The Wisconsin Dells claims to be home to the largest number of water parks in the world. That may be true, but there is so much more to the Dells if you look beyond the water parks. Our trip to a water park in the Dells turned out to be a dud (thank you, rain and power outage), but we found so much more. These are our favorite attractions.
DUCK Tour Splashes Down for Family Fun
It’s a bus! It’s a boat! No, it’s Wisconsin Duck Tours ! We started our tour on firm ground, but soon found our DUCK crawling over sand bars in the Wisconsin River. We even floated in on Lake Delton. As we left the waterways, we traveled through miles of wilderness trails. The entire way, our guide entertained us with the local and natural history of the area.
Visit the Past with a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride Through Lost Canyon
If you didn’t get enough of the Dells from the DUCK Tour, explore Lost Canyon with a horse drawn carriage ride. This leisurely tour winds through the deepest and longest land canyon in Wisconsin. Gasp in wonder as the sandstone cliffs tower above you
International Crane Foundation Saves Majestic Birds
We discovered this gem tucked between Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo. The International Crane Foundation is dedicated to saving all crane species around the world. As part of their research and education, they have all fifteen crane species on the grounds. Wander through the easy to walk nature trails or learn more from one of the guided tours. Be inspired by their work with restoring the whooping crane population.
Explore the Great Outdoors at Devil’s Lake State Park
Just outside of Baraboo, Devil’s Lake State Park offers outdoor adventures for all levels. Whether you want to picnic in the shade or swim off one of two beaches (no lifeguards), you can enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. You can rent rowboats, canoes, or kayaks to explore the lake. Lifejackets are provided and required. Miles of hiking trails surround the lake and give breathtaking views. Some of the trails are quite rocky and challenging. The more adventurous have opportunities for rock climbing, mountain biking, and camping.
Join the Fun at Circus World
Have you ever dreamed of running away to join the circus? You can at Circus World –at least for the day. The former winter headquarters of the Ringling Brothers and other circuses is now a museum of circus history. Ride an elephant, wonder at magical illusions, and laugh at the clowns. Kids and kids at heart can even try out some of the circus acts in their own show. Circus stars from around the world perform under the big top twice a day. My favorite, though, is the demonstration of circus novelty instruments. Movie fans will enjoy the collection of restored circus wagons, including ones used in filming Water for Elephants .