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Princess Kay Paddlewheel Riverboat

Princess Kay Paddlewheel Riverboat

Princess Kay Paddlewheel Riverboat

Princess Kay Paddlewheel Riverboat Map
W1147 River Bay RdLyndon Station 53944
(608) 254-7193
(800) 443-1112
May - October
(608) 254-7193
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Featuring an elegant air conditioned/heated dining room, an open upper deck with a full service bar. As the shining star of the Upper Dells, the Princess Kay offers charters for weddings, family and class reunions, corporate meetings, staff parties, bachelor or bachelorette parties and private parties. The Saturday night sunset cruise offers refreshments in the lower deck of hot dogs, brats, large heated pretzels, ice cream sundaes and nachos. There are clean spacious restrooms. Enjoy a breathtaking cruise down the beautiful Wisconsin River and be reminded of days gone by in Wisconsin Dells.
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Authentic paddlewheeler is 83' long and 22' wide holds 150 passengers and is "The Belle of the Dells" featuring scenic sunset cruises.
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    2013-07-19Great event for.a Sat night. One of.the best things to do while in the Dells hands down for a couple. Hint hint guys lol, my wife loved.......loved it.

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    Taking A Boat Tour Of The Wisconsin River? Then Preview The Highlights 2010-04-15Tour the Wisconsin River and look for oddly shaped bluffs with oddly appropriate names along the way.Read More
    Taking A Boat Tour Of The Wisconsin River? Then Preview The Highlights

    Glacial meltwaters ripped through this area some 14,000 years ago leaving behind fascinating sandstone formations that shadow both sides of the Wisconsin River. Native Americans canoeing the river were the first to lay eyes on these natural wonders. Later, they guided French explorers through the water passageways. The French were charmed by the sandstone towers that looked like a stack of pancakes and, in fact, the word "Dells" mimics the French word "dalles," meaning "layers of flat rock."

    There's a nice variety of Upper Dells boat tours in Wisconsin Dells, so if you're planning on taking in the natural scenery -- and you should -- here are some highlights to watch for:

    PT BoatP.T. 109 Boat Patrol

    Teetering rock formations, dark grottos, fragrant evergreens and fresh air mark this tour. No walking, just sight-seeing extraordinaire. See if you can memorize the names that have been given to the bluff formations over the years in the Dells, like Romance Cliff, Chimney Rock, Black Hawk's Profile and Demon's Anvil.



    Dells Boat Tours WI RiversDells Boat Tours®

    The on-water portion is scenic, of course, but the best part of this tour may just be the shore landings. At Stand Rock, see a trained dog leap from one sandstone bluff to another, recreating the famous 1888 photo taken by landscape photographer H.H. Bennett of his son doing the same. The second stop is at Witches Gulch, a glen with mysterious passageways that also provides a natural cool-down from your perch atop the double-decker boat.




    Sunset Dinner Cruise WI RiverDells Boat Tours® Sunset Dinner Cruise

    The Wisconsin River at dusk is a thing of beauty. Listen to a narrative on the waterway, enjoy fine dining in Wisconsin Dells with a surf-and-turf meal, be serenaded with live music, and enjoy the pièce de résistance -- a stroll on torch-lit paths at the Witches Gulch shore landing.




    Princess Kay Paddle Boat WI RiverPrincess Kay Paddlewheel Riverboat

    The mode of transportation might be the biggest highlight of all here, because it's the only boat of its kind in the Dells -- an authentic paddle-wheel riverboat that seats 150 for a Wisconsin Dells dining experience.





    Here's one last tip - regardless of the tour, be sure to watch for the swallows' nest built into the bluffs and the hemlock trees draping from the cliffs. These both came to be thanks to the porous makeup of the sandstone, making them an original Wisconsin Dells attraction.


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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

    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

    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.


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    There's Work To Be Done2014-03-14One way to make work more agreeable is to think of it this way: You're working so you can vacation. To make it even more palatable, how about this scenario: Get work done in a place where the atmosphere is wildly creative and filled with fun. Read More
    There's Work To Be Done

    One way to make work more agreeable is to think of it this way: You’re working so you can vacation.

    To make it even more palatable, how about this scenario: Get work done in a place where the atmosphere is wildly creative and filled with fun.

    Memo to work self: Book the next company meeting in the Dells and my next vacation too.

    “If you have to work then do it in a place that gives you the required tangibles like meeting space and tech support, but also delivers on the intangibles like positive attitude and energy,” said Tifani Jones, director of sales for the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.

    Wisconsin Dells may be most famous for its family vacation offerings, but it’s a pretty cool place to hold a conference, convention or corporate retreat too. The meeting spaces are as diverse as the waterparks and attractions. You have convention facilities at the waterpark resorts and Ho-Chunk Gaming, with spaces as large as 100,000 square feet to accommodate trade shows and annual meetings. Mid-size properties like the Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center and Woodside Ranch Resort & Conference Center do a bang-up job in hosting meetings and company events.

    Then there are set-ups you’ll only find in the Dells that will keep the corporate team talking up the retreat long after everyone’s back to the office grind. Like Crystal Grand Music Theater, with seating for 2,000 that will make the head honchos feel like stars when they take the stage. Or the Inn at Wawanissee Point atop the Baraboo Bluffs with a 36-mile panorama of Lake Wisconsin and beyond, where you can reserve the entire inn including the board room. Perhaps most unusual is the Cold Water Canyon Pavilion located deep in a shady glen on the Wisconsin River and accessible to visitors only by boat.

    We met up with John Van Wie, great grandson of Captain David C. Van Wie, Civil War hero, then logger and riverboat captain, who purchased the Cold Water property back in the late 1800s for the princely sum of $400, to hear about the history of the unusual property. It was a steamy summer day, yet the tree canopy and rock cliffs of the canyon coupled with the thick sandstone walls of the building provided ample natural air conditioning.

    John is the ad-hoc family historian and came armed with lots of historic documents and photos. Turns out the land at one time included a rooming house, but that was flooded when the dam went in. Next the family built a restaurant, but that fell by the wayside too. The Pavilion went up in 1939 and served as a souvenir stand for visitors disembarking for a walk through the canyon as part of a river tour. Today the Pavilion is run by Dells Boat Tours®, who restored the historic building for use as a meetings and special event space.

    So how does John feel about his family’s property taking on a new life as a meeting venue? “I think it is awesome. Something this beautiful should be shared. It’s a masterpiece,” was his quick reply. “You can have a challenging day and come out here and this canyon lifts your spirits.”

    Excerpt from letter dated 7-31-1895 from the then-president of the Milwaukee Athletic Society outlining expectations for his upcoming “excursion party” to Cold Water Canyon:

    “Beer – I beg pardon – Watertown Ginger Ale – you must have plenty. I bet my straw hat against a $20.00 Gold Piece of yours that you will not have enough on hand for two hours. I wish you would cut down on the price, 25¢ a bottle.”


    What's there to do for spouses?
    You'd be surprised.

    So, the significant other juggled his or her schedule to accompany the meeting-goer to Wisconsin Dells for a few days. Great! Here are some of the most popular activities for the person not working:

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