Wisconsin Dells, besides being the southernmost stop on our trip, is, apparently, a major, major, major destination where the populations of Chicago, Milwaukee, etc. come for fun-in-the-sun. It is rather Niagara Falls like in that there are tons of kitschy businesses (haunted houses, Ripley’s, mini-golf, etc.) all over the place. It’s claim to fame, though, is that it is the “Water Park Capital of the World”, and indeed, there are several Canada-sized parks here, plus, two gigantic America-sized ones. We went to the one that billed itself as “America’s Largest”, aka. Noah’s Ark. (The other one is Mount Olympus, which is half-water park and half roller coaster).
Noah’s Ark is indeed massive with 49 slides, 2 huge wave pools, and it just seems to go on and on forever. It was very warm today and though the lineups were in places distressing, there were always some rides that you could get on right away. Some of our favorites: Black Anaconda, Time Warp, Cowabunga, Congo Bongo, Dark Voyage, Black Thunder, Jungle Rapids. There were a lot more than that. We arrived at about 9:45 and left, somewhat reluctantly, at about 5:15.
After that we grabbed pizza at the Pizza Pub across the street before zipping down to the Rick Wilcox Magic Show. This show began with one of the most impressive tricks I have ever seen, a Lamborghini appearing right in front of your eyes seemingly out of thin air, and a bunch of other stuff that was pretty good too.