NOAH'S ARK WATERPARK
Noah’s Ark Waterpark is adding a new waterslide for the 2018 season. This won’t be a traditional waterslide mind you, but the tallest and longest of its kind in the world. “Raja™ – The World’s Largest King Cobra” will make for a spectacular visual, with a vivid cobra design embedded right in the fiberglass. Riders will race side-by-side on two-person tubes from six stories up. Those brave souls will snake through more than 335 feet of twists and turns at speeds of up to 30 mph, with a sudden 37-foot plunge into the mouth of the massive king cobra serving as the ride’s finale. Look for the slide’s 65-foot tower next to the park’s iconic ark structure and Flash Flood boat ride at the entrance to the grounds. Noah’s Ark is America’s Largest Waterpark, featuring more than 50 rides and attractions spread out over 70 acres.
Vennebu Hill Wedding Barn & event Venue
Vennebu Hill Wedding Barn & Event Venue is a brand-new facility owned by a local family with Norwegian roots. The name, “vennebu,” a Norwegian word meaning “a gathering place for friends and family” encompasses what the venue is all about. Set on a hill with views of the Baraboo Bluffs and Wisconsin River, the original Gothic barn was dismantled board by board and the distinctive ceiling arches reinstalled in the second-floor ceremony and reception space. The first floor is the dining space with seating for up to 350 people. An outdoor patio will serve as a picturesque second ceremony space. Vennebu begins hosting weddings June 2018. Open year-round for family reunions, anniversaries, and other special gatherings as well.
Board & Brush Creative Studio
Board & Brush Creative Studio follows the trend of connecting with your inner artist and DIY’er by teaching participants the techniques needed to create a personalized piece of wooden décor. All supplies provided, just bring your creative juices. Speaking of “juices,” libations are available for purchase. Board & Brush is open year-round.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Wisconsin Dells
Fairfield Inn and Suites Wisconsin Dells adds to the lodging landscape in Wisconsin Dells, with 105 spacious rooms and amenities including free breakfast, an indoor pool, and fitness center. Ideally suited for visitors attending conferences in the area and business travelers, Fairfield also is a welcome spot for reunions and bus tours.
AdditionS, Expansions, renovations
Sundara Inn & Spa
Sundara Inn & Spa is adding 40,000 square feet to its much-awarded spa resort, more than doubling its footprint. This $13 million expansion includes a second outdoor pool, fitness studio, retreat space, restaurant, demonstration kitchen, rooftop greenhouse, salt treatment room, glass-walled meditation room, eight new villa-like suites in the woods, and miles of hiking trails. A grand opening is planned for summer and is certain to be a highlight of Sundara’s 15th anniversary year.
River Inn Resort
River Inn Resort has undergone a transformation, emerging as a bona fide boutique hotel. Visitors will find a modern river theme throughout, a nod to the hotel’s location on the Wisconsin River. Be wowed by the views of the sandstone bluffs enjoyed from the riverside deck, the indoor pool or while sipping on a craft libation in the new lounge, Drinker’s Landing. Located within walking distance of downtown only adds to the appeal of this property.
Chula Vista REsort
Chula Vista Resort had little ones in mind with their new attractions. There’s the Chula Choo Choo, an authentic 1/8 scale railroad train that kiddos can hop on for a ride around the outdoor waterpark, a bungee trampoline, and an inflatable obstacle course. Indoors, the Lazer Frenzy game challenges players to dodge a maze of lazers in a race against the clock.
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions has broken ground on a 112,000 square-foot expansion to its convention center, with an opening planned for September 2019. The extra space will bring the footprint to 212,000 square feet in all. Included in the expansion is a new 52,000 square foot ballroom large enough to accommodate 8,600 in theater-style seating. Massive sun-drenched pre-function spaces, “recharge” lounges and outdoor patios are also included.
