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3 Days in Wisconsin Dells

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One of the great things about visiting Wisconsin Dells is that there is truly something for everyone. Whether you're interested in water sports (indoors or out), museums, shows, shopping, or eating, you can find — and revel in — something to match your interests here. This three-day guide to Wisconsin Dells incorporates a little bit of everything.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie

14 Places

3 City Tips

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14 Places

Day 1

Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty

Restaurants

Timber Falls Adventure Golf

Mini Golf, Theme Parks

Original Wisconsin Dells Fudge

Gift & Speciality Shops

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

Theme Parks, Water Parks

High Rock Cafe

Restaurants

Day 2

Ripley's Believe It or Not Wisconsin Dells

Speciality Museums

Old Abe's Old Time Portraits

Gift & Speciality Shops

Knuckleheads

Bowling Alleys, Rides & Activities, Game & Entertainment Centres

Big Chief Go Karts

Auto Race Tracks

Dells Distillery

Restaurants

Day 3

Mr Pancake

Restaurants

Country Bumpkin Farm Market

Flea & Street Markets

Tommy Bartlett Exploratory

Speciality Museums

Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que

Restaurants

Melanie F's City Tips

  • Look online and ask at your hotel for coupons to apply to local attractions.
  • Weekday stays are less crowded than the weekends and holidays.
  • Though there are shuttles in area, a car is still the best way to get around.
    Day 1
  • Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty
    Restaurants (American)
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    Melanie F Says:

    A hearty breakfast from the famous Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty is a classic way to start your day in Wisconsin Dells. Having served up hearty family-style meals since the 1950s, This Dells mainstay has the "Lumberjack breakfast" experience wired. With wooden rafters and long tables and benches, the cabin-style interior has a friendly, rustic vibe, and the all-you-can-eat breakfast includes all the staples: fluffy pancakes, sausage links and ham, scrambled eggs, camp-fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy, and fresh, melt-in-your-mouth buttermilk donuts.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't forget to check out the gift shop!
    • The restaurant is open from mid-March through October, but it's wise to call ahead and check.
    • Breakfast is served from 7am-noon. Dinners are also all-you-can-eat, featuring down-home favorites such as pot roast and pulled pork (the specials vary daily).
    • Don't be deterred by the line — it moves quickly, and the food is well worth the wait.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 136 restaurants in Wisconsin Dells
    • Bad service, bad food, overpriced, uncleanliness, not covid safe 20/09/2020
    • Excellent food 15/09/2020
    • Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty
    Address:
    411 State Highway 13
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8307
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-8717
    Hours:
    Thu - Mon
    7:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Other:
  • Timber Falls Adventure Golf
    Mini Golf, Theme Parks
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    Melanie F Says:

    One of the great things about Wisconsin Dells is that there are rides everywhere, for kids and adults. After your tummies are full from a solid breakfast, head over to Timber Falls Adventure Golf for fun rides, and, yes mini golf.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dress to get wet, and try the Timber Wolf "Howling" Log Flume ride!
    • Check the website for special discounts and coupons.
    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:
  • Original Wisconsin Dells Fudge
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Melanie F Says:

    After an afternoon in the sun, nothing hits the spot better than some Original Wisconsin Dells Fudge. This creamy, old-fashioned treat is made daily in small batches, using real Wisconsin whipping cream and other high-quality ingredients.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try additional items like the saltwater taffy or peanut brittle.
    • Sugar free fudge is also available.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 18 Shopping in Wisconsin Dells
    • Needs an update 29/05/2019
    • Yummmy 22/09/2018
    • Original Wisconsin Dells Fudge
    Address:
    108 Broadway
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1548
    Phone:
    +1 608-253-3373
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sat
    10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park
    Theme Parks, Water Parks
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    Melanie F Says:

    If you're in the mood for even more adventure, check out the Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park. With indoor and outdoor fun, Mt. Olympus is the king of water park amusement for the whole family.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Stay at the resort for even more deals.
    • Don't forget your sunscreen.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 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:
  • High Rock Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Bar, International, Contemporary)
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    Melanie F Says:

    The High Rock Cafe is a local favorite, where you'll find an array of amazing dinner items, but leave room for dessert too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • High Rock is open for lunch daily from 11am to 4pm, and for dinner daily from 4pm to 10pm.
    • Try the Summer Fresh Lasagna — you'll be glad you did.
    • Come early, as there might be a wait on weekends at peak dinner times.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 136 restaurants in Wisconsin Dells
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food and prices 19/09/2020
    • Pesto Past! 07/09/2020
    • High Rock Cafe
    Address:
    232 Broadway
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1565
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-5677
    Price range:
    USD 8 - USD 26
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Fri
    11:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Sat
    10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not Wisconsin Dells
    Speciality Museums
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    Melanie F Says:

    There's no better way to begin your second day in the Dells than with a little whimsy at the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum. There are three entire floors of interesting collections and oddities to lose yourself in, so be sure to bring a camera.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Horror lovers, don't miss the Mysteries of Vampires exhibit.
    • Buy tickets online for a discount.
    • Children aged four and younger get in for free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    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:
  • Old Abe's Old Time Portraits
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Melanie F Says:

