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Dells Boat Tours®

Dells Boat Tours® on Wisconsin River

Dells Boat Tours® on Wisconsin River

  • Dells Boat Tours® on Wisconsin River
Dells Boat Tours® Map
107 BroadwayWisconsin Dells 53965
(608) 254-8555
March 11 - October 31
(608) 254-8555
(608) 254-8555
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Take our complete scenic tour along the Wisconsin River and see its peaceful, natural beauty that has brought visitors here for over 100 years. On our 2-hour Upper Dells tour you will enjoy two scenic shorelandings. Relax aboard our 1-hour Lower Dells tour and see legendary sights. Get your heart racing on our Dells Jet Boat Adventure; a 30-minute thrill ride on the Lower Dells. Sunset cruises offer relaxed evenings touring the river with dinner and live music by Dan Soma. Visit our two ticket booth locations at 107 Broadway, Downtown Wisconsin Dells or at the Junction of Hwys 12, 13 & 16.
Classic Experience

Some 150 years ago visitors first came to Wisconsin Dells for rowboat tours of the Wisconsin River. From there the tours evolved to steam paddlers, then the double-decker steel vessels of Dells Boat Tours. This fleet of 21 boats carries thousands of visitors to see what is arguably and most "clasic" of the area's classic attractions - the "dells" rock formations that tower above the river. At the Stand Rock shore landing, the photo that made the Dells famous - of photographer H.H. Bennett's son caugh mid-air leaping from one rock bluff to another - is now recreated with a trusty dog.  There is a second shore landing at Witches Gulch.  This tour company has exclusive rights to these historic landings along the Upper and Lower Dells.



  • Visit our two ticket booth locations at 107 Broadway, Downtown Wisconsin Dells or at Junction of Highways 12, 13 & 16. Take Exit 87 off I/90/94.
Convention Overview
See the natural beauty of Wisconsin Dells abroad our boat tours! One and two hour tours provide your group with breathtaking views of the towering sandstone cliffs and rock formations that have made this area famous and with two shore landings.
Dells Boat Tours® Convention Amenities
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Dells Boat Tours® Rooms and Facilities
Room NameDimensionsSquare FeetCeiling HeightTheatre NumberClassroom NumberBanquet NumberConference Number
Cold Water Canyon Pavilionn/an/an/a60508030
Double Deck Boatn/an/an/a25252525
Clipper Winnebagon/an/an/a1006012050
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03/14/2010I was just a little kid at the time when first took my trip down the river on one of your tours. I was about 10. I'll never forget the ride. While we were going down the river a huge fish jumped out of the water and it scared every one on the tour. That was the only time we seen it ; still never found out what it was. All I can say was it was huge and scared the bajeebees out of me. Never came back to your river until I turned 57 (I'm 59 now.) It was a fun time but trust me, I don't sit by the rail any more.
07/22/2009love it wanna go back
07/21/2009I visited the Wisconsin Dells in 1973 with my family. It has been 35 yrs since that time and I still remember it. I tell my children about the tour and show them my pamplets I saved in my scrapbook. We visited Stand Rock, Cold Water Canyon and Witches Gulch. I loved all the ceremonial dances and had my tour book signed by "Chief Evergreen Tree"
-LindaPort Murray,New Jersey
07/05/2009Year of 1975 when our daughter was 2 years old Laura spoke her first words at the Dells was "puppy jumped the rock". A part of the Dells with a cliff and a self standing rock was the attraction.
06/08/2009I enjoyed very much my first visit to Wisconsin Dells. The place was completely new for me. I travel in the upper dells, visit the witches gulch, and saw the jumping dog. The rock formations were impressive. I enjoy every minute of the tour. What can I said? WOW! I will come back again soon.
-JesusCaguas,Puerto Rico

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Dandy Reasons for a Downtown Dells Stroll2010-04-02Glockenspiel and the RiverWalk; two free reasons to take a stroll through downtown Wisconsin Dells.Read More
Dandy Reasons for a Downtown Dells Stroll

glockenspiel-downtown-dells-29German Glockenspiel - Downtown Dells

Take the children to see the giant Glockenspiel with a musical re-enactment of the legendary Pied Piper of Hamelin every half-hour, on the hour. The legend goes that the Pied Piper rid the town of Hamelin of its rats and mice by charming them away with his flute playing. When the citizens of Hamelin refused to pay the piper the price they had agreed upon, he charmed away their children in revenge.

