Here in “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” we get some interesting questions now and then. We thought it might be fun to round-up the questions and myths that we hear most often.
Myth: Wisconsin Dells is just one big amusement park.
Fact: Wisconsin Dells is a city, not one big park. There are nearly 400 businesses in the area, many of them locally owned. We have several waterparks and theme parks, as well as 90 other attractions. In fact, if you spent eight hours a day trucking around to different attractions, it would still take you 33.75 days to get through every exciting thing to do in the area!
Myth: Wisconsin Dells is only open certain hours.
Fact: We promise that Wisconsin Dells does not have a front gate! Since it’s a city, not a park (see #1), Wisconsin Dells never closes! We’re just like that other City That Doesn’t Sleep. Well, maybe smaller. And more affordable. Our businesses, however, do close. You can find individual business hours on each business’s website, or give our helpful visitor service representatives a call at 800-253-3375.
Question: How much does it cost to get into Wisconsin Dells?
Fact: There is no general admission fee to the area. Each waterpark, theme park, and attraction is privately owned and has its own cost. Attraction prices, in general, range from $5 to $50 per person. You can typically find admission prices on each business’s website, but our visitor service representatives are happy to help you with this too. Just be sure to have a list of attractions ready for them. Check out all the options here.
Question: You have a downtown?
Answer: We sure do! When you reach the corner of Highways 12/16/13, head up the hill to the east. That’s the corner where you’ll find Mexicali Rose, the lower Dells Boat Tours® dock, McDonald’s – Fort Dells, Aunt Jenny’s Got-It-All Store, etc. Head across the bridge, past all those fun mini-golf courses and that wild Skyscraper ride at Timber Falls Adventure Park and voila! You’ve reached the downtown river district, complete with super dining options, shops that offer souvenirs and fudge, classic attractions, free entertainment and perfect photo opps. Nothing says summer in the Dells quite like downtown after sunset, with the neon signs buzzing, the smell of cotton candy in the air and feet on the street.
Question: Where should we stay?
Answer: It depends on who you are bringing and why you are coming. We have over 8,000 hotel rooms and 3,200 campsites. Needless to say, we have plenty of options. Big families might feel right at home in one of our vacation rentals. In fact, TripAdvisor recently ranked Wisconsin Dells on their “10 Popular Cabin Vacations You Never Thought Of” list. Check out Sand County Service Company for options. Families with kids who swim like little fishes might be right at home at the waterpark resorts, such as Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Wilderness Resort, Mt. Olympus Theme Park & Water Park and Chula Vista Resort. If you’re booking a large family gathering or reunion, Meadowbrook Resort and Baker’s Sunset Bay Resort both cater nicely to these groups. For a classic downtown experience Black Hawk Motel and Fitzgerald’s Motel offer a quaint touch of nostalgia. Couples and ladies groups love Sundara Inn & Spa. And we can’t forget about the campgrounds. Since we are surrounded by such natural beauty, it is easy to be just a mile or so away from all the action, yet feel like you are tucked away in nature. Check out Yogi Bear™ Camp-Resort & Water Playground or Sherwood Forest Camping & RV Park. For a more rustic experience, try Arrowhead Resort Campground or Stand Rock Campground.
For more info, check out our Dells 101 Video: