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The Wisconsin Dells and Christmas Mountain Village with Little Ones

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A June 2006 trip to Wisconsin Dells by cmeekins03

Christmas Mountain Village Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: Our family, grandma, and great grandma took the challenge to enjoy the Dells with a toddler and infant!

The Wisconsin Dells and Christmas Mountain Village with Little Ones

Overview

Rebecca in Class Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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This journal will keep in mind that we were traveling with two little ones. The ratings will be based on how well the eldest child (age 2) liked the entertainment. Though the Dells is known for it's large assortment of waterparks and mini golf courses, there are enough things to keep even the youngest entertained. My husband was pleasantly surprised that we found enough to do and appreciated that we had some down-time everyday as well. The major places we hit include the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, Wisconsin Army Ducks, the Lost Canyon Tour, took in the RiverWalk, Riverview Waterworld, StoryBook Gardens and Timbavati Wildlife Park, Wisconsin Deer Farm and Ho-Chunk Casino. (The casino...Read More

Christmas Mountain Village

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Hotel

Christmas Mountain Village Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Best Things Nearby:The best places nearby for toddlers would be the Mid-Continent Railway museum, Storybook Gardens and Timbavati Wildlife Park, and the Wisconsin Deer Farm.Best Things About the Resort:The resort has lots of activities planned to interest young children and anyone who likes to do small crafts. Everyday there is also an ice cream social where you can build quite a large ice cream sundae or banana split for $3 or less. We didn't take advantage of it, but there was a mini golf course and place to get paddleboats on-site as well. As for the accommodations, the cabins are small, but the privacy is nice. The children's indoor pool (zero entry) has a slide, seesaw, in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2006

Christmas Mountain Village
S944 Christmas Mountain Road
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 253-1000

Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.

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Restaurant | "MooseJaw Restaurant"

Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co. Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Why visit a basic pizza place when you can go see the restaurant that has a moose on their delivery car? Besides the allure of the gimmicky moose car and paper antlers you can get upon request, this is a good place to satisfy your appetite.There are some items on the menu for under $10 such as the personal pizzas and some sandwiches, but after a drink and such you are more likely to spend about $15 per person. I'd suggest splurging and ordering the mozzarella sticks as well. Unlike the traditional breading, these are coated with something more like a thin tortilla.Here are some of the items our family ordered: My husband ordered the calzone and found it to be okay. (Keep in mind w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2006

Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.
110 Wisconsin Dells Parkway South
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-1122

Timbavati Wildlife Park at Storybook Gardens

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Attraction | "Storybook Gardens & Timbavati WildLife Park"

Timbavati Wildlife Park at Storybook Gardens Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Tip: Check out the Dells coupon book to get one person free. Better yet, the Milwaukee Entertainment guide has 50% adult coupons for up to four adults.This stop was unplanned and we did not expect very much from it as a few years ago the place looked so rundown. We were pleased to hear that a little over 2 years ago that it was purchased by Timbavati, and some animals were added along with some areas refreshed.We started by riding the train around the grounds which leaves every hour on the hour. The ride isn't very long, but what 2 year old could resist riding on any train? It does take you by a large portion of the park.Originally the park was just cut-outs, statues, and a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2006

Timbavati Wildlife Park at Storybook Gardens
1500 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
Wisconsin Dells 53965
(608) 253-2391

Ho Chunk Casino

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Attraction | "Ho-Chunk Casino, Hotel, & Convention Center"

Ho Chunk Casino Photo, Baraboo, Wisconsin
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Never having been to another casino I can't really make a good comparison but I can point out what we liked and disliked. We appreciated the very high ceilings, as it really helped with the smoke. I have a mild case of asthma so I appreciated that as long as you were a little distant from someone smoking you really weren't affected too much.As far as gaming options, well, there were several rooms filled with slots anywhere from $.01 per line to $1 per line. I'd say about a third of them still cash out in coins and the others give out receipts. The machines in which you still get to pull the arm is a minimum of $.25 a play.They also have a high stakes room but we didn't check to see...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2006

Ho Chunk Casino
S3214 Highway 12
Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913
(608) 356-6210

Dells Army Ducks

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Attraction

Dells Army Ducks Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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We decided to take a ride on the Ducks even though the adult ticket price is now $20.25--yikes! My husband and I had done the Original Wisconsin Duck tour and we weren't thinking we'd get our money worth but decided Stephanie, our 2 year old loves boat rides, so why not.We were pleasantly surprised as our tour guide Eric was terrific and kept us entertained throughout the tour. We also learned a lot about the rock formations and the duck itself. Some of the interesting facts included the history of the two different duck companies in the Dells, the speeds at which the duck can move on land (about 40 mph) and water (about 6 mph), and how the level of the river has changed. The other ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2006

