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Things to Do in the Wisconsin Dells

Things to do in the Wisconsin Dells include the Original Wisconsin Duck Tours, Mirror Lake State Park, Circus World Museum, International Crane Foundation and Dells Boat Tours.
  • Things to Do in the Wisconsin Dells--Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park Resort

    Top attractions in the Wisconsin Dells

    Most visitors to this town of 2,700 spend time twisting down water slides or floating in wave pools. What almost certainly ranks as one of the most kid-friendly vacation spots in the Heartland revolves around giant indoor and outdoor water parks, such as Mount Olympus (pictured).

    But be sure to see the Dells, the unique, craggy bluffs rising over the Wisconsin River like stacks of sandstone pancakes. Some of the best views are from double-decker excursion boats. And attractions in nearby Baraboo, including Circus World Museum and the International Crane Foundation, are worth leaving the pool for as well.

    More information: (800) 223-3557; wisdells.com

  • Things to do in the Wisconsin Dells-International Crane Foundation
    Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

    International Crane Foundation

    A trip to the Dells means you're only minutes away from this Baraboo animal habitat, the one place in the world where all 15 species of cranes live. Take guided or self-guided tours through savanna and tallgrass prairie, see whooping cranes in a wetland and learn about preservation efforts. (608) 356-9462; savingcranes.org

     

  • Things to do in the Wisconsin Dells-Boat Tours
    Photo Courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

    Dells Boat Tours

    See the Dells' signature sandstone cliffs and rock formations from a slow-moving double-decker boat or a full-throttle jet boat. Sunset dinner cruises include a stop to walk on a torch-lit path at Witches Gulch. (608) 254-8555; dellsboats.com

  • Things to do in the Wisconsin Dells-Circus World Museum
    Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

    Circus World Museum

    In Baraboo (12 miles south of the Dells), see exhibits and shows on the grounds of the original Ringling Brothers Circus winter quarters. Kids can create a circus performance at KidsWorld Circus. (866) 693-1500; circusworld.wisconsinhistory.org

  • Things to do in the Wisconsin Dells--Devil's Lake State Parks
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    Devil's Lake State Park

    Two miles south of Baraboo, Devil's Lake attracts more visitors annually than any other Wisconsin state park. Fishing, swimming and boating are popular on the 360-acre spring-fed lake. Nearly 30 miles of trails wind along the shoreline or though rocky forests. (608) 356-8301; dnr.state.wi.us

  • Things to do in the Wisconsin Dells-Mirror Lake State Park
    Photo Courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

    Mirror Lake State Park

    Three miles from the Dells, this park—named for its calm lake that reflects a wooded shoreline—offers a quiet retreat. Bike, boat, canoe and kayak rentals are offered; the lake also has a beach. (608) 254-2333; dnr.state.wi.us

    The Seth Peterson Cottage overlooking Mirror Lake was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's last commissions, in 1958. In disrepair by the early 1980s, it is now restored and open for overnight stays. Call well in advance. (877) 466-2358; sethpeterson.org

  • Things to Do in the Wisconsin Dells--Original Wisconsin Duck Tours

    Original Wisconsin Duck Tours

    Drivers offer insight about local history and geology during 8.5-mile land and water tours in amphibious vehicles. (608) 254-8751; wisconsinducktours.com

  • Things to Do in the Wisconsin Dells--Kalahari
    Photo Courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

    Dells: Where to stay

    The Dells area is home to a wide variety of accommodations, from huge family-friendly complexes, with both indoor and outdoor water parks, to adults-only resorts. Just a few of our favorites:

    Baker's Sunset Bay Resort This family-owned resort along Lake Delton offers bonfires, an indoor pool, horseshoes, a beach and free rowboats. (800) 435-6515; sunsetbayresort.com

    Chula Vista Resort In addition to 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor water parks, this sprawling retreat has a golf course, spa and eight eateries. (800) 388-4782; chulavistaresort.com

    Great Wolf Lodge This family-friendly resort has 436 suites, indoor and outdoor water parks, an Elements Spa for adults and a Scoops Kids Spa for ages 12 and under. (800) 559-9653; greatwolf.com

    Kalahari The African-theme Kalahari is home to indoor and outdoor water parks, a massive indoor theme park, and eight restaurants (pictured). (877) 525-2427; kalahariresorts.com/wi

    Sundara Inn and Spa For adults only, this resort has 26 suites and 12 villas primed for romance and relaxation. (888) 735-8181; sundaraspa.com

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