Tour Wisconsin Dells in Style: 6 Fun Ways to Explore

Tour Wisconsin Dells to see the area beyond water parks. Home to rock formations and mines dating hundreds and thousands of years, Wisconsin Dells offers visitors a rich history and entertaining ways to experience it. Visitors can choose between tours that range from western-style horseback rides to quiet sunset cruises. When it’s time to get outdoors, read how to tour Wisconsin Dells in style.

Top 6 Ways to Tour Wisconsin Dells

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Saddle Up and Ride

Take a one-hour guided horseback tour with Canyon Creek Stables. Safe for all ages, the tour runs through a variety of wildlife and natural areas. Families enjoy seeing wildflowers, fresh running waters and even a 200-foot tunnel that carries them further into the wilderness. Other must-sees on the horseback riding tour include the town of Tombstone, Boot Hill Cemetery and Lost Canyon, full of historic rock formations. After the tour, stop by the free petting zoo where kids can pet and hold animals.

Ride Carriage Style

Hop in a horse-drawn carriage and explore Lost Canyon, the longest and deepest land canyon in Wisconsin. The mile-long tour carries visitors through gorges, narrow passages and formations that haven’t seen the sun in more than 50,000 years. Each carriage holds 15 guests, and tours last 30 minutes. For added fun, spend time at the nearby beach, or grill out and have a picnic lunch with the family. These amenities are free to all Lost Canyon guests.

Meet Dells Army Ducks

One of the most popular Wisconsin Dells attractions for more than 70 years, Dells Army Ducks hosts tours on an original World War II-style boat. The guided ride explores Lower Dells and Lake Delton where guests see sandstone rock formations dating as much as 14,000 years. Families also enjoy gorges, cliffs, caves, and rocky islands on this land-and-water adventure. Dells Army Ducks also offers ziplining tours, private parties and Wild Thing, an exciting jet boat ride.

Have Dinner and Watch a Sunset

Make reservations and enjoy Wisconsin Dells, food, drinks and time with loved ones on a sunset cruise with Dells Boat Tours. The cruise operates from May through September and treats guests to scenic beauty of the Witches Gulch. Reservations are required, so check the site for available dates. In addition to sunset cruises, families can book guided boat tours of the Upper and Lower Dells, as well as learn about the area’s rich history.

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Get the Local Treatment

The Dells Trolley is a more recent way to tour Wisconsin Dells. The trolley runs throughout the city and tells the history of the Dells and showcases secret spots known by locals. With hop-on and hop-off locations, it’s easy to have fun and see the top attractions in Wisconsin Dells. Special trolley tours also feature the best in food, beer and wine. Those looking for a more haunted experience should book a ghost trolley tour, which takes guests to haunted houses and a graveyard.

Don’t Fear the Dark

Ghosts and history buffs should take a haunted canyon and season of the witch tour. Guests test their bravery on this moonlit cruise that runs during Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. The haunted canyon cruise explains the legend of Whiskey Jack and the history of the old mining settlement for which the canyons are known.

Season of the Witch runs September and October and tells the legend of Witch of Wisconsin Dells. After the boat tour, guests travel on foot through a haunted forest, ending at the witch’s canyon crypt. This adventure is perfect for Halloween fans and those not afraid of the dark.

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