Basic Tutorial: Wisconsin Dells On A Budget
Yes, the economy is looking up, we'll give you that. Yet vacationers continue to hunt high and low for good values, and that's as it should be says the tourism powers-that-be in Wisconsin Dells.
The Dells is a Midwest resort community that's been welcoming vacationers for 150+ years. Think natural beauty, loads of attractions, kitschy fun, quirky finds, and those famous waterparks all rolled into one. Yet its greatest claim to fame might just be value.
So, for vacationers looking to make their visit to "The Waterpark Capital of the World!®" both big fun and budget friendly, the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau offers these tips.
Tip #1: Sign up for the "Wisconsin Dells Deal of the Week" e-mail.
Three offers are sent out each week - could be for lodging, attractions, dining or more. The only work on your part is to sign up and here's the link: http://www.wisdells.com/wisconsin-dells-deals/signupdeals.htm. While you're on the web site, check out the Packages & Deals section, where you can sort through offers by type, theme and date.
Tip #2: Order a free Vacation Planning Kit that includes a nice magazine on the area and a "Deals in the Dells" card.
The Deals in the Dells card offers a number of free child admissions with a paid adult. Use the vacation magazine to research what's new for the year as you'll likely want to include some of those on your itinerary too. Order the kit online at this link: http://www.wisdells.com/wisconsin-dells-family-vacation/search-guides.htm
Tip #3: Pick up coupon books you'll only find at the local Visitor Information Centers.
Once you arrive in the Dells, let the savings continue by stopping in one of the two Visitor Information Centers - there's one downtown at 701 Superior Street, the other is in Lake Delton just off Interstate 90/94 at 31 Meadowview Drive - to pick up a coupon book filled with nearly 100 coupons and specials. The Visitor Information Centers are the only place to snag this.
Tip #4: If you plan to load up on attractions, check into the "Passport to Savings" card.
If your vacation party likes to be on the go from dawn to dusk, then the Passport to Savings card might be a good bet for you. It features 14 of Wisconsin Dells' most popular attractions and the more attractions you buy tickets to the more you save, up to 35%. You can order online at http://www.passporttosavings.com/where-to-buy/ or buy at one of their six locations in town.
Tip #5: Stay at a classic hotel or motel that offers free admission to the big waterpark resorts.
So many of the smaller hotels and motels have partnered with the big guys, meaning the big waterparks and waterpark resorts, to offer their overnight guests free passes with their room price. Peruse the Places to Stay section of the visitor bureau's web site to see who's in on this: http://www.wisdells.com/wisconsin-dells-hotels/hotels.htm/
Tip #6: Stay at a big waterpark resort and reap the benefits of all their attractions and amenities.
Aside from the biggest free amenity of all - admission to all the indoor and outdoor waterparks at these properties (some only allow overnight guests of their property to use the waterparks) - many have discounted prices to their other on-premise attractions like amusement parks and ropes courses, deals when you dine in their restaurants, savings on spa services and golf, and some even include free tickets to popular attractions like the ski show on Lake Delton when you reserve a package deal. Let your research start with this web page: http://www.wisdells.com/wisconsin-dells-water-parks/
Tip #7: Bookmark the Promotions page on wisdells.com.
The visitor bureau just added a Promotions page in the Deals & Offers section of its web site. With just a little homework, you have a good chance of scoring tickets and stockpiling some savings simply by following the latest promotions: http://www.wisdells.com/wisconsin-dells-deals.htm.
Tip #8: Check out the advice from Facebook fans.
The Wisconsin Dells Facebook fan base is 156,000 and growing and the posts are a great resource for insider finds and recommendations.