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Best Downtown Wisconsin Dells Attractions

Are you planning a trip to Wisconsin Dells with kids? Need to keep them entertained? One of the best things to do in Wisconsin Dells after the water parks is visiting Downtown Wisconsin Dells.

The downtown strip is packed with Wisconsin Dells Attractions. You’ll find a mix of arcades, museums, stores, restaurants, a scenic riverwalk, and Wisconsin Dells Ducks tours. Downtown Wisconsin Dells is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the family.

Are you ready to find out all the awesome attractions in Wisconsin Dells? Follow along to find out everything you need to know from parking to things to do to hotels to stay.

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Best Downtown Wisconsin Dells Attractions

Downtown Basics – Location and Parking

Downtown Wisconsin Dells is made up of 5 blocks along Broadway Road. It begins at the Dells Boat Tours located at 107 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells. Branching off of Broadway Rd. you will find shops and entertainment on both the main strip and some of the side streets. Here is a link to a Wisconsin Dells Map. You can also pick up a printed map at the Welcome Center in Downtown.

Parking can be found with meters on Broadway. It will be easier to find spots here in the offseason. The parking meters are enforced from April 1st through September 30th.

You will also find parking throughout the area that requires payment by Smart Park (a smartphone app), Kiosks in lots (stalls have parking number signs instead of a meter) and traditional coin-operated meters. Look for additional parking on River Rd and Oak Street.

Wisconsin Dells Welcome Center

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The Dells Welcome Center is the perfect place to ask questions about the area, book tours and grab a map. The staff is very knowledgeable about the area and were a great resource in letting us know about all the fun Wisconsin Dells attractions. Make this your first stop when you arrive.

We were able to find parking here and it’s in walking distance to everything else in downtown.

Address: 701 Superior St. Wisconsin Dells

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Wisconsin Dells Ducks Tours & Boat Tours

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One of the most popular things to do in Wisconsin Dells is to take a Dells Boat Tour and the Dells Army Ducks Tour. These scenic tours give you a look at the natural beauty of the dells that have been drawing people for the past 100 years. The launch location and ticket box are located right in Downtown Dells. So take a fun boat ride and then stroll the streets of downtown.

The do have a parking lot in the back of their building.

Address: 107 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells

Wizard Quest

Wizard Quest is a 13,000 square foot place of magic that will bring you into the fantasy world of wizards and dragons. Families can battle the wizard and dragon in a series of fun quests. Kids and adults will have a blast completing the story in this challenging game.

Address: 105 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

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No touristy town would be complete without a Ripley’s Believe It or Not. If your ready to see some strange and unusual things this is the museum for you. Families will find 8 galleries filled with human and animal oddities ranging from just strange to unbelievable. They also have 2 sit down theaters and 7 video presentations.

Address: 115 Boadway, Wisconsin Dells

Dells Scenic River Walk

The scenic River Walk takes you on a beautiful stroll along the Wisconsin River. This paved path gives you a view of the sandstone bluffs the Dells area is famous for. Along the 1/4 mile path, you will find game tables and benches to sit and take in the view. This free path is a great way to see the Wisconsin River without paying for a boat tour. It’s also a nice break from the busy streets of Downtown.

Address: starting at 100 Block of Broadway

Dells Mining Company

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Let the kids pretend they are panning for gold at the Dells Mining Company. Kids will get a hands-on experience of mining for different naturally precious and semi-precious stones shipped in from all over the world. When your done mining the store’s experts will tell you what stones you have found. Visitors pay by the bucket starting at $15.00.

Address: 427 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells (They have two locations one is in Downtown)

Wild Fun Zone

Wild Fun Zone is one of the largest arcades the Dells has to offer. This mega arcade has the latest games and offers prize redemption. Our kids loved the 3D Jungle Mini Golf with black lights, laser maze, and laser tag. The laser tag area is really cool with tons of obstacles to hide behind and run around. Kids and parents will have a blast. On a cold or rainy day, this is the perfect spot to get out all their energy. I found discounted rates on Groupon so make sure to check it before you go.

Address: 310 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells

Glockenspiel Clock Tower & Bavarian Village

Did you know a small Bavarian Village is located right in downtown Wisconsin Dells? The small inlet is created to look like a German town with little shops and restaurants. I will admit the village is not much to see but the highlight and why it’s worth going to is the Glockenspiel Clock Tower. Every half hour the clock goes off and with a musical re-enactment of the legendary Pied Piper. This fairy tale re-enactment is free and neat to see.

Address: 420 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells

Chalet Lanes & Lounge

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Chalet Lanes is a family-friendly bowling alley located in downtown Wisconsin Dells. They offer 12 bowling lanes and a full restaurant. Take a break from the waterparks and enjoy a family bowling night.

