Wisconsin Dells calls itself the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” because the city has more than 20 water parks. These are mixed with theme parks, themed hotels, Go-Kart tracks and scenic boat rides. It’s hard not to get drawn in by the thrilling, fun activities on offer in this scenic city set on the beautiful Wisconsin River, known for its steep bluffs.
Wisconsin Dells, know locally as “the Dells,” is small but has a big city feel to it. Use the river as your point of reference to navigate the township. Just near the river is Downtown, the main shopping district where you can find anything from antiques, to tasty treats, such as fudge and cheese.
Head to the hub around the Wisconsin Dells Parkway to find many of the most popular theme parks, including Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park, the outdoor Noah’s Ark Waterpark and the Wilderness Resort. Decide which attractions you want to visit before you book your accommodation to make the most of the package deals that most resorts offer.
The African-themed Kalahari Resort and Convention Center offers rooms as well as day passes and is the largest indoor water park in Wisconsin. Try boogie boarding on the Flowrider, shoot out the Elephant’s Trunk after sliding down a very long tube and relax in the whirlpool. To avoid long lines for the most popular rides, go midweek or late in the evening.
Not all of the Wisconsin Dells' attractions are man-made: There are rolling hills, thick forests, and unusual sandstone cliffs and striking rock formations on the banks of Wisconsin River.
Board an amphibious Wisconsin DUCK to tour around in what was a World War II surplus vehicle. Explore the Red Bird gorge and experience the vehicle diving into the river to bring you closer to the sandstone cliffs. Book a high-speed jet boat cruise for a faster ride.
After all the wet and wild fun, sit back and catch a live performance at the Tommy Bartlett Show or tour the upside-down White House.
Summer is the best time to visit Midwestern Wisconsin Dells.