Guide To A Three-Day Weekend In Wisconsin Dells

January 25, 2014 7:00 AM

Many Minnesotans travel to Wisconsin Dells for summer fun, swimming and camping. However, the Dells can be a fantastic winter vacation as well. With an abundance of indoor water parks, museums, shopping centers and resorts that are open year-round, a quick three-day weekend will prove to be a great getaway. Check into any of the resorts and you will have access to a ton of indoor activities for the family. Hop in your mini-van and enjoy a long weekend by visiting these great places in Wisconsin Dells.

Kalahari Waterpark Resort
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(877) 525-2427

Kalahari Resort is the perfect place to stay, especially if you have kids in tow. With a large indoor waterpark, you can enjoy swimming and splashing no matter what the weather is. Kalahari also offers a wave pool, whirlpool, spa, salon and indoor theme park for those dry days. Get access to the water park with room reservations and find discounts on the theme park as well. Check out the indoor golf course to brush up on your game in the off-season. Dining options vary from a five-star steakhouse to a snack bar by the pool, you could probably spend your entire weekend here without leaving the building.

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Highrock Cafe
232 Broadway
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 254-5677

The Highrock Cafe in downtown Dells is among one of the best places in the area to get a bite to eat. From burgers to classier fare, the Highrock caters to the tastes of all tourists and visitors. Included on the menu are some Wisconsin local favorites, including a cheese plate. Located in the middle of the action, the Highrock is the perfect place to catch a meal or two.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum
115 Broadway
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 253-7556

Ripley’s Museum may not be the most cultural or educational of museums, but it is certainly among the most fun. Located in the heart of downtown, Ripley’s is a museum of the strange that doubles as an interactive fun house. Check out all eight galleries of videos, exhibits and unusual truths. Hang out with unusual statues and replicas of real people, including the weird lizard man. The museum is constantly changing so it can be visited annually for new surprises.

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Tanger Outlets
210 N. Gasser Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53913
(608) 253-5380

Shopping is always an important part of a three-day weekend and a fantastic outlet mall is situated right in Wisconsin Dells. Find upscale factory outlets such as Coach or Polo with big discounts on merchandise. Over 70 stores of quality brands and huge discounts may take up an entire day of your weekend if you like to shop. Toy outlets and jewelry stores can also be found at the Tanger Outlets. Check out local events at the outlets and look into discounts for AAA members.

Goody Goody Gumdrop
401 Broadway
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 253-7983

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this local candy and goody store. Choose from a large selection of sugar treats and baked goods made right in the store. Homemade fudge and cookies are popular items along with gift baskets, snacks and souvenirs. Sugar-free options are also available.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on

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