Water Park Fun
Black Hawk guests receive passes to Noah's Ark Waterpark, which touts itself as America's largest outdoor water park, or Chula Vista, a resort with an indoor, year-round water park, plus outdoor fun and a sweet wave pool overlooking the Wisconsin River.
Be sure to pack a tote bag, sandals, sunscreen, sunglasses and your own beach towels for visiting the water parks.
On warm days, you'll see kids swooshing down the Black Hawk Motel slide and splashing around in the fenced outdoor pool. There's even a diving board, which seems to be a rare find in an era where splash parks have turned trendy. Toddlers can cool off in a shallow kids' pool off to the side. Outdoor pools are open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. On cool and rainy days, guests can use the heated indoor pool that ranges from about 3 to 5 feet in depth. It's open from 9 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.
Anyone who came of age in the 1980's should get a kick out of the retro game room. Grab a roll of quarters, kick back in the curvy plastic chairs and see if your kids can master the classics while cranking up the jukebox. You can also queue up the balls for a game of pool. The game room is by the indoor pool, which is handy if some family members prefer pinball to cannonballs.
There two play areas on the property, including one that sits between the main office and the outdoor pool, offering a handy place for kids to slide, swing, climb and burn energy on equipment that was expanded in 2013. There's an additional play area across the street by the cottages, plus a public park two blocks away.
Sauna and Whirlpool
For moms and dads seeking a soak or steam, there is a whirlpool and sauna just off the main office, both open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., plus a sauna that's by the indoor pool that stays open until 11:30 p.m.