The expression “best of all possible worlds” dates back to the 1750s and a piece of French literature, but it could just have easily been coined in the early 21st century to describe the camping experience in Wisconsin Dells. While some destinations give you one choice, say remote tent camping where that’s all you do - hike in, set up, camp and come home – Dells camping is more akin to a camp motel or camp resort. How so, you ask? Because the town entertains campers, the campground amenities charm campers, and the natural resources enthrall campers.
Let’s start with the town, and the chance to experience everything Wisconsin Dells has to offer. With over 90 attractions in the area, you have entertainment options at your fingertips. So when you’re not relaxing at the campsite you can check out waterslides, roller coasters, ziplines and mini golf. If live shows sound appealing, there are plenty of venues to choose from. There are scenic river tours, animal attractions, and museums and interactive exhibits. In fact, if you spent eight hours a day trying to experience all 90 attractions, it would take you 33.75 days to visit every one! Looks like you might have to stock up on those camp supplies.
The campgrounds have their own laundry list of offerings. Some offer waterpark-style amenities, which pair nicely with other activities like movie nights, themed weekends, playgrounds and game rooms. And you can’t overlook those things that only camping can produce, like magical bonding moments around the campfire when kids are connecting with parents over something other than a text message. Jill Brennan at KOA –Wisconsin Dells relayed that one of her favorite stories of a past camping season was a couple getting engaged at the campfire. There’s also the food experience. Grills are fired up, pudgy pie makers are put into use, and everyone sits down together to enjoy a favorite meal.
As for the natural resources, the Wisconsin River flanked by towering cliffs comes to mind immediately, with on-river campgrounds offering rentals of kayaks, stand up paddleboards and pontoons. The area also offers a trio of state parks that cover off on hiking, canoe/kayaking and fishing: Devil’s Lake State Park, Mirror Lake State Park and Rocky Arbor State Park. For a bit of nature right in town, the Scenic River Walk downtown or the walking path around Lake Delton are ideal for grabbing some exercise, fresh air and excellent views.
See, best of all possible worlds.