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Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater

Movies under the stars

Movies under the stars

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Address:
Hwy 16 EWisconsin Dells 53965
Phone:
(608) 254-8025
Open:
May 6 - September
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Great entertainment under the stars. 2 big screens, 4 big shows every night of the week, rain or shine. Remember how much fun drive-ins used to be? This one still is. Double-features nightly, stereo sound, snack bar, featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, hot buttered popcorn and cotton candy. Showing all the latest Hollywood films. Just 1 mile south of Wisconsin Dells. Take Broadway east to the end of town. Turn right at the stoplights (Hwy. 16) & drive 1 mile. Open 8 pm.
 
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The Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater offers the old-fashioned drive-in experience in the exciting Dells area. Catch a movie and a bite at the acclaimed snack bar.
     
     
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    2011-06-13I could hardly believe it when I found a real, old fashioned drive in theater. It was wonderful - like a step back in time. The service at the gate and the snack bar were exceptional, very friendly people.
    -RoxannTomah,WI
    2010-04-29Our family has been coming to the Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater in Wisconsin Dells since I was a little girl. We have many happy memories of warm summer evenings watching movies and snacking on all of the wonderful food available at the concession stand! I am so happy that after so many years they are still around so that I can share this experience with my children and their children. Thank You Big Sky!!!
    -ChristieMilwaukee,WI
    2009-07-24We always have a great time at the drive in! It's a special time with the family.
    -cindynecedah,wi
    2009-05-20Come up once every year just to go to the Big Sky Drive in! The food is great! And you can't beat the atmosphere. Makes us feel like kids again! Thank you for keeping the drive-in open!!
    -Rob & PamHartford,WI
    2008-09-04My husband, Chris and I didn't have enough money to do a huge honeymoon, so we took a week trip to the Wisconsin Dells - May 2001. The wedding had beautiful weather, the day after was gorgeous, but on the day we left for the honeymoon, we just had rain and cold and it stayed that way for much of our honeymoon. So much that we both got sick, so most of our honeymoon we were miserable. We tried to find indoor activities, but they are few and far between. Neither of us had been to an outdoor theater in years, so when we found Big Sky, we were thrilled. It was wonderful! We cranked up the heat, bought some popcorn, held hands.... Just like I remembered it (except back then I was 9 and I fell asleep in the back of my parent's stationwagon). It left a special memory for us. Thank you! Please never close! We'll be back when we can! Maybe bring our two littleones to share the fun. .
    -MicheleMilwaukee,WI

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    Largest Wisconsin Dells Waterparks2012-01-09Waterpark Nirvana - Here are six that set the bar for waterpark paradise, each with its own distinct personality.Read More
    Largest Wisconsin Dells Waterparks
    2012-01-09

    Here are six sweet Wisconsin Dells waterparks that set the gold standard:

    noahs-ark-water-park-wisconsin-dells-40Noah's Ark Waterpark

    This is the undisputed granddaddy of them all. At 70 acres, Noah's Ark is America's largest outdoor water park.  The park is known for launching waterslide innovations, like the country’s first looping waterslide, Scorpion’s Tail.  Their Black Anaconda watercoaster – a combo waterslide and roller coaster - is a full quarter-mile long.

     

     

     

    kalahari-wisconsin-dells-water-parksKalahari Resort Waterparks

    The Kalahari made its mark in the water park world when it debuted its indoor surf ride, the "Flowrider®," which uses 50,000 gallons of water per minute to create a five-foot ocean-like wave. They also introduced the country’s first indoor water roller coaster, the Master Blaster. The Kalahari, with its authentic African theme, is Wisconsin’s largest indoor water park.

     

    wilderness-wisconsin-dells-water-parksWilderness Hotel & Golf Resort

    This is the country's largest indoor/outdoor water park combination, with four indoor and four outdoor water parks that total nearly 500,000 square feet or the equivalent of more than 12 football fields. One of their indoor water parks is under a high-tech dome that allows tropical plants to thrive and people to tan even in the winter.

