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July 03, 2016

Wisconsin Dells Day Trip Itineraries

Wisconsin Dells is a Short Drive Away

Whether you’re in Madison, Milwaukee, La Crosse, Dubuque or somewhere in between, you’re just a short drive away from a fun family getaway. Wisconsin Dells is a great option for that spur of the moment adventure your family is looking to enjoy this summer. “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®”offers wild waterparks, beautiful natural attractions, exciting museums and delicious food all in one place. Check out a few of the options below for day trip ideas, see how far away your hometown is from Wisconsin Dells, then plan your getaway today!

Day Trip Itineraries

Wisconsin Dells Day Trip Itineraries

Waterpark Adventure

Wisconsin Dells is “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®”, so of course taking a full day to visit one of our expansive waterparks is high on our list. Many indoor and outdoor waterparks offer day passes to the public. There are lazy rivers and plenty of lounge chairs for those looking for some low-key relaxation and side-by-side racers, water roller coasters and looping slides for the adventurous types. After a day of swimming, sun and water slides, make sure to stop at one of our staple restaurants. Family-friendly options include Buffalo Phil’s Pizza & Grille, Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co. and MACS – Macaroni and Cheese Shop.

Wisconsin Dells Day Trip Itineraries


Visit some of the attractions designed for your family to learn and explore. Fill the day with interactive exhibits at Circus World, H.H. Bennett Studio and Tommy Bartlett Exploratory – Interactive Science Center. Experience the natural beauty of the area with a tour by Original Wisconsin Ducks®, Dells Army Ducks or Dells Boat Tours®. Each one offers a unique vantage point of the Wisconsin River or Lake Delton as well as timeless stories and historical tidbits. Introduce the little ones to gentle animals at Wisconsin Deer Park and Timbavati Wildlife Park. The whole family will go home with a little more knowledge and a lot more memories.

Wisconsin Dells Day Trip Itineraries


Outlets at The Dells℠ is a hot spot for deals and steals. Then swing by Antique & Craft Malls of Wisconsin Dells, the largest craft mall in the state, while you’re on that side of town. Once you’re done, hop over to downtown Wisconsin Dells and take a stroll to find art, souvenirs and one of a kind finds. Keep the kids fed with stops at downtown eats like Carvelli’s Pizza & Pasta House, High Rock Café and Monk’s Bar & Grill.

Wisconsin Dells Day Trip Itineraries

Drive Times to Wisconsin Dells

Start the day early, make the short drive to Wisconsin Dells, spend the day exploring and then head home with the kids snoozing in the back seat. Wondering how far the Dells is from your town? Here are the approximate drive times:

Madison to Wisconsin Dells – 1 Hour
La Crosse to Wisconsin Dells – 1.5 Hours
Stevens Point to Wisconsin Dells – 1.5 Hours
Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells – 2 Hours
Dubuque, IA to Wisconsin Dells – 2 Hours
Rockford, IL to Wisconsin Dells – 2 Hours
Green Bay to Wisconsin Dells – 2.5 Hours

If you don’t mind driving a little longer for some day trip fun, here are approximate drive times from a little further away:

Chicago to Wisconsin Dells – 3 Hours
Minneapolis to Wisconsin Dells – 4 Hours

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Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-0390
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