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Wisconsin Dells Travel Guide: 126 reviews and 112 photos

One very eclectic tourist trap

If you can just imagine scenic boat excursions, world-class live waterski shows, mini-golf, go-karts, rollercoasters, waterslides and wavepools, pizza buffets and kitschy souvenir and fudge shops in such close quarters--then you've come to Wisconsin Dells.

Pretty much halfway between Chicago and the Twin Cities, it's no wonder that Wisconsin Dells has such appeal to so many people from all over the Midwest, especially so common everyday types.

With so much to enjoy in such a concentrated space as 15 square miles, you can't get bored in Wisconsin Dells.

Even if it's just browsing the shops or doing some people-watching, the Dells has plenty to offer the shoobie.

Waterslides virtually everywhere you look

If Orlando is known for Walt Disney World and Cedar Point for its rollercoasters, Wisconsin Dells brings to mind waterslides and wavepools galore.

And it's not mere motel swimming pools I'm talking about: I'm talking about high-speed bodyslides. Tubeslides. Mat slides. Lazy Rivers.

And, of course, the wavepools.

No less than five such (including Big Kahuna @ Noah's Ark, IMHO the greatest such anywhere, and the rather intimate Oceans O'Waves at Riverview Waterworld) among three waterparks.

Noah's Ark loves to call themselves America's Largest Waterpark, and the variety they have is quite varied, well worth the visit.

But for real value for money, I can recommend Riverview Waterworld: A rather intimate wavepool, one rather awesome rapids tube slide, and the high-speed Hurricane tube slide. (Avoid their body slides; they tend to get rather rough.)

If you like it wet and refreshing in an otherwise hot summer, Wisconsin Dells can supply what you need for refreshing fun!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The variety of attractions, value for money, everything so conveniently situated, waterslides and wavepools galore
  • Cons:Can get rather crowded at the weekends, no decent public transportation (even taxicabs can be limited and expensive), all the walking can get you tired out easily
  • In a nutshell:Wisconsin Dells is like potato chips: You just can't resist the place.
  • Last visit to Wisconsin Dells: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated Jul 10, 2005
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  • Jeremy_Ringdahl's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Most are Eastern European. Moldova, Russia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, bulgaria, and more... They are hard working and here to improve english. They are great people. Treat them well and give them a good image of america. We need the help. Great tip.

  • Aug 21, 2007 at 11:02 PM

    I stayed for 2 nights at the Starlite Motel the beginning of August. I found the price for a 2 room family suite very reasonable and the rooms very clean. The mattress was on the very firm side, but would still recommend it to all.

  • spanishguy's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2005 at 6:09 AM

    Hi Larry. I worked to summers in the Dells with the university exchange program that you mention. It was a good time!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2005 at 2:25 PM

    Great tips well written = Good job

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