     

     

     

    Chula Vista ResortChula Vista Resort

    There's no such thing as too much water at Chula Vista Resort. Look one direction, and there's the meandering Wisconsin River. Look the other way, and there's an outdoor wave pool with sand beach, a full outdoor water park, and a multi-level indoor water park that houses the country’s fastest indoor water coaster, the Flyan Myan.

     

     

     

    Great Wolf LodgeGreat Wolf Lodge

    A multi-story indoor water park complement by an outdoor water park complex easily put this resort in our list of Top Six. Much of Great Wolf Lodge has an "ultimate kids' camp" feel to it with lots of water rides and activities for the younger set. For the more adventurous, the Howlin’ Tornado funnel ride is a must try.

     

     

     

    Mt. Olympus Water and Theme ParksMt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks

    An outdoor surf pool with nine-foot waves and sandy beach…need we say more?! No, but we will. Mt. Olympus has some rad racing slides too - six side-by-side racers that are 350-feet in length. Indoors, the tube slides are towering and the endless river raging.

     

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    Time Capsules2010-04-01Landmarks in their own right, these legendary destinations and perennial favorites stand out in their appeal across generations.Read More
    Time Capsules
    2010-04-01

    When you've been around as a Wisconsin Dells tourism town for 150+ years, it's inevitable that some attractions will be viewed as more "flashes from the past" than nods to the future. Good thing residents of the Dells have found those "flashes" to be worthy of preservation and visitors have found them to be worthy of continued patronage, because some of these are the last of their kind.

    Circus World - Wisconsin Dells Museums

     


    We'll start a short drive out of town in a quaint little community known as Baraboo. There you'll find a national historic landmark -- Circus World. The Ringling Bros. Circus was founded in Baraboo in 1884 by five Ringling brothers and, naturally, they named their property in Baraboo "Ringlingville." This compound along the Baraboo River served as the winter quarters for the troupe. The buildings date from 1897 and, while they are the largest surviving group of original circus structures in North America, the museum's collection of circus artifacts may just be the largest in the world. It includes more than 210 original wagons and an exceptional collection of thousands of circus ads and posters. You can't miss the Buffalo Bill Wild West poster which measures nine feet high by 70 feet long. During the warm weather months, take in a performance in the Hippodrome, see live animals and daydream about what it must have been like to be a circus performer all those decades ago.

    Mid-Continent Railway Museum - Wisconsin Dells Museums

     


    For the next stop, it's the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in the town of North Freedom. Stroll museum exhibits of steam locomotives that date back to the 1880s and then hop aboard a restored steel coach for a 50-minute ride through the countryside.

    Lost Canyon Tours - Wisconsin Dells Museums

     


    As long as we're on the subject of transportation, let's add to the itinerary a horse-drawn wagon ride at Lost Canyon Tours, located on the south shore of Lake Delton, back in the Dells. This mile-long tour gets you so close to cliff-walled gorges that it's a wonder the large Percheron horses don't get spooked. According to the guides, who really live the part, the deeper recesses of Lost Canyon have not felt the touch of the sun in more than 50,000 years.

    Parsons Indian Trading Post & Museum - Wisconsin Dells Museums

     


    Then it's on to Parsons Indian Trading Post & Museum. This business was opened in 1885 by Glenn Parsons, an honorary chief of four Native American tribes and a local river boat captain. Today it stands as one of the world's largest purveyors of Native American gifts and artifacts. Beaded moccasins, satchels, ceremonial capes and bold jewelry are inspired in both their design and technique. Parsons features the work of tribes from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

    H.H. Bennett Studio - Wisconsin Dells Museums

     


    No historic tour is complete without a visit to the H.H. Bennett Studio, believed to be the oldest business in the Dells. Here, you'll see haunting images of Native American tribespeople and loggers, even Bennett's family. It was Bennett's other-worldly photos of the river and bluffs that helped turn Wisconsin Dells into a bustling tourism town.

    Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater - Wisconsin Dells Drive-In Movies

     


    Last stop is the Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater with its two big screens, each featuring a first-run double feature. Before the show starts, make a dash for the snack bar for some hot buttered popcorn, icy cold soda and sticky cotton candy. Now that'll take baby boomers back.

