Head to downtown Wisconsin Dells to find that perfect one-of-a-kind gift for yourself or someone special. Affordable Leather and More features quality leather products, from footwear to belts to purses. You might catch the artists in action at Hand Blown Glass, as they create fine décor, jewelry and collectibles right in their shop. Winnebago Gift Shop has been a staple for Minnetonka moccasins since 1949 and is still one of the country’s largest purveyors of the iconic and very comfy footwear. Aloha Hawaiian Shop will leave you feeling the relaxing vibes of the island, with aloha swimwear, jewelry and luau items. Five Sisters Resale Boutique is a quaint spot to find unique apparel and accessories.
What’s a vibrant downtown without entertainment? On warm summer evenings, you’ll see crowds gathering at Duchess Plaza (corner of Oak and Broadway) to enjoy a salsa band one night, a polka band another, or maybe cloggers or a high-energy drum line another.
For grown-ups, the festivities can continue inside at Showboat Saloon, with its prohibition past, or in their open-air beer garden known as Mama’s Garage. There’s a similar indoor/outdoor combo at The Keg Bar & Grill/The Patio. For family fun, try Wild Fun Zone, Wizard Quest and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.
The classic boat tours of the Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River, courtesy of Dells Boat Tours®, depart from downtown Dells where Broadway dips to meet River Road. So do the jet boat tours. Take a turn on the Scenic River Walk for a preview of the scenic beauty that’s in store, and make a point to pop in the H.H. Bennett Studio after to compare your cell phone photos with the photos taken by Henry Hamilton Bennett from the 19th century, considered “the Golden Age of landscape photography.” Or you can grab a bite to eat while gazing out at the river views. River Walk Pub is the very definition of a friendly Wisconsin pub, with a menu heavy on burgers and a classic Friday night fish fry.
While on the subject of food, the fudge and confection shops, one on nearly every block, will wear down your willpower in short order. Try Swiss Maid Fudge, Dells Fudge Company, Goody Goody Gum Drop or Original Wisconsin Dells Fudge. Plus there’s a place called Oodlesmack Popcorn that has gourmet candy-flavored concoctions that you probably dreamed about as a kid, along with classic caramel varieties for the purists.
Bowling is classic and so is Chalet Lanes & Lounge. Ditto for photo souvenirs and the old-time portrait studios. And mini-golf at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf and Timber Falls Adventure Park.
The mom-and-pop hotels and motels downtown have a charm to them that’s just can’t be replicated anywhere else.
There’s a contemporary, hip vibe that’s taking hold around the 200 block of Broadway. Here you’ll find High Rock Café, an eatery with a foodie following thanks to its ingenious seasonal menus and craft cocktails. Down the block are MACS - Macaroni And Cheese Shop and Monk’s Bar & Grill. Across the street is CheeseCake Heaven Deli Restaurant, part deli, part bakery, with homemade goodies, including to-die-for secret recipe cheesecakes in tons of flavors. Great Harvest Bread Co. also features homemade treats and sandwiches, as well as their namesake, delicious bread.
Downtown Wisconsin Dells is a walkable, wonderful stretch of all that’s good about getting away.