This Midwestern city is all about family-friendly fun. It has more than 20 water parks, as well as theme parks, themed hotels and exciting river cruises.

Wisconsin Dells calls itself the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” because the city has more than 20 water parks. These are mixed with theme parks, themed hotels, Go-Kart tracks and scenic boat rides. It’s hard not to get drawn in by the thrilling, fun activities on offer in this scenic city set on the beautiful Wisconsin River, known for its steep bluffs.

Wisconsin Dells, know locally as “the Dells,” is small but has a big city feel to it. Use the river as your point of reference to navigate the township. Just near the river is Downtown, the main shopping district where you can find anything from antiques, to tasty treats, such as fudge and cheese.

Head to the hub around the Wisconsin Dells Parkway to find many of the most popular theme parks, including Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park, the outdoor Noah’s Ark Waterpark and the Wilderness Resort. Decide which attractions you want to visit before you book your accommodation to make the most of the package deals that most resorts offer.

The African-themed Kalahari Resort and Convention Center offers rooms as well as day passes and is the largest indoor water park in Wisconsin. Try boogie boarding on the Flowrider, shoot out the Elephant’s Trunk after sliding down a very long tube and relax in the whirlpool. To avoid long lines for the most popular rides, go midweek or late in the evening.

Not all of the Wisconsin Dells' attractions are man-made: There are rolling hills, thick forests, and unusual sandstone cliffs and striking rock formations on the banks of Wisconsin River.

Board an amphibious Wisconsin DUCK to tour around in what was a World War II surplus vehicle. Explore the Red Bird gorge and experience the vehicle diving into the river to bring you closer to the sandstone cliffs. Book a high-speed jet boat cruise for a faster ride.

After all the wet and wild fun, sit back and catch a live performance at the Tommy Bartlett Show or tour the upside-down White House.

Summer is the best time to visit Midwestern Wisconsin Dells.

Top hotels in Wisconsin Dells

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ho-Chunk Casino Hotel - Wisconsin Dells
Ho-Chunk Casino Hotel - Wisconsin Dells
4 out of 5
S3214 County Road BD, Baraboo, WI
NZ$136
per night
24 Nov. - 25 Nov.

This family-friendly Baraboo resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of International Crane Foundation and Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin Opry. Knuckleheads ...

4/5Very Good! (1,723 reviews)

"Very clean. Staff was great definite stay again!!!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov. 2019

Ho-Chunk Casino Hotel - Wisconsin Dells
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park Resort
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park Resort
3 out of 5
655 N. Frontage Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI
NZ$70
per night
22 Nov. - 23 Nov.

This family-friendly Wisconsin Dells resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ghost Outpost and Top Secret. Rick Wilcox Magic Theater and Bigfoot Zipline Tours are also ...

3.2/5 (5 reviews)

"We had a very clean room. The property is huge and there is a lot to do. The mattress wasn't very comfortable is the only complaint we have."…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park Resort
Wingate by Wyndham Wisconsin Dells
Wingate by Wyndham Wisconsin Dells
2.5 out of 5
1030 Wisconsin Dells Parkway S, P.O. Box 766, Wisconsin Dells, WI
NZ$103
per night
28 Nov. - 29 Nov.

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Canyon Creek Riding Stables and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Noah's Ark Waterpark. Knuckleheads ...

4.1/5Very Good! (446 reviews)

"excellent quick access from and to the interstate, children's playground outside and modern and up todate facility"…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

Wingate by Wyndham Wisconsin Dells

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Wisconsin Dells Ghost Walks
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Wisconsin Dells Ghost Walks

NZ$34

Take a ghost tour with American Ghost Walks and learn about the haunted history of the Wisconsin Dells. This beautiful city is full of ghost stories, and our ongoing research guarantees you hear something you’ve never heard before on each of our tours.

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