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Touring Wisconsin Dells

Updated on June 19, 2013

Upper Dells of Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells History

Wisconsin Dells area is the number one tourist attraction in Wisconsin. When speaking of the Dells attractions, it involves Wisconsin Dells and the surrounding areas: Lake Delton and Baraboo. One of the oldest resort areas in the state, Wisconsin Dells is known for its beautiful glacial sandstone rock formations along the banks of the Wisconsin River. Breaking free from its large ice dam, the glacial lake of Wisconsin started to break free to carve out the great rock formations giving the Dells its beauty.

In 1857, the railroad arrived and named the area Kilbourn City in honor of the railroad's president. Visitors and locals referred to the area as the Dells, (though it was first given the name "Dalles" by French explorers in 1700's, the pronunciation changed over time to "Dells"). and in 1931 the name was officially changed its name to Wisconsin Dells. Wisconsin Dells remained a peaceful scenic tourist getaway for decades.

Boat tours were given, first in wooden rowboats. Then the steamboat, the Modocawanda, was used in 1873. Mel Flath brought the first DUKW to the Wisconsin Dells in 1946. A DUKW is a six-wheel-drive amphibious truck that was used during World War II for transporting goods and troops over land and water. In 1952 the Wisconsin Ducks, Inc. began offering tours of the river dells and surrounding areas This strange looking vehicle is one of the Dells main attractions today.


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Rock formation on the Wisconsin Dells

Waterpark Capital of the World

One of many outdoor water slides.
One of many outdoor water slides.
View of some of the attractios at Noah's Ark.
View of some of the attractios at Noah's Ark.

Wisconsin Dells Video Tour

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    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Drinking towns are all over the state that I live in. LOL

    • Neil Sperling profile image

      Neil Sperling 

      7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      LOL - I live in Port Dover, a quiet drinking town with a tourist problem.... so I know what you mean by tourist trap..... and we too (Port Dover), are a great place to visit.

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      It is a tourist trap, but still a great place to visit.

    • Neil Sperling profile image

      Neil Sperling 

      7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      if I ever get in that area I will look you up for guided tours.... some very beautiful shots... the Dells look amazing to visit. Glad I dropped by to see this hub!

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      It is a great place to visit.

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I'd love to visit the Dells, they look beautiful!

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      cfleming1, I don't care how you look in a bathing suit. LOL

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      cfleming1 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the Hub Sandy.

      Absolutely love the Dells and the Water Parks and the river! The perfect Mid-Western vacation. Everybody's friendly. No one cares what you look like in a bathing suit (you stop caring yourself after about a half-hour cause you're too busy having fun). Plenty of stuff to do. No pressure. I gotta go back.

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      emmett24matthews, maybe you are too busy running one of the many tourist shops. :)

    • emmett24matthews profile image

      emmett24matthews 

      8 years ago

      Great pics. I live here year round and can't get a nice pic of the rock formations - dells. I probably need to get out more. LOL

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      kingis, you should have lots of fun!

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      Patrick King 

      8 years ago from Springfield, IL

      I am glad I found your hub about the Dells. My wife and I are planning a vacation up there this summer with my sister-in-law and her family. They have been up there a few times before. I like the video showing the things to do for the Dells. I am looking forward to our trip there this summer.

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Ron. On my list to start a FB page for Hubs.

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      zzron 

      8 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Cool hub, I've driven near there lots of times. Good job posting your link. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=123660517659...

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      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      I think I said it before on one of your other hubs, but I would like to go to the Wisconsin Dells sometime soon. Your pictures kind of hieghtened that desire ;)

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Absolutely! That was the prime reason for its becoming a tourist attraction. The sheer beauty of what was left after glacial action in year's past. The walks are nice also...a portion of the boat trip where one disembarks and later reboards to continue the river journey.

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      You are right Peggy. If anyone visits the Dells for the first time, a boat tour is a must.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We have been there many times but in years past before the waterpark, etc. was added. The river and rock formations are truly beautiful. Nice hub!

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I really enjoyed this tour of the Wisconsin Dells. Thanks for being a great tour guide!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      nancy_30 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I enjoyed learning about Wisconsin Dells. From the pictures it looks like a really beautiful place.

    • jvhirniak profile image

      jvhirniak 

      8 years ago

      Sandyspider: I've always wanted to go here: I will bookmark this page.

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      pmccray 

      8 years ago from Utah

      Looks like fun, wish I had the money and time to visit.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Again, I wish I had time to go visit!

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Sandyspider, WOW who knew Wisconsin Dells would be so exciting. Love the pics, great tour! Peace :)

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks everyone. Ron, sometimes it can get too crowded. But still a fun place to visit.

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      a2z50 

      8 years ago

      Sandyspider,

      It is just amazing how much the Dells area has expanded. The popolation has grown , and the tourist attraction has grown too. It is a great place to visit .

      Thank you for this fine Hub.

      Ron

      As Always Also rprcarz50

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      David Stone 

      8 years ago from New York City

      Again, well done, Sandy.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! This is great!

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      Gary Anderson 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I have never been there. Closest I ever got was O'hare, lol. Nice travel guide.

    • ReuVera profile image

      ReuVera 

      8 years ago from USA

      I love going to Wisconsin Dells and every time it is like first time.

      Sandy, you did a great job!

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      Eva Thomas 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Put in the picture in the opening that looks like my kinda of place. You amaze me how you are putting these hubs together, perhaps one day you can show me how to improve mine. Nice job Sandy!

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Patty. Glad to see you here.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Nice writing and beautiful pictures for illustrations!

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for your comment too, Ohma.

      Darlene,will you be the one pushing me down the slide? :)

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Now how fun is this, I love this hub, I would love to do this, using the excuse I am checking it out for my grandchildren. LOL, thank you so much for sharing is fantastic dells attractions...Let's take a ride on a water slide, you go first...thumbs up

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Good question Maita. The answer is no. But I will add the answer to this hub.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      it is a beautiful place, glacial sandstone rock formations and lakes. Is the place related to Dells Computer, do they manufacture it there, Very nice Sandy, Maita

    • Ohma profile image

      Ohma 

      8 years ago

      Great Read Sandy. Wish I could go there.

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