After enjoying the Wisconsin Dells over the summer we were hoping that a visit back to the area would be enjoyable in the fall. What we found is that the Wisconsin Dells in the fall is amazing.
If you happen to live in a part of the country that experiences all four seasons, as we do here in Wisconsin, there is a misconception that most summer tourist destinations roll up their streets after Labor Day.
Wisconsin Dells is one such area. It’s a tourist town located in southern Wisconsin that is known as “The Waterpark Capital of the World”. Most activities in the area are targeted towards families and children, it would make sense for a summer waterpark playground town to roll up its sprinklers once the weather gets cooler. Don’t be fooled!
We discovered the Wisconsin Dells in the fall is filled with many spectacular adult activities with a now breathtaking background of changing leaves.
With September ushering in fall colors, cooler breezes, and the slowdown of the summer activities in the Wisconsin Dells, tourists thin out, leaving more room for those of us that realize the Wisconsin Dells in the fall still has a lot to offer. Don’t be one that lets these fun off-season activities in The Wisconsin Dells slip by you.
We set out to find those adult attractions in the Wisconsin Dells to give you reasons to come back to the area in the fall. Below we have listed 12 fun activities to do in the Wisconsin Dells in the Fall.
Over the summer we had the chance to experience The Wisconsin Dells in Wisconsin. You will want to head over and check out “Our Wisconsin Dells Adventure“.
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1 | Shopping in the Wisconsin Dells in the Fall
Shopping in the Wisconsin Dells comes in many different styles. Whatever your pleasure, you will find many of the stores still actively waiting for your visit.
Downtown Wisconsin Dells
Some of the shops do close after Labor Day, yet many places in the Wisconsin Dells are still open. They are thriving and very welcoming to shoppers. With less tourist traffic, this leaves more room for the rest of us to sit back and leisurely do some looking and shopping.
We found it is the best time to visit the shops, not only do you not have to put up with the hustle and bustle of the summer tourists but most stores are having sales and end-of-the-season deals.
Outlets at The Dells
Open year-round, the Outlet Mall in the Wisconsin Dells offers shopping 7 days a week at some of the most popular name-brand stores such as Vera Bradley, Build a Bear, Old Navy, Kay Jeweler, and Polo Ralph Lauren, just to name a few.
2 | Outdoor activities in the Wisconsin Dells in the Fall
The Wisconsin Dells is so much more than just waterparks. As long as the weather cooperates, put on a sweater because there are so many outdoor activities still available in the Wisconsin Dells in the fall.
Horseback riding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and see all the fall colors that the Wisconsin Dells has to offer. The Wisconsin Dells has two stables nearby.
Canyon Creek Riding Stable – This stable offers a petting zoo, riding stable and Horse Drawn Carriage Tours through Lost Canyon. They do have fall and winter hours, call first to verify hours.
Red Ridge Ranch – Red Ridge Ranch is about 20 miles from the Dells. They offer fall activities which include trail rides, hayrides, Halloween activities, and a corn maze in October.
Wisconsin Dells Boat Rides
There are many options for boat rides available in the Wisconsin Dells.
- The Boat Tours of either Upper Dells or the Lower Dells
- The Jet Boats (these are crazy fun!!!)
- The Original Ducks
- The Army Ducks
While in the Wisconsin Dells you can enjoy a sunset cruise, a regular cruise, or the Ghost Boats, making it easy to find the boat ride that is right for you.
Wisconsin weather sometimes stays warmer into September and at times even October. The boat rides stay open allowing tourists to enjoy the fall colors from the water (and you still get the view of the incredible rock formations too. What a deal!!)
Enjoy the fall colors
How about a nice brisk walk to enjoy some of the fall colors. With all of the natural beauty the Wisconsin Dells has to offer, it’s not hard to find places to hike and enjoy the vibrant fall colors. Devils Lake, Baraboo Bluffs, and Mirror Lake all offer opportunities to not only enjoy the fall colors but to capture them in photos. Don’t forget your camera! (and you still get the view of the incredible rock formations too. What a deal!!)
