How to see the best of Wisconsin Dells in 3 days

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I bet none of you honchos have been there. In Wiscansin, maybe, in Wiscansin Dells, not likely. But I’ve been lucky enough (no irony) to have been there twice. In the summer of 2001 and in May 2008, the first time as a work & travel student, the second time as a tourist.

The question “Why go to Viscansin. ” is logical even without the follow-up “when there are other places?” This state is considered, both jokingly and seriously, an extreme point, the end of the road and the boundary after which life either exists or does not exist. Remember the Kevin Smith movie “Dogma”? Two fallen angels, Loki and Bartleby, were exiled by God for disobedience, not to hell, but to a worse place–Viscancy. Of course, Smith was merely poking fun at a typical trait of many Americans, namely, a reluctance to explore the world around us and a consequent fear of exploration. And it’s not about Wisconsin itself, not about its qualities. It’s just far away, “somewhere near Canada’s borders.” Of course, a typical Wisconsin resident like Tyson of Richland Center, age 25, isn’t going to go to places unknown, either. Yes, he’s been to the town of La Crosse, but he hasn’t been to any “Chicagow,” and he won’t go. I wonder if Tyson has changed his views on geography and his relationship to travel after almost 10 years.

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

I lived and worked in that town for almost four months in 2001. If you enter it from the south, it greets you with a view like this:

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

As you enter from the west:

The population is monstrously small, yet this town is the center of local tourism, and I mean several neighboring states. While it used to be touristy only in the summer season, now you can relax there in the winter as well, such as an indoor water park.

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Views of the largest park, Mt. Olympus:

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

A plaque honoring the park’s creator, Jim Lascaris:

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

The newest rollercoaster in the park, and the largest, Hades, hits 70 mph, goes down at a 65-degree angle, part of the track goes under the park parking lot, and there is a 90-degree turn. By the way, all the rollercoasters in the park are wooden.

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Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

This is what Hades looks like from the parking lot:

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

The park has several go-kart tracks, the most famous one running through a Trojan Horse figure:

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

The park’s stylization is certainly naive, but that doesn’t diminish the fun of the rides:

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Neighboring Riverview Park. Unfortunately, it has been delayed in development, and has become very inferior to its giant neighbor.

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

One of the best, to my taste, local opportunities to spend an hour or two is the Original Wisconsin Ducks ride, a tour of the amphibious all-terrain vehicles that served in World War II. The tours have been running for 65 years.

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

The views are great:

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

with unique nature,

Journey to the Midwest: Wisconsin Dells

and the flavor of local life.

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The 12 most popular sights and attractions in Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells, in central Wisconsin, is the place that brings up your inner child. With the largest concentration of water parks in the world and an abundance of theaters and museums, your vacation can focus on as much water or land as you like. If you prefer a little of both, take a trip on the famous Duck Boat Amphibious Tours, which will be one of the area’s most iconic experiences.

The region, which includes Lake Delton , is collectively known as the Dells. You can easily find hiking activities like ziplining, skiing and live entertainment, but it’s hard to miss the natural sandstone bluffs, wildlife and canyons that surround you.

One of the most notable areas, while difficult to reach on foot, is the Dells of the Wisconsin River State Natural Area. Views of some of the sandstone skyscrapers can be seen on the Wisconsin Dells of the River Walk, but the best way to observe the Natural Area is on a sightseeing tour of the Wisconsin River.

Other attractions and scenic tours are readily available here, which means you can start your day on the waterslides and stop watching the sunset in the canyon.

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1 Wisconsin Ducks Excursion.

Initial Wisconsin Ducks.

One of the top things to do in the Wisconsin Dells is to take a boat tour of the Original Wisconsin Ducks. Splash into the Wisconsin River as well as Lake Deltona for part of your excursion into the water and then drive four miles of desert without leaving your car. The historic amphibious vehicles were designed to transport cargo from ship to shore during World War II. The vehicles were used to give visitors a unique way to experience Wisconsin Dells by land and water since 1946.

Address: 1890 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Official website: http://www.wisconsinducktours.com/

2 Noah’s Ark Waterpark

Noah’s Ark Waterpark | Photo Copyright: Noahs Ark Waterpark

You’ll need to start your day early or plan for a few days at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. It is the largest water park in America with over 70 acres of water rides, activities and attractions. The park caters to all ages and has four separate children’s play areas. Some of the popular features and rides include two rivers; two pools of big waves; and streetcar rides such as the Bermuda Triangle, Dark Trip and Time Warp, which spin you in a giant bowl while on a raft. There are several group rides that are fun for families and dry activities like the arcade and 4-D theater. If you’re more of a water park fan than a participant, be sure to book a private cabana before your visit, where you can socialize for the afternoon.

Address: 1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Official website: https://www.noahsarkwaterpark.com/

3 Wisconsin Deer Park.

Wisconsin Deer Park

As one of the first attractions in the Wisconsin Dells area, Wisconsin Deer Park has remained a family favorite for more than 50 years. This interactive park includes 40 acres of wooded trails and feeding areas. The most recognized resident of the park is the white-tailed deer, a common species in Wisconsin and the Midwest. When you walk through the park, don’t forget to take some of the other exhibits, which include bison, Japanese deer and elk. One of the best times to visit is in early summer, when you’re likely to catch a glimpse of some of the deer that are born almost every day in May and June.

