My family picked the "DELLS?"

Old Jul 6th, 2002, 10:24 PM
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The Dells is definately a kid oriented vacation. Not much for adults, unless you take a trip to HoChunk casino while you're there.

This is a "cheesy" place, but kids seem to love it. Just returned from two nights in the Kahlahari resort. It was quite nice, with an indoor and outdoor waterpark. I've also stayed at the Wilderness Resort and Black Wolf lodge. All are nice, and expensive. I like the HoChunk casion hotel, too. Lots cheaper, but no water parks. Your kids may get bored with] the waterpark "resorts" because they're geared towards younger kids. Take them to Noah's Ark where the thrill water rides are. Also, go to Big Chief go karts, it also has wooden rollercoasters. Zeus was featured on the travel channel as being the second or third biggest wooden roller coaster. I'd say the Dells will keep you busy for 2, or maybe 3 full days, but probably not much longer.

Be warned the Dells is crowded. Traffic is a nightmare! Think Gatlinburg type traffic if you've ever been there. Actually, the Dells reminds me a little of Pigeon Forge, TN, only more crammed in.

When you get sick of the crowds head to Baraboo which is the next town over. There's Devil's Lake State Park, which is awesome. You can hike the bluffs or trails, rents canoes or boats and fish. They also have the circus museum, but your kids are probably too old for that.

Door county was mentioned in another's a fair drive from the Dells. It also has some beautiful parks that are on Lake Michigan, however, Door County itself is geared towards adults. Lots of shopping in little knicknack arty places, not much for kids to do.

Good luck!
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 05:29 AM
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Just to clarify (or correct the above post..) "Not much for Door County"???? We DC'd with our ids for about 15 years straight as they were growing up, making treasured mem'ries for them, as well as us. How bout..... days spent at the beach...I mean, the whole day...and what kid doesn't like that? Not to mention, you have so many choices of beaches that you can go to a different one every day. You can also get up in the morning and choose your beach based on the wind and weather (thanks to the peninsula orientation and a whole coastline on either the east or west sides). Miniature golf. Go-kart racing. A drive-in movie. Biking - a great trail thru one of the 5 state parks. The ferry over to Washington Island (pick a windy day for a wave-whipped ride). Tour a restored lighthouse. Para-sailing. A day on a pontoon boat.... Ice cream, to cap every single day (and once,for supper - always a special highlight of trips with kids here.) I'm sorry, QAlady, but if DC is not 'geared to kids'....then what on earth are all those family groups doing there, all summer long?
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 03:19 PM
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The dells is maybe not my favorite place in the world, but I have never heard of a kid that did not love it there. If you are going on vacation to please the kids, it will be a big hit. Another vote to skip House on the Rock, terrible place. The dells has a great magic show in a special theater all it's own, great water ski stunt shows, many hotels have huge water parks, the duck rides are fun, lots to do for the kids. Have fun!
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 04:37 PM
Gaylord Nelson
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You can think of the Dells as a kind of Branson for Lutherans.
Old Jul 7th, 2002, 04:43 PM
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Old Jul 7th, 2002, 06:01 PM
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Thanks to everyone! My I didn't know this post would get this kind of response. As for the "drive" to Wisconsin from Atlanta, Its just the way we are; we are kinda like the "Griswolds" if you know what I mean! We enjoy the "See the U.S.A." motto. We just returned from San Francisco and we RENTED a car, which we were told not to do, but we had the best time! We drove from Pacifica to Santa Cruz down Hwy 1 (awesome) and drove to The Muir Woods redwood forest and that was great! We also drove all around the city and absolutely enjoyed it. Your suggestions along the way are being considered!
Old Jul 8th, 2002, 09:46 AM
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Ram - we too are visiting the dells this summer (after a quick relative visit)...have talked to several people that have been there (many world travelers amongst) and they say altho somewhat cheesy and touristy the kids have a total blast...dont know about u but we pretty much vacation with the kids in mind so I think it will be quite fun.
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