Wisconsin Dells On a Budget
Wisconsin Dells is about an hour north of Madison and two hours from Milwaukee. It's famous for its striking rock formations and scenic bluffs. The town's name comes from the Dells of the Wisconsin River, which is an impressive gorge that was originally formed by a glacier.
SightsIn addition to the many amusement and water parks in the area, Wisconsin Dells also has some fun museums. The Circus World Museum, Ripley's Believe it or Not!, and the Mid-Continent Railway Museum are all favorites of visitors. There are also a couple of theaters in the area where you can catch a show. For a unique experience, check out the Tommy Bartlett Show which features a water skier. For something a little more traditional, head to the Rick Wilcox Theater.
NeighborhoodsThe Dells is actually made up of two separate towns - Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton. The area is made up of a downtown area and outer regions that include lakes, rivers, and forested areas. The Wisconsin River is also divided into an "Upper" and "Lower" Dells which refers to areas above and below the Hydro-Electric Dam. Each area has a different landscape and the geography is different. You can take boat tours of either the Upper Dells or the Lower Dells.
ActivitiesAmusement parks in the area are popular and there are a number that you can choose from. Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park is a favorite, as is Noah's Ark Waterpark. There are also many resorts in the area that have their own water parks. The most recognizable one is Great Wolf Lodge, but there is also Kalahari Resort, Wilderness Resort, Chula Vista Resort, and more.
If you plan to visit the area in the winter, expect snow. It's possible to go cross-country skiing in some places, as well as other winter activities. If you're looking for a place to stay, check out these cozy winter cabins in Wisconsin.
There are also a number of boat tours in the area. Upper & Lower Dells Boat Tours runs services between April and October. Wisconsin Ducks also operates boat and land tours in the area.