Address: 740 Elm Street, Wisconsin Dells (Corner of Elm and Broadway)

Shops & Stores

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If you’re looking for fun souvenirs, T-shirts and niche items you’ll find it all in the downtown strip. Stroll up and down Broadway window shopping and popping in different stores to see what they have.

Sweet Treats

All along Broadway, you will find shops selling homemade fudge, candy, and ice cream. I find these shops are a great way to encourage your kids to stroll the downtown streets with you (:

I Skate @ The Keg

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There is a really cool year-round outdoor ice skating rink located right in Downtown. The Keg Restaurant uses a synthetic ice allowing guests to skate even on the hottest days. Around the outside of the rink they have a cute outdoor seating area perfect for warmer days. Have some food and a drink while the kids enjoy ice skating.

Address: 732 Oak Street (just south of Broadway)

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Attractions

Looking for more fun Wisconsin Dells Attractions to visit? There are tons of cool family-friendly things to do in Wisconsin Dells. In the summer months, you’ll love horseback riding, the Tommy Bartlet Show, canyon rides, zip-lining, ropes courses, outdoor waterparks and more.

In the winter months enjoy the many indoor amusement parks, skiing, snow tubing, and shopping. Find out our 30 Favorite Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells any time of year and have a blast on your family vacation.

State Parks and Hiking

While in the area make sure to visit the beautiful Devil’s Lake State Park only about 20 minutes away. You’ll find 500 ft quartzite bluffs overlooking a sparkling 360-acre lake. Families will love the fun hikes, swimming at the beach and visiting the Nature Center. Find out more in my Devil’s Lake State Park WI Guide.

Mirror Lake State Park is about 10 minutes from Downtown Dells and also has hiking and a small beach area to swim. Although this park is smaller than Devil’s Lake it offers more boats to rent and fishing.

Either of these would be a great way to get out into Nature while in Wisconsin Dells.

Where to Stay in the Dells

Have you figured out where you’re going to stay in Wisconsin Dells? There are so many options from waterpark resorts to condo rentals, hotels, RV parks, and camping. All are great ways to experience the Dells.

When we are looking for discounted stays we use Booking.com. It shows us helpful property reviews, pictures and gives us the best rates.

Our favorite Waterpark Resorts to stay at are the Wilderness Resort and the Great Wolf Lodge. Both have nice hotel rooms and condo options plus huge waterparks and tons of activities for the kids. If your looking for a waterpark hotel these are ones we would suggest and have reviewed.

If you are looking more for camping, RV sites, or cabins you’ll like KOA Wisconsin Dells. It’s located only 1 mile from downtown and has great amenities like a pool, playground, and movie nights. It’s more reasonably priced than the big resorts and is very family-friendly.

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Are you ready now to get out and explore all the Downtown Wisconsin Dells Attractions? Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or which Dells attractions you liked best. I love to hear from my readers.

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Ultimate Great Wolf Lodge Review & Tips

If your looking for a family-friendly water park resort look no further than the Great Wolf Lodge. This fun indoor water park hotel has everything you’d want in a family vacation.

You’ll find locations all over the county including the water park capital of the world Wisconsin Dells. Find out if it’s right for your family with my Great Wolf Lodge review and tips.

Everything you need to know about dining, accommodations, activities, the water park, and saving money at Great Wolf Lodge.

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Great Wolf Lodge Locations

There are 18 different Great Wolf Lodge Locations in the US. With so many you are bound to find a location in driving distance from your home. Often they are located in more touristy areas which gives you access to more activities and attractions outside the resort too.

We spent our family vacation at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells but the resorts are similar throughout the country. Find out if there is a location near you.

Saftey Precautions

To ensure the health and safety of guests during Covid-19 Great Wolf has added new safety precautions.

All guests age 5 and older must wear face masks throughout the resort. Guest are also asked to maintain a 6ft distance when waiting in lines at the waterpark and seating will be spaced 6ft apart.

Lastly, there will be enhanced and more frequent cleaning and sanitizing of the entire resort. To learn more before you go visit their Health and Safety Program.

Indoor & Outdoor Water Park

The indoor waterpark at the Wisconsin Dell’s location was comprised of three connecting rooms. We really liked this as opposed to some of the larger waterparks where you spend half your time walking between buildings.

It also made it easier for the kids to have a little independence while we were still able to keep an eye on them.

There were tons of slides for all different age groups. I thought they did a great job of making sure each age group had a slide they’d love.

Even some racing slides and a tornado slide for the big kids. Families can also go on a small lazy river, play in the sports pool, get wet in the water fort play area, and catch a wave in the wave pool.

