Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells is a popular vacation area in central Wisconsin, best known for its rock formations and water parks.


Wisconsin Dells is an hour north of Madison and two hours from Milwaukee. It is one of the most popular destinations in the midwest, famous for the steep and scenic bluffs along the rivers that make great cruising, and is also famous for the many theme parks.

Get in

By plane

The Dane County Regional Airport in Madison is an hour to the south. Further away lies O'Hare International Airport in Chicago and Gen. Mitchel International Airport in Milwaukee.

By train

Amtrak's Empire Builder route between Chicago/Milwaukee and the Pacific Northwest passes through the Dells. The Station is located just off Broadway, the main strip of downtown Wisconsin Dells.

By car

Interstate 90/94 passes right through the Dells area with four exits leading directly to the Wisconsin Dells area.

By bus

The Greyhound Bus stops at the Citgo/Burger King at 611 Frontage Rd.

By taxi

Wisconsin Dells Kangaroo Taxi. http://www.a1wisconsindellstaxi.com/ +1 608 432 4627. $2 per mile & $2 for each person before midnight. 8AM-3AM

Get around

The majority of Wisconsin Dells tourist attractions are located along Broadway (Downtown Dells) and the Wisconsin Dells Parkway (Dells and Lake Delton). Both of these streets merge to form an "L" shape curving along the river as it progresses through town. This route can be traced from highway 16, where Broadway essentially begins, to Interstate 90/94. If you continue to follow this route past the interstate, you will eventually come to the Ho-Chunk Casino followed by the neighboring community of Baraboo.



Poseidon's Rage Surf Pool at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells
"Top Secret Incorporated" is a haunted house which takes place in an upside-down White House

Wisconsin Dells offers a wide variety of attractions and activities ranging from waterparks and rides to shopping, as well as boat rides on the upper and lower Dells on the Wisconsin River. The terms "upper" and "lower" Dells refer to the areas above (upper) and below (lower) the Hydro-Electric Dam which partly powers the City of Wisconsin Dells. The two regions differ in geography and scenery. Upper Dells Boat Tours travel upstream from Wisconsin Dells while The Lower Dells Boat Tours travel downstream. The area boasts Noah's Ark, Americas Largest Waterpark, along with several other waterparks, like the resort waterparks: KalahariResort, Wilderness Resort, Great Wolf Lodge, Chula Vista Resort, Mt. Olympus water & theme park giving Wisconsin Dells its motto: The Waterpark Capital of the World!®. Special coupons and promotional packages for multiple attractions throughout Wisconsin Dells can be found at www.dells.com. Also, check out the championship golf courses and world class spa and day spas.


Downtown Wisconsin Dells offers a wide variety of shopping options. Explore the area and discover our broad mix of stores including gift shops, antique stores, art galleries, apparel boutiques and more! Indulge in sweet treats, like fudge, saltwater taffy and gourmet caramel apples. All of this lies along the scenic river walk of downtown, providing beautiful views of the Upper Dells. Further down the parkway, you can find some of the standard faire, such as Walmart and Kohls Department Stores, as well as some more unique shops like Parson's Indian Trading Post & Museum, which boasts one of the worlds largest collections of Native American crafted products. And then at the end of the parkway, you can find the Tanger Outlet mall, which offers discount merchandise from popular retailers such as Coach, Adidas, American Eagle and Banana Republic. Finally, after passing the 90/94 overpass on the Dells Parkway, there's the Wisconsin Dells Antique Mall, offering everything from World War II memorabilia to antique toys to sports merchandise.



Danny's serves fantastic burgers and sandwiches, delicious malts and shakes, hand made pizza and an outstanding selection of grilled chicken sandwiches. Kid's specials and a whole lot more. Also offering breakfast, brunch and dinner buffets.


Come to eat, stay to play! Watch the chefs prepare your meal in their State-of-the-Art show kitchen with roasting spits of meat & a Woodstone oven as they prepare a medley of rotissery chicken and wood fire pizzas. Get a taste of the Wild West at Buffalo Phil’s Grille. Indoor entertainment right next door…Knuckleheads Bowling & Indoor Amusement Park.

A smoke-free, vegetarian restaurant serving breakfast till 2 (At which this establishment excels). Even for the carnivores among us, this restaurant is truly fantastic. Full soda fountain, espresso and cappuccino bar, a free jukebox and truly legendary desserts make The Cheese Factory a stop that should definitely NOT be missed!

Wisconsin Dells oldest Mexican restaurant, Mexicali Rose offers a broad menu of Mexican Favorites and a breathtaking view of the Wisconsin River. Called an "Absolute must visit." by The Chicago Tribune and "Most ambiance." by The Minneapolis Star.


Established in 1943, The Del-Bar is first and foremost in fine dining in Wisconsin Dells. Designed in the tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School of Architecture, The Del-Bar offers not only wonderful ambience, but one of the best menus in the area. Known for their Dry Aged steaks, Pan Fried Walleye and Jumbo Tempura Shrimp, this establishment will sate the appetite of even the most discerning foodie.

Just outside of Wisconsin Dells and ensconced in the majestic beauty of Mirror Lake State Park, Ishnala provides a beautiful and intimate dining experience. The perfect spot for a romantic dinner, the floors are built from seventy six tons of flagstone mined from a nearby quarry, with giant norway pines growing through the floor and ceiling. Truly an experience to be had.





Stay safe

T*he Wisconsin Dells Police Department is located at 712 Oak St. Next to the Kilbourn Fire Department. Emergency Number is 911, Non Emergency is +1 608 253-4375.

Plan Ahead

There are many online resources to take advantage of. Do your research to locate dells websites most are .com sites but there are some .org websites and .edu sites that have valuable information. Pick up a free travel and attraction guide to help planning. Many feature ways to save money with coupon books and discount cards. Check online newspaper sites for events and festivals. Look for online reviews and specials to see what other travelers are saying before you book. Many times you can subscribe to a dells website for free coupons, email offers and last minute specials. The area marketing has grown so you can get many discounts, savings and offers directly to your mobile devices. While your there having a good time make sure you remember to save enough gas money to get home!

Go next

Routes through Wisconsin Dells

St. Paul Tomah  W  E  Portage Milwaukee
Rochester/St. Paul Camp Douglas  W  E  Portage Madison
Eau Claire Camp Douglas  NW  SE  Baraboo Madison
Mineral Point Spring Green  W  E  Jct N SGreen Lake Fond du Lac

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