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Dells Boat Tours? on Wisconsin River

Dells Boat Tours? on Wisconsin River

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(608) 254-8555
March 11 - October 31
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Take our complete scenic tour along the Wisconsin River and see its peaceful, natural beauty that has brought visitors here for over 100 years. On our 2-hour Upper Dells tour you will enjoy two scenic shorelandings. Relax aboard our 1-hour Lower Dells tour and see legendary sights. Get your heart racing on our Dells Jet Boat Adventure; a 30-minute thrill ride on the Lower Dells. Sunset cruises offer relaxed evenings touring the river with dinner and live music by Dan Soma. Visit our two ticket booth locations at 107 Broadway, Downtown Wisconsin Dells or at the Junction of Hwys 12, 13 & 16.
Classic Experience

Some 150 years ago visitors first came to Wisconsin Dells for rowboat tours of the Wisconsin River. From there the tours evolved to steam paddlers, then the double-decker steel vessels of Dells Boat Tours. This fleet of 21 boats carries thousands of visitors to see what is arguably and most "clasic" of the area's classic attractions - the "dells" rock formations that tower above the river. At the Stand Rock shore landing, the photo that made the Dells famous - of photographer H.H. Bennett's son caugh mid-air leaping from one rock bluff to another - is now recreated with a trusty dog.  There is a second shore landing at Witches Gulch.  This tour company has exclusive rights to these historic landings along the Upper and Lower Dells.



  • Visit our two ticket booth locations at 107 Broadway, Downtown Wisconsin Dells or at Junction of Highways 12, 13 & 16. Take Exit 87 off I/90/94.
Convention Overview
See the natural beauty of Wisconsin Dells abroad our boat tours! One and two hour tours provide your group with breathtaking views of the towering sandstone cliffs and rock formations that have made this area famous and with two shore landings.
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Cold Water Canyon Pavilionn/an/an/a60508030
Double Deck Boatn/an/an/a25252525
Clipper Winnebagon/an/an/a1006012050
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2010-03-14I was just a little kid at the time when first took my trip down the river on one of your tours. I was about 10. I'll never forget the ride. While we were going down the river a huge fish jumped out of the water and it scared every one on the tour. That was the only time we seen it ; still never found out what it was. All I can say was it was huge and scared the bajeebees out of me. Never came back to your river until I turned 57 (I'm 59 now.) It was a fun time but trust me, I don't sit by the rail any more.
2009-07-22love it wanna go back
2009-07-21I visited the Wisconsin Dells in 1973 with my family. It has been 35 yrs since that time and I still remember it. I tell my children about the tour and show them my pamplets I saved in my scrapbook. We visited Stand Rock, Cold Water Canyon and Witches Gulch. I loved all the ceremonial dances and had my tour book signed by "Chief Evergreen Tree"
-LindaPort Murray,New Jersey
2009-07-05Year of 1975 when our daughter was 2 years old Laura spoke her first words at the Dells was "puppy jumped the rock". A part of the Dells with a cliff and a self standing rock was the attraction.
2009-06-08I enjoyed very much my first visit to Wisconsin Dells. The place was completely new for me. I travel in the upper dells, visit the witches gulch, and saw the jumping dog. The rock formations were impressive. I enjoy every minute of the tour. What can I said? WOW! I will come back again soon.
-JesusCaguas,Puerto Rico

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Dandy Reasons for a Downtown Dells Stroll2010-04-02Glockenspiel and the RiverWalk; two free reasons to take a stroll through downtown Wisconsin Dells.Read More
Dandy Reasons for a Downtown Dells Stroll

glockenspiel-downtown-dells-29German Glockenspiel - Downtown Dells

Take the children to see the giant Glockenspiel with a musical re-enactment of the legendary Pied Piper of Hamelin every half-hour, on the hour. The legend goes that the Pied Piper rid the town of Hamelin of its rats and mice by charming them away with his flute playing. When the citizens of Hamelin refused to pay the piper the price they had agreed upon, he charmed away their children in revenge.