The outside was a little smaller at the Wisconsin Dells location than some other large waterpark resorts. But we like that there was easy access to go from the inside to the outside waterparks.

You will also find a hot tub just for adults and a family warming pool. The family warming pool was a huge hit and was often pretty full.

The temperature is kept warm in the water park but you can get a chill sometimes when you’re wet so the hot tubs were a great feature.

Great Wolf Lodge Attractions and Activities

MagiQuest

The MagiQuest game is the signature activity at all the Great Wolf Lodge locations. Kids purchase a MagiQuest wand which can be reused every time you come to the resort.

Kids then set off to solve riddles throughout the hotel and use their wand to gain points and badges to slay a dragon.

The Wisconsin Dells location has a separate building for MagiQuest with four floors of adventure with slides, tunnels, and rope bridges to climb.

Give yourself a lot of time for this activity. We only bought one quest but we were able to get hours of fun out of the game. It really helped to have a separate fun building and the fact that you don’t have to do it all at one time.

You can start and finish your quests throughout your stay. I honestly was skeptical about spending the money on this but it ended up being our son’s favorite part of the trip.

Arcade

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All the Great Wolf Lodges offer arcade games. It’s a great place to go when you need a break from the water park. We usually do this after dinner or earlier in the morning before the water park opens and we need to get out of the hotel room.

Activities for Younger Kids

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There are several activities throughout the day offered for kids. In the morning try their rise and shine activities such as a family walk around the resort and yoga. At night they have storytime and do a PJ dance party.

The highlight of the resort is their Great Clock Tower show pictured above. Woodland creatures come out and dance, sing, tell stories, and more. It’s pretty cute to watch. I would say these activities are really geared toward younger children. But great free activities for families.

Build a Bear

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Do your kids love Build a Bear? Let the kids make their own great wolf character to remember the trip. Kids can pick out the stuffed animal, an outfit and accessories for a fee.

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Accommodations

There are several different room choices at Great Wolf Lodge. A basic room has two double beds and a small pullout couch. Perfect for a family of five.

If you want something unique try their bunk bedrooms where the kids have their own space to hang out. The bunk bedroom is a kid’s favorite for sure.

If you need more space try one of their condos depending on the location they can accommodate up to 16 people. A big group in the condo together can make for a fun family getaway or visit with a group of friends.

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Dinning

You’ll find several different dining options at the Great Wolf Lodge from poolside food to sit down restaurants.

Lodge Wood Fire Grill

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This is the Great Wolf Lodges sit down restaurant that offers a little bit nicer dinner of steaks, seafood, and ribs plus a kids menus. You can also find breakfast and lunch options at this location.

Pool Side Dining

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You’ll find burger, hot dogs and chicken fingers with fries at the pool area. They also have several snacks such as pretzels and nachos. You can bring the food back to your poolside seats to eat.

Bear Paw Sweets & Eats

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If you want to get the kids a sweet treat head over to Bear Paw. Parents can find freshly brewed coffee, mochas, espressos, and lattes. Plus delicious pastries and cupcakes.

Bar Area

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There is a bar area in the water park for adult beverages. In the Wisconsin Dell’s location, the bar has TVs on with sports and is located in the hallway between two of the water park sections.

**Food Money Saver**

  • If you want to save some money on drinks buy their Suvineor Sipper that can be refilled during your whole trip. We just shared a cup as a family.
  • Bring food to eat in your room. Each room has a refrigerator and microwave for your food. Breakfast is an easy meal to bring and have in the room. You could also bring some sandwich items and make a quick lunch when you need a break from the waterpark.
  • Order food to your room. The Great Wolf Lodge is usually surrounded by tourist type restaurants so you have tons of outside options to choose from. Consider ordering a pizza to have in the room or picking up your favorite take out. Below you’ll find all restaurants and attractions located around the Wisconsin Dells Location.

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Great Wolf Lodge Tips for Your Visit

  • Towels are provided when you enter the pool area. However, don’t forget to return them when you leave the pool area or you will be charged.
  • Life Vest – These are provided free of charge at the pool area
  • If you are visiting during a busy time go down early in the morning and put a bag on a table or chairs you would like to save. That way you have somewhere to keep your stuff while you swim & have a place to take a break.
  • Extend your stay by taking advantage of the long pool hours you get with your stay. You can check-in early and use the pool even if your room is not yet ready. On your last day check out and then spend the rest of the day at the pool. You can get two full days at the pool for just a one-night hotel fee.
  • Lockers – If you are already checked out of your room and are still swimming put your change of clothes and other valuables in a locker. They are located in the pool area.
  • Changing Rooms/ Bathroom – In the bathrooms areas there are showers and changing areas to use if you stay late.
  • The hallways can be cool so make sure to bring a light sweatshirt or coverup to walk back to your room. You can not take the towels with you.
  • Take advantage of the free storytime and other activities at night when you’re done with the water park for the day.
  • Check out the events calendar before you go to see if they have anything special going on during your visit.
  • Look for cheaper rates on your stay on sites like Booking.com. Or sign up to get emails from Great Wolf Lodge and they will notify you of upcoming sales.
  • If you plan to do several of the paid activities consider getting a Paw Pass. The pass groups together activities to give you a cheaper rate.
  • When getting your room ask if it connects to the waterpark through indoor hallways. This is a really nice perk on rainy or wintery days.

