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10 Things To Do In Wisconsin Dells in the Winter

Updated on March 8, 2015

Visit Wisconsin Dells for Some Winter Fun

Wisconsin Dells is a great vacation hot spot all year round. In the summer time, Wisconsin Dells boasts itself as the Waterpark Capital of the World but wintertime is just as fun! The outdoor water parks are all closed of course but step inside for some hot summer time fun! Indoor roller coasters, arcades, waterslides galore, miniature golf, go-karts, and pottery awaits you!

(All photos are my own)

Much To Offer in the Winter Time

If you thought that Wisconsin Dells would be boring in the winter, think again! Sitting in a beach chair by a wave pool makes you completely forget that the temperatures outside are frigid! Climbing high above the arcades on a rope course will make you forget the stress of every day life. Those two things combined = a great vacation!

Water Parks

Indoor Water Slides!
Indoor Water Slides!

There's various water parks around the Dells. You can find a water park for every age. Some resorts are designed mostly for families with small children while others have multiple parks for families with kids of all ages.

Don't Forget Your Goggles!

Everyone in my family loves wearing goggles while they're in the water, especially if they wear contacts.

Speedo Hydrospex Swim Goggle, Smoke/Smoke
Speedo Hydrospex Swim Goggle, Smoke/Smoke

A good pair of goggles makes the waterparks more enjoyable if you hate getting water in your eyes. Googles are prohibited on some of the faster waterslides but for the basics they work great.


Ripley's Believe It or Not

Believe it or not...

I was surprised by how much was in this place. It doesn't look very big from the outside but you can easily spend a couple hours looking through everything they have on display. It's all very unique items with great stories behind everything. I was more impressed with this attraction that I thought I was going to be. The layout is very creative and entertaining. We had a fun time here.

A Few Things That You'll See At Ripley's Believe It Or Not

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These are things that were found inside of sharks.This is a Tibetan Monkey Skull.
These are things that were found inside of sharks.
These are things that were found inside of sharks.
This is a Tibetan Monkey Skull.
This is a Tibetan Monkey Skull.

Covered Wagon Rides


The Horses are Beautiful

All year around, if you are lucky enough to be in the Dells on the weekend, you can go on a covered wagon ride pulled by two beautiful draft horses. The trails go into the woods for a beautiful ride through nature. We saw deer and other animals while on the trail.

Wizard Quest

Wizard Quest is a fun place to take the kids. It will provide your entire family with hours of activity. You go on a magical quest of water, fire, earth, and wind. You find fairies, pixies, trolls, secret stairways, wizards, and much more! Way better than sitting in front of TV all afternoon.

Go Karts!

Love the Go Karts! Various places offer indoor go karts. The track at this place is really small but it was still enough fun that we went on it over and over.

New Go-Carts at the Wilderness Resort

Find Your Own Go Cart!

Go Carts are lots of fun no matter where you are. It doesn't matter if it's a big track or a little track, it's the twists and turns that are fun! If you can't make it to a resort, get your own and drive it around your yard.

Arcades Everywhere

The Arcades

All of the water park resorts feature multiple arcades. After hours and hours of water, it's nice to have some water-free activities. There's also stand alone arcades so you'll always find your favorite game.

Indoor Rides

Along with indoor roller coasters, you can also find spinning tea cups, bumper cars, and the Scooby Doo van ride. As the water parks get bigger, so do the indoor amusement parks. Giant pillow tops to jump on and a spinning Hurricane are a few more. Race cars and motorcycles that move along with the game add a lot of excitement.

Can't Get Enough of the Indoor Water Parks!

The real highlight are the water parks. The kids can play for hours on end and then afterwards they sleep really well. Just a reminder that a few hours of the water parks might leave you feeling a little water logged!

Paint Your Own Pottery


Another activity that takes hours to finish - paint your own pottery. This is one of our favorite places to visit. All of the kids can pick their own piece of pottery and paint it however they want. This resort has overnight glazing so you can pick it up the next day!


Magiquest is another family fun activity center where you go on an adventure filled with wizards, dragons, and other unearthly creatures.

One More Water Park


In case you still aren't sure if the water parks are worth it, here's one more pic to help you decide!

Wisconsin Dells Area Property Trading Game

What a fun way to remember the Wisconsin Dells! You can play this fun game between visits!

Wisconsin Dells Area Property Trading Game
Wisconsin Dells Area Property Trading Game

If your family loves enjoying Wisconsin Dells together, you'll love this game!! It based off the very popular Monopoly game except that the places to buy are all Wisconsin Dells attractions! What a great idea!


Have You Ever Been to Wisconsin Dells?

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For Guides and History of the Dells, Check out these great books!

Wisconsin Dells: A Comprehensive Guide to Waterparks, Resorts, Tours, and More (Tourist Town Guides)
Wisconsin Dells: A Comprehensive Guide to Waterparks, Resorts, Tours, and More (Tourist Town Guides)

With this book, you can find the best water park resort for your entire family. There's also a list of the best attractions.

The Wisconsin Dells: A Completely Unauthorized Guide (An Acorn Guide)
The Wisconsin Dells: A Completely Unauthorized Guide (An Acorn Guide)

A guide is helpful! We go to the Dells at least once or twice a year and every time we find something new that we love to do.

A Selfish Dad Travels to Wisconsin Dells
A Selfish Dad Travels to Wisconsin Dells

LOL! Parents love the fun stuff in WI Dells as much as the kids do! Where else as an adult can you go to climb on a rope course or go down the best water slides?


What's Your Favorite Place to Visit at the Dells in the Winter?

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      3 years ago

      So I was on a road trip earlier this month; we were lienavg Mall of America and planning to head to Adventureland in Iowa, and then to Holiday World. To our surprise, (and great relief) we checked online, and discovered that both parks would be closed on the week that we'd be arriving there! So we re-routed our trip to the east a bit to stop here and at Six Flags Great America. I had been looking forward to riding the Voyage, only for it to be closed, so, in a desperate effort to hit at least one gravity group coaster, I suggested we hit Mt.Olympus to make up for Holiday World. I highly doubt the Voyage could be as epic as Hades was. It had to be the best Wooden Coaster I've ever been on. Sure, it was jerky, but aren't all wooden coaster supposed to be at least a bit? The tunnel is the crowing achievement of this amazing ride. Once you get down there in the darkness, it's survival of the fittest. Hold on for dear life. If your anywhere near the Dells and don't stop to try this top-notch attraction, your missing out big time! It's defiantly the smoothest of the 4 wooden coasters there. My new favorite Wooden Coaster!

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      4 years ago from NE Ohio

      I haven't been to the Dells yet, but I have been to Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio, and I must say it is a great deal of fun.

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      5 years ago

      Ripleys seem to be everywhere! I've not been to Wisconsin..yet ;-)

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      I've never been there, but you sure have a lot to do on a winter day.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Things To Do In Wisconsin Dells in the Winter

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Nice lens. We enjoyed our honeymoon visit there 53+ years ago. Have not been back since. Water Parks are certainly not our thing! SquidAngel blessed, for your local enthusiasm!! ;-)

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      Dawn Romine 

      5 years ago from Nebraska

      Very nice lens, I like the way it's laid out. Who knew there was so much in Wisconsin, except for cheese.

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      5 years ago

      Actually I don't want to go anywhere in the Winter outside of a warm place...but I do like The House on the Rock in the fall or spring ;-)

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      poldepc lm 

      5 years ago

      beautiful lens...


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