     

     

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    Family Playtime After Dark2010-06-28When families vacation in Wisconsin Dells, believe us when we say they work hard to squeeze every minute of fun out of their getaway. And that often includes activities after dark.Read More
    Family Playtime After Dark
    2010-06-28

    wisconsin-dells-mini-golf-84When families vacation in Wisconsin Dells, believe us when we say they work hard to squeeze every minute of fun out of their getaway.  And that often includes hitting activities and Wisconsin Dells attractions after dark.

    Stroll downtown Wisconsin Dells on a summer evening and you’ll find families ducking into fudge and candy shops for a late night treat, then lingering on benches to let the chocolate-y goodness melt in their mouths. Stores up and down Broadway keep their lights on so shoppers can pick up a Dells hoodie or a new swim suit to debut the next day at one of the many Wisconsin Dells water parks.  And there’s nothing like mini-golfing in the Dells under the lights at places like Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, Timber Falls Adventure Park. Or, plan on a keepsake photo from Old Abe’s Old Time Portraits or Professor Porter’s Old Time Portraits.

     

    big-sky-drive-in-dells-84What’s a classic night of fun without a drive-in movie?  Yes, there’s still such a thing in the Dells - at the Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater.   Haunted houses seem to be scarier after dark, which makes the Ghost Out-Post Haunted House a family favorite when the moon comes out.

     

     

     

     

     

    There’s evening entertainment for those who prefer late night over matinee, like the Tommy Bartlett Show of water skiers on Lake Delton and the Rick Wilcox Magic Theater magic show.

     

    Kalahari WI DellsThe Dells' indoor amusement parks keep their lights on late for visitors as well.  Topping the list of family favorite Wisconsin Dells attractions are businesses like the massive Kalahari Indoor Theme Park, the laser bowling mecca known as Knuckleheads Bowling & Indoor Amusement Park and the Downtown Dells Wild Fun Zone.

     

     

     

     

    So forget curfews when you’re in Wisconsin Dells.  And don’t bother with a wake-up call the next morning either.  After all, you’re on vacation.

     

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    Attraction & Lodging Price Guide2013-01-06Price it out, then plan it.Read More
    Attraction & Lodging Price Guide
    2013-01-06

    Price It Out, Then Plan It

    This section allows you to download the Wisconsin Dells area price guide. We're certain you'll land on the right dollar figure.

    http://www.wisdells.com/wisconsin-dells-family-vacation/search-guides/2015-Price-Guide.htm

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    A Classic Influence Every Step Of The Way2010-09-16Pay homage to all that's classic.Read More
    A Classic Influence Every Step Of The Way
    2010-09-16

    Prefer The Wisconsin Dells Classics

    Enduring. Endearing. Those were the two words that guided the research for this story on the classic Wisconsin Dells vacation. Many of the Wisconsin Dells hotels, attractions and restaurants included below have been building up a fan base for decades and across generations. Others are slightly more contemporary classics that still say “Wisconsin Dells” in a big way. Combined, they make for lots of choices for travelers who like to go classic.

     

    classic-dells-motels-100Classic Wisconsin Dells Hotels & Motels

    A good starting point is downtown, where classic Wisconsin Dells hotel and motels right on the main street are well maintained and still very popular. There’s Fitzgerald’s Motel, where the front sign reminds you to “Smile, you’re on vacation.” Last year, Fitzgerald’s celebrated its 60th anniversary, and owner Margaret Gewont is 100% sincere when she tells you guests are more like extended family than vacationers. A peek in the guest book proves it, with the first entry reading: “Margaret is the ultimate hostess.” The list of downtown Wisconsin Dells hotels and motels is long and varied, so take your pick.

     

    downtown-wi-dells-shops-100Downtown Wisconsin Dells

    As long as you’re already on the main thoroughfare, keep your car parked and put on your walking shoes for a stroll up and down Broadway. You’ll pass fudge shops like Swiss Maid Fudge and Wisconsin Dairyland Fudge and likely succumb to the sweets being made behind the picture windows. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, with its quirky and fun-to-read-about displays from adventures of days gone by, is one of the many amusing Wisconsin Dells attractions on Broadway. As long as you’re downtown, go ahead and have one of those old-timey pictures taken. For souvenirs, Bailey’s Landing and Winnebago Gift Shop are both known for their wide selection of Minnetonka moccasins, a fashion statement in Wisconsin and on the runways of New York.

