Guide to Visiting the Wisconsin Dells


Our team loves the Wisconsin Dells, and it’s the perfect destination for a day trip or a mini-vacation with your crew. It’s a fun place to visit year-round!

From amusement parks, boat tours, shopping to waterparks galore, there are things for all ages and interests in the Dells.  

Here’s a breakdown of our favorite things to do when we visit – we hope you find this list helpful as you plan your Dells trip! 

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Attractions in the Dells | Our Top Picks

Knuckleheads | Trampoline & Indoor Amusement Park

Knuckleheads is a giant amusement park with trampolines, cosmic bowling and a full arcade!

Bring a group for some competitive Trampoline Park dodge-ball, or try to slam-dunk in one of three basketball hoops. Jump into their  BigAir “Stunt” Bag  (it’s like a gigantic pillow!) or jump around with friends in our open jump court. They also have bumper cars, a ropes course, go carts, a roller coaster and a 4-story soft play area called Ball-o-City!

After trying out the rides, make sure to hit the arcade for some video game fun. Play for fun or play games to win tickets to redeem them for great prizes. 

150 North Gasser Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Pirate's Cove

Located at the intersection
of Highways 12-13-16-23 in Wisconsin Dells

WI Duck Tours

1890 Wisconsin Dells Parkway (Hwy 12)
Across from the Trojan Horse

Big Cat Rescue

305 Pine Street
Rock Springs, WI 53961

Great Northern Railway

N115 County Road North
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 

Palace Theater

564 Wisconsin Dells Parkway South
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Circus World

550 Water St
Baraboo, WI 53913

Where to Stay | Our Top Pick

Wilderness Resort

The Wilderness Resort consists of over 600 wooded acres in Wisconsin Dells and is home to Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, which features 444 guest rooms, 40 Vacation Villas, 76 Frontier Condominiums and 35 cabins. It is also home to Wilderness on the Lake which features 108 luxurious two and three bedroom condominium units overlooking Lake Delton; and Glacier Canyon Lodge, which features 460 upscale condominium units.

Combined, these three properties offer four indoor and four outdoor waterparks that total nearly 500,000 square feet – that’s over 12 football fields of extreme water fun! The resort is also home to Glacier Canyon Conference Center; Sundara Spa; Wild Rock Golf Club; The Woods 9-Hole Golf Course; Dodge ‘Em City; Timberland Play Park; three Clip ‘N Climb Challenge Walls; the OK Corral Lazer Tag Arena; Marshall Training Lazer Maze; The Wild Abyss indoor 3-D black light mini golf; VRSpace Virtual Reality Arena; bumper boats; indoor and outdoor go-karts and kiddy-karts; zip line tour; Northern Lights Sky Ropes Course; three Room Escapes by DOA; and outdoor Jurassic mini golf. Dining options include Field’s at the Wilderness; Sarento’s; Survivors; Thirsty Buffalo and several other quick service options.

511 East Adams
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Where to Eat | Our Top Picks

Buffalo Phil's


A fun, kid-friendly restaurant where your drinks are delivered by train!


150 Gasser Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Moosejaw Pizza

Fun for kids AND adults – Moosejaw is the Dells’ ONLY brewpub! They offer typical comfort food and FREE delivery if you want to stay snuggled in your hotel room!

110 Wisconsin Dells Parkway South
Wisconsin Dells WI, 53965

**Free Delivery**

MACs Mac n' Cheese

A fast-casual, family-friendly mac n’ cheese shop with options like BBQ Chicken Mac or Loaded Baked Potato Mac…they also offer sandwiches and salads! 

208 Broadway
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Helpful Tips!

Are you getting the mini-vacation itch yet??

If you’ve never done the hotel-with-kids thing, here are a few quick tips to make the experience go smoother:

  • Bring some kind of white noise. Bring a large fan and position it between the “kid” side of the room and the “adult” side and you won’t have to worry about waking them up with any little sound!
  • Invest in a room with a little separation. Wilderness offers suites, condos & villas, which are great if you have a big crew, or just need a little extra space!
  • Consider springing for a room with a balcony. This might seem like an unnecessary luxury, but again: when you have very young kids, separation is critical to hotel success. A balcony offers a great option for adult hang-out time after the kids are down for the night.
  • Ask for a room with a mini fridge and microwave. These are pretty common in hotels these days, but not every room has them, so it’s worth checking it out in advance. It is so much easier to be able to prepare meals/snacks (especially breakfast) in the comfort of your room, rather than having to scramble to get to a restaurant with a hangry toddler.
  • Pack paper cups/plates AND/OR dish soap/cloths to wash your plastic stuff. Easy to forget—tragic to forget.
  • Bring entertainment for the adults. This is usually the last thing on your mind when you’re planning for a kids’ vacay, but it’s kind of depressing to get the kids to bed and then realize you have nothing quiet enough to do. Bring a book (and a mini light!), a laptop (possibly with headphones), or some other activity that requires minimal sound/light.