The German Glockenspiel with its fairy tale re-enactment is FREE making it one of the best Wisconsin Dells deals. It's located in the 400 block of Broadway, Downtown Wisconsin Dells.


dells-river-walk-wi-dells-29Dells RiverWalk

Stroll the Dells RiverWalk with vistas of the Wisconsin River and its sandstone bluffs now easily accessible to the public for the first time in 75 years. This ¼-mile paved path offers Dells visitors not only a breathtaking view of the Dells' unique scenery, but sprinkles in game tables and comfortable benches along its expanse in invitation to sit a spell and take in all of Mother Nature's glory. Walk, bike or run the Dells RiverWalk, but be sure to put this special experience on your Wisconsin Dells itinerary. It's one of the most scenic Wisconsin Dells activities available and it never disappoints.

The Dells RiverWalk entrance is located at the 100 block of Broadway in downtown Wisconsin Dells. It's free and open to the public year-round.


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Taking A Boat Tour Of The Wisconsin River? Then Preview The Highlights 2010-04-15Tour the Wisconsin River and look for oddly shaped bluffs with oddly appropriate names along the way.Read More
Taking A Boat Tour Of The Wisconsin River? Then Preview The Highlights

Glacial meltwaters ripped through this area some 14,000 years ago leaving behind fascinating sandstone formations that shadow both sides of the Wisconsin River. Native Americans canoeing the river were the first to lay eyes on these natural wonders. Later, they guided French explorers through the water passageways. The French were charmed by the sandstone towers that looked like a stack of pancakes and, in fact, the word "Dells" mimics the French word "dalles," meaning "layers of flat rock."

There's a nice variety of Upper Dells boat tours in Wisconsin Dells, so if you're planning on taking in the natural scenery -- and you should -- here are some highlights to watch for:

PT BoatP.T. 109 Boat Patrol

Teetering rock formations, dark grottos, fragrant evergreens and fresh air mark this tour. No walking, just sight-seeing extraordinaire. See if you can memorize the names that have been given to the bluff formations over the years in the Dells, like Romance Cliff, Chimney Rock, Black Hawk's Profile and Demon's Anvil.



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The on-water portion is scenic, of course, but the best part of this tour may just be the shore landings. At Stand Rock, see a trained dog leap from one sandstone bluff to another, recreating the famous 1888 photo taken by landscape photographer H.H. Bennett of his son doing the same. The second stop is at Witches Gulch, a glen with mysterious passageways that also provides a natural cool-down from your perch atop the double-decker boat.




Sunset Dinner Cruise WI RiverDells Boat Tours® Sunset Dinner Cruise

The Wisconsin River at dusk is a thing of beauty. Listen to a narrative on the waterway, enjoy fine dining in Wisconsin Dells with a surf-and-turf meal, be serenaded with live music, and enjoy the pièce de résistance -- a stroll on torch-lit paths at the Witches Gulch shore landing.




Princess Kay Paddle Boat WI RiverPrincess Kay Paddlewheel Riverboat

The mode of transportation might be the biggest highlight of all here, because it's the only boat of its kind in the Dells -- an authentic paddle-wheel riverboat that seats 150 for a Wisconsin Dells dining experience.





Here's one last tip - regardless of the tour, be sure to watch for the swallows' nest built into the bluffs and the hemlock trees draping from the cliffs. These both came to be thanks to the porous makeup of the sandstone, making them an original Wisconsin Dells attraction.


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Fall's Top 10 2010-09-22See how many of these Wisconsin Dells fall activities you can lay claim to.Read More
Fall's Top 10

WI Dells Wo Zha Wa ParadeSo you claim to be a veteran Dells' traveler. But have you partaken of these 10 fall activities? If so, your title stands. If not, better get going.

  • Stake out a spot on the sidewalk for the September Wo-Zha-Wa Fall Festival parade.
  • Dine at a Wisconsin Dells sports bar while watching a football game.
  • Hike the Ice Age Trail at Devil's Lake State Park.
  • Sample your favorite microbrews at Dells On Tap, part of Autumn Harvest Fest.
  • Cast your line for walleye in the Wisconsin River.
  • Stroll the RiverWalk downtown and take in the river and sandstone bluffs.
  • Get in some early Wisconsin Dells shopping for the holidays.
  • Tour a local winery and sip a seasonal wine.
  • Set aside a full day for golf before fall color turns to winter white.
  • Tour the river by Wisconsin Dells Duck or by tour boat and soak up autumn in all its glory.




