Top Five Attractions in Wisconsin Dells
It may be known as the "Waterpark Capital of the World," but when it comes to attractions in Wisconsin Dells, you do not have to limit yourself to the water. Besides providing a wet and wild time, this small, Midwestern town has plenty of world-class restaurants, live entertainment, natural beauty and shopping options. When planning your itinerary, consider our list of the top attractions in Wisconsin Dells -- if you can check all five off, your vacation is sure to be saturated with fun!
Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells: Tommy Bartlett Exploratory & Thrill Show
The Tommy Bartlett Exploratory is one of the most hair-raising attractions in Wisconsin Dells -- literally. This interactive science museum is filled with over 150 interactive activities, including a static electricity physics demonstration that will have your hair standing on end. If up for the challenge, there is also a high wire strung 12 feet in the air you can ride a bike across, as well as an authentic piece of the Russian Space Station MIR core module to explore. Even more amazing, however, is the Tommy Bartlett Water Ski Show; the 90-minute water show features stunt skiers, aerialists and other awe-inspiring stunts. The show is one of the can't-miss attractions in Wisconsin Dells.
Runner Up: There are many other attractions in Wisconsin Dells where you and the family can take in a dinner and a show. Options include Thunder Valley Inn's Farm dinner shows, Fab '50s Live!, and the Broadway Dinner Theater, among others.
Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells: Knuckleheads Bowling & Family Entertainment Center
Knuckleheads Bowling & Family Entertainment Center is one attraction in Wisconsin Dells that is fun for the whole family. Besides bowling, there are go-carts, an arcade, bumper cars, and several other amusements rides. From age five to 105, there is something for everyone here: exhausted parents can even let their children cut loose while they hang out in front of one of 50 flat screen TVs located throughout the complex.
Runner Up: For more family fun, head to the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum. With two floors of freaky attractions and unusual specimens collected from around the world, your family is sure to have something to write home about.
Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells: Canyon Creek Riding Stables
It's time to saddle up and take a horse ride back in time to the old west! A visit to the Canyon Creek Riding Stables provides a wonderful horseback experience for novices and expert riders alike. The well-groomed trail takes you through the wilderness, past a cemetery and then to Tombstone-Canyon Creek's own mockup of a western town. Next you cross a bridge and discover centuries old rock formations and a breathtaking waterfall, before heading back to the stables. Once you return, be sure to spend some time with the animals in Canyon Creek Riding Stable's petting zoo.
Runner Up: If looking for more outdoor adventure, try a scenic boat tour of the rock formations along the Wisconsin River. Hop aboard a Duck Tour, or try a more traditional ride on a double-decker, paddlewheel boat.
Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells: Ho-Chunk Casino
Owned and operated by the Ho-Chunk tribe, this casino is the closest you can get to a Vegas vacation in Wisconsin. The slot machines, bingo hall and blackjack tables offer round-the-clock gambling, as they are all open for bets 24-hours, 365 days a year. On site of the Ho-Chunk Casino is also a luxury hotel with resort-style amenities and a swimming pool. There are also four restaurants and -- if you have to bring them along -- a kids' area for children.
Runner Up: For more adults-only fun, hit the links: there are some exceptional golf courses in the area, including Wild Rock Golf Club, Christmas Mountain, Trappers Turn Golf Club or Spring Brook.
Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells: Noah's Ark
With nearly 20 parks in Wisconsin Dells, it's hard to choose which one is best. If size is what matters to your family, then Noah's Ark is the place for you. This is the largest outdoor water park in the world, a place where families could easily spend days splashing down the park's 49 water slides, treading in two wave pools, and floating through a pair of lazy rivers. There is also a mini golf course, bumper boats, a "dive-in" theater, and several areas designed just for kids. Open since 1979, today the park uses over five million gallons of water on its rides.
Runner Up: Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park is another suburb option if you are looking to get wet in Wisconsin Dells. With water slides, roller coasters, pools and the world's largest artificial surf wave, this is one of the most visited attractions in Wisconsin Dells.
Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau.