Wisconsin Dells has been christened “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” for good reason. The community boasts the largest concentration of waterparks in the world including America’s largest outdoor waterpark, the country’s largest indoor/outdoor combination, and the state’s largest indoor waterpark. Several local business owners are credited with pioneering the national indoor waterpark craze.
Water shows are the dominant theme in Wisconsin Dells in other ways. For more than 150 years, visitors have taken sightseeing tours on the Wisconsin River, which literally bisects the city, for up-close views of the magnificent sandstone bluffs that tower above the water. The Dells is home to the world’s largest fleet of “Ducks,” restored WWII amphibious vehicles popular for land-to-water tours. A long-running ski show is often on the itinerary. Kayaking, canoeing, boating, parasailing, skiing and fishing round out the H2O pursuits.
When not on, in or near the water, visitors may want to ride a roller coaster or get behind the wheel of a go-kart. For more grown-up getaways, couples and groups of friends often plan itineraries around the area’s championship golf courses, world-class spas, classic supper clubs, and live shows. Wisconsin Dells has long been the top year-round destination in Wisconsin, and now it’s a national favorite as well.
Must see attractions...
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Said another way, when in the Waterpark Capital of the World, splash around at the waterparks. In the summer months, ride the loop-de-loop slide known as Scorpion’s Tail at Noah’s Ark Waterpark, the country’s largest outdoor waterpark. Play in the surf at the massive outdoor surf pool at Mt. Olympus. Visit waterpark resorts like Wilderness, Chula Vista, Kalahari, Great Wolf and Polynesian where the indoor waterparks are always a balmy 80+ degrees.
Your child will always remember...
Their first time at a waterpark, splashing around in a wave pool, standing under a giant dump bucket, jumping through a geyser, aiming a water cannon at unsuspecting mom or dad, riding a lazy river, hopping into a tube for a slide down a twisty-turny slide, and telling all their friends that they got to visit Wisconsin Dells.
Find fun here...
At all the classic attractions, like the Tommy Bartlett ski show on Lake Delton, taking a Duck ride on the Wisconsin River, watching fudge being made at a downtown confectionary then devouring your favorite flavor, shopping for souvenirs, playing mini-golf and go-karting, riding a roller coaster, getting a front row seat at the Rick Wilcox magic show, petting the deer at Wisconsin Deer Park, visiting Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, getting an old-timey family portrait taken and, of course, going to your favorite waterpark.
Explore your adventurous side...
On land, in the sky, on the water, the adventurer will find a lot to love about the Dells. There are three zip line courses that take you through tree canopies. Try parasailing on the Wisconsin River or stand up paddleboarding on Lake Delton. Go for a jet boat ride on the River (side note – you will get wet). Hike the bluffs at Devil’s Lake State Park. Ski or snow tube at Christmas Mountain and Cascade Mountain. Kayak Mirror Lake. Go tubing on the river. Are you tired yet?
When the seasons change you may be surprised to find...
That the vast majority of attractions stay open year-round. Wisconsin Dells is jumpin’ 12 months a year, with much of the credit going to the local entrepreneurs who pioneered the indoor waterpark. But don’t just stay in your swim suit the entire time. There are indoor amusement parks at the Kalahari Resort, Mt. Olympus Resort, Wilderness Resort, Knuckleheads and Wild Fun Zone. Dine, shop, take in a live show. The Dells is about as close to weatherproof as you can get short of putting a dome over the entire community.
Did you know that 25% of visitors to the Dells come without kids? Couples are visiting Wollersheim Winery and Fawn Creek Winery. They’re having spa-together services at Sundara Inn & Spa. They’re dining at one of the area’s fine Wisconsin supper clubs, like the Del-Bar. They’re reserving morning tee times at one of the area’s championship golf courses. They’re boutique shopping by day and gaming and clubbing by night. And they’re playing at the waterparks!
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