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Attraction & Lodging Price Guide2013-01-06Price it out, then plan it.Read More
Attraction & Lodging Price Guide

Price It Out, Then Plan It

This section allows you to download the Wisconsin Dells area price guide. We're certain you'll land on the right dollar figure.


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Get Your Fill of Adventure2011-08-01Some vacation spots are defined by a single activity. You go to Mt. Rushmore to see the presidents. You go to Vegas to gamble. You go to Niagara Falls to honeymoon. Some might say you go to Wisconsin Dells to play in the waterparks and, to a very large degree, that would be true. But that’s not the only game in town.Read More
Get Your Fill of Adventure

Get Your Fill of Adventure

If you like to hang out in a hammock on your vacation, this is not the itinerary for you. Now if you like to hang out at the waterpark or from a zip line, then start making a list of all the items on this adventure vacation checklist that you’d like to experience.

Let’s get right to the must-do and that’s ride and slide your way through a favorite waterpark or two. Outdoors, it would be impossible to choose between Noah’s Ark Waterpark and Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks, so make time for both. At Noah’s Ark, their new looping waterslide called Scorpion’s Tail is the largest in the world. At Mt. O (that’s what the locals call it), crash through the nine-foot waves of their Poseidon’s Rage surf pool.

There are a handful of indoor waterparks that make this itinerary, all housed at resorts that are nearly destinations unto themselves: Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center, Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, Chula Vista Resort and Great Wolf Lodge. Water roller coasters, wild funnel rides, racing slides, even a surf machine at the Kalahari rank high on the adrenaline-inducing chart.

Amusement parks come in the outdoor and indoor varieties too. Let’s start with outdoors. Timber Falls Adventure Park has two attractions that are noteworthy - their 70-degree banked and crazy-fast Hellcat roller coaster and their end-over-end Skyscraper ride that pulls four Gs at 60 mph 160 feet off the ground. At Mt. Olympus, all their roller coasters are a scream, but top prize goes to Hades, a wooden coaster made diabolically fun with a 65-degree drop, the world’s longest underground tunnel and speeds up to 70 mph.

Moving to indoor amusement parks, the Kalahari Indoor Theme Park is the featured spot. Check out their elevated go-kart track, rock climbing wall, ropes course and laser tag. If adventure is the ticket for your little ones, there’s Knuckleheads Bowling & Indoor Amusement Park.

Next up on your adventure itinerary - zip lines. The Wilderness Canyon Zipline Canopy Tours’ takes you over Lost Canyon and an expansive tree canopy. The other zip line, BigFoot ZipLine, has four water crossings.

Still high in the sky is the next recommendation and that’s parasailing. Lake Delton Water Sports has been hoisting riders 450 feet in the air for a sail around Lake Delton for a dozen years now. They have a second location at Castle Rock Lake in nearby Mauston. Holiday Shores Watersports Center flies riders up and down the Wisconsin River with the sandstone bluffs as the backdrop for their rainbow-colored sails.

Wisconsin Dells even offers some adventures in dining. At Marley’s - A Taste of the Caribbean, a hoppin’ spot in a new location, you can sample spicy jerk chicken and rum grouper. For an after-dinner drink, try Kahunaville Restaurant & Lounge, where bartenders juggle glasses and bottles as part of their drink mixology routine.

Lest you be left with the impression that adventure is only available in the summer months, think again. In the fall, there’s the haunted boat tour of the Wisconsin River. This after-dark excursion, hosted by Dells Boat Tours® includes a shore landing and a walk deep into Witch’s Gulch, perfect for Halloween-timed getaways. Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks has haunted nights at their amusement park too. For winter, what could be better than the cold-weather version of the waterslide - snow tubing. Hop on a tube and fly down a hill at Cascade Mountain Ski, Snowboard & Snow Tube.


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