12 Best Non-Touristy Things To Do In Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

non touristy things to do in wisconsin dells
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Make an enormous splash on your vacation. If you are to beat the summer heat and satisfy the temperature, then this is the city you need to go to. Titled the Waterpark Capital of the World, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, is the home of almost 20 different water parks circling around this city. Each is jam-packed with slippery slidey fun suitable for you, kids, and kids-at-heart. Shaped by the currents and curves of the Wisconsin River, this City lies in a region of glacier-carved sandstone formations. Wisconsin also has some of the best resorts. Alternatively, you can also stay at cheap resorts if you’re traveling on a budget. So what are you waiting for? Get in the vacation mood and get ready for some thrilling activities. Use the listings below to find out about the best non-touristy things to do in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

1. Explore Witches Gulch

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If you’re looking for things to do in places in Wisconsin Dells that are not water parks, then check out Witches Gulch. Nestled in southern Wisconsin, you’ll find a natural wonder in the form of stunning sandstone cliffs. Among them is the mesmerizing Witches Gulch.

These sandstone formations, originating from an ancient lakebed, have been shaped over millions of years. As the landscape transformed, the elements left their mark, sculpting a winding path through the sandstone that now manifests as a deep valley.

Embark on a short hike through the canyon, where you’ll encounter breathtaking moss-covered sights and narrow passageways. The sheer beauty of nature on display will leave you in awe. Access to this hidden gem is exclusively available through the Upper Dells Boat Tours, adding to the adventure and excitement.

Witches Gulch

Address: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 53965 United States.

Website: Witches Gulch

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2. Take a stroll at the Riverwalk

The Dells of the Wisconsin River in June 2015 17
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Pentachlorphenol used under CC BY-SA 4.0

If you are looking for unique things to do in Wisconsin Dells, experience the magic of the city with a leisurely stroll along the captivating Riverwalk. Discover the beauty of the Wisconsin River and its stunning sandstone bluffs, that have been made accessible to the public after 75 long years. This paved path offers stunning views and invites you to relax and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.

In 2022, a delightful addition was made to enhance the allure of the River Walk - the “Soul of the River” open-air art gallery. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Wisconsin Dells and its profound connection to the Wisconsin River through the lens of talented local photographer Joseph Leute.

Dells Scenic River Walk

Address: 100 Block Broadway Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965.

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3. Ride the Hades Wooden Roller Coaster

Ride on the Hades Wooden Roller Coaster at Mt. Olympus. This Roller Coaster is a famous and crazy wooden ride at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. It was initially known as Hades before the 360-degree roll was included in 2013. It is the biggest crazy ride in the recreation center.

Mt. Olympus - Hades Wooden Roller Coaster

Address: Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park - 655 N Frontage Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, USA

Website: Hades Wooden Roller Coaster

Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)

Price: 10 USD advance, 40 USD at the gate

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4. Circus fun in Baraboo

Have fun at the Circus World in Baraboo. You will have an exciting and amazing time with historical and entertaining aspects of this Circus World Museum showcasing the rich culture of the circus itself. There are original circus posters and props displayed to honor the culture and tradition of the circus around the world, here at Baraboo.


Address: 550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913, USA

Website: Baraboo

Opening hours: 9am - 4pm (daily)

Price: 4.95 USD

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5. Enjoy homemade donuts

Taste the mouthwatering flavors of homemade donuts at Paul Bunyan Restaurant. They serve freshly baked pastries without preservatives. They are also famous for their warm, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness from the first bite to the last. Choose your own flavors for your freshly baked and served donuts

Paul Bunyan Restaurant

Address: 411 State Hwy 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, USA

Website: Paul Bunyan Restaurant

Opening hours: 7am - 8pm (daily)

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6. Enjoy a duck boat tour

Go on a duck boat and set sail as you discover nature’s gift to Wisconsin Dells. Discover and avail the sunset cruise and other exciting activities. Ride your jet-boats or take a tour and see the amazing river and sandstone cliffs around. Safety is their number one goal, so there is no need to worry because they will take care of your vacation experience

