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One Day Guide to Wisconsin Dells

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For many, plans to visit the Wisconsin Dells involve little more than water-parks and shopping for fudge, but there really is so much more to engage in, with an array of activities for every type of traveler. The nickname "Vegas of the Midwest" was assigned with good reason, but Wisconsin Dells is also a uniquely scenic, and history-laden spot to experience, learn, and explore.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

9 Places

4 City Tips

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9 Places

Mr Pancake

Restaurants

Devil's Lake State Park

State Parks

Outlets at The Dells

Factory Outlets

Bigfoot Zipline

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Wisconsin Deer Park

Parks, Zoos

Monk's Bar & Grill

Restaurants

Swiss Maid Fudge

Other Food & Drink, Gift & Speciality Shops

Wollersheim Winery & Distillery

Wineries & Vineyards, Distilleries

Christmas Mountain

Ski & Snowboard Areas

Melanie F's City Tips

  • To save money, plan ahead and check websites for special events and discount coupons for attractions.
  • If you are looking to swim and frolic in the water too, stay at a hotel with an indoor water-park.
  • When making a hotel reservation, ask for a room on the top floor for minimal noise and a much better view.
  • The best way to get around the Dells is by car, but there are buses and shuttles available in certain areas as well.
  • Mr Pancake
    Restaurants (American)
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    Melanie F Says:

    For breakfast be sure to stop at Mr. Pancake — especially if you absolutely love pancakes! The big serving sizes, huge variety of pancakes, and friendly staff here will warm your heart and your tummy all at once. Very popular, so there may be a wait, but it's well worth it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • For smaller crowds and less of a wait time, try to dine during non-peak hours.
    • Bacon-enthusiasts - try the Bacon Strip Pancakes!
    • Open 7am until 1.30pm daily.
    • For those who like to mix decadence with breakfast, you must try the Hot Fudge Banana Split Waffle.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 136 restaurants in Wisconsin Dells
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots of Food 18/09/2020
    • Ice Cream, waffles, whip cream, and more! 22/08/2020
    • Mr Pancake
    Address:
    1405 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-9708
    Phone:
    +1 608-253-3663
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 am - 1:30 pm
    Other:
  • Devil's Lake State Park
    State Parks
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    Melanie F Says:

    There's no better way to begin the day in the Wisconsin Dells area than with an early morning hike through the stunning Devil's Lake State Park. Open year-round from 6am, come renew your relationship with nature, and literally walk through history on parts of its 1,000-mile Ice Age trail. One of the biggest and most visited parks in the upper Midwest, it features 500 feet of quartzite bluffs, a gorgeous 360-acre lake, and an array of trails to explore, from distances of 0.3 to 13.7 miles.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
    • Don't forget the sunscreen and insect repellent.
    • Bring a camera as you'll want to capture some of these stunning views.
    • Vehicle admission stickers are required and available for purchase.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Baraboo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Busy but Beautiful 31/08/2020
    • Devils Lake State Park, Wisconsin 08/08/2020
    • Devil's Lake State Park
    Address:
    S5975 Park Rd
    Baraboo, WI 53913-9299
    Phone:
    +1 608-356-8301
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
  • Outlets at The Dells
    Factory Outlets
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    Melanie F Says:

    If you're looking to get a little shopping in during your stay in the Dells, check out the Outlets at The Dells for all of your favorite brands at great outlet prices. With over 60 stores in all, bargain hunt for yourself and the family in this beautiful and clean indoor/outdoor mall.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Thursday; 9am to 10pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 8pm Sundays.
    • Just a short drive from Downtown Wisconsin Dells.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 29 things to do in Baraboo
    • Very nice place 10/09/2020
    • Unpleasant experience 06/07/2020
    • Outlets at The Dells
    Address:
    210 Gasser Rd
    Baraboo, WI 53913-9529
    Phone:
    +1 608-253-5380
    Other:
  • Bigfoot Zipline
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Melanie F Says:

    One of the most popular activities in Wisconsin Dells, and rightly so, is the one-of-a-kind Bigfoot Zipline. Zoom through nature above gorgeous oaks and Northwood pines on seven separate zip lines covering over 6,000 feet.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • One of the most beautiful times of year to ride the zipline is in autumn for a unique view of the fall colors.
    • Wear comfortable shoes or hiking boots.
    • Long hair should be tied in a low ponytail.
    • Group rates are available.
    • Suggested age range is 4-80.
    • Check the website for specials and discounts.
    • Check out the online upgrade packages to add a boat tour to your experience.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 38 Outdoor Activities in Wisconsin Dells
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth every penny! 21/09/2020
    • Fantastic 21/09/2020
    • Bigfoot Zipline
    Address:
    1550 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8446
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-5555
    Other:
  • Wisconsin Deer Park
    Parks, Zoos
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    Melanie F Says:

