Summer Vacation in Wisconsin Dells

Vacationers know Wisconsin Dells as the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” but it is much more than that. We all love to splash around at the waterparks, but don’t forget about the scenic destinations around the Wisconsin Dells area. So cheers – cheers to exploring the beautiful Wisconsin Dells area. Here are a few recreation ideas in the Wisconsin Dells area that our team has enjoyed. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to view some great Dells vacation rental properties.

Original Wisconsin Dells Ducks



Drive. Splash. Cruise. How awesome is that? No matter the age, the Duck tours are ideal to view the area. This exciting tour has been around for nearly 70 years. You’ll explore the Wisconsin River, Dells Creek, with a final splash in Lake Delton. We have talked to many vacationers who frequently visit the Dells area who make this a regular visit. Here is more information on the Original Wisconsin Ducks.

Water Recreation on Castle Rock Lake


Thinking about being in the area during the summer months? Great! There are plenty of options to explore the local lakes. Castle Rock Lake is an extremely popular lake that our vacationers visit. In fact, view our Interactive Wisconsin Map and scroll to the Dells area to view all of the properties on this lake. We aren’t joking; there are plenty of options. Plus, there are plenty of watersport rentals available on Castle Rock Lake: pontoons, waverunners, kayaks, and paddleboats.

Tommy Bartlett Show


After all of the fun in the sun, kick back and relax. In 1952 the Tommy Bartlett Water Ski & Jumping Boat Thrill Show began with its first show near Chicago. Their second show in Wisconsin Dells was such a hit that the team was asked to stay. Since then, the show has continued to be a hit. This takes water recreation to an entirely new level. So, let’s start the countdown to the end of May.

Vacation Rentals in Wisconsin Dells


Spring Brook: Americana Cabin on the golf course & walking distance to the lake. The four bedroom home offers enough space to sleep up to 10 vacationers. The ranch style vacation property offers plenty of living space. Downstairs, vacationers enjoy the fantastic family room which includes a wet bar, foosball table, and two bar tables. Come, enjoy the fun!



Check out this gorgeous interior at Sand County: Herons Landing. The lakefront vacation home is on Lake Delton. Like one can tell from the above photo, the interior design at this home is unmatched. The living space features a wood burning fireplace and a modern, open-concept kitchen. Bring your family and friends; this home sleeps up to 14 guests.


The Cottage Keeper: Lakeside Lodge is on Castle Rock Lake. The outdoor amenities draw in many guests to this spacious vacation cabin. Relax in your screened deck or out on the stone patio – all with great views of the lake. By evening, gather around the campfire pit to enjoy a crackling fire with roasted marshmallows.

Our website lists over 100 vacation rentals in the Wisconsin Dells area. Be sure to check them all out.

Questions? Comments? Let our team know.

Last Minute Ideas to Make the Most of Summer

Summer brings about adventure, fond memories and a hectic schedule. As the countdown to the end of summer draws near, make the most of it with our list of last minute summer activities. These activities require no reservation and very little preplanning so they work into everyone’s schedule. The only thing left to book is a vacation rental on and let the fun begin!

Visit Door County for adventure and acting

Nestled in Egg Harbor is a family friendly park full of fun! The Egg Harbor Fun Park boasts a 3,000 square foot indoor arcade, snack bar, 18-hole mini golf course, go karts, zip line, batting cages and more! The park is open through October 1st from 10:00 am- 10:00 pm. 
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If you’re looking for the perfect activity to cap off your day in Door County head to The Penisula Players. This theatre offers a unique experience by seating guests in a garden. The sides of the theater rise and fall depending on what Mother Nature has in store and patrons can visit the theatre’s beer garden to see the sun set before taking in a show. Best of all tickets can be purchased right before showtime.
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Theatre, Wisconsin, Door County, The Penisula Players

Visit Wisconsin Dells for speed and late night fun

After you’ve dried off from your time on the water enjoy a relaxing movie at Big Sky Drive-in. Big Sky offers one of the last drive-in theaters in Wisconsin and has two outdoor movie screens. A fully stocked concession stand is also on hand. Pets are welcome at this outdoor wonderland. The drive-in is open through fall.

Wisconsin Dells Jet Boat Adventures offer wet and wild fun for the whole family. Jet boats throw guests into 50 minutes of spinouts that will leave you soaked and a 1,200 horsepower engine that will please even the most adventurous thrill seekers. Purchase tickets at the same location as the tours or visit one of their booths located in the Downtown Dells area.
Vacation rentals in Wisconsin Dells, WI

boat tours, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Jet Boat

Visit Middleton to take a “dip” on the wild side

Among Middleton’s charming views lays a tasty treasure, the National Mustard Museum. The Mustard Museum offers visitors a look at more than 5,500 mustards from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. The Museum also features a tasting bar and is listed on the National Registry of Hysterical Place guaranteeing a few giggles with your mustard. Admission to the museum is free but donations are kindly accepted.
Vacation rentals near Middleton, WI

National Mustard Museum, Middleton, Wisconsin

Guest post provided by Danielle Papineau, 2013.

New Vacation Home Listed — in the ‘National Register of Historic Places’

Old Century Farm House

This unique vacation property rests in the rural countryside, just minutes from Wisconsin Dells. There are three bedrooms ( two new queen beds , one double bed, one twin bed) and two bathrooms. The spacious Old Century Farm House includes twelve ft ceilings, two large porches, an equipped kitchen,  and more.  The vacation home is great for those seeking a quiet retreat in the country and those looking for an adventure. Within a 30 minute radius, there are a variety of Wisconsin attractions to appeal to all ages.

