Category Archives: Wisconsin Dells

The Photographer of the Dells

Wisconsin Dells is known for its waterparks. It is the waterpark capital of the world, after all. But the Dells were famous and drawing visitors from all over the country and the world long before the first waterpark, Noah’s Ark Waterpark, opened in 1979. The stunning natural landscape of the Dells, Witches Gulch and Coldwater Canyon have been attracting humans for as long as humans have been there.

The Native Americans told a legend of how the Wisconsin Riverbed was formed by a great serpent, wriggling down from the north and his home by the Big Lake. As the legend goes, the serpent crawled over forest and fields and his huge body wore an immense groove in the land and the lake water rushed in behind him. When he came to the sandstone ridge of the Dells, he pushed his head into a crevice and pushed the rocks aside to create the narrow winding passage. The lesser serpents fled from him as he approached, which is the legend’s explanation for the formation of Coldwater Canyon and Witches’ Gulch.

wisconsin dells ducksIn 1875, early landscape photographer H. H. Bennett established a studio in the city and took many photos of the sandstone formations in the dells, including stereoscopic views. The rugged gulch was relatively inaccessible in those days, so Bennett reportedly trekked the area when it was iced over.  Carving steps into the ice as he traveled through the gulch photographing the incredible sandstone formations as he went. Prints of these photographs were distributed across the United States enhancing the status of the area as a destination for sightseers. While in Wisconsin Dells take some time to visit the H. H. Bennett Studio, a historic site operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Original Wisconsin DucksThe gulch today is just as scenic and unbelievably gorgeous, but easily accessed by a wooden walkway. Even if you come to the Dells for the waterparks, you would be remiss to not take the opportunity to explore this wilderness wonderland. There are a number of boat tours which include a walk through Witches Gulch, and they are absolutely the best way to go. In addition to the chance to walk the gulch, you can view the impressive rock formations along the Wisconsin River, and you’ll learn so much from the guides about the geological formation, the legends, the history of the region and fascinating tales about individual sandstone sculptures.

dThe Upper Dells Boat Tour features the famous ‘stand rock’ where H.H. Bennett took the very first stop-action photo, and you will witness a trained dog leaping the great chasm, in addition to visiting the Witches Gulch. The Wisconsin Dells Sunset Dinner Cruise includes a lovely dinner and beautifully painted landscapes as the sun sets over the Dells and moonlight walk through the glen. Still others, portraying the glen as a ‘spooky’ place, and playing on the name and legends, promise a scary time. the Ghost Boat Wisconsin Dells Boat Tour includes many a spooky legend and an after dark adventure along the winding boardwalk.


Indoor Vacation in Wisconsin Dells

We may be in the last remaining days of summer, and most of the Waterpark Capital’s waterparks are closing for the season, but there is still plenty of fun, even waterpark fun in Wisconsin Dells.

Don’t let the cooler weather convince you to stow away your bathing suit. Pack it in your suitcase and head to the Great Wolf Lodge & Indoor Waterpark. The indoor waterpark at the Great Wolf Lodge gives your family non-stop action all day long. A four-story interactive tree house, a six-story funnel ride, a wave pool, a variety of slides, an activity pool, a lazy river, whirlpools and more keep everyone entertained.

Great Wolf Lodge & Indoor Waterpark.The fun doesn’t stop when you leave the waterpark, however; the kids can enjoy an enchanted journey at the MagiQuest adventure, relax in a spa day just for them at Scoops Kid Spa, take part in the arts and crafts put on by the Cub Club, or spend an afternoon with their favorite arcade games in the game room.

Don’t envy the kids too much, though; mom and dad can have their own spa day at Elements Spa Salon, enjoy a good workout at the onsite fitness center or spend the day shopping at any of the retail or gift stores. Enjoy a delicious meal, anytime of the day, at The Loose Moose Bar & Grill, Camp Critter Buffet, Bear Paw Sweets & Eats, the Wolf’s Den Snack Bar or the Hungry as a Wolf pizzeria.

Great Wolf Lodge & Indoor WaterparkAt the end of a long and exciting day, retreat back to the comforts of your guest room. Each room comes equipped with high speed internet, cable TV, a refrigerator, microwave, hairdryer and coffeemaker. Condos are also available.

You can have an amazing vacation, without ever leaving the hotel.

