Spend the day on lazy rivers, bumper boats and rides like the water roller-coaster the Black Anaconda, which twists and turns through tunnels, at Noah’s Ark Water Park.
Take a load off at Hot Dog Avenue; the Green Bay Dog with chili cheese fries is a hit.
Water slides and a roller coaster that goes underground thrill at Greco-Roman-theme Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park Resort.
Dig into beer-soaked Wisconsin brats and German spaetzle at Brat House Grill.
The Tommy Bartlett Show on Lake Delton awes audiences with water stunts, jugglers and motorcycling daredevils.
Whether you come for the water parks, the kids’ activities or the African-theme amenities, a visit to Kalahari Resort caters to families (from $199).
Couples appreciate the adults-only Sundara Inn and Spa (from $189), with services like full-body massages, wraps, manicures and pedicures.
World War II-Era duck vehicles take visitors off-road past fern-filled canyons and through thick woods before plunging into Lake Delton during Original Wisconsin Duck Tours.
Thrill-seekers glide 10 to 100 feet high over Sasquatch Lake and treetops on six Bigfoot Ziplines with names like Geronimo.
High Rock Cafe serves refined lunch specialties such as the Soprano sandwich made with garlic shrimp, bacon, Swiss and tomato-basil mayo.
Devil’s Lake State Park’s 29 miles of trails along winding shoreline and through rocky forests attract more visitors annually than any other Wisconsin state park.
Back in the Dells, massive cuts of corn-fed, dry-aged beef pair with a respectable wine list and sides like the fully loaded mashed potatoes at Kaminski Bros. Chop House.
More information: Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau (800) 223-3557; wisdells.com
Bring the Kids
Merry Mac’s Campground Campers at the 252 RV sites in the shadow of Devil’s Lake State Park near Merrimac (less than 30 miles southeast of the Dells) choose from a fishing pond, swimming pond with inflatables, a jumping pillow, dunk tank, nickel Bingo and Texas Hold’em tournaments. We love the themed weekends like Under the Sea, complete with sand castles, a beach-blanket party and limbo contest. From $30. (608) 493-2367; merrymacscampground.com