Guide to Visiting Wisconsin Dells, WI | Where to Stay, Play & Eat

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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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

Attractions in the Dells | Our Top Picks

Riverside & Great Northern Railway | A Family-Friendly Living Museum

The Riverside & Great Northern Railway is a 15-inch gauge railway and living museum. Ride our live steam train along an old railroad right-of-way that goes through the scenic canyons, beautiful wooded areas, and majestic rock cuts of the Dells by the Wisconsin River. After the train trip, tour the shops to see where the trains were made.

N115 County Road N

Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

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

Tommy Bartlett Exploratory

560 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy N
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Palace Theater

564 Wisconsin Dells Parkway South
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Circus World

550 Water St
Baraboo, WI

Where to Eat | Our Top Picks

Grateful Shed Truckyard

The Grateful Shed Truckyard in Wisconsin Dells offers gourmet food, craft drink, live music, party games, and a unique atmosphere.

1470 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
Wisconsin Dells, WI

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

Buffalo Phil's

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

150 Gasser Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI

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

**Free Delivery**

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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48 COMMENTS

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!! 🙂

  5. 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!

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