in Wisconsin Dells.

Scenic Tours of the Famous Bluffs Along the Wisconsin River

While Wisconsin Dells certainly isn’t short on man-made fun, the natural beauty of the area also makes this region famous. Choose from Duck tours, jet boats, double-decker boats and set out on a tour of the historic bluffs. There are plenty of tours to choose from, like the leisurely paced Upper Dells tour or a jet boat adventure filled with adrenaline-pumping excitement. When you take time to soak in the natural beauty of the area, you’ll see exactly how Wisconsin Dells got its name as you pass through the countless dells, or small tree-lined valleys, that make the region so unique. It’s quite the contrast from the waterparks and amusement rides, and the perfect complement to a Dells vacation.

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Weatherproof Fun With Indoor Mini-Golf, Go-Karts and Amusement Rides

While being on water may be among your top priorities, other adventures in Wisconsin Dells do not disappoint. Challenge one another to a round of mini golf at any number of courses, like Pirates Cove Adventure Park. Whether you’re into the classic game or want to spruce things up with backlight fun, the Dells has you covered. Get behind the wheel at any number of go-kart tracks around town for a bit of friendly competition. And you don’t have to look far for amusement parks. Kalahari Indoor Theme Park is a classic family favorite, and Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park delivers thrills with its Hades 360 – the world’s first all-wooden coaster with a 360-degree upside-down barrel roll and a 110-degree turn.

It’s not hard to see why Wisconsin Dells has earned its reputation as one of the nation’s premier vacations destinations for waterparks. From gorgeous scenery to exciting activities, scenic tours, live entertainment, dining and shopping, the Dells will make your next group getaway unforgettable. There aren’t many places better for students (and adults) to let out that extra energy and make memories that will keep them wanting to come back year after year.