The Best Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells

A tidal pool at a family waterpark in ‘The Waterpark Capital of the World’, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
A tidal pool at a family waterpark in ‘The Waterpark Capital of the World’, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin | © Dennis MacDonald / Alamy Stock Photo
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Freelance Writer19 September 2018

Known as the ‘Waterpark Capital of the World,’ Wisconsin Dells is one of the state’s top tourist destinations for its spectacular views and amusement parks. Here are the best things to do in Wisconsin Dells.

Wisconsin Deer Park

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White-tailed deer in Wisconsin
White-tailed deer in Wisconsin | © Cliff / Flickr

The Wisconsin Deer Park lets visitors get up close and personal with one of the state’s favorite creatures. Over 100 deer, as well as other animals, live in the 40-acre park, and they’ll approach without hesitation along the walking path. Guests can pet and feed the deer with the appropriate snacks purchased at the gift shop.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not

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Ripley's Believe it or Not
Ripley's Believe it or Not | © kenneth casper / Flickr

A list of attractions would not be complete without Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Wisconsin Dells. Eleven galleries housing over 200 artifacts are hosted across three floors, showcasing curiosities. Two-headed animals, shrunken heads and a picture made out of crumbs are just a few of the things at Ripley’s.

Alligator Alley Adventures

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If you’re craving a bit more adventure than the deer park but still want to be close to the animals, then stop by Alligator Alley Adventures, Wisconsin Dells’ only reptile habitat. Giant snakes, snapping turtles, exotic spiders, crocodiles and wild gators can all be found here. Visitors also have the opportunity to feed the alligators and pose for photos with them.

Tommy Bartlett Show

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Tommy Bartlett Show
Tommy Bartlett Show | © Steven Pierson / Flickr / Derivative from original

Featuring dynamic acrobatics and water-skiers, the Tommy Bartlett Show is a water show that has become a popular event. Watch the performers nail astounding tricks both on water and in the sky, and be entertained by light-hearted daredevils like the waterskiing clown.

Mr. Marvel’s Wondertorium

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Mr. Marvel’s Wondertorium is a zany but incredibly entertaining experience that includes both a museum and live performances. Known as ‘Wisconsin’s Strangest Museum,’ guests can view curiosities such as the world’s largest egg and shrunken heads. Visitors can also see thrilling glass-walking, fire-eating, and contortion performances.

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