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Address: 583 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Official website: http://www.wisdeerpark.com/

4 Rick Wilcox Magic Theatre

Rick Wilcox’s Magic Theatre | Photo Copyright: Rick Wilcox’s Magic Theater

There is no shortage of indoor theater attractions in Wisconsin Dells, but one of the most popular is the Rick Wilcox Magic Theater. The grand illusion show is a combination of magic, live entertainment and comedy in just 90 minutes. The family-friendly show features a male and female team, Rick and Susan Wilcox, who update the show each year with new illusions and stage appearances. Be sure to pay attention to the actual theater when you visit, as it has a history of its own. Before it opened in 1999 for the Rick Wilcox show, it was a teen dance club in the 1980s and a country music theater in the 1990s.

Address: 1670 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Official website: http://rickwilcox.com/

5 Wilderness Resort

Wilderness Resort | Photo copyright: Wilderness Resort

Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells is a sprawling resort with indoor and outdoor water parks. The indoor water park at Klondike Cavern has a lazy river, body slides and a popular dumping bucket for kids of all ages. One of the most impressive areas of the resort is the Wild WaterDome. It’s a 70,000-square-foot indoor water park with the largest wave pool in the country with five-foot waves and a dome that covers the entire facility. There are two other indoor water parks, Wild West, with thrills, and Cove Cubby, which has a sports pool with basketball hoops. There are several outdoor water parks to choose from, including New Frontier, Lake Wilderness, Lost World with water adventures and Cubby’s Outdoor. If you can’t choose between indoor or outdoor, you can try a little bit of both indoor/outdoor hot spa.

The address is 511 E. Adams Street, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Official website: http://www.wildernessresort.com/

6 Theater Palace in Dells.

The Palace Theatre in Dells | Photo Copyright: The Palace Theatre in the Dells

If you’re spending time in Wisconsin Dells, you should plan at least one evening at The Palace Theatre in Dells. You can enjoy dinner and a show or just attend a performance. The theater shows Disney classics such as The Little Mermaid, Broadway musicals and special acts throughout the year. The theater is centrally located and a popular evening option if you’ve spent the day exploring some of the more than 100 tourist attractions in the area.

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Address: 564 Wisconsin Dells Parkway South, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Official website: http://www.dellspalace.com/

7 H.H. Bennett Studios

H.H. Bennett Studio Jim / photo modified

Although there are several museums in Wisconsin Dells, one of the most interesting is Studio H.H. Bennett, which is also the oldest operating business in the area. H. H. Bennett is considered one of the finest landscape photographers of the 19th century. The photography studio opened in 1875 and is considered the oldest studio of its kind in the United States. The studio now belongs to the Wisconsin Historical Society and still displays most of H.H. Bennett and photography. If you go, stop by the three-dimensional imaging area, which uses technology to digitally enhance some old Bennett images in stereo. It’s one of the only such technologies in the U.S.

Address: 215 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Official website: http://hhbennettstudio.wisconsinhistory.org/

8 Bigfoot Zipline.

Bigfoot Zipline | Copyright: Bigfoot Zipline

If you’re looking for an aerial view of the Dells, the zipline adventure is a fantastic option. Bigfoot Zipline Tours is one of the best adventure attractions in Wisconsin Dells. The tours usually last 2.5 hours and go through seven ziplines that soar over trees and lakes. The park will soon open a D-Day Invasion adventure park, with an air park and ropes tour. The company also offers combination rides if you want to pack several adventures into one day.

Address: 1550 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Official website: http://www.bigfootzip.com/

9 Mr. Marvel’s Wondertorium.

Mr. Marvel’s Wondertorium | Photo copyright: Mr. Marvels Wondertorium

Nothing rushes a vacation like the exhibits of the strange and unusual at Mr. Marvel’s Wondertorium. Tours allow you to explore the taxidermy exhibit with some of the most unusual animals from around the world, examine a woolly mammoth hair and enjoy a live show of circus tricks. The museum lets you get up close to animals you’ve probably never seen before and take in shows like The Lizard Experience and WonderTHRILL, a comedy magic show with circus tricks.

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Address: 817 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Official website: http://www.wondertorium.com/

10 Kalahari Water Parks

Kalahari Water Parks | Photo Copyright: Kalahari Resorts.

The largest indoor water park in Wisconsin, Kalahari is a one-stop shopping experience when it comes to accommodations and activities. The 125,000-square-foot water park and indoor theme park will keep you busy for days. Popular rides at the park include a lazy river ride; Flowrider, where you can travel in waves; a wave pool; and the bypass water slide Zig Zag Zebra. Because the water park is indoors, you can visit year-round. Try to book a private indoor cabana so you can relax to watch the kids. They are equipped with a flat-screen TV, refrigerator and chaise lounge.

Address: 1305 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Official website: https://www.kalahariresorts.com/wisconsin

11 Riverwalk.

A scenic walk along the Wisconsin Dells River is an unforgettable experience. The sandstone bluffs that mark the area haven’t always been available to visitors, but the paved quarter-mile river walk gives you the most scenic views on foot from the Wisconsin River. Take your time as you walk to enjoy the public green space, game tables and park benches. This free attraction is also open for biking. The best times to walk are the spectacular Wisconsin sunsets and sunsets.

The address is 100 Block Downtown, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

12 Lost Canyons.

Lost Canyons | Photo Copyright: Lost Canyons.

You can explore the deepest canyon in Wisconsin by horse and carriage on the Lost Canyon tour. The mile-long road, cut through cliff-side gorges, gives you private access to one of the state’s most scenic areas. Your tour through the narrow passages by carriage is a unique experience. Horses move over rocks and tight squeezes to give you the most natural exposure to areas that have not been touched by sunlight in more than half a million years. Be sure to take your camera to capture the spectacular sandy rock formations from this unique perspective.

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