Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

10 Ways to Put a Spring in Your Step This Winter

January 04, 2015

New rule: No complaining about winter. Sure, it’s long, involves shorter days with gray skies, and is every meteorologist’s dream come true to predict temperature swings and snowfall totals. But that’s no reason to acquiesce. Here in Wisconsin Dells, we’re in the business of putting a spring in your step, even in the middle of the frozen months. Try these 10 activities and you’ll head off cabin fever at the pass.

  1. Barrel down a waterslide. The indoor waterparks here work like a dose of sunshine to brighten moods. The big six are Chula Vista Resort, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, Polynesian Water Park Resort and Great Wolf Lodge. Try a trapdoor slide, a water roller coaster, a funnel ride or a racing slide and you’ll have to wipe the smile off your face.  

  2. Jump around on a trampoline. Burn off a little steam by jumping around in Knuckleheads Trampoline Park • Rides • Bowling. There’s a massive jumping pillow, trampolines for shooting dunk shots and springy surfaces for playing family games.

  3. Perfect a snowboard trick or give snowtubing a whirl. Cascade Mountain Ski, Snowboard & Snow Tube and Christmas Mountain Village™ Ski, Snowboard and Tube both offer snowboard terrain parks and snowtube hills, to say nothing of their downhill runs. Cascade Mountain touts its high-speed Mountain Top Express to get to the top of the mountain quickly and easily. At Christmas Mountain there are also cross-country skiing trails.

  4. Zipline over snow-covered treetops. If you think ziplining is exhilarating in the summer, wait until you try it in the winter. Seeing Wisconsin’s winter wonderland from a vantage point high above the treetops is awe-inspiring. Year-round ziplining can be had at BigFoot Zipline Tours, Wilderness Canyon Zip Line Canopy Tour and Chimney Rock Park Zip Line Tours - Vertical Illusions.

  5. Take a spin on a go-cart or play some golf. Go-carting and mini-golf are so popular in Wisconsin Dells that they’ve become four-season sports thanks to weatherproofed options. The Kalahari Indoor Theme Park, for example, offers both. Their elevated go-cart track is a big visual inside the park. Along with mini-golf they also have a high-definition golf simulator. At the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort they recently added a two-story go-cart trail and they have not one but three indoor mini-golf courses.

  6. Commit to a fierce game of laser tag. Wild Fun Zone has a huge laser tag arena that looks like a giant space cave. The laser tag facility at the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort takes up two floors and is themed to the OK Corral. 


  7. Test your skills on a rock wall or ropes course. The Kalahari Indoor Theme Park has both a ropes course and climbing walls, so take up the challenge and try both. The ropes course at the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort is perched above the arcade and includes 42 different challenges with varying degrees of difficulty. Or try Knuckleheads Trampoline Park • Rides • Bowling version high above the go-kart track.


  8. Go questing for a wizard. The labyrinth at Wizard Quest looks like a full-size movie set. Collect “glimmers” by correctly answering riddles to free the wizards. You’ll have a magic wand in hand as you navigate the MagiQuest and ShadowQuest adventures at Great Wolf Lodge.


  9. Enjoy some horseback riding. Canyon Creek Riding Stables and Red Ridge Ranch Riding Stable are open year-round. At Woodside Ranch, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride.


  10. Bowl a few frames. Knuckleheads Trampoline Park • Rides • Bowling has 10 lanes, Chalet Lanes & Lounge has 12, and the Kalahari Indoor Theme Park has 24. Strikes, spares, splits, gutter balls, it’s all good.



Looking for a few more ideas? Good-bye winter blahs, hello fun! See All Wisconsin Dells Winter Attractions


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