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Family Guide for One Day in Wisconsin Dells

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Wisconsin Dells is a small town in central Wisconsin that bursts with tourists during the summer months. What are they flocking here to see? Well, between stunning natural beauty, plenty of lakes, and a ton of fun theme parks and attractions, this town has all the ingredients for the perfect summer family getaway!

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Noah's Ark Water Park

Water Parks

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

Theme Parks, Water Parks

Ripley's Believe It or Not Wisconsin Dells

Speciality Museums

Kalahari Waterparks

Water Parks

Wisconsin Deer Park

Parks, Zoos

Tommy Bartlett Exploratory

Speciality Museums

Timber Falls Adventure Golf

Mini Golf, Theme Parks

Tom Foolerys Adventure Park

Theme Parks, Game & Entertainment Centres

Big Chief Go Karts

Auto Race Tracks

The Bavarian Village

Points of Interest & Landmarks

sarahafrica's City Tips

  • Book a vacation rental on the lake for a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the strip.
  • While the water and theme parks are fun, don't miss spending time on the lakes and in nature too.
  • Book accommodations early for the summer months.
  • Noah's Ark Water Park
    Water Parks
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    sarahafrica Says:

    Noah's Ark is the theme park that started it all for Wisconsin Dells. Enjoy its variety of water slides, wave pool, and other aquatic rides.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check the local grocery stores for discounted tickets.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 45 things to do in Wisconsin Dells
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 2021 or bust 06/09/2020
    • Great time with the family 05/09/2020
    • Noah's Ark Water Park
    Address:
    1410 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8445
    Phone:
    +1 800-222-6624
    Other:
  • Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park
    Theme Parks, Water Parks
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    sarahafrica Says:

    If coasters are your thing, don't miss the variety of roller coasters that await at Mt. Olympus — perfect for a few hours of water-free fun!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Head here in the afternoon when the crowds tend to die down.
    • Apart from rollercoasters, there isn't much else on offer in terms of non-water rides at this small park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 45 things to do in Wisconsin Dells
    • Not impressed 17/09/2020
    • Very poorly maintained 10/09/2020
    • Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park
    Address:
    655 N Frontage Rd
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
    Phone:
    +1 800-800-4997
    Other:
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not Wisconsin Dells
    Speciality Museums
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    sarahafrica Says:

    Another Wisconsin Dells classic, kids love this hands-on attraction that will get the whole family thinking...

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • This indoors attraction is a great place to visit on a rainy or cold day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 45 things to do in Wisconsin Dells
    • Went 29 years ago 07/09/2020
    • Probably better for kids than adults 16/08/2020
    • Ripley's Believe It or Not Wisconsin Dells
    Address:
    115 Broadway
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1549
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-2184
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Other:
  • Kalahari Waterparks
    Water Parks
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    sarahafrica Says:

    Also one of the most popular hotels for families in Wisconsin Dells, the partly-indoor Kalahari Waterpark offers year-round aquatic fun, complete with slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • There is plenty of seating available around the pool area for those just "watching."
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 45 things to do in Wisconsin Dells
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Water park only as we didn't stay at the resort 05/09/2020
    • Great place for fun 18/08/2020
    • Kalahari Waterparks
    Address:
    1305 Kalahari Drive
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
    Phone:
    +1 877-253-5466
    Other:
  • Wisconsin Deer Park
    Parks, Zoos
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    sarahafrica Says:

    The Wisconsin Deer park is a charming zoo where kids can pet and feed animals native to Wisconsin. Hands-on learning at its best!

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • During the heat of the summer months, head here first thing before doing the water parks.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 45 things to do in Wisconsin Dells
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun! 15/09/2020
    • Great way to spend an hour 25/08/2020
    • Wisconsin Deer Park
    Address:
    583 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
    Phone:
    +1 608-253-2041
    Other:
  • Tommy Bartlett Exploratory
    Speciality Museums
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    sarahafrica Says:

    Tommy Bartlett is a name you'll hear a lot in Wisconsin Dells. One of the pioneers of tourism, this museum is filled with curious tricks and experiments. Kids love it!

    Good for
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Purchase a ticket package combining this museum with the famous Tommy Bartlett water show on the lake.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 45 things to do in Wisconsin Dells
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very dated 17/07/2020
    • Just OK, and VERY Hands-On 16/07/2020
    • Tommy Bartlett Exploratory
    Address:
    560 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8444
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-2525
    Other:
  • Timber Falls Adventure Golf
    Mini Golf, Theme Parks
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    sarahafrica Says:

    Timber Falls is another great way to spend the day if you're not wanting to get wet. As well as numerous fun, scenic golf courses to choose from — suitable for everyone from tots to seniors — there are plenty of other rides and attractions to explore.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Timber Falls is open late, consider going after dinner if you haven't had time to visit during the day.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 13 Water & Amusement Parks in Wisconsin Dells
    • Best value for your money! 12/08/2020
    • Great for shady and not crowded mini-golf 07/08/2020
    • Timber Falls Adventure Golf
    Address:
    Wisconsin River Bridge and Stand Rock Road
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-8414
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Tom Foolerys Adventure Park
    Theme Parks, Game & Entertainment Centres
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    sarahafrica Says:

    In addition to water rides, the Kalahari also offers go karts, a climbing wall, and other non-water activities to keep the entire family entertained.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The Kalahari is open year round, making this a great off-season opportunity to save money.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 13 Water & Amusement Parks in Wisconsin Dells
    • Crowded 18/08/2020
    • Fun, but gets expensive! 23/07/2020
    • Tom Foolerys Adventure Park
    Address:
    1305 Kalahari Drive
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-5466
    Other:
  • Big Chief Go Karts
    Auto Race Tracks
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    sarahafrica Says:

    Big Chief Go Karts is great for older kids. Stay for mini-golf after racing around the track.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Big Chief is a surprisingly inexpensive activity to do in Wisconsin Dells.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 45 things to do in Wisconsin Dells
    • Average 11/08/2020
    • $5 ride 01/08/2020
    • Big Chief Go Karts
    Address:
    1701 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8798
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-2490
    Other:
  • The Bavarian Village
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    sarahafrica Says:

    The Bavarian Village showcases Wisconsin's German heritage with food, shows, and shopping. An entertaining and unusual way to spend a kitsch afternoon with the family.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • An excellent indoor, rainy day activity, and also inexpensive.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 45 things to do in Wisconsin Dells
    • Very Nice 26/07/2020
    • Glockenspiel Clock: A real treat! 23/10/2019
    • The Bavarian Village
    Address:
    400 Broadway
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1507
    Phone:
    +1 608-253-7598
    Other:
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