Off the Beaten Path
Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

Off The Beaten Path

Campgrounds with Amenities

Roughing it not your thing? Not to take anything away from the rustic camping experience, which is just the ticket for lots of folks who go in search of serenity, but in Wisconsin Dells there is such a thing as camping with amenities. At KOA - Wisconsin Dells, visitors can swim in a heated pool, check their e-mail thanks to WI-FI, then take in a nightly movie at the campground’s outdoor theater. And there’s Yogi Bear™ Camp-Resort & Water Playground, with more amenities than you could shake a stick (of firewood) at. There’s a themed water playground, game rooms, pool, hot tub, restaurant, mini-golf, and boat rentals. Campsites run the gamut from paved sites with patio to cabins and even cushy villas.

Interview Recommendations

  • Brent Gasser, second-generation owner of Yogi Bear™ campgrounds who conceived of the amenities that earned his business tops in the country among all Jellystone park facilities
  • Alan Spencer of KOA-Wisconsin Dells, who has seen some things change and some stay the same during his years with KOA

Round-Up/Trend/Sidebar Story Ideas

  • Purists insist on camping the old-fashioned way
  • Empty-nesters who trade in their house for a life on the road in an ultra-expensive RV

B&Bs with a History

Venturing off the beaten path to stay at one of the dozen B&Bs in Wisconsin Dells has its perks. Like a homemade breakfast, a chance to bond with the innkeeper, and incredible views. Bowman's Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast, LLC is a charming and secluded inn, and Ringing House Bed & Breakfast is a National Historic site with a neat connection to the Ringling Bros. Circus.

Interview Recommendations

  • Nancy Bowman, owner of Bowman's Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast, LLC
  • Julie Hearley, owner of Ringling House Bed & Breakfast

Round-Up/Trend/Sidebar Story Ideas

  • While B&Bs remain a niche category, for many who long for the personal touch, it can be an economical way to travel
  • Favorite insider recipes, from simple hearty fare to elegant pastries


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Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-0390
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