Dells Army Ducks
1550 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-6080

Riverview Park & Waterworld

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Attraction | "Riverview Park & Waterworld"

Riverview Park & Waterworld Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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My husband and I had high hopes for a day with our toddler here. The whole day was pretty much miserable and a waste of money.Our first mistake was to enter by the tickets gate. You are better off entering by the carousel or through the candy shop and check the place out first. Anyway, we decided to buy a rides pass for our toddler ($14.95) and a coupon book for us ($12.80). The coupon book has 27 tickets.Stephanie wouldn't go on the animal train by herself, so there went 3 coupons for mom to ride as well. Meanwhile dad found out that Wisconsin residents could get admission for $3! NOWHERE was this stated nor mentioned to us at the gate but there are plenty of signs stating NO RE...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 23, 2006

Riverview Park & Waterworld
Hwy 12
Wisconsin Dells, WI
(608) 254-2608

Mid-Continent Railway Museum

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Attraction | "Mid-Continent Railway"

Mid-Continent Railway Museum Photo,
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I was dead set on this being one of our destinations after reading another member's journal on this museum, and I am happy to report it was quite enjoyable. The adults in the party will enjoy looking at the reconstructed engines, caboose, rotary cars (clear tracks of snow), and a number of other travel cars. They have some of the train cars in a shed, and those have write-ups on when and where they were used. Even if you aren't that much into trains, you will enjoy seeing these.The kids of course will love the train ride. The very first part of the ride make sure to watch for all the train cars in the reconstruction progress just past the shed. There are easily several dozen more ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Mid-Continent Railway Museum
E8948 Diamond Hill Road
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53951
(608) 522-4490

Deer Park Amusements

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Attraction | "Wisconsin Deer Park"

Feeding the Deer Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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We hit the park right when it opened as to not interfere with the kids' naps in the afternoon. Well, okay, my husband went golfing instead as he didn't think he'd be missing much. The admission was $8.50 per adult and $6.50 for children over 2 years old.I'd recommend buying several packs of food when you buy the tickets. If you are going early in the day, buy at least 4. This sounds like a lot, but trust me, these are your safety net. I'll explain soon.As you first enter the park, there are a number of other caged animals in which you can feed such as pigs, goats, birds, etc. If you want to feed these do it first as we ran out of food after the deers. Once you are ready to enter the de...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2006

Deer Park Amusements
583 Us Highway 12
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 253-2041

Lost Canyon Tours

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Attraction

Lost Canyon Tours Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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The tour of the canyon is done from inside a horse-drawn wagon. The seats are actually padded and have backs to them, which was really appreciated. When you arrive you have a chance to touch and take pictures with the horses before the tour. Once there is about 15 people, everyone climbs aboard.For most of the trail you are in the shade and it's quite lovely. There are some spots where it's a tight fit for the wagon to fit through and taller people are warned to duck a little. During the tour the guide told us about the person that owns the tour, the horses, how they control flooding, and himself. Many of the workers have been there over 10 years and they retire the horses after ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 8, 2006

Lost Canyon Tours
720 Canyon Road
Lake Delton 53965
(608) 254-8757

Del Sol

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At one end of the Dells is a large shopping district and hidden away in the Bavarian Village is Del Sol. This shop sells items that change colors in ultra-violet lights. I know what some of you are thinking--wasn't that done in the 90's? No, those were heat-sensitive and not flattering at all for those who perspire!Within the store, there are several places you can place the T-shirt (or whatever) over an ultraviolet light in order to see what it will look like in the sun. I chose to buy my husband a shirt with a dragon, since it looked nice with and without the color. I liked several of the wolf ones as well, but he has lots of wolf shirts.I was disappointed that the children's clo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2006

Resort Campfire

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Christmas Mountain Village Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Most evenings we didn't do much in the way of entertainment as the kids usually were tired around their regular bedtimes. We did make sure to take part in the campfire event at Christmas Mountain Village on Sunday night. (The event schedule can be picked up at the ClubHouse over near the camping and cottages.) At first we were a little skeptical on whether we'd enjoy the fact that someone was playing the guitar, but it ended up being a lot of fun. Our two year old was dancing up a storm. It didn't matter what was being played - it was anything from Old MacDonald and B-I-N-G-O to Hotel California and Boot Scootin' Boogie. Thankfully not too much country music as I'm not a big fan of it....Read More