     

    wisconsin-river-tours-100Classic Wisconsin River Tours

    On your walk through the Dells, you’re sure to see a Duck or two. Not the feathered kind, but the WWII amphibious vehicle kind that takes visitors on tours of Lake Delton and the Wisconsin River. Hop on and enjoy the splashdowns and scenery. Another classic river tour choice is a tour boat, either double decker or paddlewheeler. Some even offer shore landings, which is really the best way to experience the grandeur of the sandstone bluffs in the area.

     

    dells-animal-attractions-100Animal-Related Dells Attractions

    Now on to real animals, as in the deer at Wisconsin Deer Park, one of the classic Wisconsin Dells attractions that’s been in business for more than 50 years. Here you can feed the deer and also interact with American elk and bison. Wisconsin Deer Park also acts as a zoological supply service, with deer from their park being placed in zoos all over the country.

     

    tommy-bartlett-show-100Tommy Bartlett Classic Attractions

    Two Wisconsin Dells attractions that begin with the founder’s name, Tommy Bartlett, are staples on the classic vacation itinerary. There’s the famous Tommy Bartlett Show staged on Lake Delton, the longest running water ski show of its kind in the country. It's replete with complicated ski tricks, fast boats, comedy and acrobatic acts thrown in for good measure. Plus, the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory - Interactive Science Center is also known for its hundreds of hands-on science experiments, a real Russian MIR space station and an exact replica of NASA’s Mercury space capsule.

     

    noahs-ark-water-park-100Noah's Ark Waterpark - A Classic Wisconsin Dells Water Park

    If you want to experience a classic Dells water park, then Noah’s Ark Waterpark is it. It opened in 1979 and is the largest outdoor water park in the country, adding something new nearly every year.

     

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    More Wisconsin Dells Classics

    There are a number of other classic finds worthy of their own mention. In lodging, Dell Creek Motel, with its pretty courtyard gardens, has some of the best curb appeal in the community. On Lake Delton, there’s Baker’s Sunset Bay Resort, a fun place for family reunions. For shopping, Aunt Jenny’s Got-It-All Store is a third-generation Dells’ family business which prides itself on its fun selection of apparel, souvenirs, moccasins, jewelry and toys. For breakfast, try Mr. Pancake with 30 varieties of pancakes and waffles; Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty with scrumptious donuts; or Howie’s Restaurant, home of Howie’s self-proclaimed “Huge Breakfast” and, if you’re really hungry, his “Super Breakfast.”

     

    wisconsin-supper-clubs-100Classic Wisconsin Supper Clubs

    The classic Wisconsin supper clubs in the area deserve a paragraph of their own. If you’re wondering what the requirements are for supper club designation, here goes: clubby bar in which to enjoy that Wisconsin cocktail favorite, the brandy old fashioned, before you sit down to your meal; well trained staff who see to your every need and never rush you; crisp table linens; interesting architecture; relish trays and fresh baked rolls, standout wine cellar; and steaks, seafood and chops that are remarkable. If that sounds mouthwatering to you, then consider one special dinner out at the Del-Bar, Field’s at the Wilderness, House of Embers, Ishnala Supper Club, or the newest entry in the genre of classic supper clubs, Kaminski Bros. Chop House at Chula Vista Resort.

     

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    Drive-In Movies In The Dells

    For one last flash from the past in the Dells, the drive-in movie.  Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater shows double features of first-run movies on two screens every night during the summer. Its concession stand is kitschy and comfortably cramped, serving everything you’d want from a classic snack bar. Side note, if you stay at Holiday Shores Camp-Resort or the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, ask about their seasonal outdoor movies too, shown right on the grounds.

    That’s it, the classic Wisconsin Dells getaway, filled with sweet memories to last until the next time you visit.

     

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