Great Winter Attractions in Wisconsin Dells

Dells Mining Co.

Imagine you’re out in the soil fields of North Carolina, and your goal is to see who can mine the largest and best gems. You’re sifting your pan of soil and see a little sparkle in the corner of your pan. As you continue to sift, the gentleman next to you sees your pan and excitingly exclaims “You’ve got a blue topaz!” The Dells Mining Co. in Wisconsin Dells can give you this experience and more. You get to mine through buckets of gem rich soil and everything you find is yours to keep! The soil at Dells Mining Co. is shipped directly from the mine fields of Franklin, North Carolina, the gem capital of the United States. Open year round at the downtown location, Dells Mining Co. is a family friendly destination filled with excitement and surprises.

Paint It! Pottery Shop

Do you have an artistic side? Do you want to create something to take home with you to remember your trip to Wisconsin Dells? At Paint It! Pottery Shop, you create your own treasure from over 400 different blank pottery styles, including plates, mugs, bowls, vases, knobs, teapots, birdhouses, and much more. Plan, and then paint your own design on it, using their over 70 solid, speckled, and dimensional colors. It is then glazed for you and fired in their kiln, making your design stay permanent and making the pottery food safe. They will give you a time to pick it up, or if you’re in a hurry, they’ll happily ship your masterpiece to your home. It’s that easy!

Tommy Bartlett Exploratory

Make your hair literally stand on end at Tommy Bartlett Exploratory. The Van de Graaff Generator displays how static electricity works while holding your hand safely and painlessly over electro-static charges. Boggle your brain with more than 175 interactive activities. Explore an authentic model of the Russian Space Station MIR core module. You’ll have so much with the attractions at Tommy Bartlett Exploratory that you won’t even know you’re learning. This is great for both children and adults.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Have you ever seen a Duct Tape room? Wait…what? It’s a room made literally  from thousands of rolls of Duct Tape. Experience a Duct Tape room, check out the temple of discovery, and walk through 8 other odd but amazing galleries at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in downtown Wisconsin Dells. This museum is packed with oddities that you will not see anywhere else.

H. H. Bennett Studio

See Wisconsin Dells history unfold through the eyes of H. H. Bennett. Known for revolutionizing photography with the “instantaneous shutter,” H. H. Bennett played a big role in attracting people to the Wisconsin Dells through the photographs he took of the Wisconsin River and its breathtaking beauty. The H. H. Bennett Studio in Wisconsin Dells showcases Mr. Bennett’s original photography studio. Walking through the studio, you’ll see original photographs, glass plate negatives, and H. H. Bennett’s photography inventions, cameras, and equipment. You can even check out a Stereoscope, which is landscape photograph with 2 different perspectives.

Red Ridge Ranch

Over the river and through the woods in a horse drawn sleigh you’ll go! Take a step back in time as you glide over the snow on a Red Ridge Ranch winter sleigh ride tour. Take a sip of your complimentary cocoa and admire the scenic winter landscape as you soar beneath the peaceful pines. Fresh winter air will fill your lungs throughout the 40 minute ride. On Saturday’s and Sunday’s, you can warm up to the bonfire at the end of the tour. Reservations are required, so book your sleigh ride ahead of time.

Wisconsin Dells is open throughout the year and filled with endless activities and attractions to keep everybody excited. The above list is just a sample of attractions to take advantage of in the wintry months. For a list of more fun attractions in Wisconsin Dells, visit