By Mel Grau
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
Kids love Wisconsin Dells for its massive waterparks and themed attractions. But there’s more to the Dells than slippery children’s playgrounds. This fall, adults can find charming wineries, microbrew festivals and thrilling outdoor adventures that will prove the Dells is a destination for all ages.
Dells on Tap
More than 50 breweries from the Midwest showcase beers at Dells on Tap, drawing party-ready crowds year after year. With a commemorative tasting glass, you can try everything from German wheat beers to coffee stouts.
Quiz the brew masters about their best brews to find your new favorite (hint: try a pumpkin lager). Chances are, most of the ingredients used to make it are local.
Why admire Wisconsin’s fall colors from the ground when you could zoom through the trees at record speeds? Autumn leaves will become a happy blur of red, orange, and yellow at BigFoot Zipline Tours.
Perfect for both beginners and zipline veterans (go upside down if you please), Big Foot tours take you over both water and land. Guides are renowned at Big Foot for being helpful, encouraging and fun-loving. They’ll make every minute of the 2.5-hour excursion a thrill.
Winery Tours & Tastings
Top-rated Wollersheim Winery and Fawn Creek Winery both are just a short drive from downtown Dells. Wollersheim is a historic winery with grape vines dating back to the late 1800s. Take the tour to learn how Wollersheim evolved from a family farm to a winery earning international acclaim.
Fawn Creek is surrounded by forest (read: more fall color!) and offers regular live music. Hunker in for an afternoon on their outdoor patio to groove to local bands.
The International Crane Foundation is just 10 minutes from Wisconsin Dells. A fascinating hot spot for bird lovers, the foundation is home to all 15 species of cranes in the world.
The birds actually sing and dance, surprising you with a new kind of live entertainment. Take a guided tour through the wetlands conservatory, and learn about ecology and sustainability along the way.
Hike new trails
With its two large beaches, host of water sports and various levels of hiking, Devil’s Lake State Park is an ideal destination for families. For a more adult-oriented outdoors experience, head to nearby Mirror Lake State Park. It’s often less crowded, but Mirror Lake offers similarly gorgeous hiking trails and serene kayaking. If you’d like to cap your fall hike with a traditional Wisconsin meal, take the trail leading directly to Ishnala Supper Club.
Looking for more to do in the Dells besides water parks? Here's a look at what made the area famous.