It’s called acrophobia. Fear of heights. If you fall into that category (no pun intended, really, just forget we even wrote that, OK?) and need some motivation n to overcome said fear, Wisconsin Dells to the rescue.
You see, the Dells has such an interesting mix of vertical adventures that you’ll naturally gravitate towards one or another, then another, and another still and, before you know, the sky’s the limit for you. So, if you’re ready to scale new heights, the Dells is ready to deliver the views.
A nice what to start might be indoors with a fun go at the ropes course. Knuckleheads Bowling & Indoor Amusement Park’s ropes course has 21 different elements and is located directly above the go-kart track, which rather adds to the excitement. Start out easy by walking the balance beam, then graduate to the rope loops that give the sensation of walking on waves. You’ll be in a body harness attached to a track above your head the entire time.
The Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort built a ropes course above its arcade in the Wild West section of the property. A full-body harness gives you a nice sense of security as you climb your way around 42 challenges with varying degrees of difficulty including a tight rope and rickety bridge.
At Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center’s indoor amusement park, their Sky Trail ropes course is 20 feet high and includes 22 individual climbing elements. And if 20 feet’s not high enough for you, tack on 12 more with the rock climbing walls there. Celebrate your success by taking a seat, in their six-stories-tall Ferris wheels with glass enclosure.
Did you Know:
Rock climbing, ropes courses and zip lines are the top three team-building activities for business groups meeting in Wisconsin Dells. “Co-workers are more likely to help each other back at the office after bonding on a rock climbing wall or a ropes course. Plus, these are team-building exercises that don’t feel work related, and everyone can appreciate that!”
– Tifani Jones, Director of Sales, WDVCB
Ready to head outdoors where rollercoasters await? Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks brings you the triple whammy with Hades 360, the world’s first upside down wooden rollercoaster – 360-degree upside-down barrel roll, the world’s longest underground tunnel, and speeds up to 70 mph. The hybrid wood/steel Hellcat roller coaster at Timber Falls Adventure Park has always been a hit with roller coaster fans thanks to its 70-degree banks and 10-story drop. Throw fear to the wind and ride the log flume and Skyscraper thrill ride while you’re there too.
Then there are the plunge slides at Noah’s Ark Waterpark, with the Point of No Return standing 10 stories tall and the ride down taking all of five seconds. Oh, did we mention it’s nearly a vertical drop? Right next to that slide is Scorpion’s Tail, the world’s tallest looping trap door waterslide. Pick your poison, so to speak.
Devil’s Lake State Park is famous for its 500-foot tall bluffs – it’s not called the Midwest’s “Yellowstone” for nothing – with exhilarating views providing quite the incentive to get our and do some hiking.
Soar above it all with a parasailing adventure on the upper dells of the Wisconsin River booked through Holiday Shores Watersports Center. Or if you prefer to fly, zip lining is a natural for top-of-the-world views that will make you forget you ever had a fear of heights in the first place. Choose from BigFoot Zipline Tours, Wilderness Canyon Zip Line Canopy Tour or Chimney Rock Park Zip Line Tours – Vertical Illusions. Oh heck, if you’re feeling brave, why not try all three?
There are even chances to scale new heights in the winter. Ski or snowboard at Cascade Mountain Ski, Snowboard & Snow or stay close to the ground without giving up the view by zooming down one of their snow tube runes. Christmas Mountains Village Ski offers instruction and plenty of runs for beginners to those craving a bit more challenge.
Don’t forget to look down.