Family Fun at Wisconsin Dells - 1996

North Central Great Lakes

FAMILY FUN at WISCONSIN DELLS There's a great family vacation destination on the Wisconsin River in south-central Wisconsin called Wisconsin Dells. What was once a quiet area of hunters and trappers in the mid-1800's opened up to tourism with the first tour operators offering boat tours on the River. Slowly and gently the opportunities for travelers to enjoy this lovely area have expanded. More and more families now choose Wisconsin Dells--but not to worry, there's plenty of space and plenty of activities for everyone. Here's some of the latest activity that will interest holiday folks: BIG CHIEF KART & COASTER WORLD, with the construction of two rollercoasters, has entered the world of breathtaking high-speed wooden rollercoasters. The new Pegasus speeds above Big Chief's maze of go-cart tracks to heights of 45 feet. Built to accommodate smaller children than its heart-stopping counterpart, the Cyclops Coaster, Pegasus is 1,300 feet of fun. CIRCUS WORLD MUSEUM is offering a new program and exhibit which showcases vintage circus musical instruments. The program will educate visitors about the variety and quality of musical instruments used by traveling circuses and other outdoor shows. Of particular interest is the Ringling Brothers Bell Wagon, a wagon housing nine mammoth church-style bells. The wagon was constructed in Baraboo in 1892. Demonstrations and discussions by Circus World Museum musicians will be held several times daily in the Moeller Music Pavilion. WINTERGREEN RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER, formerly Kennel Club Inn & Suites, has changed its name and its theme. "Polar Island" and "Glacier Mountain" are two additions bringing wintery fun year-round. Adventurers can climb Glacier Mountain before plummeting down an 80-foot water slide through "Frostbite Falls" or explore elaborate ice castles and snow forts. Adults may either enjoy the arctic ice flow with their children or keep a close eye from warm places, like the new outdoor whirlpools. CAROUSEL INN & SUITES new outdoor water activity center, "Lollipop Lagoon," will sweeten any visit to Wisconsin Dells. Divided into three areas for different age groups, Lollipop Lagoon contains a carousel and small slide for the youngest guests. "Banana Split Island" offers older children a choice of three water slides as well as net bridges to navigate. Only those with the biggest sweet tooth should slide down "Gum Drop Falls" from atop a mountain of cotton candy. WILDERNESS HOTEL-AN ADVENTURE RESORT added 50 all-new units in 1996, for a total of 129 room in their complex overlooking Dell View Golf Course. Featuring indoor and outdoor water recreation facilities, the hotel serves a diversity of interests offering a relaxing 400-square-foot heated spa whirlpool or the action packed "Wilderness Fort Exploratory." The Exploratory is an indoor waterpark complete with underwater tunnels, water slides and three rock waterfalls. Highlighted outdoor activities include a 2,800 square foot pool ideal for swimming laps or relaxing in the sun. CHULA VISTA RESORT, featuring southwestern style accommodations, introduces "Coyote Mountain," the newest addition to the resort's indoor water complex. Forty feet long, the water slide twists and turns through a cascading waterfall and ends in a splash-down pool featuring floating reptiles and rattlesnakes. Splash Mountain will entertain children of all ages while adults can relax in any of the three whirlpools and swimming pools or work out in the health club. There's much more to learn about and enjoy in Wisconsin Dells. Check out the other articles in this area. For a full run-down, contact the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau at (608) 254-8088.

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