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Wisconsin Dells Revisited with the Preschoolers

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A July 2008 trip to Wisconsin Dells by cmeekins03

Tamarack & Mirror Lake, A Festiva Resort Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: Our second family trip to the Dells was eventful and again, I will be rating most things in the eyes of the kids.

Wisconsin Dells Revisited with the Preschoolers

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Overview

Tamarack & Mirror Lake, A Festiva Resort Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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For our second trip to the Dells with the family, we stayed in a 2 bedroom located at the Tamarack. To our surprise, most of the resort is now owned by Festiva though we never were informed of this by Wyndham. I must say we were a bit apprehensive about the accommodations based on the really drab outside appearance of the unit we stayed in, but the inside was pleasant as expected. Turns out they painted the outside during our stay.Given the kids are a bit older now, we did venture out and try a few new places like Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park and some of our favorites from last time such as Storybook Gardens and the Deer Farm. Much to my dismay, the MidContinent Railway Museum was ...Read More

Tamarack & Mirror Lake, A Festiva Resort

Hotel | "Peppertree at Tamarack - 2 Bedroom"

Tamarack & Mirror Lake, A Festiva Resort Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Upon first arriving at our unit we were a bit skeptical because the outside needed painting really bad. Apparently they agreed because during our stay, our unit was painted. The interior is what you would expect from a highly rated timeshare. The townhouse style units provide plenty of space and privacy. We never did hear any of our neighbors during our stay. The rooms were very clean upon arrival and the staff checked gave us a courtesy call about 30 minutes after we checked in.There is a wading pool about 1 foot deep, a second pool 3 1/2 feet deep and hot tub inside. A deeper pool is outside but we didn't use it because neither of our girls would be able to stand anywhere without u...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2008

Tamarack & Mirror Lake, A Festiva Resort
874 Xanadu Road
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

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Attraction | "Variety of Fun At Mt. Olympus"

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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This was a much anticipated stop for the whole family and we waited until halfway through our trip. We didn't go when the grandparents were staying with us because we didn't realize they could have paid $9 for a spectator ticket. This would have let my husband and I ride some big kid rides. Nonetheless, we loved this park and will go back again and again! Our almost 3 year old was too small to ride anything by herself, but luckily there are quite a few rides she could do with an adult including go-karts, which she LOVED. Our 4 year old was plenty tall enough to ride most of the kiddie rides and besides the go-karts, she fell in love with the kiddie coaster.As for the water...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2008

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park
1881 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-2490

Deer Park Amusements

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Attraction | "Deer to Our Hearts"

Deer Park Amusements Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Our girls are both at an age that they loved this park. The deer are very tame and there are plenty of areas for the deer to hideout if they want to escape. As in my first review, if you get to the park early, pickup your small children to make it past the anxious herd in front. We found that by 10:30am things were pretty tame and very few deer were right up front.I haven't seen any discounts to this one but the price is alright. Adults are $10, children 3 to 11 are $8. Also, you'll want to probably buy one thing of crackers at $2. Inside the actual area where the deer roam, there are booths where you can buy ice cream cones full of corn seed mixture which the deer really love. I'd ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2008

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

Timbavati Wildlife Park at Storybook Gardens

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Attraction | "Storybook Meets Animal Kingdom"

Timbavati Wildlife Park at Storybook Gardens Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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This was another attraction we returned to visit because our kids enjoyed it so much the first time. The Milwaukee Entertainment coupon book has a coupon for up to 4 tickets at 50%. Regular price is $12 for adults and $10 for kids 2 and older. Make sure to buy each of your kids a food cup for $2.The storybook areas of the park are still a bit rundown but some things have been newly painted. Our kids looked at some of the storybook characters but really they were more interested in feeding the ducks and fish wherever we went. Make sure to save a nice portion for the giraffes which are in the far southeast corner of the park. By the way, they are pretty sneaky - checkout my photo....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2008

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

Circus World

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Attraction | "Circus Museum Awaits"

Circus World Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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The museum is around 20 minutes by car from the Wisconsin Dells. Before going, I'd checkout http://circusworld.wisconsinhistory.org/Visit/PerformanceSchedule.aspx to see what shows are happening when to better plan your trip. We missed the KidsWorld Circus because we couldn't get everyone ready early enough in the morning and I had really wanted to check that out - it sounds super cute. We did catch the Classic American Circus show which features juggling, a clown, and a dancing elephant. My eldest liked the clown while my youngest really loves elephants. The jugglers were exceptional.Besides the show we checked out some of the very old circus wagons and costumes. There are a few interact...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2008

Circus World
550 Water Street
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53913
(608) 356-4161

Canyon Creek Riding Stables

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Attraction | "Hittin' the Trail"

Canyon Creek Riding Stables Photo, Lake Delton, Wisconsin
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My kids have ridden ponies and such before, which usually at an astronomical rate of $4 or $5 to go in a circle. When I found out we could go on an actual trail ride for $20 per adult and $5 for the kids as a second rider, I was thrilled. Not quite so thrilled when we saw the line - we waited about an hour on a late Monday morning. I'd recommend going earlier in the morning or perhaps calling ahead to find out typical slow times.Canyon Creek Riding Stables is located right near the newest Dells timeshare, Glacier Canyon. Actually a number of places along the trail you are looking at the grounds of said timeshare. There are also some cheesy animated characters. Nonetheless, you are al...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 1, 2008

Canyon Creek Riding Stables
60 Hillman Road
Lake Delton 53940
(608) 253-6942

Cave of the Mounds

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Attraction | "70 Feet Below the Surface"

Cave of the Mounds Photo, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin
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Not wanting vacation to end by 10 AM Friday morning, we chose to take a little bit of a detour and hit Cave of the Mounds on the way home. It's located a little over an hour south of the Dells - there are brochures everywhere to help you get there. Price is $14 for adults and children 4 - 12 are $7. Schedules can be found on http://www.caveofthemounds.com/tourinfo.htm.Having now done a number of caves, I can safely say this is my second favorite one only behind my first cave tour near Branson, MO. There are no cheesy light shows or music, just pure beauty of the cave for your viewing pleasure. It is the coldest one I've visited too at a chilly 50 degrees so bring some light jackets wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2008

Cave of the Mounds
2975 Cave of the Mounds Road
Blue Mounds, Wisconsin 53517
(608) 437-3038

Dells Mining Co.

Attraction | "Digging for Treasure"

Dells Mining Co. Photo, Lake Delton, Wisconsin
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We decided since the kids enjoyed mining for gems in Kentucky on our last vacation, we'd stop in at the Dells Mining Company for a nice short thing to do before dinner. They have a variety of bucket sizes starting at $15, with prices increasing with buckets guaranteeing certain cuts of gems found within them. Being this was purely for the fun of playing with sand, water, and pretty stones, we went the cheap route. You can save $1 by visiting their website at http://www.dells.com/display.php?id=377 or the Dells Coupon book has a discount as well though I don't know for how much.The girls seemed to enjoy the actual washing of the found gems than the finding thereof. Besides finding gems ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2008

Dells Mining Co.
1480 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
Lake Delton 53940
(608) 253-7002