Location: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Meeting space: 212,000 square feet of flexible meeting space
Guest rooms: 794
Access: Interstate 90, Dane County Regional Airport
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, combines a convention center, water parks, thrill rides, restaurants, a spa, guest rooms and more with African-themed décor in one massive location dedicated to business and fun.
Located in the heart of the state along the Wisconsin River, the all-under-one-roof resort contains vast entertainment options and meeting accommodations with just about anything that groups with families could want.
Water cascades from falls throughout the property, and children plunge down multi-colored water slides of varied heights and sizes. The slides curl among its stadium-sized water parks, while people of all ages enjoy everything from rock climbing to laser tag to sipping a drink at the Piano Bar and Lounge.
There is so much to see and do, it takes hundreds of employees to run the massive operation.
Anyone staying in one of the 794 guest rooms and suites has admission to the indoor and outdoor water parks, with 30 waterslides and 20 pools included. The indoor water park boasts being the largest in the state at 125,000 square feet, and it’s available no matter what the weather is outside.
If thrill rides are what a group is looking for, Kalahari offers the Tom Foolerys Adventure Park. It has a six-story Ferris wheel, a ropes course, zip line, climbing walls, laser tag, go-carts, miniature golf, bowling lanes and a sports bar.
There are also luxury villas along Lake Delton, five-bedroom entertainment villas and suites with kitchens, fireplaces and balconies.
The convention center has 212,000 square feet of flexible space with three ballrooms, 47 meeting rooms, four luxury board rooms and exhibit space for more than 750 booths.
For guests who want to relax, Spa Kalahari and Salon offers massage, facials, skin care, nail care and hair services, while golfers can play 27 holes at Trappers Turn or a fun par-three course.
“Kalahari Wisconsin Dells is a perfect location for events from 35 to 3,500 guests,” said Kyra Popp, Kalahari’s corporate director of sales. “Event planners can expect to see a 15 percent increase in attendance in events held at Kalahari, resulting from the excitement Kalahari generates for their event.”
Kalahari has multiple dining experiences, including Double Cut Steak House, with craft cocktails and family-style sides, and the Wisconsin Brew Pub, which features local beer and celebrates all things Wisconsin. Redd’s Piano Bar provides live nightly entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. In addition to the Ivory Coast Restaurant, located off the main lobby, other dining options include the Great Karoo Marketplace Buffet, Rattlers Cantina, Ingraffia’s Pizza Kitchen, Sweet Hut and Java Manjaro. There are places to eat inside the water parks, including a poolside bar called the Mud Hut, which serves drinks and beer.
Kalahari has more than doubled its Wisconsin Convention Center to better accommodate trade shows, exhibitions, conventions, conferences, retreats and other gatherings. It’s pretty much everything a group might require, next to the far-ranging lodging and entertainment options. For group events, Kalahari prides itself on exceptional service, especially for receptions. The resort consults with groups on best practices for post-pandemic exhibit hall floor planning, physical distancing to protect attendees and offers suggestions to protect guest health and safety during group meetings.
Water Fun For All
Wisconsin Dells is called the waterpark capital of the world, and Kalahari’s water entertainment ranks among the city’s best known. It’s not just water thrill rides. Guests of all ages float on the peaceful lazy river, and younger kids enjoy the multi-level tree fort called Splashdown Safari. There are tube slides and more intense slides like The Smoke That Thunders, a high-speed ride that drops into a pool. At the indoor park, little ones have lots of options like Tiko’s Watering Hole, for kids who just want to get used to being in the water.
Wisconsin Dells has been a popular tourist destination for a long time because of its theme parks and location. The city is less than three hours from Green Bay and under four hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul, and two and a half hours from Chicago. The surrounding region has lakes, horseback riding, caves, golf resorts and boat tours. Venues rent jet skis, ski boats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, and there are tours of Wisconsin’s longest and deepest canyon and many other attractions.