WI Dells 15 minutes – Duck/boat tours, golfing, theaters, shopping, hiking, water-parks, amusement parks, Lake Delton, horseback riding, zip line tours, and more
Baraboo30 minutes – Devil’s Lake, International Crane Foundation, antique shops, Circus World Museum, art
Reedsburg20 minutes – State bike trail, antique shops, quilting shops, coffee shops, golfing
Elroy20 minutes – State bike trails, hiking, canoeing, coffee shops
Mauston5 minutes – Canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, Award Winning Carr Valley Cheese Factory (watch cheese being made/taste samples), Burr Oak Winery, boating, swimming, gift shops, fishing, Castle Rock Lake, Lake Redstone, golfing, and restaurants
Necedah30 min – National Wildlife Refuge (view cranes,birds,other local and migratory wildlife, go hiking)

The vacation home was built in 1863 and is in the National Register of Historic Places . Henry Dawes, who built the the Old Century Farm House, was father of Rufus Dawes. Rufus Dawes was involved in the Civil war in Mauston and then commanded Company K of the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry of the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg. We love the unique aspect to the vacation property, how often can you say that you vacationed in a piece of history?

              Other popular Wisconsin vacation locations:

Minocqua          |          Eagle River          |          Door County

Wisconsin Vacation Home Ready to Accommodate the Masses

Carlson’s Vacation Home in Central WI

Invite the entire family or plan an exciting adventure with a group of friends to enjoy this vacation home that sleeps up to 18. The newly-refinished home features a huge kitchen, wireless broadband, a wood fireplace, and washer and dryer unit. Relax on either two of the decks which overlook 80 acres of private land.

This spacious vacation home in New Lisbon is near the area’s great attractions. There are many opportunities to enjoy WI and the area both at the property and at surrounding locations. Take time to hike some of the private trails on the property or relax by the fire. Spend a day enjoying wildlife at WI state park, visiting Wisconsin Dells, or at Castle Rock Lake or Petenwell Lake. There are many activities for all ages in the area such as swimming, fishing, golfing, water skiing, hiking, and eating at a variety of restaurants.


Vacation home kitchen


                             Other popular WI vacation locations:

          Eagle River          |          Twin Lakes         |         Wisconsin Dells


New Properties Listed in Wisconsin Dells

Island Pointe Resort

Resting at the edge of Lake Dalton is Island Pointe Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Fifty years ago Clarence Chappie created this Wisconsin Dells resort. Back then the resort was different from all the flashy motels – it showcased the natural beauty of the area. To this day the resort does the same. Surrounding by towering pines and the peaceful waters, vacationers can embrace the beauty of WI dells. The resort as a variety of lodging to choose from: red cabins, villas, and large cabins.

Visit the resort and have to opportunity to see the well known WI Dells attraction as well as relax by the water. Lake Dalton offers many recreational activities such as skiing, kayaking, and canoeing.

Interested in planning a trip to Wisconsin Dells? Read our latest post with itinerary ideas for you vacation in the Dells.

                       Other popular WI vacation locations:

St. Germain          |          Eagle River          |          Twin Lakes


Wisconsin Dells Vacation Itinerary Ideas

Wisconsin Dells is known to be “The Waterpark Capital of the World,” but that is not all that the area has to offer. Come rent your home-away-from-home in this exciting area. Here are a few things we love to do when vacationing in Wisconsin Dells.

** UPDATE: Read our latest Wisconsin Dells summer vacation blog.**

  • What’s a Dells vacation without visiting the Original Wisconsin Ducks! When can you say that your drove on paved roads, took a bumpy off-road drive, then splashed into a lake — all in the same vehicle! You have to experience this one-of-a-kind tour of the Dells area. Enjoy the canopy of trees and wildlife, the sandstone bluffs, and Lake Delton.
  • For those vacationers looking for an exciting adventure, we recommend Vertical Illusions zip line tour.  Zip through the Chimney Rock Park and see WI Dells from a new perspective.  The zip line tour travels for almost 1 mile and pushes 50 mph! As you sore from one point to another, a tour guide will point out some interesting aspects of Chimney Rock Park such as history and the wildlife.
  • The white house….upside down – see the white house basement were  top secret information is stored. Top Secret in the dells provides a fun experience for all ages and is available for large groups.
  • Time travel back to the 1960’s when everyone went to the Drive in theater for their weekend entertainment. Big Sky Drive in Theater is one of the last drive-in theaters in WI. Stock up on some snacks at the concession stand, settle in, and relax while watching a double feature!
  • Experience the Tommy Bartlett Show which involves extreme water skiing, masterful boat maneuvers, and stunt artists. This live show is great for families and individuals who are looking to see something different and exciting.

Inspired? We have over 100 vacation properties in Wisconsin Dells to accommodate for your vacation. Some of the properties are on the water, others are near the Dells attractions, and some are nestled in the WI wildlife. Happy travels.

Not Just One BUT 24 New Vacation Home Listings

We have just added 24 vacation home properties to the Wisconsin Dells listing on our MAP! That means 24 more chances to experience Wisconsin’s natural beauty, tasty food, and unique activities. Wisconsin Dells is “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” Take a day trip to one of the many waterparks and then head back to your vacation home to relax.

Each one of the vacation properties has their own amenities. Some are on the large recreational lake, Lake Delton. Others are surrounded by a  wooded hillside, have an indoor pool, or can accommodate large groups. What ever type of vacationer you are, our Wisconsin Dell properties can fit your needs.