Tell me about Wisconsin Dells

Discussion in 'Wisconsin' started by johnsonfamwv, May 1, 2012.

  1. johnsonfamwv

    johnsonfamwv New Member

    Apr 30, 2012
    Two adults and a 3 year old.

    Is there alot to do in the area? Where would you recommend camping in the area? Is it over-crowded?

    We have a wedding to attend in Chicago in early June and the dells seems to be a good place to spend the rest of the week on vacation. Any other suggestions for vacation spots in the area would also be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. volkster

    volkster Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Winona Lake, IN
    There is a LOT to do at the Dells... if you have a lot of money. The Dells is a huge tourist trap- like Branson or Gatlinburg. A lot of people go there, but I doubt if they're at full capacity yet in early June.

    The Dells themselves are pretty along the river, and there are state parks fairly close, but that's really not what people go there for anymore... they go for WATERPARKS! Some of the biggest in the world are there. It's a crapshoot whether or not it will be good enough weather to enjoy outdoor waterparks, but there are also lots of indoor waterparks, and some of them sell day-passes.

    So if that's what you're looking for, you'll love it.

    If you want to spend a few days in the woods and enjoy some nice hiking, Starved Rock State Park in Illinois would be closer.
  3. ghacker

    ghacker New Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    Suggest you do a search here for the Dells. You'll find tons of info.

    Nearby SPs are Mirror Lake and Devils Lake. DL is most popular in the WI system so many sites are already booked. ML is very close, DL less than 20 min away. Traffic can be horrendous in town. Kids love the area. Bring $$$. Every WI reststop will have coupon books that help a little.
  4. wifun

    wifun New Member

    Apr 16, 2012
    Im not a big fan myself. If u like water parks then this one has a nice one. Other then that the little shops are junky. I dont live far from there and I try to stay away :). We were just talking about where to camp next and we all said any where but by the Dells :).
  5. ecupcar

    ecupcar New Member

    May 30, 2011
    We goto Holiday Shores with 5 other families for the last 4 years. Its a ton of fun, lots to do. The Dells is a tourist trap, but can be done reasonably.
  6. Brenniebrown

    Brenniebrown New Member

    Mar 28, 2012
    We have a 5 day trip coming up in July at Rocky Arbor SP in the Dells.. We have been to the Dells tons of times and YES it is a tourist trap... BUT we always have fun:) The shops are fun to look at for a few hours, sometimes I can find cool stuff.. Devils Lake and Mirror Lake are close and very nice State Parks.. This trip my DH and DD will be going to Noah's Ark (DD got a free ticket for reading at school....) I will be taking my younger kids exploring:) not sure what we will find but I know we will have fun.. There is a zoo/animal park going up now so maybe that would be fun.. (not sure when it will be done)
  7. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

    Sep 11, 2008
    Morris County, NJ
    We were at the Dells in August 2008. We did the river boat tour. It was nice and relaxing and some really great views from the river. We only spent the day there before heading west.
  8. mr pep

    mr pep New Member

    Apr 15, 2012
    Im from Chicago and have lost count of the times I've been there. It is a nice place to visit and the waterparks are the main theme. We once camped at Jellystone and it was a good time but we mainly stay at hotels. There is a small downtown strip which is nice to walk down in the evening and get a few things to snack on along the way. There is also lake delton which is next to teh dells and they have the better restaurants. If you go bring your life savings cause it is pricey... good luck and have fun
  9. acoleson72508

    acoleson72508 New Member

    May 15, 2012
    I grew up an hour from the Dells. All of the different water parks are nice. I feel that once you have been to one you have been to them all. They have the Tommy Barlett water show. A nice relaxing ride on the Army Ducks. Not to far from Circus World Museum in Baraboo. There is a ton of stuff around there. I love to camp at Pride of America (POA) just in between Pardeeville and Portage. POA Is a nice place as well has pool lake front and great activities.
  10. cobblemizer

    cobblemizer New Member

    May 16, 2012
    I have been camping at bonanza campground since 1978 (First place my parents took my sister and I camping) quiet little place that I enjoy taking my wife and daughter to.
  11. SteveM_CT

    SteveM_CT New Member

    Jun 12, 2012
    Definitely ride the ducks!

  12. Alecs

    Alecs New Member

    May 11, 2009
    Help! I don't know how to use this site. I'm sitting in the dark in a 1997 Camplite 2206 popup I just bought and I don't know how to find the power converter box so I can turn on the lights. I plugged the long black cord into the plug and I have air conditioning, but no interior lights or refrigerator. I downloaded the manual, (the receptacles work so I can use my computer) but it has no pictures and doesn't tell you where the converter is. How do I ask someone on this site if they know?
  13. Dubbya

    Dubbya Wherever you go, there you are...

    Aug 2, 2011
    Steinbach, MB
    Please ask your question once and be patient. I've already answered you in another thread.

    For future reference, asking the same question multiple times or hijacking someone else's thread by asking an unrelated question is frowned upon.

    Painstakingly typed with very large fingers from my teenie, tiny iPhone.
  14. rmanske

    rmanske New Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    there are alot of campgrounds in the dells you can go on line and see what they have to offer it does get crowded i wont lie mostly on weekends lots of water parks a magic show vegas style ducks(boats from world war II land and water) its expensive to do things here look on the web big borchure they have zip lines a casino and much more hope this helps
  15. armyguy

    armyguy US [USA]

    Dec 6, 2004
    Asheville NC
    IMO a tourist trap (but a fun one) go carting, water parks ect, once you have rode the Ducks well you have rode the ducks. The Jet Boat tour is always a hit worth the $$; we always stayed at Devils Lake or Yukon Trails, of course you have to deal with what seems like every city dweller from Chicago and traffic is horrendous on HWY 18 on the holiday weekends.
  16. hotrodcamper

    hotrodcamper Member

    Nov 3, 2012
    The Dells can be a lot of fun,yes it is pricey! We live about an hour away,and if we go there it's in the off season. The area is more geared towards kids,but still plenty of things for adults as well.
  17. Hacksaw

    Hacksaw Active Member

    Aug 23, 2009
    I've always referred to the Dells ad Six Flags over Hell...too touristy for my taste. I would never camp there but are many great camping opportunities within 30 minutes making it an easy day trip to some awesome waterparks

    Think Outside !- No Box Required.
  18. Camp-N-Nuts

    Camp-N-Nuts KrustyKamper

    Aug 9, 2011
    Central WI
    In the early 70's I canoed up the Wisconsin river and tented on the river bank not far from the Indian ceremonial area. At night, another friend and I canoed under a walkway and snuck-in to the festivities there! [:O] We were kind of "up in smoke" and had a blast! [:D]
  19. Chilidog

    Chilidog New Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    The dells jellystone is the La Vegas of jellystones.

    They have a decent pool and water park for little kids. Weekend dance parties, and boat rentals on Mirror lake.

    People watching at the deck overlooking the pool is fun.

    It's also one of the cheaper places to stay in the area.

    Check out the Crane Foundation.
  20. BratsMuttsNFish

    BratsMuttsNFish New Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    We went on a fun filled vacation to Wisconsin Dells this past summer. Stayed at Mirror Lake SP (wouldn't recommend it.) Wished we would of went with the original plan of Holiday Shores or somewhere a little bit pricey. But after all of the adventure it took to get there and back next time I wanna go to Wisconsin I'm myself...and staying in a hotel.

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