    Wisconsin Deer Park is no ordinary petting zoo, but a whopping 40-acre family-friendly facility that also features a variety of elk, bison, goats, and more, in addition to all the adorable deer. A lovely visit for kids and adults alike, cameras are not only allowed but encouraged.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Open mid-April through late October.
    • Hours are 9am until 7pm Memorial Day to Labor Day; and 10am to 4pm during off-peak season.
    • Feed park-approved crackers to the animals and get in touch with our furry friends.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    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:
  • Monk's Bar & Grill
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    Melanie F Says:

    Just as if the Pied Piper was calling you, the smell of the burgers cooking at Monk's Bar & Grill will beckon to you, even while still in your car and driving around the Dells. If you're looking for a fun place for lunch that just screams Wisconsin Dells, Monk's, located right on Broadway in Downtown Wisconsin Dells, is the place. Come and enjoy one of the best burgers you will ever have!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the amazing cheese curds — lightly breaded and deep fried Wisconsin white cheddar cheese and served with marinara sauce — so good!
    • There are five different locations and most are open from 11am daily — check the website for more details.
    • Come hungry.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 136 restaurants in Wisconsin Dells
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just Fun 17/09/2020
    • Best burger 15/09/2020
    • Monk's Bar & Grill
    Address:
    220 Broadway
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1565
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-2955
    Price range:
    USD 7 - USD 15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Swiss Maid Fudge
    Other Food & Drink, Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Melanie F Says:

    One of the key items worth sampling while in the Wisconsin Dells is the local fudge. Made the old-fashioned, European way, using copper kettles and open gas-fired cast iron stoves, Swiss Maid Fudge has been around since 1962, and remains one of the most popular places to buy and sample fudge in the area. Prepare to be wowed - not only is the taste incredible, but there are more types and flavors of fudge here than I knew existed!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Open daily from 9am to 11pm.
    • For a variety, try the 4 Flavor Fudge Sampler.
    • Pet lovers, pick up some of the non-alcoholic Bowser Beer for dogs, and Meowser Beer for cats.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 18 Shopping in Wisconsin Dells
    • Need better help 04/08/2020
    • Not the best chocolate--but ok! 17/07/2019
    • Swiss Maid Fudge
    Address:
    743 Superior St
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1562
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-7771
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sat
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • Wollersheim Winery & Distillery
    Wineries & Vineyards, Distilleries
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    Melanie F Says:

    After indulging in some sweets, it's time to sample some wine! The Wollersheim Winery in near-by Sauk City, offers winery tours, wine tastings, and a well-stocked wine store. Taking time at a winery is the perfect way to get away from the crowds in the busier parts of the Wisconsin Dells.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Open daily from 10am to 5pm year-round, with the exception of most major holidays.
    • Enjoy a glass of wine and some Wisconsin cheese in the lovely Wine Garden.
    • Be sure to check out the Historic Hillside Cave.
    • Bring your ID as the staff will need to verify that you're of legal drinking age.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Prairie du Sac
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • beautiful 24/08/2020
    • Wonderful Break from the Stress of Life 21/08/2020
    • Wollersheim Winery & Distillery
    Address:
    7876 State Rd 188
    Prairie du Sac, WI 53578
    Phone:
    +1 800-847-9463
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Christmas Mountain
    Ski & Snowboard Areas
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    Melanie F Says:

    After the burgers, wine, and fudge, it's time to get back out into nature and enjoy some activities before the day is over. At the Christmas Mountain resort, you can take your pick from an array of activities like golf, fishing, paddle boats, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, and much more. There is also a variety of lodging options available at Christmas Mountain, spanning from a campground to cabins and villas for a peaceful and wonderful stay away from the hectic downtown area.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you're staying in a cabin or villa with a full kitchen, bring groceries to cook your own meals and save money.
    • Check the website for rates and to book tee-times.
    • Christmas Mountain is the place to stay in the Dells during the winter season as they offer a variety of winter activities as well.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 45 things to do in Wisconsin Dells
    • POOR SIGNAGE but beautiful grounds 05/08/2020
    • Xmas Mtn. Wisconsin Dells 02/08/2020
    • Christmas Mountain
    Address:
    S944 Christmas Mountain Rd
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-9608
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-3971
    Other:
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