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Top 5 Summer 2015 Dells Recap

This blog post was published on August 31, 2015 and may contain outdated information.

With Summer 2015 coming to an end and and the fall season just around the corner, let’s take a moment and recap a few of the new attractions and exciting celebrations that took place this summer in Wisconsin Dells.

1) Anniversaries

The famous amphibious Wisconsin Dells Duck Tours turned 70 years old this summer! These land and water tours are an interesting way to explore and learn about the rock formations surrounding Lake Delton and the Wisconsin River. Multiple generations of families have experienced both the Dells Army Ducks and the Original Wisconsin Ducks. If you still want to celebrate the milestone this year, both Duck Companies offer tours into late October or early November, weather permitting.

The H.H. Bennet Studio celebrated their 150th anniversary this summer, making it the oldest operating business in Wisconsin Dells! H.H. Bennett was a photographer known for taking beautiful pictures of the Dells landscape, which attracted people to the area. Coinciding with the studio’s anniversary, a popular retro Dells attraction, the Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial, was “Reawakened” on August 22nd at The Crystal Grand Music Theatre.

Dells Mining Company celebrated 25 year this summer! Enjoy mining your own gemstones with family & friends. All ages can sift through a bucket of rich soil, and find gemstones such as amethyst, blue topaz, garnets, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and many more!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park has been entertaining campers to Wisconsin Dells for 45 years! Not only do guests have a great experience relaxing and camping throughout the retro campsite, but they also have access to comfortable lodges, bungalows, homestyle chalets, and rustic cabins!

2) New Attractions!

Heightened Adventures Aerial Park opened up at Chula Vista Resort and thrill-seekers of all ages love it! This six-acre park is home to four courses with heights in the trees from 10 feet to 45 feet! Whether you enjoy zip-lining, walking through the ropes course, or even observing from the grounded observation decks, Heightened Adventures had a great first year in 2015!

Added this summer to Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, was their newest ride, the Manticore, a 140 feet tall vertical tower which swings up to 24 guests around at a time! This swing lifts off of the ground and gives you an aerial view of the outdoor water park and outdoor theme park. There are LED lights throughout the middle chamber of the ride, which makes for a great view at night!

3) Summer Festivals!

For those of you familiar with the yearly festivals and events that take place each summer in the Dells, this year’s festivals drew record crowds to the city! Automotion, the vintage Automobile Festival each year at Noah’s Ark Waterpark, featured hundreds of vintage cars for all to explore. At Taste of the Dells, which is where area establishments offer small tastings of their food for all to try, Spring Brook Sports Bar & Grill was voted first place for best food from the festival’s attendees. More festivals, Such as Wo-Zha-Wa and Dells on Tap are coming up this fall. For more info, check out:

4) New Shopping!

Wisconsin Dells welcomes A Homespun Heart! This specialty store features primitive home décor, and is located downtown in one of Wisconsin Dells original historic homes. A Homespun Heart features beautiful one of a kind curtains, bedding, hand towels, placemats, handcrafted signs, and other homey gifts.

Express Factory Outlet, featuring men’s & women’s clothing opened up this past June at Outlets at the Dells. With styles and trends for teens to adults, Express features clothes from casual to dressy!

5) New Restaurants!

Panera Bread Company opened it’s doors earlier this month, and Wisconsin Dells welcomes the healthy-eating restaurant with open arms! If you crave fresh ingredients, homemade soups, or even a delicious bakery item, stop by Panera Bread Company, located next to Great Wold Lodge.

No matter the season, there are always endless attractions to explore, restaurants to taste, and events going on around the Dells. We hope you enjoyed your summer 2015 and we’ll see you this fall!

Top 5 Summer 2015 Dells Recap