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Dells Army Duck Tours

Dells Army Duck Tours

Dells Army Duck Tours

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1550 Wisconsin Dells PkwyWisconsin Dells 53965
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(608) 254-6080
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EVERYONE LOVES THE DUCKS! A 1-hr guided land and water Duck tour filled is with legend & lore of Lower Dells Glacial Park. See the famous Sugar Bowl, Grotto Island, Upside Down Heart, Wedding Bell, Lake Delton and hear about the Lost City of Newport. Wisconsin Dells favorite ride since 1946. Home of the famous Duck Quakers.

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A 1-hr guided tour filled with legend & lore of Lower Dells Glacial Park. See the famous Sugar Bowl, Grotto Island, Upside Down Heart, Wedding Bell, Lake Delton and hear about the Lost City of Newport. Wisconsin Dells favorite ride since 1946. Home of the famous Duck Quakers.
     
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    2014-07-19 The Ducks are a must for anyone visiting the dells. This is what they are known for. I went when i was a kid and loved it and now i took my kids there. My kids loved it and they even got to drive them for a little. I wish they had the dog jump like in the past.
    -DanBartlett,IL
    2010-01-06I remember doing this as a child and always wanted to go back, and never have. It was a blast. I will never forget Wisconsin Dells and the Army Duck Tour that we went on. I am now over 50 yrs. old and always planned to go back there with my children, I still have not made it. We are hoping to go this summer as my girls are now 14 and 16, so I know they will have as memorable a time as I did.
    -JaniceSault Ste Marie,Ontario
    2009-07-14i remember being young and on the front seat with my bestfriend who was older then me i was crying saying i wanted my mom when the lady on the ride sit with me and had us playing games with the driver and the driver telling us the history alone the ride i stop crying and had so much fun i didnt mind when the driver was driving on and off the road to the river it was so much fun i was 9 then and i still remember and im 24 now.
    -wyneewalnut grove,ms
    2009-04-22Just before I deployed to Iraq in APR of 2003 my husband and I came to the Dells for our last weekend together. It was cold out, but we took the Ducks anyway. While sitting in the 140' heat for most of the next year, when I would get frustrated or upset, all I had to do was picture that trip in my mind. The cool, clear day snuggled up to my husband on an Army duck in the Dells. It helped me through some hot weather and tough times. We are coming to do it again in a couple of weeks--and I can't wait to make a new memory. Thanks.
    -DeanneCresco,IA
    2009-01-31I went on the ducks 13 yrs ago - i know long time but I am so planning on going back to Wisconsin Dells cause it was one of my best vacations ever!! There was so much to do and culture in that area... It was a blast and don't forget to go on the DUCKS cause you will love every minute of it...
    -MaryJohnston,Iowa

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    Wisconsin Dells Rituals2010-06-01You asked for it, you got it. Our picks for the must-do Dells vacation rituals.Read More
    Wisconsin Dells Rituals
    2010-06-01

    wisconsin-dells-tours-17Ride a DUCK

    See the Dells in amusing style. The banter of the drivers is good clean comedy, and the scenery on land and water is a sight to behold, up close and personal.

     

     

     

    wisconsin-dells-fudge-17Eat fudge

    Let Dells homemade fudge melt in your mouth. Buy a caramel apple, dipped multiple times for good measure, for midnight snacking.

     

     

     

     

    tommy-bartlett-show-wisconsin-dellsSee the Tommy Bartlett Show

    Honestly, the Tommy Bartlett Show is synonymous with Wisconsin Dells and is one of the most fun Wisconsin Dells attractions. Remember, don't try all those tricks at home. Leave it to the professionals.

     

     

     

    wisconsin-dells-attractions-17Take up mini-golfing and go-karting in the Dells

    In addition to being the "The Waterpark Capital of the World!®", the Dells is also considered the country's mini-golf and go-kart capital.

     

     

     

     

     

    Jump in the water

    Could be at one of the many Wisconsin Dells water parks, a lake, a motel or a campground. Just make certain to get wet before you leave.

     

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    From Logging Town To Steamboat Tour Central To “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” 2010-07-01Today’s toddlers, tweens and teenagers think of Wisconsin Dells as a shiny, new vacation spot. Little do they know that the Dells is over 150 years old!Read More
    From Logging Town To Steamboat Tour Central To “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®”
    2010-07-01

    Today’s toddlers, tweens and teenagers think of Wisconsin Dells as a shiny, new vacation spot. Little do they know that the Dells is over 150 years old! It was back in 1856 that Wisconsin Dells, then known as Kilbourn City in honor of the railroad’s president, was incorporated.

