Wisconsin Dells Indoor Attractions: Take a Break From the Water Parks

Wisconsin Dells has many indoor and outdoor water parks, but this vacation spot offers way more than pools and slides. Families find other attractions perfect for spending time with loved ones, cooling off in the summer or making the best of a rainy day. From interactive games to live shows, visitors have a blast in the Dells. Check out the top Wisconsin Dells indoor attractions and break from the parks.

Top Wisconsin Dells Indoor Attractions for Year-round Fun

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Mine for Gems

Dells Mining Company has two locations in Wisconsin Dells. The original location on the Parkway opens from mid-May to mid-September, and the downtown location is open year-round.

At both locations, families enjoy a hands-on experience as they mine for gemstones from all over the world. Types include amethyst, emerald, ruby and sapphire, to name a few. In addition to gem mining, families can have custom jewelry made at Dells Mining Company where they create 14k gold and sterling silver pieces.

Get in the Game

Set in a 13,000-square-foot labyrinth, Wizard Quest enables players to select their quest, which ranges in difficulty level. This interactive tablet game offers a live setting full of secret passages, mazes, a castle and characters. For an intermediate game, become a wizard’s apprentice in only 60 minutes.

Due to the nature of the game, guests under the age of 16 must have an adult present. Families can purchase a combo that pairs Wizard Quest with Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

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Grab Your Wand

Located at Great Wolf Lodge, which also has a massive indoor water park, MagiQuest allows families to step into the action. Start by selecting a magic wand and set off on a quest through Vellara, a place filled with pixies, fairies, goblins and evil dragons.

Players make their way through each quest and spend as little as 30 minutes to three hours at this indoor attraction. Make sure to save the wand because visitors who bring it back only pay for game play.

Believe It or Not

A spot for strange and unusual is Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. This top among Wisconsin Dells indoor attractions features three floors, over 10 themed galleries and hundreds of artifacts.

As families make their way through the museum, they enjoy learning about oddities, explore hidden passages and see things not found anywhere else. For example, see mummy sarcophagus, two-headed tortoises and other weird displays.

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Tour the Haunted Mansion

Perfect during the Halloween season or for a good scare in the summer, Wisconsin Dells Haunted Mansion delights guests of all ages. This quick haunted-house attraction combines jump scares with horror elements, both cheesy and disturbing according to online reviewers.

However, there’s one thing most visitors agree on: The mansion is a fun attraction. Hours change weekly, so make sure to call ahead before visiting.

Learn and Play

One of the top rainy day activities in Wisconsin Dells is Tommy Bartlett Exploratory Interactive Science Center. This attraction features over 175 hands-on exhibits and entertainment for the family.

Exhibits include Mercury Space Capsule, Russian Space Station, sky cycle, virtual sports center and more. In the summer, families should also attend a Tommy Bartlett show, which offers 90 minutes of extreme water skiing, stunts and thrills.

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