Family fun and kids may actually learn something as well. The exploratory has over 150 interactive activities and focuses on science, space, and technology. They actually have a piece of the MIR Space Station! It seems pretty odd for the area, but they acquired the 43 foot long MIR core module from a Russian Museum.
I haven't gone in a few years, but I'm sure the technology and games have only gotten better. It's a lot of fun for kids and they do a great job encouraging participation from everyone. This is also a great place to go for a couple of hours if you don't want to be in the heat anymore!
Talk about a corny tourist trap! Ah... that's the beauty of the Dells. I'm not sure what to say about this, other than if you have the time, the money and you're curious then go for it. There are two floors of "exhibits" to see, including shrunken heads, optical illusions, etc. I think the price for an adult admission is around $8 and I can't say that I think it's worth it, but it is something to do and kids seem to think it's exciting.
Pirates Cove Miniature Golf is insane. They have over 90 holes, or 5 games of 18 holes. The whole course is set up with 17 big waterfalls, footbridges, sandstone rock formations, and gorgeous landscaping. This is one of the first places I go when I get to Wisconsin Dells. I just think it's really fun and the setting is far better than most miniature golf courses I've been to.
What's left to say... if you like mini golf and you want to spend some time playing in a pretty location then go! Check their website for discount coupons!
The Wisconsin Dells Duck Tours may sound cheesy, but they're actually a lot of fun. Although other cities have Duck Tours, the ones in the Dells claim to have the largest fleet and have been in operation for around 60 years. The Duck is an amphibious vehicle that carries its passengers through a scenic land trail and Lake Delton, and the Wisconsin River.
The tour takes about an hour and travels almost 9 miles throughout the area. There is a guide in the Duck to point out historical facts about the area as well as entertain with their strange humor. I've caught myself laughing with them a few times so it's not all that bad.
The scenery and information is top notch. When traveling through the waterways, the sandstone cliffs and rock formations are gorgeous. I actually find some of the tour to be a bit scary as far as the driving goes, but it's a good scared and obviously I've enjoyed it as I have gone on this tour a few times over my life.
The pricing is around $20, but again look for coupons because everything in the Dells has a discount coupon.
Noah's Ark is, in my opinion, the best water park in Wisconsin Dells. Although, if you've ever been to a Disney World water park you may be disappointed with this one. Don't get me wrong, they have fun slides, rides and wave pools, but the park is not as well maintained as the ones that I've been to at Disney. I'm not saying they don't up keep the slides or anything, but rather the grounds aren't as clean or sparkling.
Anyway, they have all the requisite tube rides, slides, 2 huge wave pools, a kiddie section, a lazy river, mini golf, a kids rollercoaster, food stalls, and gift shops. They have rental lockers available as well as tube and float rentals for the wave pools. My personal favorites are the tube slides and wave pool.
This is a great activity for families and one could easily spend the whole day there just walking around and trying out all the rides available. Make sure you wear cheap sandals though... a lot of people walk around barefoot all day on the hot asphalt/concrete, but I've found that it's just not worth it. If you wear some cheap flip flops, you can easily just leave them at the beginning of the ride line (most people also leave towels there) and I've never had anything stolen. It's actually pretty funny to see the heaps of personal towels and shoes everywhere!
All day unlimited passes are around $30, but you can look on their website or at the hotels for discount coupons (there are always coupons for attractions in the Dells.) Childrens tickets are considerably less.
It's a real nice, yet "value-for-money" kind of waterpark in Wisconsin Dells that I can recommend.
Do allow plenty of time for the wavepool--small, but intimate in any case. And do try their tube slide and The Hurricane. (Especially the former; I consider it something of a "must-do" among waterpark freaks.)
You must take a ride on the duck boat. As it travels on both land and water it is the best way to get around in the dells. Don't be surprised when you come out of the water that you don't have a fish that has found it's way on the duck.
Top Secret! It is where the White House has been turned upside-down and landed in the Dells. If I had to describe it I guess it is sort of like a haunted house. It was really STUPID! Extremely overpriced. And after standing in line for 20 plus minutes the tour took 10. Our local community puts on a annual haunted house and it is SOOOO much better than this waste of YOUR time & money! Skip it!
Wild Thing! Jet-boat ride. Expect to get wet (SOAKED) everything but our shoes & socks. It was an infomative tour of the Upper Dells but you won't get to see "Stand Rock" Well worth the ride. It does 360's and nose-dives. Remember you will get wet. It was a GREAT EXPERIENCE!! If you like adventure don't miss it! My family loved it!
A must do activity is to make sure to ride the most famous attraction in the Wisconsin Dells, a WWII era Duck. This travels on land around the Dells and thru the woods and into the Wisconsin River. The ride is very awesome, the driver/narrator is always funny and shares their knowledge of Wisconsin Dells area history, showing off rock formations and cool facts.
This pretty much sums it up for going to
Wisconsin Dells. A lot of camping in mid northern wisconsin, hikeing, walking swimming, camping. Best times to go are mid June to late August as the temp is very mild to warm. 60--65 at night to 80-90 during the day. Not much night life but Wisconsin is known for camping and drinking and getting a little loud at the campsite (not allways, but my experience has been this way..maybe because this is a favorite pastime for the younger locals and the younger travelers.) After all Milwaukee is only about 1 hour away and the home of the beer capital of the USA. (Miller Beer). There is a campground called Red Oaks (in Baraboo wi, Red Oak Campgrounds
S2350 US Highway 12, Baraboo, WI 53913
) that I really like and have been to about 5 times that is about 5 minutes from Devils lake (a place to climb some really tall terrain) and I would recomend to all travelers.
Devils Lake State Park - Campsite Reservation Info
Baraboo, WI 53913
(608) 356-6618.. as of Nov 20, 2003
If there's one "must-see" activity that I'd have to recommend for any Wisconsin Dells visitor, it would have to be the Dells Boat Tours, both Upper and Lower.
After all, they happen to be the reason that Wisconsin Dells became as popular as it was in the first place.
Even before the waterparks came along.
Allow about 2-1/2 hours for the Upper Dells tour (with shore calls at Witch's Gulch and Stand Rock) and an hour for the Lower Dells such.
Go to the strip. Actual downtown Wisconsin Dells. It is the best. There are a bunch of stores that have really cheap stuff. There are also lots of restaurants to choose from if you are planning to go shopping on the strip all day.
There are many kinds of stores to choose from.
The Original Wisconsin Ducks provide both an exciting and educational activity for your family vacation. Experience a piece of military history while riding in a World War II amphibious vehicle and viewing the beautiful scenery of Wisconsin Dells. Original Wisconsin Ducks transport riders through 8 and 1/2 miles of scenic wilderness trails, the magnificent Wisconsin River as well as Lake Delton, offering visitors an unusual tour of the area's scenic splendor.
OHHHH! there is alot what to see and to do, just bring more money and your credit cards!Wisconsin Dells, from Rock Climbing to Boat Rides to Mini - Golf and Bungee Jumping. the Dells Has it all. Water Parks, Wave Pools, Thrill Shows, & Duck Rides
Whats a Duck? An Amph. WWII Vehicle that Travels On Land and Water. A Must See In the Dells. Indoor - outdoor activities, a lot of fun for kids!!
Whether you want Amusments, Gift Shops, or Horse Back Rides and Scenic Trails.