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Don’t Miss These Wisconsin Dells Hot Spots (From a Local)

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Are you headed to Wisconsin Dells this summer? You don’t want to miss these spots from a local who prefers to skip the tourist traps and focus on the good stuff. We’ll go over waterparks, tourist attractions, golf courses, and where you should eat while you’re there.

Duck Ride

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In this fun tour, an old World War Two amphibious vehicle will take you on a scenic adventure on land and water. You’ll ride through wooded trails, the Wisconsin River, and Lake Delton, along with fun facts, questionable history, and plenty of jokes.

Water Park

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The main attraction in the water park business is Noah’s Ark, and they lay claim to being the largest in Wisconsin Dells. It’s the original, though most of the big resorts like Kalahari, Wilderness, and Great Wolf Lodge, and Mount Olympus all have their own indoor and outdoor waterparks. Fun fact: You can now find many of these resorts all over the country, but they started in the Dells.

Nature Attractions

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The nature isn’t the highlight of the Dells, but it should be as there is beautiful rock formations along the river and a handful of parks with various activities like hiking and swimming. Many of the boat rides and duck rides will give you glimpses into the natural beauty.

Sundara Spa

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Take a reprieve from the hustle, bustle, and craziness and spend a day at Sundara Spa. This is the type of place that you’ll want to spend a day at, so book a service and then plan on lounging in their pools and hot tubs, working your way through the purifying bath ritual, and hit up some of their wellness classes that they offer each day.

MACS Macaroni & Cheese Shop

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Kiddy Vegas, as we lovingly refer it to, obviously has a restaurant dedicated to macaroni and cheese! And you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this spot; they’ve got delicious creations that go far beyond regular old mac and cheese. (Picture not from MACS.)

High Rock Cafe

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Two locals started this downtown spot which features fresh and modern American cuisine. Be sure to order the Billy Goat appetizer, it’s a must.

Del-Bar Supper Club

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This classic Wisconsin supper club doesn’t disappoint and has been serving up the finest food for 80 years! You’ll love its mid-century feel and they excel at classic cocktails and high-end supper club fare like steaks and seafood.

Bella Goose Coffee

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Skip the Starbucks and try this local gem that has a coffee program that could easily be in a major city. With fun, house-made syrups and high quality baked goods and meals, you might just find yourself here every morning.

Walk Downtown

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Don’t forget to walk Broadway (also known as downtown) and check out the many local shops, restaurants, and nightlife. This is the place for fudge, old-time photos, and gift shops.


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There are a few courses to choose from in the Dells. Trappers and Wild Rock are two favorites among locals. Don’t skip the mini golfing either, it’s always a fun family activity.

The Showboat for Nightlife

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The Showboat, located across the bridge as you come into downtown, is the place for an impressive craft beer list, regular live music, and crunchy peanut shells on the floor. It’s a favorite! Monks, Mama’s Garage, and the Sandbar are other fun nightlife spots to hit up downtown.

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