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10 New Experiences in the Wisconsin Dells

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day at the spa or for a ride on the world’s largest king cobra waterslide, the Wisconsin Dells will entertain you in new ways this year.

1. Noah’s Ark Waterpark 

“Raja—The World’s Largest King Cobra” slithers into Noah’s Ark Waterpark this summer. The waterslide, shaped like a giant king cobra, is billed as the tallest and longest slide of its kind in the world. The slide twists and winds before sending passengers on a 37-foot plunge into the “mouth” of the cobra. 

Noah's Ark Raja

Noah's Ark Waterpark. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau. 

2. Sundara Inn & Spa 

This summer will feature the reveal of a $13 million expansion to Sundara Inn & Spa. The expansion will more than double the resort’s footprint, adding a second outdoor pool, fitness studio, restaurant, rooftop greenhouse, salt treatment room, meditation room, eight new suites, hiking trails and more. 

Sundra Expansion

Sundara Inn & Spa. Courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau. 

3. Prairie Hawk Winery 

Take a short drive through the countryside to this new family-owned winery. Sip on chardonnay, riesling and rosé in either the intimate 8-seat tasting room or the more spacious patio. The menu also features hard cider made from locally-sourced apples. 

4. Wollersheim Winery & Distillery 

Wollersheim released its first rye whiskey earlier this year, using locally-grown grains aged more than two years in oak barrels.  Wollersheim also sells brandy, gin, vermouth and absinthe. 

Wollersheim Winery & Distillery

Wollersheim Winery & Distillery. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.

5. Ishnala Supper Club 

A new bar and lounge area along with expanded outdoor seating will give customers even more space to enjoy meals of steak, seafood and other supper club favorites along with beautiful Mirror Lake views. 

Ishnala Mirror Lake

Ishnala Supper Club. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.

6. BigFoot Ropes Course 

Take your thrill-seeking to a new level on this year-round ropes course with 80 elements for all levels of physical fitness. An elevated viewing area accommodates those who would rather watch the fun than participate. 

Big Foot Ropes Course

BigFoot Ropes Course. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.

7. Vennebu Hill Wedding Barn & Event Venue 

This venue, overlooking the Baraboo Bluffs and Wisconsin River, will start hosting weddings and other events in June.  The property’s original Gothic barn was dismantled and is being reconstructed to include a dining space with seating for 350 and a large outdoor patio. 

8. International Crane Foundation  

The wildlife center in Baraboo, the only place in the world where visitors can see all 15 species of cranes, plans a $10 million expansion to add a new visitor center, expand the crane exhibits and renovate breeding spaces for endangered cranes. The targeted completion date is spring 2020. 
 

9. Mid-Continent Railway Museum 

Train buffs will enjoy the growing number of exhibits at this museum, which says it has one of the largest collections of restored wooden cars in North America. This summer a new display shed will add room for more wooden rail cars, a steam engine and other rail equipment. Visitors can also take a 55-minute, seven-mile ride in century-old restored steel coaches. 

Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.

10. Summer House 

Walk, drive or boat to this new family restaurant, set to open in summer 2018 on Lake Delton. Dine outdoors to take advantage of the waterfront views or indoors for a rustic summer-house atmosphere. The menu will focus on modern American cuisine made with locally-sourced ingredients. 

 
 

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