Q: Seasoned Dells travelers, what would you add to this list?

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  1. In the dells we really like to go to the deer park. The little ones enjoy it they can get up close and feed them and walk through their “habitat”. They also have more than just deer. We really want to take the kids on the ducks too I think they’d love that!

    • My son loves his leap pad when we travel- we take frequent car trips to visit family and it’s the only time he gets it, so it’s always fresh and fun for him.

    • Loved this blog! I know great wolf is wonderful; never knew how toddler friendly though..wish I knew these tips earlier this summer when we went there for a day! We loved the deer park ourselves. I can’t wait to go back and check out the park at pirates cove though and some of the restaurants and places mentioned 🙂

  2. My travel tip is to get something new (coloring book, stickers) and give them on the plane or in car when needed. A good distraction before a meltdown.

  3. My travel tip is to plan out a stop at a park when you are headed on a long car trip. Look up a couple parks along the way so you have options for a stop when your toddler is getting antsy.

  4. We will plan out parks to stop at on long rides. Also, I’ve discovered this year that like anything else the more the kids are used to long trips the better they are at it.

  5. We always, always, always bring food healthy enough to be considered “dinner” in a pinch. granola bars, string cheese, yogurt, etc. even though our little one is a great eater, sometimes she gets overwhelmed in restaurants and its nice to feel like we have options!

  6. We love going to the indoor waterparks in the Dells and can’t wait to take our little girl there when she is a bit older. I love how many great options Great Wolf Lodge has for the little ones!

  7. We always make sure the kids get outside time/exercise before we get in the car for a road trip. It is so easy to get so caught up in packing and loading the car that it is easy to forget to burn off energy before getting in the car; however, this makes for a much more pleasant trip for all. I’m also not above providing lots of snacks on airplanes to keep the peace.

  8. We love mini vacations to the dells! We are in Sauk Prairie, so it is super easy! My 5 and 2 year old boys have always enjoyed the trips too! Great ideas

  9. A great place to make a road trip to is Pleasant Prairie, WI to the Jelly Belly Factory. I have been there before but I am excited to take my son there soon. They have a little train ride that you ride on around the factory and then at the end you get to taste some candy. So much fun for little kids.

  10. We did a Sells mini-vaca (just adults, prekids) a few years ago. The Deer Park is awesome! There is a horse drawn wagon tour through the canyon that is fun & the reptile/alligator house would be super fun with older kids.

  11. We were in the Dells with a much younger toddler (still a baby really), and it is a great idea to head back with our 2 1/2 year old – especially before the new babe arrives in the new year. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  12. We’ve not yet taken the kids to the Dells, but would love a mini vacation. I love all the suggestions. My boys are 1 and 3 also, and my kids would go CRAZY for all the trains and water play.

  13. The last time I was in the dells with my toddler, we went on a boat ride through the dells and stopped on a sandbar for water play. I was a nice day to see the other side of the dells!

  14. Noah’s Ark & Mt. Olympus have ‘A’ days every June….kids get in free when you show them your report with A’s on it! Great deal!! 🙂

  15. I thought the Dells was for older kids. Thanks for the article! My tip, don’t get rid of those light weight baby blankets! They’re good for “sheets” for hotel cribs and to tie your lo to a restaurant chair when they’ve run out of high chairs!

  16. We have not been up to the Dells with our 6 month old, but we can’t wait to check out the parks in the area. I always bring a blanket along because she loves to explorer and touch everything even at 6 months.

  17. I have really enjoyed reading these comments. I have three grand kids. Ages for two and one. Which spot would be a good place for staying a few days in the summer months. Which one would be a good outdoor place for the little ones.

  18. I love your tips! I just booked the fireplace suite, I was going to get the standard room, but after reading your blog, I noticed it didn’t have a microwave or fridge! I thought they came in all the rooms so thanks for pointing that out. I have 3 small kids so that’s a must. Also, I will be bringing our white noise machine and paper plates. We’ve never gone on a family vacation yet so your blog was super helpful! Thanks 😀

  19. Thank you for your post. We are new to Wisconsin and wanted to have a weekend with our 4 and 6 yo. Your suggestion on Great Wolf Lodge was spot on. The entire weekend went as smooth as it can go with 2 young kids excited for water parks. The rides were completely age appropriate. It was all very safe. The water was warm and the people were friendly and accommodating. It’ll cost you along with a few days in the arcade also inside Great Wolf but for a fun weekend of splurging on kiddie activities it really fit the bill.


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