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Not Just a Water Park Destination - The Dells

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A June 1987 trip to Wisconsin Dells by MCJ graduate

Lower Dells Boat Excursion Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: The Dells is not just a water park destination. In fact, what we did was take a Lower Dells boat excursion; toured the Royal Wax Museum, fun house, and haunted house; and shopped.

Not Just a Water Park Destination - The Dells

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Overview

Lower Dells Boat Excursion Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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My partner (at that time) and I decided that we didn’t want to drive too far for our vacation in the year 1987. Hence, being Illinois residents and Illinois neighboring Wisconsin, we selected Wisconsin Dells as our destination. We stayed a little outside of the Dells in a ma-and-pa type of an establishment. It was approximately 10 miles from it. It was cheaper than staying in the Dells. I think back then that we paid less than a night. We stayed there for 4 days. It was convenient since it was only 10 miles away from all the Dells attractions and cost-effective. The Dells is dubbed as The National Water Park Place in America. But it has more than that to offer. My partner and I, neit...Read More

Dells Motel

Hotel | "Motel Outside the Dells"

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We stayed at a motel outside of the Dells. It was probably 10 miles away from it. It had 10 rooms. It looked well kept outside, with a nice, trimmed lawn, and the motel had fairly new paint on the outside. Hence, it had curb appeal. It was a ma-and-pa establishment. The couple that managed it was elderly. The woman told us she did most of the work herself (cleaning the rooms). Our room was a small room with the basics: a double bed, writing desk, chair, shower, toilet, and phone. It was very clean. However, the room was pretty dreary because the walls were paneled (dark paneling). And the furniture looked as if it should have been replaced (it was scratched in some places). The carpet appeared...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Dells Motel
Off Highway 12
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Wax World of the Stars

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Attraction | "Royal Wax Museum"

Wax World of the Stars Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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We walked on the strip in the Dells looking for attractions. Finally, we decided on three. The first one we toured was the Royal Wax Museum. When we asked how much the tour was, we thought it was cost-effective. It was under $5 a piece for adults. The Royal Wax Museum was an intriguing experience. It had a lot of movie or book characters that were the wax exhibits. These included Snow White and the seven dwarfs, Frankenstein and the doctor/scientist who made him, the Tom Sawyer character, and Dorothy and her friends from the Wizard of Oz. It was fascinating to see how these wax exhibits looked so much like the screen characters. I thought it was a wonderful attraction to see. If I had children,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Wax World of the Stars
105 Broadway
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-2184

Haunted Houses

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Attraction | "Haunted House"

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After we left the wax museum, we decided to take a haunted house tour. I just wanted to see what this place had in store to scare me. I consider myself not to be scared by too much, so I thought this was really going to be a breeze to walk through. Boy, was I wrong! The most memorable event here was when we were walking through this place (it was pitch-black).We were looking at the ghoulish decor it had on the walls (bloody masks and weapons) when then we turned a corner and went down a corridor. This was when a very tall, huge ghoul jumped right out at me with a fake ax. He was screaming, "I’m going to get you and chop you up in little pieces." Dang, I thought I was going to have a heart attack on th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Haunted Houses
On the Strip
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Wonder Spot Fun House

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Attraction | "Fun House"

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When we left the haunted house, we then went to our final attraction on the strip. We selected to go to a fun house. I am mot sure why I thought I needed to be a kid again, but I went anyway. We were charged under $5 a piece for admission. It had a variety of mazes to go through that were challenging. In addition, this place had a room that made you dizzy just viewing it. It was a red-and-white polka-dot room. Also, it had tunnels, nets, and ramps that you had to cross to get through the exit of this place. There was also a room that gave you the illusion that you were upside down. Lastly, this fun house had those mirrors that make you look fatter or taller, depending on which one you choose to look a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Wonder Spot Fun House
100 Scott Drive
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-4224

Dells Boat Tour

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Story/Tip

Lower Dells Boat Tour Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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In my opinion, if you haven’t taken a historical Dells Boat Tour, then you haven’t been to the Dells. You must take this tour. It is the oldest attraction of the Dells (over 150 years old). After going on this tour, you will realize why tourists take it. It possesses not only a rich historical theme, but it has exquisite rock formations, too. My partner and I, back in 1987, had the choice of taking the Upper Dells tour, the Lower Dells tour, or both. After the guides told us we had to disembark the boat and walk around to sightsee on the Upper Dells tour, we decided to take the Lower Dells tour only (it was a very hot June day). In addition, I didn’t want to be on a boat excursion more than an h...Read More