International Crane Foundation
International Crane Foundation has announced a $10 million expansion to include a new visitor center, expanded crane exhibits, and renovation of the off-exhibit breeding space for endangered cranes. This is the only place in the world where you can see all 15 species of cranes and it serves as a gateway to the group’s mission to save the cranes and the environments in which they live. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2020.
Affordable Leather & More
Affordable Leather and More is upping its retail game with an additional 2,000 square feet of shopping space. It is now home to the largest selection of Minnetonka Moccasins in the Midwest.
Winnebago Gift Shop
Winnebago Gift Shop, a fixture in downtown Dells since 1949, has reinvented itself as a chic boutique, with new items arriving each week. Shoppers will find more than 40 new product lines, from apparel to home décor, hand-picked by the new proprietors. Now open year-round.
D.O.A Room Escapes
D.O.A. Room Escapes, located at Wilderness on the Lake, added a Titanic-themed escape room. Props were created to match actual items from the ship and every clue tells part of the true story of that fateful 1912 voyage of the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic.
Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Mid-Continent Railway Museum, a working museum, has one of the largest fleets of restored wooden cars in North America and is always adding to its collection. Look for a new display shed to open this summer, housing upwards of a dozen wooden rail cars plus a steam engine and other rail equipment. Make time for a train ride while you’re there.
Food & Drink
Prairie Hawk Winery
Prairie Hawk Winery is a new family-owned winery just a short drive from Wisconsin Dells in the heart of farm country. The scenic backdrop is perfect for sipping Prairie Hawk’s chardonnay, riesling and rosé, all made in small batches using imported grapes. They also offer hard cider made from locally sourced apples and, in the works for 2018, mead, a wine made from honey. The tasting room seats up to eight, while the patio can accommodate more than 50, plus there’s a pavilion in the works. This “fair weather winery” is open mid-April through October.
Wollersheim Winery & Distillery
Wollersheim Winery & Distillery released their first-ever rye whiskey in February to great fanfare. It’s made with locally-grown grains and aged for more than two years in American oak barrels onsite. Other distilled spirits offered by Wollersheim include their wildly popular brandies, plus gin, vermouth, and even absinthe. The property was first cultivated by European vintners more than 150 years ago.
Ishnala Supper Club
Ishnala Supper Club is adding a new bar and lounge area on the lower floor. This gives guests more room to enjoy the views of Mirror Lake and linger over a classic cocktail and tasty appetizers while waiting for their table. Outdoor seating has been expanded and the pathway to the restaurant has been made more easily accessible. Ishnala was voted the #1 supper club in Wisconsin in the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s 2017 “Supper Club Showdown.”
Summer House is a family dining spot on Lake Delton serving up beautiful waterfront views, a rustic “Wisconsin summer house” décor, and a menu that highlights handcrafted dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Patrons may arrive by car, on foot or by boat, with outdoor seating available. Opening summer 2018.
First full year in business
BigFoot Ropes Course
BigFoot Ropes Course offers adventure seekers a year-round ropes course with 80 different elements for all levels of physical fitness. This attraction includes an elevated viewing area for those who prefer spectating over scaling.
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions added “Wrath of Anubis” escape room to its already long list of attractions. Up to six people at a time can work together to solve puzzles themed to ancient Egypt, tombs, pyramids and immortality, moving from one room to another on the path to escape.
VR Universe - Virtual Reality Arcade
VR Universe – Virtual Reality Arcade provides artificial worlds to explore with themes of action, adventure, music, sports and more. Visitors will be able to interact with virtual features using special head-mounted goggles.
DEZ Tactical Arms, Inc.
DEZ Tactical Arms, Inc. is a family owned, family-friendly shop dedicated to producing high-quality and custom-built firearms along with a wide variety of accessories. Full service gunsmithing also available in-store. Open year-round.
Wilderness Resort provides a VR offering with its CYvrSPACE Virtual Reality Arena. Here you’ll use your body as the controller as you twist, duck, kneel and dodge at top speed, controlling all the character’s actions one-for-one with your movements.