About a week and a half ago, my kids and I went to see the How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular in Milwaukee. We had a ton of fun at the show, but after it was over we got to head back to a wonderful hotel, and enjoyed a weekend splashing around at an amazing Oasis in the middle of the city!
We stayed at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center hotel, which also includes an attached water park; Paradise Landing. I was actually quite surprised to find such an awesome treat right in the middle of downtown! My family and I used to live about one half hour north of Milwaukee, and I never even knew this water park was there!
Paradise Landing features the following:
- A 3-story Jamaican Village with four fantastic water slides
- An Idyllic Lagoon
- Hydro-therapy Spa that accommodates up to 31 people
- Kiddy Pool with Beached Boat Slide, Turtle Squirt and Mushroom Rain Drop Fountain
- Seashell Slide and Frog Slide
- Lily Pad Walk
- Water Cannons
Family Fun Center
Need a break from aquatic action? Visit the Family Fun Center and try your hand at a wide variety of video, table and arcade games. The more you play, the more tickets you win to redeem for fun prizes. Tokens for games are available for purchase in the arcade and the tickets can be redeemed at the arcade hospitality desk.
“A Taste of Paradise” awaits you at Cabana Cove, serving your favorite snacks and refreshments perched above the water park.
WHAT THE MOMMY BUNCH SAYS (all pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them)
My kids were ecstatic to not only stay in a hotel room (they love staying at hotels), but also to get to spend a whole weekend at a water park with mom! This particular water park is not huge, but I think just the right size for a family looking for a little escape and to have a little fun!
They have four water slides, but you have to pass a swim test to go on two of them unless you are over a certain height. My five year old son was determined to go on those slides, but was disappointed in that he cannot quite swim well enough to pass the test.
He still had fun on the other two slides though, and my three year old daughter even went down a slide by herself for the first time ever! The last time we went to a water park, I couldn’t even get her to go down the baby slide with me, and now she is going down this huge slide all by herself!
The other things my children enjoyed, were splashing around in the water geysers, and playing with the turtle and canons that both sprayed water.
After splashing around and heading down the slides, we would take a few breaks here and there in the hydro-therapy spa. The kids really loved it, and I did too because it was nice and warm.
After we warmed up for a few minutes, we would head back out for more fun (the pool water was warm, but this was obviously much warmer so we really enjoyed it as a treat every so often!).
The hotel was very generous and gave us all VIP passes to the water park, which included food and drinks for us. This was great, because we were really hungry after all the fun we had!
After playing for a few hours (yes hours), we headed up to the Cabana Cove and grabbed some hot dogs, chips, and drinks. I don’t usually let my kids have soda, but when we are out having fun a root beer here or there isn’t going to hurt.
The hot dogs were actually the really large style, which was great because I was expecting the really small ones. My kids ate them down in no time and were ready to head down to the arcade for a little fun.
The kids had a good time playing games and winning tickets. In the end they cashed in about 130 tickets, which was enough to get my son a yo-yo and some candy, and get my daughter a bracelet and candy. Mom snuck a few pieces of candy for herself. 🙂
The only thing we did not like about the arcade was that there were quite a few games that seemed to be out of working order. The air hockey machine was also very hard to play. I tried playing my son in a game, but so little air came out of the holes that the puck kept getting stuck in the sides and didn’t glide very easily. I think it is time for a few new machines, but otherwise we did have fun playing around!
THE HOTEL STAY
The hotel itself was amazing as well. The Hilton City Center is considered a Four Diamond Hotel so you know it should be exceptional, and it did not disappoint.
The staff was very friendly and helpful, and our whole experience was great. I am a bit of a sucker for nice details and historical features, so I do have quite a few pictures to share. I’ll just let them speak for themselves as you take a look at some of the finer details of the hotel and our room.
Our room was clean, the view was great, and the nice little details always make me smile.
Overall we had a wonderful weekend at a great hotel and water park. If you are going to be in the Milwaukee area, I high recommend staying at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Not only is the hotel spectacular, but there is something for the whole family to do! The Bradley Center is only two blocks away, and a quick walk down Wisconsin Ave brings you right to the children’s museum (plus a walk like this does a great job tiring out two rambunctious little kids :-D)!
If you live in the Milwaukee area, and are just looking for something fun to do on a cold weekend, head over to Paradise Landing and have a little family fun. This is the perfect urban oasis that most people probably don’t even realize is there! I would recommend calling first, as guests do get first chance at using the water park.
Update: Since this post was written, Paradise Landing has since been closed. It was a wonderful place to visit, however, the attraction will no longer be available.
Disclosure: The Mommy Bunch was given a reduced hotel rate, including water park passes, to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own.