Spend the day on lazy rivers, bumper boats and rides like the twisty water roller-coaster called Black Anaconda 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.
Kalahari Resort caters to families with a range of lodging, including suites and private villas (from $199).
Couples appreciate the adults-only Sundara Inn and Spa (from $189), where suites include balconies and the spa offers services like hot-stone massages.
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 seven 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 campsites and rental units enjoy catch-and-release fishing, a swimming pond with inflatables, a jumping pillow, a dunk tank and mini golf in the shadow of Devil’s Lake State Park near Merrimac (less than 30 miles southeast of the Dells). We love the themed weekends like Foam Party and the Duct Tape and Cardboard Boat Races. From $30 for campsites; $80 for rental units. (608) 493-2367; merrymacscampground.com