1. Noah’s Ark Waterpark
“Raja—The World’s Largest King Cobra” slithers into Noah’s Ark Waterpark this summer. The waterslide, shaped like a giant king cobra, is billed as the tallest and longest slide of its kind in the world. The slide twists and winds before sending passengers on a 37-foot plunge into the “mouth” of the cobra. noahsarkwaterpark.com
Noah's Ark Waterpark. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.
2. Sundara Inn & Spa
This summer will feature the reveal of a $13 million expansion to Sundara Inn & Spa. The expansion will more than double the resort’s footprint, adding a second outdoor pool, fitness studio, restaurant, rooftop greenhouse, salt treatment room, meditation room, eight new suites, hiking trails and more. sundaraspa.com
Sundara Inn & Spa. Courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.
3. Prairie Hawk Winery
Take a short drive through the countryside to this new family-owned winery. Sip on chardonnay, riesling and rosé in either the intimate 8-seat tasting room or the more spacious patio. The menu also features hard cider made from locally-sourced apples. prairiehawkwinery.com
4. Wollersheim Winery & Distillery
Wollersheim released its first rye whiskey earlier this year, using locally-grown grains aged more than two years in oak barrels. Wollersheim also sells brandy, gin, vermouth and absinthe. wollersheim.com
Wollersheim Winery & Distillery. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.
5. Ishnala Supper Club
A new bar and lounge area along with expanded outdoor seating will give customers even more space to enjoy meals of steak, seafood and other supper club favorites along with beautiful Mirror Lake views. ishnala.com
Ishnala Supper Club. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.
6. BigFoot Ropes Course
Take your thrill-seeking to a new level on this year-round ropes course with 80 elements for all levels of physical fitness. An elevated viewing area accommodates those who would rather watch the fun than participate. dellsadventurepark.com
BigFoot Ropes Course. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.
7. Vennebu Hill Wedding Barn & Event Venue
This venue, overlooking the Baraboo Bluffs and Wisconsin River, will start hosting weddings and other events in June. The property’s original Gothic barn was dismantled and is being reconstructed to include a dining space with seating for 350 and a large outdoor patio. vennebuhill.com
8. International Crane Foundation
The wildlife center in Baraboo, the only place in the world where visitors can see all 15 species of cranes, plans a $10 million expansion to add a new visitor center, expand the crane exhibits and renovate breeding spaces for endangered cranes. The targeted completion date is spring 2020. savingcranes.org
9. Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Train buffs will enjoy the growing number of exhibits at this museum, which says it has one of the largest collections of restored wooden cars in North America. This summer a new display shed will add room for more wooden rail cars, a steam engine and other rail equipment. Visitors can also take a 55-minute, seven-mile ride in century-old restored steel coaches. midcontinent.org
Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.
10. Summer House
Walk, drive or boat to this new family restaurant, set to open in summer 2018 on Lake Delton. Dine outdoors to take advantage of the waterfront views or indoors for a rustic summer-house atmosphere. The menu will focus on modern American cuisine made with locally-sourced ingredients. wisdells.com