You’re sure to find interesting and unique things to do in Eau Claire, the city at the confluence of the Chippewa Eau Claire rivers which give it its name: The French word for “clear water.” Eau Claire has a unique and thriving arts scene, perhaps best known as the home of singer-songwriter Justin Vernon and his band Bon Iver. The city’s annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival is co-curated by Vernon.
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What is Wisconsin Dells most known for?
The Dells was once just a small lumber town along the Wisconsin River called Kilbourn City. It didn’t become the popular tourist destination it is today until pioneering photographer H.H. Bennett put Wisconsin Dells on the map in the latter half of the 19th century with his unique landscape photography such as the famous photo of his son leaping across Stand Rock. Today, the area is known for it’s water parks and resorts, including Noah’s Ark, Kalahari, Mt. Olympus, Wilderness Resort, and Great Wolf Lodge. Some of the more unique attractions that brings visitors to the area are the Original Wisconsin Ducks boat tours, and the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory. You can even visit H.H. Bennett’s 1875 studio and get your own vintage style old time photo souvenir portrait just like the first visitors did.
Is Wisconsin Dells worth visiting?
If you like fun and/or weird then yes, you absolutely must plan a Wisconsin Dells vacation. From the water slides, wave pools and lazy rivers of the water parks, to the upside down White House known as Top Secret, Timbavati Wildlife Park, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Haunted Mansion, there’s a unique attraction for everyone. Not to mention the paddle boat-shaped Mr. Pancake restaurant, live music and night life at the Showboat Saloon, arcades, adventure golf, zip lines, and the immersive gaming experience of Wizard Quest. You can even get married at the Dell’s Bells Wedding Chapel.
What is there to do in Wisconsin Dells besides water parks?
Water slides aren’t for everyone, especially if you’re looking for things to do in Wisconsin Dells for adults. Chula Vista Resort is a great relaxation getaway for couples and groups. Boat tours offer unique and majestic views of the Wisconsin River that you won’t see any other way. Lost Canyon tours take you by horse-drawn carriage through the rocky gorges and narrow passages that made the Dells famous. You can take a trolley tour through haunted history, or do it the pub crawl way with both kinds of spirits (you know, alcohol and dead people).
What are the best days to go to Wisconsin Dells?
The best time to go to Wisconsin Dells and make the most of your stay is during the summer months – June, July, and August, as it will be warm enough to enjoy the water slides and other outdoor activities. June still tends to be a little cooler, so you may find deals to save on waterpark tickets during that time.
The Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Festival in September marks the end of the season. After that, many attractions, restaurants, and water parks close for the off season.
Many indoor resorts and attractions remain open throughout the winter, so if you want a cozy Wisconsin Dells experience without all the crowds, that’s a great time to plan your trip.
How do I spend a day at Wisconsin Dells?
If it’s a Wisconsin Dells day trip you’re looking for, here’s what we suggest for a uniquely Dells adventure:
- Have a lumberjack breakfast at Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty
- Play laser tag at Wild Fun Zone (the arcade with a giant King Kong)
- Pet giant snakes and two-headed turtles at Alligator Alley
- Get a souvenir t-shirt and old time photo
- Eat Wisconsin Dells fudge. Don’t fail this one.
- Have a quick drive-up wedding at Dell’s Bells *BYO-SO
- Get your dinner delivered by train at Buffalo Phil’s
- Get on the Ghost Boat at dusk for a some spooky fun