    500 Million Years Ago

    You'll be amazed how we can effectively condense 500 million years of history into a paragraph or two. But this is important, because you have to look that far back to understand how the Dells came to be what it is today. During the Cambrian Period, this community was the sandy shore of an ancient sea. Over time, the sand was compacted, and percolating groundwater cemented the sand into rock. That rock went virtually untouched for millions of years. Are your eyes glazing over yet? No? O.K., good, let's continue.

    Fast forward, way forward, to 19,000 years ago, when a glacier extended to within four miles east of the area, never touching the Dells. That glacier melted about 15,000 years ago and formed Glacial Lake Wisconsin, a lake about the size of Utah's Great Salt Lake and as deep as 150 feet. The last ice that held back the waters of Glacial Lake Wisconsin began to melt. The failed ice dam unleashed a catastrophic flood; the lake's depth dropped to 50 feet. The meltwaters cut deep, narrow gorges and unusual rock formations into the sandstone and formed the steep-sided canyons and bluffs you see today lining the Wisconsin River. The flood most likely cut the gorges in the Dells in a matter of days or weeks as the swift water eroded away the soft sandstone.

    Ho Chunk Nation Wisconsin DellsNative American History Worthy of Its Own Book

    An entire book could be devoted to the history of the Native American culture in Wisconsin Dells. The Dells area has been inhabited by native people for 2,000 years, and probably longer. You see their spirit in petroglyphs and pictographs carved and painted into local rock formations, and in ceremonial and burial mounds. While nearly all of the mounds have been destroyed by farming and floods, you can still find some examples of this ancient culture known as the "Effigy Mound Builders." One treasure is at the Kingsley Bend Wayside on Highway 16 where there are a group of some 20 burial and effigy mounds, including two 100-foot long bears, a panther with a tail as long as a football field, and an eagle with a 200 foot wingspan.

    The history of the Ho-Chunk, the largest Native American Nation in Wisconsin Dells, once called Winnebago by the French fur traders, includes immense hardship and tremendous rebuilding. In 1832, the U.S. Government began its infamous removal policy, stating that all Indians must be moved west of the Mississippi River. A series of deadly conflicts deeply scarred the culture. The Ho-Chunk were forced to leave their land and head to northwestern Iowa and south-central Minnesota. They were again moved in 1863 to a desolate reservation in South Dakota. It wasn’t until 1873, when the removal policy was reversed, that the Ho-Chunk could file claims to land in the Dells area. By then, Wisconsin Dells had already become a site for Ho-Chunk pow-wows and dancing, with tourists coming to enjoy the festivals, appreciate the culture and visit Wisconsin Dells attractions.

    Today, the 4,900 members of the Ho-Chunk Sovereign Nation hold title to 2,000 acres of land, continuing anew their dedication to preserve the Ho-Chunk culture.

    The Birth of the Dells

    In 1856, the town was incorporated as Kilbourn City, in honor of the railroad's president. The name did not stick. In 1931, it was officially changed to Wisconsin Dells, the name the locals and tourists had always used, with "Wisconsin" derived from the Native American word meaning "dark rushing waters," and "Dells" mimicking the French word "dalles" that means "layers of flat rock" to describe the bluff rock formations.

    The then local newspaper, the Wisconsin Mirror, offered a most accurate prophecy of the future of Wisconsin Dells tourism when it concluded in 1856 that "the wild, romantic scenery of the 'Dells' will always make them a place of resort for seekers of pleasure."

    wisconsin-river-44Log Rolling

    The community was also a busy logging route in Wisconsin, with pines from the north being moved to larger cities in the south. It was dangerous work, given the rapids and primitively designed dams. In fact, at one point, the whole volume of the Wisconsin River was squeezed into a fifty foot wide rocky, narrow gulch. The area's first bridge, built in the 1850s, turned logging into Wisconsin Dells tourism. About that time, the first railroad bridge was built as well. By the end of the century, a new dam, still in place today, was constructed and the successful destiny of the community was sealed.

    hh-bennett-wisconsin-dells-44The Most Recognizable Picture Still Looks Scary

    He's known as "the man who made Wisconsin Dells famous." Lest you think it was an owner of Wisconsin Dells water parks, or ski show entrepreneur, let's reveal right here and now that it is Henry Hamilton Bennett. Never heard of him? He’s considered one of the top 10, maybe even the top three landscape photographers of the 19th century. Still not ringing a bell? Perhaps his photos will jog your memory. Surely you've seen the picture of a young man leaping from one rock ledge to another. It's titled "Leaping the Chasm at Stand Rock" and is one of Bennett's most famous. The photo captures Bennett's son Ashley frozen in mid-air. At the time, many people thought the photograph was faked since stop-motion had not been invented. Until Bennett invented it, that is. The story goes that Bennett had Ashley repeat the jump multiple times to get just the right shot, a story that would make any mother cringe. His life and photos are superbly chronicled at one of the most historic Wisconsin Dells attractions, the H.H. Bennett Studio which was the photographer's original studio that still stands on Broadway in downtown Dells. There's even an exhibit devoted to the famous photo, with markers on the floor to test your own leaping ability.

