The small city of Wisconsin Dells, together with the nearby village of Lake Delton, make up "the Dells," named for a spectacular gorge along the Wisconsin River. In addition to its great natural beauty, the Dells are known as "The Water Park Capital of the World," and appeal to children as much as to adults and couples seeking outdoor adventure. Wisconsin Dells is easily accessible too— Madison flights land approximately an hour away by car.
Out and About in Wisconsin Dells
Four water parks in the Wisconsin Dells together boast more than 200 water slides, and there are both indoor and outdoor parks for fun during any season. Hotels in the Wisconsin Dells give you access to two zip line tour operators and a rope adventure course, as well as an indoor theme park. You can't visit the Dells without taking a tour of the remarkable 14,000-year-old river gorge. Duck vehicle tours take you on land, down the river, and onto Lake Delton. You can also take a jet-boat ride, horseback riding excursion, or a horse-drawn carriage ride through Wisconsin's longest and deepest canyon. If your kids love animals, visit the Wisconsin Deer Park, where they can pet and feed some of the 100-plus resident deer.
Eating and Drinking
The Dells offer more than 90 restaurants catering to visitors' wide range of budgets and tastes, from cheap eats at theme park concession stands to fine dining at top Wisconsin Dells resorts. You'll also find casual pubs, steakhouses, and all-you-can-eat joints chock full of hearty comfort food. Wisconsin cheese should also be sampled at every opportunity. Several wineries, breweries, and a distillery in the region offer tours and tastings. For a fun family experience, check the schedule for dinner train departures on the Mid-Continent Railway after you book one of the great Wisconsin Dells hotels. You'll ride and dine on a restored, turn-of-the-century railroad car.
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