Romantic Getaway in Wisconsin Dells

The waterpark season may be behind us for this year, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying a Romantic Weekend Getaway to Wisconsin Dells.

The beauty of the Wisconsin Dells region is spectacular throughout all the seasons, but  the crispness of fall and the splendid color of the leaves as they display their autumn color, set the scene for some magical, romantic moments.

Upper Dells Boat TourThe getaway vacation package includes two nights lodging at your choice of more than 30 hotels, plus an Upper Dells Boat Tour.  The jet boat tour of the Upper Dells treats you to amazing views and visits the famous Stand Rock and Witches Glen.  You will get to see a special performance of a most talented dog, who leaps a chasm from a cliff to a rock ledge.

Make plans now for a nice weekend of sightseeing in Wisconsin Dells.

The Wo-Zha-Wa Fall Festival

The end of summer does not mean the end of fun in Wisconsin Dells.  In fact, one of the biggest events in the area is a celebration of the end of summer and beginning of fall, the Wisconsin Dells Wo-Zha-Wa Fall Festival.

The three day extravaganza with a funny name, which means “to have fun” is in its 48th year as one of the largest festivals in Wisconsin.  Plan to be in the Dells September 12th to 14th for a weekend filled with delicious food stalls with treats like kettle corn and alligator on a stick.   Find novel items and hand-made works of art at the three day antiques flea market and arts and crafts fair.  Kids love the carnival rides that line the streets, for a day of spins and thrills.

alligator on a stickThe events culminate on Sunday with a 75-unit parade that is truly a spectacle to behold.  Live music, street performers and magnificent floats fill the entire street.  And its free to attend the festivities.  You will surely have fun at the festival whose name means to have fun!

Of course Wisconsin Dells is always fun, with indoor and outdoor waterparks, and cruises of the Upper Dells and Lower Dells. 

Escape to the Polynesian Water Park Resort

Visit Wisconsin Dells and escape to nearly 500,000 gallons of water park adventures, both indoor and outdoor, a game center for the kids, three restaurants and a snack shack, a gift shop, whirlpools and a sauna. If you can break away for a day, the Wisconsin Dells Jet Boat Adventure, the Lower and the Upper Dells Boat Tour and Noah’s Ark Waterpark are all within two miles of the hotel.

Avoid the hassle of loading the kids into the car for the drive to the water park on your vacation; at the Polynesian Water Park Resort, all you have to do is bring them downstairs. The resort features both an indoor and an outdoor water park, so your vacation is nothing but fun and excitement every day. While the kids are zipping down the slides, splashing in the waterfall, floating in the lazy river and shooting some hoops in the water basketball area, mom and dad can enjoy a drink at the Polynesian Water Park ResortOutdoor Tiki Bar or a bite to eat at the Aloha Bar & Grill or Outlook Sports Bar. At the end of the day, take a soak in one of the three indoor whirlpools or the sauna.

The luxury doesn’t stop when you get to your guest room though. Each room comes equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, high speed internet and cable TV. Sleeper sofas are also available in some rooms, and the resort also has condo units for added comfort. For dinner, you can head to one of the dining locations onsite, or you can travel the short distance to Paul Bunyan Restaurant, Denny’s, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery or IHOP, all within a half-mile of the hotel.

Labor Day in Wisconsin Dells

Labor Day is right around the corner, and its a perfect time to spend the long weekend in Wisconsin Dells.  Take advantage of this last big weekend of summer and enjoy some time with your family in one of the country’s most beautiful vacation destinations.

Of course you’ll want to include a day at a waterpark, after all, Wisconsin Dells is the Waterpark Capital of the World.  Our favorite is Noah’s Ark Waterpark, the largest waterpark in America.  Whether you like the super speed slides, or lazy river rides, its a perfect way to spend part of your last summer weekend.

The beautiful Dells area for which the city is named is an outdoor wonderland.  Get out onto the water with crazy fun Wisconsin Dells Jet Boat Adventure.  Then watch the sun set behind the wooded hills on a Sunset Dinner Cruise, and a moonlight stroll.

Make the most of your Labor Day Weekend.

Sunset Cruise on the Upper Dells

When was the last time you enjoyed a special night with your special someone?  A nice dinner, some relaxing music while you share the sunset, maybe a moonlight stroll?  Its never too late, or too soon to plan a night out, and enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin Dells.