The German Glockenspiel with its fairy tale re-enactment is FREE making it one of the best Wisconsin Dells deals. It's located in the 400 block of Broadway, Downtown Wisconsin Dells.


dells-river-walk-wi-dells-29Dells RiverWalk

Stroll the Dells RiverWalk with vistas of the Wisconsin River and its sandstone bluffs now easily accessible to the public for the first time in 75 years. This ¼-mile paved path offers Dells visitors not only a breathtaking view of the Dells' unique scenery, but sprinkles in game tables and comfortable benches along its expanse in invitation to sit a spell and take in all of Mother Nature's glory. Walk, bike or run the Dells RiverWalk, but be sure to put this special experience on your Wisconsin Dells itinerary. It's one of the most scenic Wisconsin Dells activities available and it never disappoints.

The Dells RiverWalk entrance is located at the 100 block of Broadway in downtown Wisconsin Dells. It's free and open to the public year-round.


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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.



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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.






  • fall-activities-in-wisconsin-dellsGet 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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For Business Retreats, Add These To The Agenda2010-06-01The business plan calls for a corporate retreat. Now what? You could reserve the same old spot, in the same predictable location, with the same old meals. Or, you could speak up and suggest something unexpected. Say, a meeting in Wisconsin Dells.Read More
For Business Retreats, Add These To The Agenda

The business plan calls for a corporate retreat. Now what? You could reserve the same old spot, in the same predictable location, with the same old meals. Or, you could speak up and suggest something unexpected. Say, a meeting in Wisconsin Dells.

It's not as strange an idea as you may think, as evidenced by the number of Midwest businesses who pack up and head to the Dells for focused planning time, followed by some focused fun. Here are five places that are not only out-of-the-ordinary, but might even get you a promotion to chief planner.

Woodside Ranch Resort & Conference Center

The original two-story farmhouse was built off a dirt road that served as a buggy path to town back in the 1850s. Next came cabins and a large hay barn. Today, in addition to welcoming leisure guests, this family-run ranch also welcomes mid-sized conference groups. Make no mistake, even though you're on a 1,200-acre spread, the amenities are high-tech. The owners also believe all work and no play is no way to run a retreat, so they've added a pool, a pond with row boats and paddle boats, horseback and trail riding, cross-country skiing, an indoor basketball/volleyball court, tennis courts and horseshoes.

Woodside Ranch Resort &  Conference Center - Wisconsin Dells Meetings

Sundara Spa Villas

Rent one for a C-level management "meeting of the minds," or all 12 for a larger group outing. The private spa villas of Sundara Inn & Spa are being requested more and more for meetings, proving you can get work down at the spa. The set is tranquil and relaxing, perfect for brainstorming.

Sundara Spa Villas - Wisconsin Dells Meetings

Cold Water Canyon Pavilion

Cold Water Canyon is a shady tributary glen that cuts deep into the east bank of the Wisconsin River in the Dells. It used to be a regular stop on river excursions offered by Dells Boat Tours®, but today it's an exclusive spot for small meetings and retreats and other private gatherings. To get to this location, you'll board a private charter boat at the Upper Dells boat dock in downtown Wisconsin Dells. Once there, you'll convene your meeting in a wonderful stone building, with meals served on cue. And when the meeting is adjourned, you can stretch your legs with a walk on the wooden boardwalk that winds through the sandstone cliffs.

Cold Water Canyon Pavilion - Wisconsin Dells Meetings

Circus World

No, this is not an excuse to skip work altogether. Rather, holding your annual planning meeting at the Circus World in picturesque Baraboo, a few minutes from Wisconsin Dells, could provide just the spark of creativity you need to get that strategic plan in motion. The site is the original home of the world famous Ringling Bros. Circus and the place to see two-thirds of the world's surviving hand-carved circus wagons. Amenities here include a 100-seat giant screen audio/visual theatre, plus meeting spaces in The Century of Spectacle exhibit and the circus wagon restoration center.

Circus World - Wisconsin Dells Conference

Buffalo Phil's Pizza & Grille Crystal Room

The Crystal Room located downstairs in the new Buffalo Phil's Pizza & Grille in Wisconsin Dells is beautifully decorated with an embossed ceiling, authentic 1920s Victorian bar discovered in the basement of northern Wisconsin and restored to its original splendor, and a large double-sided fieldstone fireplace. It's a dramatic setting for a gathering, with plenty of alcove seating areas for more in-depth conversation when the meeting wraps for the day.

Now all that's left to do is to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Buffalo Phil
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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 numerous Wisconsin Dells area price guides. We're certain you'll land on the right dollar figure.

2013 Attraction Price Guide (12 pages - 155KB)

2013 Complete Accommodation Price Guide (36 pages - 323KB)

The price lists are in a PDF (Portable Document File) format, which requires a free download of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader.

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