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Discover What Makes Wisconsin Dells a Great Vacation Spot

People going down a matt racer waterslide at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Wisconsin Dells Vacation Ideas

National Plan for Vacation Day is January 31, so it’s only right that we devote one feature story this month to all the things that make a Wisconsin Dells vacation so great. Let the planning begin! 

We’ve always been a big fan of the concept of planning ahead to make sure you use up your vacation days. After all, a vacation is one of the great joys of life. So, on Tuesday, January 31, National Plan for Vacation Day, set aside time to consider why your next vacation (or vacations, as the case may be) should be to Wisconsin Dells.    

We Are “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®”

A family playing at Wilderness Indoor Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells.

There are more waterparks here of every size per capita than anywhere else on the planet, including more than 200 waterslides and 16 million gallons of water. We have a waterpark for every season and every age. 

Winter/Spring/Fall Trip

There are indoor waterparks to splash around in, with the big waterpark resorts consistently making those “best of” national lists. We’re talking Wilderness Resort, Kalahari Resort Waterparks, Great Wolf Lodge, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, and Chula Vista Resort

For those traveling with smaller children, small and mid-sized resorts such as Atlantis Waterpark Hotel and Grand Marquis Waterpark Hotel & Suites cater to the under-12 crowd.

Summer Trip

This season is all about outdoor waterparks, with Noah’s Ark, the country’s largest outdoor waterpark, being a pilgrimage destination for waterpark fans.

Traveling with small children? Add Yogi Bear Camp-Resort & Water Playground or Meadowbrook Resort to your itinerary.  

There is Truly Something for Everyone

We have over 90+ attractions, 4 area state parks, 100+ restaurants and over 8,000 rooms to stay in. So, even if your group is a mix of all ages, Wisconsin Dells is the getaway that everyone will love. The list below barely scratches the surface, so make sure you read about them all at

A group playing at Booby Trap Escape Rooms in Wisconsin Dells.

Winter/Spring/Fall Trip

See who is smarter, the grown-ups or the kids, when you try interactive activities at the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory – Interactive Science Center, Asgard Axe Throwing, Booby Trap Escape Rooms, and Wizard Quest

Take in an animal encounter at Timbavati Wildlife Park, relax at one of the five area spas, attend a magic & comedy show at the Rick Wilcox Show, or try your luck at Ho-Chunk Gaming, Wisconsin Dells.

Practice your trick basketballs shots at Knuckleheads Trampoline Park • Rides • Bowling, and scale the climbing wall at Tom Foolerys Adventure Park. Go snowboarding, skiing, or snowtubing at Cascade Mountain Ski, Snowboard & Snow Tube or Christmas Mountain Village Ski, Snowboard & Tube.

Summer Trip

Tour the Wisconsin River aboard a double-decker tour boat through Dells Boat Tours or take an amphibious tour via Dells Army Ducks or the Original Wisconsin Ducks. Feed and pet the deer at the Wisconsin Deer Park or let the littlest ones in the group reel in their first fish at B&H Trout Fishing.

See who ends up screaming the loudest when ziplining at any of the four area zipline outfitters. Continue to test your adrenaline while riding the extreme roller coasters at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, hug the curves at ADare Go Carts, or sink a putt at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf.

A Dells Boat Tour in Wisconsin Dells.

Explore downtown Wisconsin Dells, filled with shops, restaurants, attractions and live entertainment. Take in a movie at one of the last remaining drive-in theaters in Wisconsin – Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater or tour the longest and deepest land canyon in Wisconsin through Lost Canyon Tours.

Location, Location, Location!

Another reason you should choose Wisconsin Dells for your next vacation site is we’re centrally located in the Midwest and easy to get to. Whether you’re driving, taking the train or flying into the nearest airport, you’ll find it easy and convenient to reach our destination in no time.

Let Us Help

Now that we have you convinced that Wisconsin Dells is the vacation spot for you, start personalizing your next Wisconsin Dells vacation with these helpful tools:

We hope to see you soon!

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