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Things To Do In Wisconsin Dells In The Winter

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Wisconsin Dells also known as “Wis Dells” or ‘The Dells” is a small city located in southern Wisconsin and has been a famous Midwestern tourist destination since the 1850’s.

The city is a family-friendly destination with lots of great resorts, water parks, golf courses, lakes, zip-lining and many other fun activities for families to enjoy.

Most of all, Wisconsin Dells is known as the water park capital of the USA.

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Best Time to Travel to Wisconsin Dells with Kids

The best time to travel to Wisconsin Dells with kids is in the summer as you will get to experience all the awesome and numerous outdoor activities that the Dells has to offer. Most of the popular water-parks run from May to September as well as most of the restaurants are open during that time also.

If you are on a budget and you want to avoid summer crowds, the best time to visit Wisconsin Dells with kids is during the fall and winter time when airfare and hotel rates are much lower than other seasons.

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We traveled to Wisconsin Dells in the winter and although it was Freezing – temperatures below zero, we were still able to enjoy several indoor water-parks and indoor activities.

Although summer is the best time to visit Wisconsin Dells, you’ll have fun anytime you travel there because Wisconsin Dells winters are just as fun too as there are plenty of things to do in Wisconsin Dells in winter

Getting To Wisconsin Dells With Kids

You can fly, take the Greyhound, Amtrak train or drive to Wisconsin Dells. The travel time will vary depending on your starting point.

While planning our trip to Chicago, I realized that Wisconsin Dells was just a short 3-hour drive, 3.5hr Amtrak train ride, or 4hr Greyhound bus ride from Chicago so I figured why not add on another state while at it.

The kids want to visit every U.S. State, and we are making it a goal to visit a new state each month this year. Things To Do In Wisconsin Dells

 
 
 
 
 
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We flew to Chicago from Palm Springs on United Airlines. We spent 5 days in Chicago and then took the Greyhound bus to Wisconsin Dells. We spent 4 days in Wisconsin Dells and then took the Amtrak train back to Chicago, and then flew from Chicago to Palm Springs on Frontier Airlines for $20.

PS: Did you know that Kids Fly Free on Frontier Airlines starting February 2019?

Packing For Wisconsin Dells In The Winter

I packed very light because we flew Frontier Airlines and they charge a fee for carry on and checked luggage which I wanted to avoid. I packed our clothes in packing cubes and then but the packing cubes in our Osprey backpacks. Easy Peasy! Things To Do In Wisconsin Dells

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Transportation Options in Wisconsin Dells In The Winter

  • Taxi: This is a perfect option to travel from one site to another while in the city but you will have to pay $2-meter drop charge.
  • Uber/Lyft: Both Uber & Lyft are available in Dells and you can easily book a ride using the mobile app. I usually check both and use the app to book the cheaper one.
  • Rental Car: If you plan to rent a car while in Wisconsin Dells, you can easily rent one from the numerous car rental companies stationed in the airport. Renting a car will also give you the chance to easily get around Wisconsin Dells.
  • Public Transportation: If you want to travel around Dells, you don’t really need to use the local public transport system as most of the resorts and attractions are located around Wisconsin Dells Parkway. Many resorts also make shuttle buses available for tourists.

I thought about renting a car to make our time in Wisconsin Dells in the Winter easier, however it was very cold and snowy during our stay and I didn’t want to bother with driving.

We used Uber and Lyft to get around with no issues. I didn’t want to lug car seats up and down so I packed the kids Mifold.