Wisconsin Dells Reinvents Winter to Much Applause and Jubilation
Granted, it’s a big claim to make, reinventing winter. But we’re going to claim it unless someone steps forward to prove us otherwise. And they won’t! You see, winter in Wisconsin used to be a bit of a drudgery, that is until Wisconsin Dells decided to banish the humdrum and replace it with some bona fide fun during our cold and snowy season that, frankly, lasts just as long as our warm and green season.
Find out how the Dells succeeded in doing what many Midwesterners thought impossible – turning winter into downright wonderful – with the travel ideas detailed below. It will very likely inspire you to embrace both winter and Wisconsin Dells in one fell swoop.
Reverse Snow Globe
When local business owners came up with the brilliant idea to build enclosed waterparks you could hear a veritable chorus of cheers erupt from beleaguered travelers. At last, for anyone who longed for a balmy break from the cold temperatures, all that was required was a road trip to the Dells. Think of it as the “reverse snow globe effect,” swimming in conditions that mimic the tropics while big, fluffy flakes of snow blanket the outdoors. Today, Wisconsin Dells has more indoor waterparks than any other destination in the world.
For little nippers needing to work off some steam, and big nippers too, the indoor amusement parks in Wisconsin Dells are nirvana. Bowling, laser tag, go-karts, mini-golf, roller coasters and carousels are just the ticket. Wizard questing games at MagiQuest/Shadow Quest at Great Wolf Lodge and Wizard Quest in downtown Dells are for families who love board games, only these are full-size. Two classic attractions that make for great winter destinations: Tommy Bartlett Exploratory – Interactive Science Center (for science-based fun) and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum (for oddity-based intrigue).
Just as the Dells offers exhilarating outdoor recreation during the summer months, so too does it offer a jolt of good-for-you outdoor activities when the mercury takes a dive. There is snow skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing (aka, the winter version of the waterslide) at Cascade Mountain and Christmas Mountain; zip lining at BigFoot Zip Line Tours, Wilderness Canyon Zip Line Canopy Tour, and Chimney Rock Park Zip Line Tours where they even provide snowshoes for the hike to the zipline; ice fishing and ice skating on Lake Delton; snowmobiling; horseback riding at Canyon Creek Riding Stables and Red Ridge Ranch Riding Stable; cross country skiing at Devil’s Lake State Park; and candlelight ski and snowshoe hikes at Mirror Lake State Park. Bet you can already see your breath, can’t you!
Wisconsin supper clubs are the culinary stars during the winter months. Why, you ask? The steaks, homemade desserts, enviable wine cellars, cozy fireplaces, white linens and standout wait staff, that’s why. You can banish winter doldrums with one memorable meal, it’s true!
Spend the Night
Let the snowplows do their job while you hunker down at a world-famous waterpark resort or snuggle in for the night at a northwoods-style cabin. Winter packages are plentiful, just as you’d expect from a community that unabashedly stands firm in its claim to have reinvented winter.