    A faux-vintage photo from Old Abe's Old Time Portraits makes for a fun souvenir. With a wide range of scenes (quite a few more than the average old time studio), you can let your imaginations run wild and then capture it on film.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Studio hours vary according to the season, so check the website in advance for details.
    • Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
    • Bring some makeup with you for touch ups or more dramatic highlights.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 18 Shopping in Wisconsin Dells
    • Sizes for everyone 16/08/2020
    • Say Cheese ! 05/07/2020
    • Old Abe's Old Time Portraits
    Address:
    217 Broadway
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1504
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-5663
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    9:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Fri - Sat
    9:00 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
  • Knuckleheads
    Bowling Alleys, Rides & Activities, Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Melanie F Says:

    By now you might be getting hungry, but you might also want to go somewhere for more rides and games. Well, how about a place where you can do both? At Knuckleheads Bowling & Family Entertainment Center, you can grab lunch at Knuckleheads Bar & Grill and then go to town on the trampoline, in the foam pit, or even on the dodgeball court.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bacon lovers: Try the Wild West Burger!
    • The rides and arcades are open daily 10am-11pm.
    • Check the website for specials.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 21 Fun & Games in Wisconsin Dells
    • Awesome 01/08/2020
    • Family had fun! 23/07/2020
    • Knuckleheads
    Address:
    150 N Gasser Road
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-7332
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Fri
    9:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Sat
    11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Big Chief Go Karts
    Auto Race Tracks
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    Melanie F Says:

    Even more adventure awaits you at Big Chief Go Kart. Come on in and get ready to zoom over the hills and by the river — at a very reasonable price.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to hold on, and exercise caution as you would with any kind of moving ride.
    • Go early for smaller crowds and more track time.
    • Open from mid-May to late October.
    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:
  • Dells Distillery
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Pub)
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    Melanie F Says:

    After a day so full of good-time shenanigans, treat yourself to a classic dinner at the country-themed eatery, Dells Distillery. In addition to foods that both kids and adults will enjoy, there is a special adult menu full of distilled vodka, whiskey, brandy, rum, and beers.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Open Sunday through Thursday from 11am-2am, Friday and Saturday until 2:30am.
    • Try the amazing Whiskey Prime Rib.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 136 restaurants in Wisconsin Dells
    • Meh 26/07/2020
    • Nice Selection & Atmosphere (Family Visit) 22/06/2020
    • Dells Distillery
    Address:
    206 Broadway
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1565
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-8100
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 am - 2:00 am
    Fri
    11:00 am - 2:30 am
    Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Mr Pancake
    Restaurants (American)
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    Melanie F Says:

    A favorite for breakfast in the Dells, Mr. Pancake offers a tasty array of breakfast treats in a charming environment. The steamboat-esque sets the tone, and the vast menu features everything from crepes and waffles to blintzes, omelettes, and so much more.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Open daily from 7am-1:30pm.
    • Try the savory Pineapple Blintzes.
    • Come early for shorter wait times.
    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:
  • Country Bumpkin Farm Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Melanie F Says:

    The family-owned Country Bumpkin Farm Market is a great place to pick up treats for later in the day. Here you can shop for anything from homemade pies to fruits, veggies, and fresh flowers. There's also a Lil' Bumpkin Play Village & Petting Farm for some wholesome farm fun.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Open daily from 9am-6pm.
    • Visit in the fall for the Moonlight Haywagon Ride and Corn Maze.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 45 things to do in Wisconsin Dells
    • Enjoyed our visit 22/07/2020
    • Friendly and fun, even without kids! 17/10/2019
    • Country Bumpkin Farm Market
    Address:
    E9745 County Road P
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8207
    Phone:
    +1 608-254-2311
    Price range:
    USD 6 - USD 6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • Tommy Bartlett Exploratory
    Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Melanie F Says:

    A treasure trove of educational fun, Tommy Bartlett Exploratory offers more than 175 interactive science displays. You can lift a 5,000-pound car with the Giant Lever, ride the High Wire SkyCycle, or experience the hair-raising (literally) Bridge of Fire exhibit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum is open daily: 9am-9pm in summer, and 10am-4pm the rest of the year.
    • Get pictures in the authentic Russian Space Station.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    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:
  • Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que
    Restaurants (American, Barbecue)
    See more photos
    Melanie F Says:

    Most everyone who likes BBQ has heard of Famous Dave's, and if you haven't had a chance to check it out for yourself yet, then a stop at the restaurant's Dells location is a must! You can sample a variety of meats, all draped in Famous Dave's award-winning sauce — but be sure to leave room for dessert too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11am-10pm, and on Friday and Saturday until 11:30pm.
    • Try the Devil's Spit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 136 restaurants in Wisconsin Dells
    • Great food! 04/07/2020
    • good BBQ 11/02/2020
    • Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que
    Address:
    435 Broadway
    Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1508
    Phone:
    +1 608-253-6683
    Price range:
    USD 8 - USD 30
    Other:
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