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While the community prides itself as “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®,” there are three state parks close-by that bring in their share of visitors too. One of the biggest draws is the Ice Age National Scenic Trail at Devil’s Lake State Park. It is part of a 1,000-mile-long footpath marking the furthest advance of the last glacier in Wisconsin. Climbing enthusiasts will also find plenty of challenges at Devil’s Lake. The other two parks are Mirror Lake State Park, a favorite for canoeing and kayaking, and Rocky Arbor State Park, where tall pines and sandstone bluffs offer a cool escape for picnickers and hikers.
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You can "travel green" when you visit Wisconsin Dells. Let’s start with the waterparks. Kalahari Resorts & Conventions has installed a smart "Energized System" which automatically conserves heat and turns off lights when guests leave the room. Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness is now a Travel Green location and previously won a Governor’s Award for Energy Efficiency. For restaurants, House of Embers plants their own garden behind the restaurant and buys locally whenever they can. It’s a similar story at the Cheeze Factory Restaurant, sourcing summer produce from local farms. Then there’s Sundara Inn & Spa, with its new villas built with sustainable building practices and its organic cuisine and organic spa services.
The mere sound of a crane is enough to stir the spirit. The oldest living family of birds on the earth and a cultural symbol of fidelity is also the most endangered species of bird. The only place in the world where you can see all 15 species of cranes is tucked away in a wildlife preserve on the outskirts of Wisconsin Dells. Surprised? So are a lot of people. Founded in 1973, the foundation’s work extends to five continents to protect the cranes and their ecosystems. Here in Wisconsin Dells, the group focuses on captive breeding and other programs designed to reintroduce cranes into the wild. A few years back, you may recall seeing news coverage of staff dressed in crane costumes to help in the reintroduction process of whooping cranes, the rarest of the cranes. Ultralight aircraft flown by crane-costumed pilots were even used to guide the young birds on migration routes from Wisconsin to Florida.
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