The Wisconsin Dells is known as the Water Park Capital of the World. A title rightly earned. You can find water parks here with rides featured on the Travel Channel’s top ten list of water rides. However, these top rides and parks come with a high admission cost cost. There is a budget minded alternative, Riverview Park.
Riverview Park was once a complete amusement park with roller coasters, Ferris Wheel, and a merry go round. Today it is a water park with go-carts. We took our grandson, eight, and two granddaughters, both four, here for a day and everyone had a blast.
The regular admission charge was $10.00 for six and over and $5.00 for five and under. We went on a special day when Wisconsin residents paid just $3.00 for an all day pass. There are many coupons and specials available for admission if you look around. Interestingly, a season’s pass at $35.00 is less than an all day pass at the popular Noah’s Ark down the road.
There is more than enough to keep your kids busy until they wear out at River View Park. There are water slides with the biggest being a seventy- foot long drop into a waiting pool of water. You will also find three twisted open water slides and three twisted closed water slides. My eight-year-old could not keep up with the choices and excitement going down each slide.
For the little ones there are two toddler pools each with their own water slides scaled down for the age level. My little girls rode the kiddy boats several times but their favorite was the frog slide. There is also a large sand box which gave the girls time to relax at a calm activity before they began jumping on the giant pillow.
My wife and I enjoyed the wave pool and the inner tube rapids ride but most of all were the 700 lawn chairs provided for us to just sit and watch the kids have fun. There are lockers to rent by the wave pool area for $3.00 and inner tubes for $1.00. Life jackets are free.
On our way to the go-carts the kids stopped off at the water balloon toss and spent time lobbing water balloons at their new found friends who were lobbing them back. There are go-carts for the very young to the adventurous. The best part was that my grandson was tall enough to drive on all of the tracks but one. That one, Grand Prix, did have an extra charge as well.
Even grandpa and grandma got into the fun with the go-carts. We took turns taking a different granddaughters around the track. All of the staff we encountered were very polite and helpful. I needed help getting out of one go-cart and the attendant was right there with his assistance. In fact I am still in touch with a young girl, from Cheng Du, China who met here three years ago.
Riverview Park has a large picnic area for those who bring their own food. There are several concession stands throughout the park where you can purchase the usual fare of food and drinks.
Riverview Park is located on the west side of Highway 12 at the top of the hill after you turn off of highway 13. It is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. After Labor Day the go-carts remain open on weekends. This park may not have the fanciest, and scariest rides available but it does offer enough good fun for a group of kids to spend a day.