Dells Ducks

Address: 1550 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, USA

Website:Dells Ducks

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 27.18 USD

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7. Horseback riding at Red Ridge Ranch

Ride a horse at Red Ridge Ranch. Found just 20 minutes away from the Wisconsin Dells, you can reach this ranch where you can enjoy fun activities such as the famous pony or horseback riding as well as family fun camp. There are also guided trail hikes which you can enjoy within the ranch. You can be one with nature and experience the fresh air and the beauty of the ranch. You can also take photographs which are essentially Instagram worthy.

Red Ridge Ranch

Address: W4881 Wisconsin 82(Near Dells, Mauston, WI 53948, United States

Website: Red Ridge Ranch

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 28.00 USD

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8. Indulging in Wisconsin Dells' bow fishing

Try bow fishing at Wisconsin River and enjoy the delicious fish while experiencing such activities. You’ll enjoy fishing aboard boats and.stroll on the gorgeous Lake Michigan for quality fish aboard Sheboygan, Wisconsin’s all-time largest charter fishing fleet. The activity is safe and it has all the safety records and requirements as well as training to ensure quality satisfaction and enjoyment.

Fishing at Winconsin Dells' River

Address: 676 South Pier Drive Sheboygan, WI 53081

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9. Exciting mini golf adventure

Experience the Mini Golf course at Timber Falls Adventure Golf. Enjoy the golf course with the exciting courses that will entertain almost all of the ages. The courses are challenging and that lets the golfers think of tactics for winning. It is just minutes away from the beautiful downtown of Wisconsin. Enjoy the 72-hole golf adventure now!

Timber Falls Adventure Golf

Address: 1000 Stand Rock Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, USA

Website: Timber Falls Adventure Golf

Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)

Price: 3.50 USD - 9 USD

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10. Visit the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory Museum

Explore Tommy Bartlett Exploratory Museum. With 175 fun-filled interactive activities to cater to kids and kids at heart, this is the place to be if you want to visit a Science Exploratory Museum. One of the most exciting Wisconsin Dells attractions reborn in 2018, this is the place to be for fun and hands-on family activities. Feel the Russian and fun-filled space station and other science stuff. Indulge and be blown away by the exploratory machines and activities in this museum.

Tommy Bartlett Exploratory Museum

Address: 560 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy North Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965608-254-2525

Website: Tommy Bartlett Exploratory Museum

Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)

Price: 15 USD

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11. Old-fashioned lumberjack show

Participate in the Dells Lumberjack Show available for all the ages, featuring comedy and entertainment, and watch the old-fashioned lumberjacks show off their skills. Watch the lumberjacks compete in ax throwing, crosscut sawing, and speed climbing as well as some family-friendly comedy. Enjoy multiple shows as lumberjacks entertain you with their unique and special skills in the form of carving and cutting. There are multiple daily showtimes making it easy to fit into your vacation schedule. What are you waiting for? Book now and take part in this event.

Dells Lumberjack Show

Address: 411 State Hwy 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, United States

Website: Dells Lumberjack Show

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12. Thrilling and mind-bending puzzles (from USD 30.0)

Solve a puzzle and add some thrill to your vacation while you take part in the puzzle Wisconsin Dells Puzzling Adventure. Gather up your vacation friends and take on this thrilling puzzle adventure. The puzzle is a two-hour walking adventure, with the use of your smartphones as a map. So what are you waiting for? Spice up your vacation and take part in this mind-bending puzzling adventure.

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Wisconsin Dells Puzzling Adventure

Duration: 1 to 3 hours

Fun-filled vacation in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

There are a lot of fun things to do while in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Prepare your cameras and set your to-do list and all aboard to Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The listing above should let your mind decide on the next destination you would want to go. You can also book a stay at a gorgeous cabin with a hot tub in the city.

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Dulce Tandog is a 29-year-old writer from the beautiful city of Naga.

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