Wisconsin Dells Debuts New Attractions for 2023
Wisconsin Dells shows no signs of slowing down in 2023. This small but vibrant business community continues to push innovation for guest experiences. As one would expect, “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” will have no shortage of new waterpark attractions along with big downtown improvements. And not to be missed are new libation options and lodging accommodations to fit any size group.
This summer Noah’s Ark Waterpark goes full sensory. America’s largest outdoor waterpark is supercharging its fan-favorite Flying Gecko ride with next-gen slide technology that transforms this raft ride into a full-sensory experience. Light and sound systems will pulse as riders fly down and around the length of the 520-foot-long slide.
Wilderness Resort debuted a new adults-only swim-up bar called YeeHaw’s Watering Hole. This 1,300 square foot pool accommodates up to 87 guests with additional two-tiered, dry seating around the bar. The experience is complete with new luxury cabanas that surround the pool, large enough to seat 10 with a flat-screen TV, and VIP service.
Along the Scenic River Walk sits an open-air art gallery with portraits as stunning as the view This gallery called “Soul of the River,” explores the rich history of Wisconsin Dells and its connection to the Wisconsin River with stunning photographs by local photographer Joseph Leute.
This summer will mark the opening of the new Ripley's Believe It or Not! art-themed experience, no medium is off the table. Check out the new display devoted to the unique and odd.
Knuckleheads Trampoline Park • Rides • Bowling is also going all in with a new mini-golf experience. Their version blends the nostalgia of classic mini-golf with advanced technology for a new take on putt-putt fun.
Timbavati Wildlife Park debuts more hands-on activities including two new “meet and greet” options at the Red Panda Encounter and the Reptile Encounter. Giving visitors a chance to meet, feed, and snap pictures.
New and Expanded Beverage and Dining
Balanced Rock Winery has added a new patio addition, complete with shade sails and a gas firepit.
Bevy is the newest artisan beer and winemaker in town. Bevy takes over the production facilities of the former Port Huron Brewing Company. They’ve even brought back the popular Port Huron Honey Blond beer as part of their lineup.
Brat House Grill has some “little” big news. The restaurant is expanding ever so slightly, with the smallest bar in Wisconsin Dells, “The Guest House,” opening up right next door. Set to open this summer the space will hold 30 people and provide food as well.
The addition of Sunny Asian will feature a wide range of Chinese and Japanese dishes for visitors to relish.
Some new spots to check out downtown include The District which offers food with a view and a retro vibe all on the riverfront in downtown Dells, offering both indoor and outdoor seating. The Boathouse is a rebranded waterfront restaurant with a huge outdoor seating deck, perfect for taking in sunsets along the Wisconsin River. And Huckleberry’s Ice Cream and Bakery feels like a European sweet shop with treats as pleasing as the interior design, with irresistible bakery items, ice cream and sundaes.
Visitors to Buffalo Phil’s can now delight in getting model train-delivered food in a galaxy not so far, far away. The new LEGO® Star Wars™ collection was designed by international LEGO® artist, Paul Hetherington and features scenes from the original trilogy plus more recent movies.
Wilderness Resort added two tasty new options for diners. Swimm’n Chick’n overlooks the Wild West Waterpark and serves up all things chicken, from gourmet tenders to sandwiches. Waterpark goers can curve their sweet tooth with the addition of Bear Paw’s Funnel Cakes.
More Lodging to Accommodate Big Groups
Wilderness Resort is adding to its already impressive list of lodging options with eight new treehouse cabins located near its Wild Rock Golf Course. These three-level cabins feature five bedrooms, six bathrooms, living room, fully furnished kitchen, entertainment room, and a treehouse unit with additional sleeping and lounge space.
Lake Delton Waterfront Villas are adding two new villas to their fleet on Lake Delton. The new villas offer five spacious styles and room layouts, accommodating 6-20 guests. All guests also receive admission to Kalahari Waterparks.
Shoppers can get their fix of western wear at Pickled Cowboy in downtown Wisconsin Dells. This boutique sells high-quality western wear, boots, plus pickled condiments and spicy seasonings for your next backyard BBQ.
Additions, Expansions and Renovations
Look for the all-new Sun Mountain Spa in Lake Delton starting this spring. Book a relaxing spa day, with facials, massages, body treatments, and nail services all on the menu.
Tranquility Farm is the newest event venue on the outskirts of Wisconsin Dells. The space offers a modern and upscale barn for up to 125 guests. If you’re planning a wedding or other special event, add this venue to your consideration list.
Due to supply and construction delays, the following businesses did not make their intended debut in 2022 but will instead make their grand opening in 2023.
Yeti Yard Next Level Adventure plans to open its Himalayan Speedway this Memorial Day Weekend, complete with the 640-foot elevated go-kart race track and 18-hole mini golf course on the ground level.
Visitors will relish in the debut of The Land of Natura, featuring a 5-acre naturally filtered lake, floating waterpark, tree canopy, and hiking and biking trails, all nestled along the Wisconsin River.
The Elm Street Plaza will open this spring with a complete line up of planned programming throughout the year.