Take your honey on a Wisconsin Dells Sunset Dinner Cruise for an evening of spectacular scenery, gorgeous sunset views, and enjoy live music while you dine on a feast of grilled surf and turf, mixed green salad, cheesecake and more delectable dinner choices.  Cruise the Upper Dells on the Wisconsin River and marvel at the sandstone cliffs, and unique rock formations.

Wisconsin Dells Sunset Dinner CruiseWhen your cruise ends, walk hand-in-hand along the torch-lit paths of Witches Gulch, where you’ll pass even more stunning rock formations, and incredible natural views in the wooded gulch.  Create some special memories with someone you love, with a perfect evening.

The Jet Boat in the Dells

What do you get when you cross a jet-ski with a 40-passenger boat?  Now, say we throw in about 1200 horse-power and a thrill-seeking Captain.  You get a Wisconsin Dells Jet Boat Adventure and the ride of your life!

Ask one of these speed and spin loving captains what makes their Jet Boat Tours the best, and they will tell you, “Its two things… Upper Dells and Lower Dells”  Offering the only Jet Boat tours that allow you to experience the Wisconsin River both above and below the Kilbourn Dam, these fun-filled tours take you past all the astounding scenery that makes the Dells area famous.

Wisconsin Dells Jet Boat AdventureThe Upper Dells features High Cliffs, like Romance Cliff, plus narrow channels and hairpin bends that make for a picturesque and exciting ride.  Be ready for anything; high power slides, power stops, spin-outs.  Enter the Lower Dells where you will get an up close view of the Kilbourn Dam, the first hydroelectric dam built on the Wisconsin River, and experience the power generated by a high-adrenaline jet-boat as you enjoy the unique rock formations, like the Hawk’s Bill which is an iconic symbol of the Dells, and speed by rocky islands into the wide open flats, where you’ll experience wide open speed and more heart-pounding splash and spin adventure.

This adventure is a blast for the whole family, its a sightseeing journey and an exciting thrill ride in one crazy good time.

Chula Vista Resort

What if we told you there was a place with two waterparks, a golf course, spa, boat tours, hiking, miniature golf and an arcade?  Suppose this place also offered one, two or three bedroom condominiums, and villas for up to six people?  Sounds almost too good to be true.  But such a place exists and it is in Wisconsin Dells.

The Chula Vista Resort and Indoor & Outdoor Waterparks really does have it all.  Send Dad out to play the 18 hole Cold Water Canyon Golf Course.  Check.  Now get the kids to the indoor and outdoor waterparks, where they will gladly spend the day splashing through the multi-level fun and extreme waterslides.  Check.  Now, Mom gets the pampering she has earned with a day of treatments at the Spa Del Sol.  Ahhh….

Chula Vista ResortAt the end of the day well spent the family can get back together and share all the delights of their day over dinner at one of the eight on-site restaurants.  Then relax in the comfort of your suite complete with private balcony, fireplace and Jacuzzi.  Or maybe you chose a theme suite, like African Safari, Outer Space or Pirates of the Caribbean (Sorry, Johnny Depp is not included)

You could easily spend a week at the resort and never get bored, but while you’re in the Dells area you really should take advantage of the natural beauty, with a Ducks Sightseeing Cruise or an Upper Dells or Lower Dells Boat Tour.  For a special treat take the whole family for a Sunset Dinner Cruise.  There is much to enjoy in Wisconsin Dells.

The Belle of the Dells

See the beautiful Wisconsin River from aboard the Princess Kay Paddlewheel Riverboat.  Its like a trip back in time as you enjoy the relaxing pace of a riverboat cruise, and the scenery along the river.

Ride on the open air deck to take in all the amazing rock formations that line the river.  Or head inside to the climate controlled comfort of the dining room or the upper deck full service bar.  Entertainment on board includes DJ and karoke.

Princess KayThere’s plenty of room and the Princess Kay is a perfect choice for reunions, weddings, or other group outings.  The two hour cruise is perfect to enjoy a cocktail, and all the wonders of nature in a peaceful setting.

The beautiful Princess Kay is known as the Belle of the Dells, and its a lovely way to spend a couple hours of your Wisconsin Dells vacation.