Wisconsin and fishing go well together, and fall is the perfect time to get some good fishing in. The lakes are less crowded leaving room for those lucky enough to be able to get out and enjoy the lakes in the fall. The Wisconsin Dells has several options, the Wisconsin River, Lake Delton, Devils Lake and, Mirror Lake. Between these four options, there is plenty of room and fish for everyone. (and you still get the view of the incredible rock formations too. What a deal!!)
Fall fun really starts when you visit a local pumpkin patch. Most are open from Labor Day until the end of October. For a real fall tradition: visit a corn maze, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, pick a pumpkin, and enjoy acres of adventure and play for all ages. There are several located in close proximity of the Wis. Dells.
3 | Indoor activities in the Wisconsin Dells in the Fall
There are times no matter the weather that we choose to head indoors. The Wisconsin Dells in the Fall offers a wide variety of activities for all.
Wine Tours and Tastings
Wine tasting is very popular in Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Dells is home to several wineries and breweries. A wine tour or tasting is a great way to discover new blends and flavors. Some may even become your favorite. The Wisconsin Dells area is home to a few different wineries.
- Broken Bottle Winery – The newest addition, is open year-round and offers wine tastings for $4
- Fawn Creek Winery – Located just a short jaunt from the Dells, this winery offers 13 different wines to choose from and the opportunity to sample a wine slushy. The tastings are free of charge on a first come first serve basis. The grounds are open and you are free to wander to see to the vineyards.
- Baraboo Bluff Winery – This family-owned business is known for its friendly atmosphere and panoramic view of the Baraboo Bluffs. For $5 you can sample 9 of their wines.
- Prairie Hawk Winery – This winery is open, Thursday through Sunday – May through October. Check their site before heading out. Wine purchases are available for on-site pick up only, they are not distributed.
If slot machines or blackjack are your things, the Ho-Chunk Casino in the Wisconsin Dells might be for you. They are open 24 hours a day. In addition to the casino activities, Ho-Chunk also features a fine dining option and live entertainment by some big names. If you are wanting to make a night of it, Ho-Chunk Casino has its own hotel. (and you still get the view of the incredible rock formations too. What a deal!!)
The Palace Theater
For something different The Palace Theater is open year-round and offers a Dinner Show experience. The Palace Theater offers professional theater production. Meals are different depending on the show you are attending. While The Palace Theater is excited to enhance the theater experience with a uniquely designed and freshly prepared meal, they do offer “Show Only” tickets for purchase to each Dinner Show production.
Romantic Time Together
Wisconsin Dells in the fall is one of the best times for a romantic getaway. It’s easy to enjoy a romantic dinner together at one of the local eateries without being elbow to elbow with other patrons. If the weather is nice, there are many areas to enjoy a picnic and enjoy the fall colors. (and you still get the view of the incredible rock formations too. What a deal!!)
4 | Indoor Waterparks
It wouldn’t be the Wisconsin Dells, “The Waterpark Capital of the World”, without being able to enjoy a waterpark when heading into winter. After enjoying all of the great outdoor fall activities and colors, you are feeling the need to warm up or just relax, one of the many indoor waterparks are waiting for you. For a splashin’ good time indoors away from the cooler temperatures, check out these indoor waterparks:
- Kalahari Waterpark Resort
- Wilderness Resort
- Chula Vista Resort and Waterpark
- Great Wolf Lodge and Waterpark
- Mt. Olympus Theme and Waterpark
- Grand Marquis Waterpark Hotel & Suites
- Polynesian Waterpark Resort
With so many things available in the Wisconsin Dells in the fall, don’t let the cooler temperatures stop you from visiting. Whether you are looking for indoor fun or continuing your outdoor fun, a fall adventure in the Wisconsin Dells has something to satisfy everyone.
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