Wisconsin Dells for a Retired Couple...

Aug 30th, 2009, 01:22 PM
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Wisconsin Dells for a Retired Couple...

We are driving west to Mt. Rushmore..driving right by the Wisconsin Dells..we realize that it's quite a playground for children..but what about us? Is it worth stopping? What should we see that wouldn't be too too touristy?
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Aug 30th, 2009, 02:00 PM
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I think that both the Upper and Lower boat trips are interesting, and we liked the home and studio of Henry Bennett (the photographer who first made the Dells famous).
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Aug 31st, 2009, 03:27 AM
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Should we aim for arriving/staying about an hour out for less costly lodging and doing the boat trips the next day?
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Aug 31st, 2009, 09:53 AM
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Within reason, I'm all about convenience/location over cost, so I wouldn't stay an hour out. That's just my personal preference.
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Aug 31st, 2009, 10:56 AM
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Wisconsin Dells is strictly for kids. Even the boat trips are not that interesting. Wisconsin has much more wonderful places to visit that would appeal to retired couples.
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Aug 31st, 2009, 01:39 PM
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Hofstra..give us some ideas then..thanks...
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Sep 1st, 2009, 08:35 AM
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Take a "Duck" tour. You'll learn about the history and see some nice scenery. It should take a few hours, maybe stop for lunch, but then you can move on.

Otherwise, if you don't like mini-golf, go-karts, or waterparks, there's not much else.
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 06:27 PM
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You are driving west from where? Main thing is how much driving time do you have or want. I do recommend The Dells and boat ride and more along the way if possible, e.g., Frank Lloyd Wright studio further west in the state.

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Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:20 PM
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You might find House on the Rocks more interesting than the water park atmosphere you will encounter. Also, the Frank Lloyd Wright studio.
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:42 AM
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I agree with the recommendation of seeing Taliesen in Spring Green--but House on the Rock--yuck!
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:58 AM
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We spent a weekend in the Dells and hated it. It was just trashy in our opinion, kinda rednecky, all I remember seeing were waterparks. The suggestion above would be good. Take a boat tour, have lunch and leave.
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:25 AM
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We are driving west from Michigan on our way to Mt. Rushmore..the Dells area is about 400 plus miles..so would be a good stopping off point..the total trip (one way)is over 1200..
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 10:25 AM
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While it does take some effort to get past the ticky-tacky part of the Dells, I still think it can be worth a stop. We had a great time at a water park, and I wouldn't describe them as trashy. But I wasn't sure that a self-described retired couple would enjoy that.
The beauty of the river is impressive, which is why I recommended the boat trips.
HH Bennett's photgraphy of the river made the Dells a tourist attraction, and his studio (and a museum) still stands where it moved from it's original 1865 location in 1875.
The Tommy Bartlett water show has been a Dells fixture for 50 years--a little hokey, but fun.
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 10:34 AM
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The Little Village Café was a higlight on our trip there at Baraboo, a sweet old fashioned town. Also, the Cheese Factory, ( no cheese really.. but a vegetarian highly recommended place with very very decent food) in the dells itself was a nice change from your normal fare offered at 90% of the other places.

We visited Taliesin, FLW studio/school tour. Also had lunch at the nearby golf course resort at Spring Green around the corner from Taliesin.

We took lovely fast movng back roads on most of this portion of our trip and it was beautiful countryside.
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Sep 9th, 2009, 05:28 PM
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Hello..we stopped about 3:00...couldn't believe the plethora of water parks and cheesy places..but so glad to look past them..and take the boat tour...so far removed from the tackiness..got a Best Western for less than 60 bucks..had dinner and drinks at Moosejaw Brewery (great place for us) and off we went to the next stop...will keep you posted..thanks to all...
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Sep 10th, 2009, 05:51 AM
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Thanks for the update retired04, glad you're enjoying your trip!
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