If you’ve ever visited the Midwest and haven’t been to Wisconsin Dells, you’re doing it all wrong. The self-proclaimed “Waterpark Capital of the World”, Wisconsin Dells provides 100 amusement parks and attractions and provides the quintessential outdoor summer vacation for families and those looking to soak up as many rays as possible before Fall. Although there is entertainment around every corner of Wisconsin Dells, the town spans just 19.5 square miles and is comprised of just a tick over 5,500 people. The surrounding waterways and natural beauty help make this small town a tourist destination, for both Midwesterners and outsiders alike.
What would a trip to Wisconsin Dells be without a tour of all the greatest waterparks? Start at Noah’s Ark Waterpark, America’s largest waterpark, which spans 70 acres and has nearly 3 miles of waterslides. You won’t run out of things to do here! Next up, check out Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, which houses Wisconsin’s largest indoor waterpark. This place has so many slides, it has divided them up into categories of which age group would enjoy each the most. Adults, tweens, and the real little kids will all find rides they’ll like, so make sure to look through your options before going. If you have any time left on your vacation, make an effort to get to Wilderness Resort’s indoor and outdoor waterpark. Its combined space is equal to that of 12 football fields and is the largest combined waterpark resort in the country. It’s worth a visit!
Looking for a more natural water experience? The Wisconsin Dells, a 5-mile gorge on the Wisconsin River, is the place to go, and they’re only a 5-minute drive from the center of town. Along the gorge you’ll find 100-foot cliffs made of sandstone rock jutting out of the water and side canyons that are more than photo-worthy. The rock structures themselves were formed during the last ice age, some 15,000 years ago, but the rock they’re composed of dates back to over 500 million years ago. Take a float or a boat tour down the river to view the scenic beauty and dramatic cliff structures from the water.
An hour south of Wisconsin Dells lies the capital of Wisconsin, Madison. It’s also the perfect day trip for tourists looking to get an experience other than the Wisconsin outdoors and waterparks. Sitting on the shores of Lake Mendota, Madison provides the perfect setting for a trip to a Midwestern city. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is also housed here. Take a walk through campus and visit the school’s arboretum which provides 1,200 acres of woodlands, wetlands, ponds, and more for you to explore. The university was recently named the top party school in the country, so plan your family-friendly vacation accordingly! If you want to join in on the party, stop by The Double U or Chaser’s Bar and Grille, some of the students’ local haunts.
To reach Wisconsin Dells from out of state, fly into Madison and make the 1-hour drive by car. Many resorts provide a shuttle from the airport to Wisconsin Dells, so check with your accommodations when booking. From in-state, Wisconsin Dells is located off Interstate 90, about 40 miles northwest of Madison. Public transit in Wisconsin Dells is limited, so a rental car is advisable.
Visitors can find over 160 options for accommodations on Tripping.com. Choose a family-friendly cabin and give everyone their own room while surrounding yourself in the wooded forests of Wisconsin. Or, choose a waterpark resort and stay where the action is! Your kids will thank you for it.
Just because Wisconsin Dells is a small town doesn’t mean its food and drink options are limited. On the contrary, this town has some great places to grab a bite or a brew. Check out Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub for reasonably priced, delicious food. Customers love the beer-breaded cheese curds. For a drink, try happy hour at B-Lux Grill and Bar. Their spacious, open floor plan will provide plenty of space for you and your party to enjoy the evening. If you have time for one last stop on your vacation, check out Carr Valley Cheese and sample some award-winning Wisconsin cheese.
Looking for a vacation rental in Wisconsin Dells? Tripping.com has 68 vacation rental homes available in Wisconsin Dells. You'll find 0 studios, 50 1-bedroom, 13 2-bedroom and 5 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $34 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Wisconsin Dells is $156 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Wisconsin Dells home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 8 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Wisconsin Dells. In addition to accommodating pets, Wisconsin Dells rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 57 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 52 have TV and/or cable and 52 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 6 vacation rental sites in Wisconsin Dells where the top providers in that area are Expedia, Booking.com, and TripAdvisor. There are 22 Expedia rentals, 20 Booking.com short term rentals and 10 TripAdvisor vacation rentals.