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Wisconsin Dells, WI

Wisconsin Dells may not be the first location that comes to mind when planning a big family getaway. However, if your family has never had a family vacation in Wisconsin Dells, you are missing out on one of our country’s greatest family vacation destinations! After spending just a few hours in this small, family friendly town, you will see why thousands of Americans flock to the beautiful Wisconsin Dells year after year—to enjoy the family activities, the affordable dining and lodging options as well as a little taste of Midwestern hospitality and spirit combined with big city thrills! Even if everyone in your family has different tastes and abilities, Wisconsin Dells offers something for the whole family to enjoy. Plan your Wisconsin Dells family vacation today and prepare for enough fun to last an entire lifetime!

Wisconsin Dells History

How did a small Midwestern town turn into a Mecca for family vacationing fun and excitement? The town was first settled because of its unique location, with the Wisconsin River splitting it down the middle. Because of this location, beautiful scenery, including natural pine forests and sandstone bluffs as high as skyscrapers, abound and are a feast for even the most jaded city eyes. Because of its location, Wisconsin Dells ran a brisk steamboat business and tourists started to flock to Wisconsin Dells because of its stunning natural beauty. Soon, a ski show and land-to-water “Duck” vehicles came to town. In the year 1994, the first indoor water park was opened by Stan Anderston, and Wisconsin Dells was quickly declared the ultimate family vacation destination. Today, there are over twenty indoor water park/theme parks, sealing Wisconsin Dells not just as a family vacation destination, but also as a world class family vacation destination!

Wisconsin Dells Water Parks

Wisconsin Dells calls itself “The Water-Park Capital of the World.” Wisconsin Dells lives wonderfully to this glorious title. Even in the depths of a blustery Wisconsin winter, the water parks in Wisconsin Dells are warm, the water mild and the thrills guaranteed! In order to make this possible, Wisconsin Dells encloses their water parks into massive indoor structures, where the temperature is warm enough for a swimsuit and flip-flops—even if outside the powdery white snow is falling. For a truly unique family vacation, head to a water park—in the middle of a Wisconsin winter! While there are too many water park establishments to list, one of the most popular for families is Chula Vista Resort, consisting of over 27 miles of waterslides stretching over 1.5 miles long. If your family wants to go crazy on the waterslides and Mom and Dad are just looking to hang out and luxuriate in the exotic pools, Chula Vista Resort at Wisconsin Dells also have you covered, offering nine phenomenal pools to choose from? If you’re looking to try a taste of the exotic on your family vacation to Wisconsin Dells, then head to African-themed Kalahari Resort, which is Wisconsin’s largest indoor water park at over 125,000 square feet! In Wisconsin Dells, even the smaller resorts and hotels have indoor water parks for family vacationers to enjoy—from exciting toddler friendly slides to exhilarating slides that will make even the most jaded teenager scream with delight.

Wisconsin Dells Theme Parks

If you and your family enjoy screaming with laughter as you take off on hair-pin turns and loopy-loops, then Wisconsin Dells has you covered. Never fear a winter family vacation to Wisconsin Dells—the many indoor theme parks are also family and weather friendly. One especially popular theme park is again at the Kalahari Resort, which features a Ferris wheel over six stories high. If you are looking for big roller coasters, then Timber Falls Adventure Park is the place for you and your family to visit. Located in downtown Wisconsin Dells, you’ll find yourself hanging on for dear life on the famous Hellcat and Skyscraper Roller Coasters. One wonderful thing about a family vacation to Wisconsin Dells is that the city holds true to one Midwestern principle—that family fun should be wholesome, addictive and affordable. All the admissions to the theme parks and water parks you will find surprisingly reasonable. A family’s budget is usually the top concern on a family vacation, and the wonderful townspeople of Wisconsin Dells understand this, by carving out world class family vacation fun at Midwest prices.

Wisconsin Dells Outdoors

If your family vacation to Wisconsin Dells is in the summer, you’re in luck! Many of the water parks and theme parks are indoor/outdoor, so you don’t have to miss a minute of that precious, not-too-hot, not-too-cool Wisconsin sun! Enjoying the natural outdoors is a big part of the Wisconsin Dells lifestyle, and the town has many options for a family on a family vacation to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. One thrilling way to enjoy the outdoors on your family vacation is at Bigfoot Zip line Course, which is a 90 minute zip line course that takes you over 5,000 feet of zip line and crosses over some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll ever see, including at least four water crossings and one water landing! Wisconsin Dells also offers your family plenty of places to fish, hike, or even just have an outdoor picnic. If your family vacation to Wisconsin Dells is in the winter, there are still many outdoor pursuits for your family to enjoy. A winter family vacation in Wisconsin Dells could easily be spent at all the indoor activities, but it would be a shame to miss out on one of Wisconsin’s greatest natural resources—snow, snow, snow! Toddlers to teenagers will love the sledding; tubing and tobogganing that take place on the soft powder that Wisconsin Dells gathers every year. A great place to ski or snowboard is Cascade Mountain, which is free for children under twelve and very reasonably priced for everyone else. You’ll never want to go back to Tahoe or Aspen again!

Wisconsin Dells Entertainment

If you want to give your legs a break from the constant activity, then let the entertainment happen in front of you and your family! A family vacation to Wisconsin Dells wouldn’t be complete without catching one of the family-friendly shows at this “Vegas of the Midwest!” From watching someone disappear into thin air at the Rick Wilcox Magic Theatre to a live, two-hour show showcasing some of the finest bluegrass and country music stars at the Wisconsin Opry, there are plenty of family shows to choose from. A unique way to entertain your family for a reasonable admission price while on a Wisconsin Dells family vacation is to go to the Circus World Museum, which features 10 daily performances and has elephants and tigers up close and personal.

Wisconsin Dells Downtown

“Downtown Dells” is only one mile long, but it is a stretch of road that will keep your family busy! The downtown area is the heart of Wisconsin Dells, and here you can enjoy the fun of an old Midwestern town and see the genesis of such a friendly family vacation destination. Museums, shops and restaurants abound. What’s most special about Wisconsin Dells downtown is the proximity to the Wisconsin River, which offers water activities from the famous “Duck” rides (land-to-sea vehicles) to romantic dinner cruises for Mom and Dad. Dells River walk is especially beautiful, and offers the family on family vacation views of the river not before accessible to the public for 75 years. Bike, walk, picnic or just take pictures at this gorgeous place. In Wisconsin Dells, the scenery is beautiful, the people friendly and the activities plentiful. On your family vacation, experience the great outdoors and enjoy the best of indoor activities in one family friendly vacation destination—Wisconsin Dells!


Guest Editor: Carola Valdes

Wife and mother of two little ones, traveling is her family’s favorite pastime (as long as it’s family-friendly and fun).

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From a weekend escape to a week-long vacation, Stone Manor provides a relaxing atmosphere where you can escape from the world. With romantic suites, delightful meals and enchanting gardens, we can ensure your "staycation" is nothing less than luxurious!

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