If you’re an animal lover, then you’ll love the animal attractions in the Dells.
Let’s start with Wisconsin Deer Park, which dates back to the early 1950s. This 28-acre forest parcel is filled with more than 100 deer from seven different countries. Kids love feeding these forest creatures.
Moving on to exotic animals, Timbavati Wildlife Park offers up-close encounters with giraffe and camel. This park is home to 400 animals representing 70 species.
If you want to channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl, then saddle up at Canyon Creek Riding Stables, Woodside Ranch, or Red Ridge Ranch Riding Stable. For horses of a different color, the Lost Canyon Tour features a quaint horse-drawn wagon ride through a cliff-walled gorge.
Country Bumpkin Farm Market & Lil’ Bumpkin Play Village offers a quintessential Wisconsin petting farm experience, with goats and sheep.
International Crane Foundation on the outskirts of the Dells is the only place in the world where you can see all 15 species of cranes. The Foundation is a global leader in preservation of the cranes and their environments, and their prairie sanctuary here showcases the beauty of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue & Educational Center is located in Rock Springs, about a half hour drive from the Dells. This non-profit organization with an education mission shelters abused tigers, lions and leopards in environments as close to natural as possible.
On a side note, if you wouldn’t think of leaving home without your favorite animal, namely the family dog or cat, you’ll be pleased to know there are a number of pet-friendly hotels and pet retreats in Wisconsin Dells. Just be sure to check “Pet-Friendly” when searching accommodations on wisdells.com.