    Bennett was born in the mid 1800s. A carpenter by trade, he turned to photography after a Civil War injury to his hand made carpentry work impossible. He opened his studio in the Dells, then known as Kilbourn City, in 1875. We strolled the gallery-style museum and original darkroom with Bennett's granddaughter, Jean Reese. She lovingly pointed out photos of her mother as a little girl sporting a cute straw hat with ribbons down the back. According to Reese, her mother admitted to being an impatient subject, very much disliking having to sit still while her father, ever the perfectionist, posed every shot just so.

    Along with photos of his family, it's the mystical photos of the towering bluffs and swirling Wisconsin River that drew the first tourists to the area, and ultimately sparked Wisconsin Dells tourism.

    According to the museum's director, Dale Williams, the studio may just be the longest running business on a main street in the country. Once you step inside, and take in the incredible photographic portraits of the native Ho-Chunk people, the landscapes of the unusual sandstone bluffs, and Bennett's family photos, you'll have a new appreciation for how the Dells came to be.

    Prints of Bennett's most famous photos are available for purchase. The museum at 215 Broadway is open year-round.

    Tommy Bartlett Ski ShowA Summer Evening in Wisconsin Dells

    During the 1930's and '40's, it wasn't unusual to see tourists and Native Americans line up to watch folks descend on the steamboats for a trip to the Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial. In 1946, Mel Flath brought the first WWII land-to-water vehicles known as Ducks to Wisconsin Dells and set up a tour company. In the 1950's, crowds were first treated to the famous Tommy Bartlett ski show. Wisconsin Dells attractions like Storybook Gardens and Fort Dells entertained thousands in the following decades, the precursor to the Dells as we know it today. In 1994, Stan Anderson, the owner of the Polynesian Resort Hotel, decided to put a roof over a water attraction at this property, and the first indoor water park in the country was christened. One year later, both the Wilderness Resort and Treasure Island water parks opened. A few years after that, Great Wolf Lodge expanded its offerings. In 2000, the Kalahari Resort opened and then quickly expanded its indoor water park. The rest, they say, is history.

     

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    Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About a Duck 2010-04-01Duck Fact-Finding Mission - Historical facts on the famous Duck fleets.Read More
    Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About a Duck
    2010-04-01

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    • Ducks are equipped with a 40-gallon gas tank, with 4.5 gallons of gas used per tour.
    • A Duck has six driving wheels, a steel hull and a land motor in front that also operates in water by means of a propeller at the rear.
    • General Motors manufactured more than 21,000 Ducks between 1942 and 1945. When first produced, each cost $10,000.
    • Ducks were originally used as military transport vehicles in all the large amphibious operations of World War II and the Korean War, including the June 6, 1944 D-Day invasion.
    • The first Duck tour in the Dells was in 1946.

    Today there are two Duck tour companies in the Dells -- Dells Army Duck Tours and Original Wisconsin Ducks®.

     

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    Fall's Top 10 2010-09-22See how many of these Wisconsin Dells fall activities you can lay claim to.Read More
    Fall's Top 10
    2010-09-22

    WI Dells Wo Zha Wa ParadeSo you claim to be a veteran Dells' traveler. But have you partaken of these 10 fall activities? If so, your title stands. If not, better get going.

    • Stake out a spot on the sidewalk for the September Wo-Zha-Wa Fall Festival parade.
    • Dine at a Wisconsin Dells sports bar while watching a football game.
    • Hike the Ice Age Trail at Devil's Lake State Park.
    • Sample your favorite microbrews at Dells On Tap, part of Autumn Harvest Fest.
    • Cast your line for walleye in the Wisconsin River.
    • Stroll the RiverWalk downtown and take in the river and sandstone bluffs.
    • Get in some early Wisconsin Dells shopping for the holidays.
    • Tour a local winery and sip a seasonal wine.
    • Set aside a full day for golf before fall color turns to winter white.
    • Tour the river by Wisconsin Dells Duck or by tour boat and soak up autumn in all its glory.

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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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