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Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells is a city in south-central Wisconsin, with a population of 2,418 as of the 2000 census. It straddles four counties: Adams, Columbia, Juneau, and Sauk. The city takes its name from the dells of the Wisconsin River, a scenic, glacially formed gorge that features striking sandstone formations along the banks of the Wisconsin River. Together with nearby Lake Delton, the city forms an area known as “the Dells”, a popular Midwestern tourist destination. The Dells area has an estimated five million annual visitors. 

The Dells area has numerous indoor waterparks and outdoor waterparks, proclaiming itself the “Waterpark Capital of the World”. It is home to the largest outdoor water park in the U.S., Noah’s Ark; the largest indoor water park resort, Indian Trail Motel; The place to get you best deals for your stay. Other attractions in the Dells include the Dells Boat Tours, numerous golf courses, mini golf, go-kart tracks, water sports, horseback riding, Tommy Bartlett’s Thrill Show, Exploratory, Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, Timber Falls Amusement, the Ho-Chunk Casino and many other places of interest. Most attractions are located on the Strip, otherwise known as the Wisconsin Dells Parkway. Accommodations range from economical motels to RV parks to chain hotels to themed resorts featuring indoor and outdoor waterparks and other amenities.

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History of Wisconsin Dells

Schofield Cottage Hotel, Wisconsin Dells (Around 1850)

Schofield Cottage Hotel (Around 1850)

Wisconsin Dells is one of the oldest sites to appear on maps of the western Great Lakes region is the “Dalles” of the Wisconsin River. It was identified as a convenient reference point by French explorers in the 1700’s. The name stuck after the French explorers left Wisconsin, with the spelling and pronunciation Anglicized as the “dells”. When the railroad arrived in 1857, the new village established at the point where the tracks crossed the Wisconsin River, was named Kilbourn City in honor of the railroad’s president – but locals and visitors alike never stopped referring to the area as the “Dells”.

In 1931, the city of Kilbourn officially changed its name to Wisconsin Dells.

Wisconsin Dells Ducks

Wisconsin Ducks

Wisconsin Ducks
Wisconsin Dells history in incomplete without the Wisconsin Ducks, the army surplus land and water vehicles, were first brought into Lake Delton by Mel Flath in 1946. He operated a tourist trip from land near the present Mexicali Rose until 1952. From here these World War II vehicles gave their passengers a fun ride through the woods up hill and down dale, splashed into the Lower Dells below Echo Point, into Lake Delton, past Dawn Manor and old Newport and wind through the woods and canyons.

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Wisconsin Dells Attractions

Below are the top attraction of Wisconsin Dells for every tourist of Wisconsin Dells to visit.

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