25 Coolest Midwest Lake Vacation Spots
More cool for kids: Wisconsin Dells
The nickname "Water Park Capital of the World" is a pretty good clue to the kid-appeal of this hilly vacation area near Lake Delton (50 miles northwest of Madison). Water-park resorts (such as Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park, left), plus old-fashioned amusement parks, top most itineraries.
But The Dells also has three state parks and plenty of spots for grown-up relaxation. Try to find time to see the Dells, the unique, craggy bluffs rising over the Wisconsin River like stacks of sandstone pancakes. Some of the best views are from double-decker excursion boats. For a Dells-style adventure, bounce your way through the woods and splash into the river on the Wisconsin Ducks -- amphibious transport vehicles from World War II.