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Day One Travel & Arrival
Wisconsin Dells, WI is more than I want to drive these days, so my journey begins with a flight of about 4 hours from my local airport in Norfolk, Virginia.
If you have not been to the Dells before, you are in for a treat. This is the area’s vacation hot spot, and it focuses much of its time and attention on great water parks and sports.
My flight came into Milwaukee, WI and then I drove my rental car to the resort, which was about 2 hours from the resort. Most of the way on interstates 94-90.
The resort itself is impressive, with a lovely setting on a lake, and many indoor and outdoor activities. The resort itself boasts many 1-2-bedroom villas to meet the needs of individuals and families alike. With the activities here you could enjoy the area equally in the Summer or Winter since the resort offers so many indoor pools, sports, and activities.
- Cable TV
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Whirlpool Bath
Then the resort itself offers all of these options.
- BBQ Grills
- Conference Room
- Business Center/Fax
- Fitness Room
- Game Room
- Hot Tub
- Indoor Pool
- Internet Access
- Kid’s Activities
- Catch-And-Release Pond
- Locker Rooms
- Marina/Boat Launch
- Movie Rentals
- On-Site Security
- Outdoor Pool
- Owner Lounge
- Picnic Area
Summer rules in the Dells but this resort has a great number of indoor fun items to keep the vacation going all year round.
They do call the Wisconsin Dells, the waterpark capital of the world for a, however. With more indoor water park space than anywhere else on planet Earth. That is a big statement, but it can also mean big fun.
Day Two Water Park Time
Before the water park breakfast
I started my morning with breakfast at the local legend Mr. Pancake. Which looks like a converted paddle wheel boat. Inside you find pancakes and breakfast items that are from family recipes and taste amazing. I had banana pancakes here that would have made me cry. They were so good. The only thing that stopped me was the surrounding crowds. I had my full Santa-like beard going on this summer and I did not want the kids to see “Santa” crying while eating his breakfast, even if it was because of his belly full of great food. The food was outstanding, however, and I tipped large since the only table they had available was a 4 top and I felt like the server would miss out if I did not tip large.
She was also a great waitress, and very kind. A neat thing here is if you eat before 9 AM or after 12 PM you can get a 10% discount off your bill. Since I was at it early, I just added that amount to the tip as well. I hope she was happy with a 210% tip. Waiters and waitresses work hard. It is nice to be able to make the day of a hard-working person.
Water Park Fun
I wanted to go visit one of the larger water parks, but I also wanted to see what I could do to make sure kids had access to the water parks they might not normally be able to go to.
I was not able to arrange a trip for the kids, so I made a donation instead and you can do the same at the Boys and Girls clubs of Wisconsin. Sometimes logistics can get in the way, but you can still do something great.
I did get a ticket to go check out the Noah’s Ark Waterpark which is the biggest in the area. It is the largest in the nation as well on a sprawling 70-acre site. If you are from the area, you may already have seasons pass. You may consider buying the seasons pass versus day passes if you are going to be in the area for several days. Some will do that, and others will choose to get a ticket for the day for the family, then choose another park to visit the next day.
With 70 acres of water park fun, they have packed in many rides, areas, and experiences. There are over 50 rides, slides, and attractions to check out on-site.
A full day at the water park will have you very tired. The water seems to drain you even when it is not salt water.
It was time to return to the resort and get some rest so I could have the energy for tomorrow’s adventures.
Day Three in the Dells
A large part of me wanted to run back to Mr. Pancakes today, but I had breakfast goodies to cook that I had taken back to my villa before I realized how good the local options were.
I made my little breakfast in the room, then headed out for the day.
I started with a swim at the indoor pool right at the resort. It was a nice-sized pool, and it was neat to see that they had the accessibility items for guests with those needs. I always like seeing that at Wyndham resorts. It just makes the resort seem more open and kinder.
They have an outdoor pool as well here, and I walked out while still wet to check that out as well. Then I went and walked to the waterfall on the grounds just to see it and dry off on the way.
Today I had a boat tour planned. Tickets are about $32 for adults and the tour is a solid 2-hour plus tour that has many amazing spots and landmarks you can only see by boat.
From the website:
High cliffs, dramatic rock formations, and two exclusive shore landings at Witches Gulch and Stand Rock (site of the world-famous dog leap)! This is a two-hour tour with breathtaking scenery that can only be experienced by way of our boat tours.
The same group also offers a more expensive Sunset Dinner Cruise which seems to be popular and it is something I would certainly check out if I had a guest and wanted something fun and romantic. I will do just about anything solo and often prefer it that way, but the romantic things are just, well, a little sad to do solo sometimes.
My boat cruise was fun and next I was going to the Bavarian Village of GLOCKENSPIEL (if you can call it that, it is really just a themed section of stores, but still neat) it made me feel like I was on a trip to Bush Gardens Williamsburg and one of the recreated hamlets there. Very neat to see and visit. The surrounding area here is full of shops and places to visit and see. Parking on the main street in front is limited, but the nearby Cedar Street offered more parking and was very close.
Finishing this trip with a little magic just seemed right. I had a ticket for the Rich Wilcox Magic Show tonight. I was going to see his grand illusion show that offered larger tricks. He also offers close up magic shows as well.
The show was a little over an hour with seating for the show starting about 30 minutes before the show. You do not have to worry about getting to the show early since there are assigned seats. He offers two shows and they vary a little with pricing from $50-65 per show.
The theater is in between the Noah and Olympus water parks and is easy to find even without a smartphone and Google.
Want to have your own amazing Dells vacation book through TZort consider this location at the top of your list.