Wisconsin Dells Attractions

Located right outside of the Great Wolf Lodge are tons of entertainment establishments and restaurants for families. What’s cool is a lot of locations are in walking distance from the Great Wolf Lodge.

Here are all the things to do you can walk to:

Walking Distance from Great Wolf Lodge

  • Fast Food Resturants – Five Guys, Panera Bread, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Subway, Noodles & Company, Starbucks and Rosati’s Pizza.
  • Buffalo Phil’s Grill – A sit-down restaurant where your food can be delivered by miniature trains. How cool is that! They also have a large menu and a lunch buffet.
  • Knuckleheads Trampoline and Indoor Amusement Park – Under the same roof as Buffalo Phil’s Grill you will find a huge family entertainment space. This 80,000 square foot park has bowling, arcade, trampoline park, and amusement rides.
  • Outlet Mall – There is a big outlet mall with 75 stores to shop located just south of Knuckleheads.

Downtown Wisconsin Dells

If you want to get out and take a drive head to Downtown Wisconsin Dells only 10 minutes away. Here you will find a cute touristy street filled with restaurants, shops, and arcades.

We loved visiting Wild Fun Zone located on the strip. My kids really loved the glow in the dark indoor miniature golf and awesome laser tag course.

Another area not to miss is the Glockenspiel Clock and Bavarian Village. Every half hour the huge cuku clock goes off and tells the story of the Pied Piper.

It’s free and fun to watch while your eating ice cream or some local fudge. There is also a nice scenic river walk if you’re looking for a quiet stroll.

More Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells

Looking for more fun Wisconsin Dells Attractions to visit? There are tons of cool family-friendly things to do in Wisconsin Dells.

In the summer months, you’ll love horseback riding, the Tommy Bartlet Show, canyon rides, zip-lining, ropes courses, outdoor waterparks and more. In the winter months enjoy the many indoor amusement parks, skiing, snow tubing, and shopping.

Find out our 30 Favorite Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells any time of year and have a blast on your family vacation.

Hiking State Parks

Devil’s Lake State Park and Mirror Lake State Park are both located only minutes from Wisconsin Dells. Visitors will see beautiful views, family hikes, kayaking, fishing, beaches, and more. Great way to take a break from the water park and get out into nature. 

What to Pack for the Water Park

Wondering what to bring with you on your trip to a water park? Here are a few things I would suggest. You can click the link to see the item I use for each category.

  • Goggles – The kids will want googles when they swim in the wave pool or sports pool.
  • Beach Bag – I like to bring a beach bag to hold our cover-ups, a book for myself, phones and water toys.
  • Waterproof phone case – I like to take pictures of the kids having fun so I use this waterproof case to keep my phone dry while in the pool.
  • Waterproof bag to hold your room key, cash, and other small items
  • Flip Flops – Your feet will get wet even if you’re not in the pool

Overall I think the Great Wolf Lodge is an awesome water park resort option in Wisconsin Dells or any of the other 17 locations. If your looking for an indoor water park hotel that’s perfect for a family vacation this is it. They have a fun mix of activities and water park features to keep everyone in the family happy.

I really hope that this great wolf lodge review and tips have helped you make a decision on your next weekend getaway. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments. I love to hear from readers.

Second Hotel Option – Wilderness Resort

Another great indoor water park to consider in Wisconsin Dells is the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort. This is also a favorite of ours to visit because we love the extra activities like go-karts, laser tag, and indoor ropes course. Check it out and see which resort is right for your family.

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Best National Parks in the USA. Which parks to visit with kids on Road Trips from the East Coast, to the Midwest, California and Arizona. In the list you'll find Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Arcadia, Shenandoah, Sequoia National parks and more. Find the Park that best fits your family. #nationalparks, #familyvacation # familytrips # traveltips #np
30 Things To Do in Wisconsin Dell with Kids. Find out the best attractions to visit in winter and summer months. Tips on the best waterpark resorts to visit, downtown Dells and activities the whole family will love. Be ready for your Wisconsin Dells Vacation. #wisconsindells #winter #summer #wisconsindellsattractions #thingstodowisconsindells #kids