Title: 100 Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells Before You Die
Author: Melanie Radzicki McManus
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
It’s difficult to capture the essence of Wisconsin Dells, which is why it’s such a fascinating place to explore. Its origins as a tourist destination began with 19th-century photographer H. H. Bennett, whose stunning photos of the area’s intricately carved sandstone formations drew visitors in droves. Over time a wide variety of attractions opened, followed by a wealth of waterparks, including the nation’s largest outdoor waterpark and first indoor waterpark.
Today the Dells offers something for every taste. History buffs can explore sites like Circus World, home to the world’s largest collection of authentic circus wagons. Adventurers can get their hearts racing at places like Bigfoot Zipline Tours and Jet Boat Adventures. The 1,150-mile Ice Age Trail that winds around town will beckon nature lovers, while foodies can nosh on elk sliders or avocado naan after touring Driftless Glen Distillery.
Local writer Melanie Radzicki McManus has been following the Dells’s evolution since the 1990s, testing waterslides, go-karts, and roller coasters; playing numerous rounds of mini-golf; and constantly keeping an eye open for unheralded gems. So whether you’re new to the Dells or a Wisconsinite wanting a deeper dive, 100 Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells Before You Die will help you create the perfect itinerary.