Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Dells has a 150-year-history of hosting travelers who are attracted to the scenery and tranquility of the area. When coupled with the nearby area surrounding Lake Delton, it is commonly called “The Dells.” As the self-proclaimed "Waterpark Capital of the World,” The Dells has an adventure for every age on your trip. Fishing, boat tours, kayaking, waterparks, parasailing, ziplines, vertical adventures, and high-adventure amusement park rides provide excitement.

The City

Wisconsin Dells is situated in four different counties Adams, Columbia, Juneau, and Sauk in South-Central Wisconsin. It takes its name from the Dells of the Wisconsin River, a glacially formed gorge that has striking sandstone formations that are still part of boat tours in the area. It was in 1856 that Wisconsin Dells, then known as Kilbourn City in honor of the local railroad’s president, was incorporated. In 1931 the town’s name was changed to Wisconsin Dells. The original industry was logging which gave way to tourism when the first bridge was built in 1850 and about the same time the railroad began providing service to Wisconsin Dells. The rest as they say is history. The Wisconsin Sports facilities have been expanded and now bring teams for tournaments, competitions, camps and events to Wisconsin Dells year round in basketball, hockey, volleyball and softball events for girls and boys. A tournament or sports event provides an excellent opportunity to combine competitive sports with all the family activities for a great vacation.

Do & See

There are more activities than you could possibility do in a single vacation so you will leave wanting to come back. Many families make the Wisconsin Dells a regular vacation spot to enjoy all there is to do and see.


Many locally-owned restaurants are one-of-a-kind and unique. Venues range from extremely kid-friendly to fine dining. There is a choice for every palate.


The selection of cafés in Wisconsin Dells is interesting anytime of day. Grab a steaming cup of coffee for a morning walk through the beautiful scenery of The Dells. Pop in for a light lunch during your exploration of downtown Wisconsin Dells.

Bars & Nightlife

Having enjoyed any of the variety of restaurants in the area, a trip to the dance floor or a quiet nightcap are both available in Wisconsin Dells. A wide array of entertainment options are available. Many nightspots double as music venues.


Shopping choices are abundant in the Dells with over 50 independent stores and additional shopping in major hotels. Many retail establishments are open year-round, though hours may change seasonally. From art and apparel through unique Wisconsin Cheeses, you’ll be sure to find outstanding gifts for friends or yourself.